Magellan Triton 500
Manufacturer: Magellan Part number: 980-0003-001
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- Average user rating: 2.0 stars out of 6 reviews
- Advanced full-color navigation that's amazingly easy! 3-axis electronic compass and built-in barometer offer enhanced navigation capabilities. SD-card compatibility enables use of unlimited optional detailed maps and other user generated content. Rugged and waterproof to take you anywhere.
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Nice start but falls far short of the mark.
by rainierboy45 on September 15, 2008
Pros: Compact design, seems to have a strong internal antenna, fast start up
Cons: used the unit for 30 minutes before deciding to return it. Buttons are tiny. I wore a hole in my thumb using the buttons and because of the shape and how hard u have to push the buttons i almost dropped it several times. text on screen is small
Summary: I have a magellan sport trak that is at least 5 years old. I was looking to upgrade and find a unit that has better maping than my old unit ...
Summary: I have a magellan sport trak that is at least 5 years old. I was looking to upgrade and find a unit that has better maping than my old unit does. When I first turned on the triton 500 I was impressed. It started quickly and the color display produced a wow effect that was short lived. Once the light turns off you can no longer see the display. I immediately noticed how small the function buttons were and then tried to use finding them almost impossible to push. I found myself trying to convince myself it would still be ok and must be better because it was new. The more I used the unit the more unhappy I was with my purchase (I hate buyers remorse). The built in base map completly sucks. My old unit barely had a map and it was better than what this unit comes with. Long story long... I was very disappointed that Magellan dropped the ball on this one. I find Magellan has a strong reciever/antenna combo but beyond that does not deliver.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
great - maybe someday
by grguthrie on January 13, 2008
Pros: design, features, price
Cons: stability, no maps
Summary: The specs look great, but the units are buggy in this first release. They hang, lose tracks, etc. The software they distribute (Mapsend lite) is serial port only, so won'...
Summary: The specs look great, but the units are buggy in this first release. They hang, lose tracks, etc. The software they distribute (Mapsend lite) is serial port only, so won't work with the unit which is USB.
The built in base maps are very poor, and there are *no* detailed maps yet, and their tech support has "no information" about future release dates.
See reviews on model 200 for comments on the TOPO! map problems, which would apply to all of the series. In any case the HG TOPO maps are $99 each, and even their full series of 9 only covers 21 states in US.
Unit is incompatible with any old maps you may have from their Mapsend series.
If they repair and upgrade the firmware, and get maps out, might be great.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best GPS I've every had!
by braun247 on November 30, 2009
Pros: Topo maps
Cons: The menus are tough, you have to sit down and learn where everything is and how to use it.
You have to read how to turn the thing completely off instead of stand by. It took me about a year and a hole lot of batteries to learn that.
Summary: Love this thing. It does everything I want. I bought it because of the topo maps (that can be loaded into it). I have the entire state of Colorado on ...
Summary: Love this thing. It does everything I want. I bought it because of the topo maps (that can be loaded into it). I have the entire state of Colorado on it in the highest detail. I have a 4 gb sd card in it and it only took up 2gd. It did take about 2 hours to load it, but I wont every have to load it again. I have ordered a 16 to see if it works with that. If so I will be loading the entire states of Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana and any other state topo I get.
If you plan on using it with the Topo program it is worth it. Otherwise you will not like the limited maps.
OK deal if using with TOPO!
by Doctorice on September 23, 2008
Pros: Uses color TOPO! National Geographic maps. Good deal if you already have a state package or weekend explorer from NatGeoTopo! Pretty small and light. Lasts ten hours. Good Illumination.
Cons: Somehwhat buggy to get up and rolling. Not totally intuitive. Still have not figured out how to get my trail back into my computer for archiving and sharing with friends and on the web.
Summary: Very nice for finding your way around while bushwacking in the backcountry. I can put the whole state of Colorado TOPO! on one SD chip! Some difficulty starting up, but ...
Summary: Very nice for finding your way around while bushwacking in the backcountry. I can put the whole state of Colorado TOPO! on one SD chip! Some difficulty starting up, but it all seems to be functioning OK now. A little hard to tool around but OK for $200 from Costco (includes nice carry case). Need to reboot a couple of times to get the software to work. May have to uninstall TOPO! (you won't lose your hard drive maps), then install TOPO! from the included CD, then upgrade from NatGeo Website.
Don't waste your time or money on this one.
by lericray on September 18, 2008
Pros: It is compact and rugged. The color screen is clear.
Cons: It is unreliable. Lost all of its maps after the first day.
Maps are "keyed" to the S/N of the unit. Can't be used on anything else
Maps are very expensive and quality is not equal to the cost.
Summary: I purchased the Triton 500 prior to going on vacation in Kauai, HI. I wanted to go hiking on some of the many trails. After I purchased it, I found ...
Summary: I purchased the Triton 500 prior to going on vacation in Kauai, HI. I wanted to go hiking on some of the many trails. After I purchased it, I found out that it had no topos pre-loaded. Why would one buy a handheld GPS without topos. I live in the SouthEast, so I purchased a Southeast set and a West set of maps found out that they were keyed only to that unit S/N). I downloaded the maps to the Triton and it worked for the first day (of 9 days). The next day, during a hike, the Triton lost the maps including the street maps that were preloaded. That night, I attempted unsuccessfully to re-load, then to get help from tech support, but no response. It was useless the rest of the vacation. My son had a Garmin and we used it. When I got home, I returned the unit for a refund and attempted to get a refund on the map packages. Magellan refused, even though it could only be used on that unit. I did not trust the unit, so I didn?t exchange it for another Triton. I finally did what I should have done in the beginning. Do a cost comparison and check the ratings. I found out that the Delorme PN-20 bundle had topos for the whole US for about the same price as just the naked Triton. If I got the equivalent topos for Triton it would have cost me 5 times the cost of the Triton. I decided to take the loss on the Magellan software and purchase a Delorme. In summary, someone would be crazy or down-right stupid (like I was) to have purchased a Triton. I won?t purchase another Magellan product. There is too much quality competition out there.
There are too many issues that make this diffucult to use.
by ndw4rhaul on June 16, 2008
Pros: You can can use it as a photo viewer - buts is a GPS!
Cons: Connectivity (can't) and user interaction (clumsy menu+ buttons)
Summary: Not bad out of the box - it worked and i was able to use it almost immediately.
Noted that the back case plastic seems kind of cheap and brittle (...
Summary: Not bad out of the box - it worked and i was able to use it almost immediately.
Noted that the back case plastic seems kind of cheap and brittle (One drop ?). The seals may be ok but the fit looks marginal and may not wear well. The USB cable is of good quality.
Tracking is good, but seems to drift a little too much from day-to-day. I Couldn't confirm as i cant get the data out.
Route entry is ok, But you have to do it from a non-map screen so you cant watch the map at the same time.
It's running in WinCE. Quick and dirty development for GUI but the responsiveness is pretty slow. It's got 64M or RAM but there is almost no space for data/other maps. But the graphics are decent with the installed default sparse map. Could not eval with a detailed map. The default map is pretty sparse and w/o the software and connectivity operational can get any more detail.
The PC software installs but that is about it. The are two apps that install and are supposed to compliment each other. Topo graphics were having problems.
I can't connect to the device to read data - Driver issue?? or device? It would be confusing for a non-PC savvy person to connect and use this.
What a POOR job of user centered design!!!! Gaahhh
How do you set the Time zone on this beast!? it's forces to EST?
It does not respond properly as a USB device (Linux) so you can't even get very far with Linux either (GPSBabel). I admit I was getting pretty jaded by the time i tried this - a last resort - and did not give it my all. But then WHY SHOULD I - I Paid for this to be usable and work.
This is going back and I feel completely ripped off by this = ship a product with so many basic flaws? It's worse than an Out-of-box failure as I spent MY TIME seeing if I COULD use it for what i needed.
Support? They are more confused that I am.
Good thing I bought it at Costco as they have a very good return policy.
BYT: is discontinued! No wonder
In short. Don't bother. If you did? Good luck.
- Manufacturer: Magellan
- Part number: 980-0003-001
- Description: Advanced full-color navigation that's amazingly easy! 3-axis electronic compass and built-in barometer offer enhanced navigation capabilities. SD-card compatibility enables use of unlimited optional detailed maps and other user generated content. Rugged and waterproof to take you anywhere.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Recommended Use Hiking
- Preloaded Maps Canada ,
48 United States
- Card Reader SD Memory Card
- Interface USB
- Functions & Services Heading ,
Electronic compass ,
- Included Software VantagePoint
- SBAS EGNOS ,
- Antenna Built-in
- Accuracy Position - 10 ft ( With WAAS )
- Features Barometer
- Type TFT - Color
- Diagonal Size 2.2 in
- Resolution 320 x 240
- Display Illumination Yes
- Connector Type USB
- Type AA type
- Design Features Rugged case
- Waterproof Standard IPX7
- Service & Support 1 year warranty