Magellan eXplorist 310 GPS Review

Magellan eXplorist 310 Waterproof Hiking GPS Device Review

We live in a technologically advanced age and owning a GPS device for all your navigational needs is indeed old school. But on close observation, GPS equipped mobile devices like cell phones, smart-watches, etc. have their downsides.

Smartphones, smart-watches are not the ideal devices that can accompany a serious backpacker in his adventures. The treacherous terrains, unpredictable weather patterns can quickly turn the expensive piece of technology into a useless piece of plastic and glass.

Dedicated GPS devices are still in high demand due to their durability, ruggedness, and resistance to sudden shock and the elements.

The Magellan eXplorist 310 Waterproof Hiking GPS devices is preloaded with numerous features that come as a bonus on top of the basic functions. The world edition maps and other downloadable content from the official site of the brand add to the appeal factor for the same as well.

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Features

The Magellan eXplorist 310 GPS device is a product that provides excellent value for money. It is based on the platform that the consumers of the Magellan series o GPS device users are familiar with.

Rich interface and seamless navigation

The vibrant graphical user interface, simplistic approach towards the main menu and creative menus make the operation of this device a pure bliss.

Bright display with sunlight readability

The 2.2’’ vibrant screen of the instrument is just perfect for sunlight readability due to its transflective nature of construction.

Waterproof construction

The device is rated IPX-7 regarding water resistance standards. The rugged construction of the device makes it almost indestructible against accidental drops and shocks.

Highly sensitive sensors

The device is equipped with a highly sensitive SiRFstarIII GPS transceiver that is capable of being accurate within 3 – 5 meters that enable the user to experience enhanced navigational sessions.

World Edition Map

The device is equipped with world edition maps preloaded with references to all the major roads of the world along with major landmarks of Western Europe, North America, etc.

Areas of interest like major city points, tourist attractions, transport hubs, etc. are also integrated efficiently in the maps.

Long battery life

The best part of this device is despite being quite a performer; it can run straight for up to 18 hours per pair of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries(not included.)

The device is powered by 2 AA sized batteries.

Advanced sleep mode

The sleep mode in the device is mainly done for the conservation of the batteries. In this case, the device is placed in such a state where all the background processes are suspended except the GPS tracking function.

One single click of a button is enough to wake the device up and do its own thing.

Paperless Geo-caching

Content that enables the user to use and take benefits from 20 new characteristics and features for each feature and cache.

The features include description, location details, terrain, hints, spoilers, etc. that gives the user an advance idea about the path that lies ahead.

Significant Inbuilt Storage

The device comes with a fixed internal storage space of about 500 MegaBytes. This is ideal for storing geocache data, waypoints, details about favorite places, etc.

The path details and the overall covered route is shown as bread crumbs on the screen of the device. This data is also stored in the internal storage of the device.

Pros

  • World Edition map is preloaded
  • QVGA 2.2” vibrant color screen
  • Capable of uploading detailed topographic maps wirelessly
  • Paperless Geocaching services
  • IPX-7 rated waterproofing
  • Reliable and rugged construction
  • Bare essential functions of navigation along with electronic compass
  • Affordably priced
  • Detailed information about all the major roads of the world
  • Detailed maps of the North American and European terrain

Cons

  • Topo maps not preloaded
  • Lags in response time due to less powerful processor
  • Nonexpandable storage space
  • Absence of Micro SD slot

How does the product serve your needs?

The Magellan eXplorist 310 GPS device is a worthy contender that can put quite a challenge in front of the more expensive competitors out there. The paperless geocaching service of the instrument makes it all the more appealing to the frequent backpacker.

The device is affordable positioned in the market on top of that the added features that come with it are all seen in devices that cost way more.

On close observation, it is seen that the graphic user interface of the device is a bit clattery to use due to the underpowered processor incorporated in the hardware.

How is the product different from its competitors?

If we compare the Magellan eXplorist 310 with the Garmin eTrex 20 then the following observations will be made.

The Magellan has a rugged and robust construction. On top of that, the overall quality of the screen, display, and the buttons are far more superior when compared to the Garmin eTrex 20.

The detailed street maps of the Magellan are loaded with details about the local tourist attractions, places of interest and public areas like parks.

The one from Garmin, on the other hand, do not come pre-installed with topo maps but steals the spotlight with its Micro SD card slot that can be used for expanding the internal storage of the device. This feature is absent in the Magellan and proves to be a major downside.

Both of these devices make the use of the GPX file formats for data movement and subsequently storing them on the memory card.

Verdict

The Magellan eXplorist 310 GPS device is a pocket-friendly, decent performing device. Its rugged construction and reliable hardware act as the Unique Selling Point for this particular product.

Although the overall performance of the device is a bit slow due to the underpowered processor, it just gets overlooked by the average customer due to its affordability and value for money. The wireless transfer of data to other similar devices and other advanced features makes this product a hit among the frequent backpackers.

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