Hands-on Gear Review

Magellan eXplorist 310 Review

The Magellan eXplorist 310 has a small screen and difficult joystick.
By: Chris McNamara and Max Neale  ⋅  Aug 1, 2013
Price:  $199 List  |  $130.00 at Amazon - 35% Off
Pros:  Lightweight, good battery life.
Cons:  Small screen, toggle button is hard to use, slower than other units.
Manufacturer:   Magellan

Our Verdict

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.


Our Analysis and Test Results

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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.

Dislikes


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.

Value


Poor value.

Chris McNamara and Max Neale


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   Aug 6, 2013 - 07:21pm
Kemper Straley

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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   Nov 22, 2016 - 02:55am
Jack123 · Camper · Marrickville

READ THIS FIRST IF YOU PLAN TO USE THIS FOR BUSHWALKING/HIKING -

I bought this unit from JB HiFi to use on a multi-day bushwalk my wife and I had planned for our wedding anniversary. The box clearly provided as follows: "Bonus State Based Topographic Map and Vehicle Kit when you purchase a Magellan eXplorist 310" - see photo.

I registered as directed and received an email to say that my topo maps would be provided within 45 DAYS after my purchase had been verified. I contacted Magellan about this. I explained that I had bought the unit for a specific walk nine days after the purchase. I received a response to say that this time frame was 'standard'.

I have corresponded with them now four times over the past week, providing all my details and a copy of my receipt. Although it only requires them to email me a download link, the maps have still not arrived.

DO NOT BUY THIS UNIT IF YOU HOPE TO USE THE INCLUDED TOPO MAPS WITHIN SEVEN WEEKS OF YOUR PURCHASE!

Based on my experience I will not be buying another Magellan product and I will be advising my friends to avoid Magellan (which seems to be distributed by Navman in Australia).

#magellan #navman #hiking #ripoffs #bushwalking #camping #geocaching #gps



Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.


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   Jun 19, 2015 - 03:25pm
Victoria Lewis

This is the first GPS I bought for geocaching. Plain and simple…I hate it the more I use it. Most often I would rather use the app on my cell phone. The compass does nothing except take up space on this GPS. It will also having you walking in circles because the minute you stop moving it no longer works, you have to exit to the main menu and go back to the geocache screen and heaven for bid if you stop moving because you will have to start all over again. SAVE YOUR MONEY AND YOUR INSANITY, BUY SOMETHING THAT WORKS AND HAS A COMPASS THAT MOVES WHEN YOU DO!! This GPS is a nightmare.



Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.


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