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Map support and verdict

By James Morris

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

9

The full menu is also where you can access the multimedia functions we have already described, and also toggle the various maps you have installed. Out of the box, the 710 comes with Magellan's Summit City Series detailed map of Europe, including a POI database, plus a Navteq and Etopo world topographic map. However, you can install extra maps from the Navonics series, and the device has a healthy 8GB of memory built in for this, with 4GB free initially. If this isn't enough, there's a MicroSD card slot lurking beneath the batteries for expansion. Batteries, incidentally, come in the form of two AA cells, which Magellan claims will last 16 hours of regular use. This is about the same as competing devices.

Magellan eXplorist 710

The final menu calls up the Dashboard, which by default hosts a comprehensive range of trip and location information, including a small compass. However, you can configure this screen with a eight other displays, including conventional and strip compass or just numeric data. The 710 has a triple-axis digital compass, so will display the correct directional information no matter what its orientation. It also has a barometric altimeter, so barometer and altimeter displays are available, too. It's also worth noting that the screen is quite responsive and easier to use than some hiking GPS devices we've used. The surface is a little shiny, so you have to avoid reflected sunlight, but the display is also quite bright so generally visible in outdoor daylight.

Verdict

Aside from the multimedia functions, the Magellan eXplorist 710 is essentially a very comprehensively featured albeit not groundbreaking hiking GPS. The near-£400 price may seem a lot, but it compares quite favourably with other devices offering a similar range of features, such as Garmin's Oregon 550t and Montana 650t. So whilst this is still a lot to pay for a hiking GPS, it's relatively good value for the specification, and if you're a dedicated outdoor traveller the Magellan eXplorist 710 gives you a lot for your money.

Overall Score

9

Scores In Detail

  • Design 9
  • Features 9
  • Performance 9
  • Usability 9
  • Value 8

John Coochey

April 2, 2013, 6:44 am

I took mine back when it was apparent that critical feature were not working, I was disappointed that they decided to fix it rather than refund. I am seriously thinking of using it as a five hundred meter target which is its best use. I was told that it had world maps (a la Garmin) but the map for Japan was just a blodge with a couple of capital cities marked and it is not possible to buy better ones except for W Europe and N America. Useless! It has bunch of useless features for geeks not for navigators, maps are poor and virtually useless in the Australian bush unlike a Garmin 3560 unit which I used which even had minor farm tracks on its map system and which cost less than half the price of the Magellan. The Magellan eats batteries and is essentially useless for anything other than video games. I do not recommend them for either off road or road use nor for hiking/hunting. Junk!

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