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.
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.
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.
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