Magellan eXplorist 300 Handheld
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Magellan eXplorist 300 Handheld

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  • User Interface: Keypad
  • System Type: Handheld
  • Number of Channels: 14 Channels
  • Map Capabilities: Internal
  • WAAS Features: WAAS enabled EGNOS enabled
  • Screen Size: 2.3"
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Keypad loses contact

bycw_roamer Jan 14, 2008
4 Helpfuls 5 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Ideal as a basic map if only main roads are required.
Cons Keypad failure after 2 years, Canada maps outdated.
Recommended it? No

I got this unit about three years ago as a gift. While it worked, I thought it was great. I use it sporadically on trips from Eastern Canada to the USA about twice per year as a basic roadmap. Some of the keys (Zoom In, Nav, maybe others) no longer work unless you apply a lot of force - so the unit... Read full review »


Bad tech support or product?

bymsoftic Oct 30, 2007
4 Helpfuls 5 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Sleek design, detailed basic map
Cons Unreliable, bad tracking, slow satellite locking, plagued with problems
Recommended it? No

I bought this unit maybe a year and half ago, and since then it had numerous problems. The worst is "freeze" state which would happen if device is outside of the map coverage area ( in one particular case I was about 1 mile off the Atlantic shore) or during map redrawing. After entering frozen... Read full review »


Good if you want the basics

bydarogers Jun 12, 2006
15 Helpfuls 16 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Uses AA batteries (you can carry a extra) Uses barometric pressure for determining...
Cons No computer interface. It takes forever to manually input all of your waypoints.
Recommended it? No

The unit is very easy to operate. Magellan has definitely improved the details in the manual since their earlier models. This unit is great for the novice user. If you're a hiker, fisherman, or biker this has most of what you need. The internal thermometer never read accurately, but the barometric... Read full review »


Awesome accuracy for the price.

bypatdpt May 11, 2006
2 Helpfuls 3 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros VERY accurate, detailed maps, and EASY to use.
Cons No PC connection to upload more detailed maps.
Recommended it? Yes

This GPS unit has thrilled me with superb performance from the very start. It quickly acquires and maintains a strong signal even indoors and within a moving vehicle.

The functions are also very accurate (these include an altimeter for elevation and barometric pressure fluctuations, an... Read full review »


Reliable Entry Unit (with minor interface limitations)

byfortunate Nov 26, 2005
9 Helpfuls 10 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros good signal, impressive internal mapping, decent screen & visuals.
Cons missing external link, annoying battery cover screw, small buttons/controls.
Recommended it? Yes

This is my third Handheld GPS unit. My first comparison is a General Electric junker that couldn't lock onto a satellite if it was sitting on top of it. The second is the Magellan Sportrak. Of the three, the Magellan Explorist 300 is the best overall product.

I've used both the Magellan... Read full review »


Great value

bydbublitz Nov 19, 2005
3 Helpfuls 4 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Rugged construction, good display, compass and barometer are a big plus
Cons Like every other GPS on the market, the interface is poorly designed
Recommended it? Yes

This is my first GPS and I tried out many others before deciding on this. My primary use is hiking and geocaching (see, so street maps were not a major issue for me. It is my opinion that if you are looking for a GPS for street navigation, then the Magellan eXplorist 300 is not for... Read full review »


Good Piece of Equipment

byfkt4387 Aug 24, 2005
3 Helpfuls 4 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Ease of use, durability
Cons detail of maps, ability to download
Recommended it? Yes

GPS has come a long way since I used one in the military(12 yrs ago). I read some online reviews and narrowed it down to several Magellans. I felt Magellan had the best perks vs price ratio than Garmin. After narrowing it down I chose the Explorist 300 based on price, features and reviews.
... Read full review »


good outdoors gps

byflamingopossum Dec 7, 2004
13 Helpfuls 14 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros great tracking, nice package, electronic compass/temp features, good memory
Cons no external connections, high battery consumption, road detail
Recommended it? Yes

I received this gps as a gift and ended up taking it back to get a unit with external connections. This gps is a great little piece of equipment if you are using it fot the right applications. The map data will give you a proximity to locations and allow you to track really well. Waypoint marking... Read full review »

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