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Magellan EXplorist 310 Review


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Overall avg rating 1.8 of 5 based on 2 reviews. Most recent review: August 6, 2013
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Pros:  Lightweight, good battery life.
Cons:  Small screen, toggle button is hard to use, slower than other units.
Best Uses:  Not recommended.
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Manufacturer:   Magellan
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ August 1, 2013  
The Magellan eXplorist 310 is a budget, low performance entry-level GPS unit. Its cramped button configuration makes it difficult to operate efficiently and the directional toggle is jerky and imprecise. The screen is also small and the performance slower than most other units we reviewed. If you're looking for the best value GPS unit, get the Garmin eTrex 20 because it draws maps faster, the button configuration is easier and faster to use, and the included mapping software is slightly better and Mac compatible.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review


The Magellan eXplorist 310 is the entry-level eXplorist model and the lowest rated GPS we tested. There are a few good noteworthy features: the screen, despite being small, can be read in the sunlight easier than a touchscreen of the same size. A small GPS like the eXplorist 310 weighs more than a larger GPS and can fit in your pocket well, and takes up less space in a backpack.


The main drawback to the eXplorist 310 is its button configuration, which is very difficult to use compared to other push button models and touch screen units we've tested. The buttons lie in a small area, which makes them hard to use with two thumbs and the directional toggle is jerky and imprecise. The screen is also the smallest those tested. And the unit is slower to draw maps than most other units. Of the budget models we reviewed our testers always grabbed the Garmin eTrex or Dakota and not the eXplorist 310.


Poor value.

Chris McNamara and Max Neale

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   Aug 6, 2013 - 07:21pm
The review of the Magellean eXplorist 310 is spot on. As a novice to GPS systems, I found the learning curve for using the eXplorist too steep. The instructions that came with it were pretty bare and there wasn't a lot of online help (perhaps due to the unpopularity of the device?). The tiny buttons and screen were hard to use, as was the system navigation. Finally, I found that it really burned through the batteries (though this may be due to some misunderstanding of the settings on my part). After using the GPS for a couple of weeks I put it back in the drawer, where its stayed ever since.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.
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The Magellan eXplorist 310 has a small screen and difficult joystick.
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