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1. Magellan SporTrak Map Handheld
$234.95 list($299.99)
2. Magellan SporTrak Pro Handheld
$319.00 $254.90 list($359.99)
3. Magellan Meridian Marine GPS
$176.99 list($169.99)
4. Magellan SporTrak Handheld GPS
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5. Magellan 330M Marine GPS

1. Magellan SporTrak Map Handheld GPS
list price: $249.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000064184
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Magellan
Sales Rank: 2502
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Magellan's Sportrak Map--with its gray monochrome screen and limited data upload--is a little bit old school. But that's not bad. Think of the Sportrak Map as a jeep--rugged exterior, spartan controls (that are easy to access), and all the power you need to get you to any destination, whether it be the rain forests of the Pacific Northwest or the urban jungle.

This Map model resides at the low end of Magellan's Sportrak series, which is geared more toward the outdoorsy type than the business person navigating appointments from the car. The Sportrak Map offers a 2 MB built-in map database of North America, a relatively small 6 MB flash memory for downloading maps and points of interest from your PC, storage for 500 waypoints and 20 routes, and WAAS reception (more on that in a moment).

Our first of the Sportrak Map was that it was much smaller than we imagined from the online images we'd seen. At 2.2 inches wide and 5.6 inches, it's about the same size as our old Nokia 5190, and its 6.1-ounce weight is slightly lighter than that old behemoth. The controls at the bottom of the device are well laid out and easily accessible, whether you're right- or left-handed (though the smaller Enter and Nav buttons could prove challenging if wearing bulky gloves). The 2.2 by 1.4-inch grayscale display was adequate, and definitely geared toward handheld viewing.

The Sportrak Map has 9 information screens, including compass, track details, and satellite status. It also has such useful features as track back (which helps you to retrace your steps to previous waypoints) and a track-to-route saving function. (A track represents your current direction of travel, but it won't be saved to your GPS until it's created as a route.)

As mentioned, the Sportrak Map is a fairly base-level GPS unit, which can be a bit disconcerting for GPS newbies. Though it does have a North American land-mass and waterway database, it does not show much mapping detail (save for major highway systems and points of interest like airports and lakes). Again, the Sportrak Map is best used for hikes, mountain biking treks, and the like. You can easily set it to capture the path you follow (i.e., create a track) with specific markers (waypoints), and then upload this set longitude/latitude data to a PC to record your route. Our first attempt at naming a waypoint, which requires using the thumbpad to navigate to onscreen letters and numbers, took longer than it should, but we devised a system that kept our names short but recognizeable.

In our testing, we had access to a Magellan Mapsend CD-ROM, and were able to download maps to the Sportrak Map. We grabbed a large swath of the Seattle metropolitan area (including detailed city streets) and transferred it easily to the device (the file was a little over 3 MB, or half the available memory). Smaller map selections for multiple hikes and such will definitely fit on the device, though highly detailed topographical maps may not.

As with most new handheld GPS receivers released since the middle of 2003, the Sportrak Map adds WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation Service) reception for a reading of your location that's accurate to about 3 meters. Is it handy? Definitely, for some--but it will be mostly transparent to you under typical use. For others, such as a friend who is plotting specific hikes in the Pacific Northwest for a book, the accuracy WAAS provides will improve the precision of tracks and offer better detail for map illustrations.

The Sportrak Map isn't the most powerful GPS receiver out there. But if you're looking for a navigation device that offers accuracy, transfer of routes and waypoints to a PC, and a modicum of extended features (such as detailed map download), the Sportrak Map might just be your ticket to adventure. --Agen G.N. Schmitz

Pros:

  • Easy to use, accurate GPS receiver for outdoor activities
  • Ruggedized, waterproof exterior (that even floats)
  • Internal memory enough for medium-sized map downloads
  • Ability transfer of routes and waypoints to PC via included serial cable
Cons:
  • 6 MB memory won't be enough for detailed topographical maps
  • No external memory card capability (for that see Magellan's Meridian series)
  • Isn't recommended as primary in-city navigation device
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Features

  • 12-channel GPS receiver; WAAS enabled for up to 3 meter accuracy
  • 2 MB North American basemap of roads, waterways, parks, and more
  • 6 MB memory for additional map downloads
  • Large, easy-to-read display; 9-key keypad for quick access to software features
  • Rugged, waterproof design; Quadifiler Helix antenna for superior tracking in harsh environments

Reviews (24)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Features, Nice Unit
I have a poor sense of direction and wanted a portable GPS unit to (1) use when traveling in unfamiliar places, and (2) to be able to map out some places by plotting points. I haven't plotted points yet, but have taken it on the road a fair bit.

I looked seriously at units from Magellan and Garmin, but decided on the SporTrak Map primarily because of its features and a ... rebate.

I have owned this unit for a little more than a month now, and really have enjoyed it. It has a nice "breadcrumb" tracking feature which will let you save a route previously traveled. It has plenty of memory for my uses, though I have not purchased map additions yet. The basic map included has major interstates, US highways, airports, cities and some other details.

I also purchased a cigarette-lighter power adapter for use on the road. The backlight feature has two levels of brightness, and I had been traveling for a little over two hours with the power adapter and the unit on "bright" when the backlight went off. It wouldn't come back on again despite pulling power, removing the batteries and reinitializing the unit (wiping out all memory). I got a return authorization from Magellan, sent the unit back via ground freight and got it back within a week, also via ground freight. The service was exceptional. Magellan even threw in a couple of goodies with my returned unit for my trouble.

I certainly recommend this unit, and the only reason that I didn't give it five stars was because of the light failure. Other than that, I have been very satisfied.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good midrange GPS
I have been thinking of buing a GPS for over 3 years, after I heard about Geocaching a couple weeks ago it was enough to make be jump to get one. Did not know much about them in the beginning and I guess I am still learning. I paid ... for mine last week and this week it is less,... it really is quite a deal.

I like that it is small, light and compact...it seems smaller than some of the other magellans that I have seen others with. The screen is good size and the menus have been pretty simple to get around with. My 9 year old picked it up in about 15 minutes and my 5 year old used it to create a breadtrail.

Yesterday I used it for the first time geocaching and it took me within 8 feet of the cache box each time. Features it does not have is average speed and more memory would be nice.

Nice unit for the money

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Durability and Lots of Options for the Price!
I have been using this unit for 7 months now and it does more than I expected for the money. It doesn't have a lot of the frills like other more expensive models but does a lot of the same and great for geocaching! I have purchased a mount to secure it to my mountain bike and it tells me my speed, direction, altitude, and tracks my path where I go so I can backtrack. It does lots of other things also. Bottom line...it's a great buy!

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT GPS!
Back in March/2004, I was looking for a cheap/quality GPS that used alkaline batteries, a monochrome display, and could be used out of the box, without connecting the unit to a PC. Well this GPS was my answer! It took me sometime to find it, but the wait was well worth it! I remember stopping by Fry's, Best Buy and a number of other electronic stores and being told that I would not be sold a GPS that did not offer a monochrome display, and worst of all would not be sold a GPS under $400! I do not understand why so many people using electronics feel they need a Bazooka to kill a rabbit. Shouldn't sales people understand that not everyone needs a powerful device, and some people just need a simple unit? Well I only needed a pistol for the job and found it at Radio Shack.
Well the Magellan SporTrak Map GPS has 2MB of built in maps, which entails interstates, freeways, and highways, not to disclude airports and other points of interest. For me, I do not expect a GPS to replace a regular map, but just to be a strong add on, which will tell me my exact location when I'm traveling. This GPS unit has 6MB of free memory for detailed street maps, but the only catch is the price of the MapSend CD-ROM, which is highly overpriced. So, I do not expect to add on any detailed maps to my GPS anytime soon. I recommend this GPS to all users wanting a simple monochrome GPS unit with great battery life (15+ hours) and only need a GPS for freeway, interstate, and highway navigation. Oh one more thing for the best battery life use the Energizer Titanium cells.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm happy!
After lots of research, I finally decided to purchase this Magellan over the Garmin Legend. The decision was based mostly on other websites and reviews questioning the sensitivity of the Garmin. I can't say anything about that, but I know I can usually get enough signal on the 1st floor of my 2 floor house (and I'm away from any windows). In the open, I can usually get 100% signal from 6 satellites and a little from a 7th (it only needs sufficient signal from 3). It's a little bigger than the Garmin, but being an RF engineer, I know that generally, the larger the better the antenna performance. I can't wait to take mine on a hike. FYI The unit comes programmed with fairly detailed maps of the US and very general maps of the rest of the world. If you want more, I guess you have to buy the CD.

Update: I compared my unit to my friend's Garmin Legend and from the window at work, the Magellan did seem to perform better.
I managed to lock on to 3 satellites, while the Garmin only two. ... Read more


2. Magellan SporTrak Pro Handheld GPS
list price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000064189
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Magellan
Sales Rank: 1823
Average Customer Review: 4.24 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Magellan SporTrak Pro is a feature-rich, fun, and easy-to-use GPS receiver designed for the serious navigator. Its rugged, waterproof, and ergonomic design is perfect for the outdoorsperson needing a compact but powerful navigator.

Included in SporTrak Pro is a 9 MB North American basemap of highways, major roads, parks, waterways, marine navaids, buoys, lighthouses, and more. An additional 23 MB of built-in memory is included for downloading detailed maps from Magellan's MapSend line of CD-ROMs. With Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) support, the SporTrak offers readings with up to a three-meter accuracy.

The large display, along with a front facing 9-key keypad, makes it easy to use in any environment. SporTrak Pro software includes seven graphic navigation screens, storage for up to 500 waypoints and 20 routes, a best fish and game time calculator, and BackTrack for finding your way home after a long trip into the woods.

The SporTrak Pro runs on two AA batteries for up to 14 hours. It's housed in rubber-armored, impact-resistant plastic that's waterproof and also floats.

The WAAS difference
  • 100 meters: Accuracy of the original GPS system, which was subject to accuracy degradation under the government-imposed Selective Availability (SA) program.
  • 15 meters: Typical GPS position accuracy without SA.
  • 3-5 meters: Typical differential GPS (DGPS) position accuracy.
  • Less than 3 meters: Typical WAAS position accuracy.
WAAS is a system of satellites and ground stations that provide GPS signal corrections, giving you even better position accuracy. How much better? Try an average of up to five times better. A WAAS-capable receiver can give you a position accuracy of better than three meters 95 percent of the time. And you don't have to purchase additional receiving equipment or pay service fees to utilize WAAS.

How it Works
WAAS consists of approximately 25 ground reference stations positioned across the United States that monitor GPS satellite data. Two master stations, located on either coast, collect data from the reference stations and create a GPS correction message. This correction accounts for GPS satellite orbit and clock drift plus signal delays caused by the atmosphere and ionosphere. The corrected differential message is then broadcast through one of two geostationary satellites, or satellites with a fixed position over the equator. The information is compatible with the basic GPS signal structure, which means any WAAS-enabled GPS receiver can read the signal.

Who benefits from WAAS?
Currently, WAAS satellite coverage is only available in North America. There are no ground reference stations in South America, so even though GPS users there can receive WAAS, the signal has not been corrected and thus would not improve the accuracy of their unit. For some users in the U.S., the position of the satellites over the equator makes it difficult to receive the signals when trees or mountains obstruct the view of the horizon. WAAS signal reception is ideal for open land and marine applications. WAAS provides extended coverage both inland and offshore compared to the land-based DGPS (differential GPS) system. Another benefit of WAAS is that it does not require additional receiving equipment, while DGPS does.

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Features

  • 12-channel GPS receiver; WAAS enabled for up to 3 meter accuracy
  • 9 MB North American basemap of roads, waterways, parks, and more
  • 23 MB memory for additional map downloads
  • Large, easy-to-read display; 9-key keypad for quick access to software features
  • Rugged, waterproof design; Quadifiler Helix antenna for superior tracking in harsh environments

Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars Too cool.
I just received my Magellan SporTrak Pro GPS unit, and after about three hours of non-stop twiddling with it, I can safely say "WOW!" I powered up the unit for the first time INSIDE my house, and it started acquiring satellites. Pretty amazing.

Highlights:

- Easy to use
- Dead accurate
- Surprisingly detailed base map
- Well worth the money

The only Down Sides I've noted are:

- PC cable securing screw has a small, floppy D-ring-type handle on it, which makes securing the PC cable to the GPS somewhat finicky. The same type D-ring is used for the lanyard loop/battery compartment screw. It's OK, but nothing I'd design.

- Magellan doesn't make a carrying case for it, but a slightly modified Nokia 5160 leather case works very well!

- The backlight makes an annoying hum. It is barely noticeable at the Low setting, but on High, it sounds like a mosquito. Good thing I detest backlights to begin with.

If you want a GPS, go buy this unit. Don't mess with the "toy" GPS systems that only use "patch" antennas. The quad helix on the Magellan systems is FAR superior.

2-0 out of 5 stars Critical Deficiency
I returned this unit because of an inaccurate trip odometer and will probably replace it with the Garmin GPSMap. The accuracy of the odometer on my Sportrak was off by about 20% at walking speeds. Try the following test: drive a one mile course away from and back to your home with the unit on the car dashboard. You will find quite close agreement (within a couple of percent) of the odometer reading on your car and the Sportrak. Now walk the same course holding the unit in your hand. My unit would record approximately 0.8 miles on the odometer on the same 1 mile course. I have conducted this experiment with a Garmin unit (the Foretrex 201) and found this unit to have the same accuracy at walking speeds as at highway speeds. Since I wish to use the system for mostly walking speed trips the Sportrak was unacceptable to me.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm happy!!
After lots of research, I finally decided to purchase this Magellan over the Garmin Legend. The decision was based mostly on other websites and reviews questioning the sensitivity of the Garmin. I can't say anything about that, but I know I can usually get enough signal on the 1st floor of my 2 floor house (and I'm away from any windows). In the open, I can usually get 100% signal from 6 satellites and a little from a 7th (it only needs sufficient signal from 3). It's a little bigger than the Garmin, but being an RF engineer, I know that generally, the larger the better the antenna performance. I can't wait to take mine on a hike. FYI The unit comes programmed with fairly detailed maps of the US and very general maps of the rest of the world. If you want more, I guess you have to buy the CD.

Update: I compared my unit to my friend's Garmin Legend and from the window at work, the Magellan did seem to perform better.
I managed to lock on to 3 satellites, while the Garmin only two.

5-0 out of 5 stars The most accurate GPS
The is the most accurate GPS I have ever tested.
It is a good overall unit.

3-0 out of 5 stars on upgrading your firmware, be careful
One word of caution. It's very easy to upgrade the firmware on the Magellans. But nowhere on the "readmes" for the sportrak pro upgrade did it tell the user to keep both the com port and the GPS at 4800 baud (esp. since the GPS can be set for 115,200! You can totally hose the flash memory and firmware by running the upgrade at ANY baud rate > 4800. You CAN go through an arcane series of "keystokes" to get the GPS back into "upgrade" mode..but it's a pain.. ... Read more


3. Magellan Meridian Marine GPS
list price: $359.99
our price: $319.00
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Asin: B00005OLY9
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Magellan
Sales Rank: 10993
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Keep on course at all times with the Meridian Marine Global Positioning System receiver. This rugged handheld GPS unit coordinates data from up to 12 satellites to pinpoint your location anywhere on the globe, and it comes with a 16 MB base map that details U.S. marine navaids including fixed navaids, buoys, obstructions, wrecks, and lighthouses. The Meridian Marine's Secure Digital Memory Card slot allows you to slide in a data card to get even more detail, or use a memory card to store waypoints and routes.

The Meridian Marine is PC compatible and stores up to 500 waypoints and 20 reversible routes with up to 30 legs. It also comes with a quadrifilar helix antenna for optimal satellite signal reception and fast position fixes. WAAS and EGNOS capability adds to the versatility of this receiver, which can be operated in English, French, German, Dutch, Finnish, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, or Swedish.

See your exact position on the Meridian Marine's seven navigation screens and vertical-profile graphs that show elevations of the route traveled. The oversized grayscale display allows you to easily see location information and comes with a backlight and backlit keypad for use even in dim light. Waterproof rubber armoring and an ergonomic, compact design add to the Meridian Marine's functionality.

The Meridian Marine is compatible with Magellan's MapSend software, including MapSend Streets Europe and the recently released MapSend Topo for the United States. Vehicle, bike, and swivel mounts are sold separately. ... Read more

Features

  • 12-channel GPS unit with 16 MB marine base map
  • Built-in database of U.S. marine navaids including fixed navaids, buoys, obstructions, wrecks, and lighthouses
  • Secure Digital memory-card slot for expanded storage
  • Waterproof; rugged, ergonomic design
  • Oversize gray-scale display with backlight; backlit keypad

Reviews (5)

3-0 out of 5 stars Rip off software by design 1 chart only 1 sd card only
The limits that are placed on you: 1 sd card and 1 chart -It does not matter how much memory or how many cards you have do not buy any thing more than 32 mb!
So if you use the blue nav software on your boat be sure to pack your computer. If you are going out of the imposed restricted zone placed upon you by "map send" fire up the generator get your computer going and then load the next chart you need. I guess this should not be a problem if you have an ocean liner - boy hope you do not have a smaller boat.
I would be happy with this gps if they let you register let's say 3 additional sd cards or if they did not limit you to one chart what is the point of one chart some one needs to get on the ball at magellan and lift restrictions ASAP!

2-0 out of 5 stars Great technology hamstrung by poor functionality
Thinking it'd be great to get a GPS for your boat/ car/ hiking which will work for all three? Think again. The Magellan GPS MapSend software system makes it virtually impossible to use your GPS for more than one of these categories. Hard to believe, I know, I just got mine in the mail yesterday and I already feel duped. The killer is that the inability to crossover from the BlueNav charts to Topo or Streets is BY DESIGN. There is no software or memory restriction that would keep the unit from being able to use all three MapSend products. Plus... the waypoint managment is poor (can't load from PC to handheld or visa versa without erasing all of the waypoints stored on the receiving device), the file transfer is slow (unless you buy extra technology), the wrist strap screws in to the center of the mount area for external power/ computer communication cable/ external antenna so you always have to unscrew the wrist strap to attach anything else (I mean, come on!). I feel I've spent $500 for a nearly useless product. Avoid Magellan is my advice.

3-0 out of 5 stars good product but the software needs work
I purchased a Meridian Marine and was disappointed to find that the BlueNav Chart software has serious shortcomings. First you can only download one small chart on one SD card. Chesapeake bay, for example, has 3 different charts so you have to erase the SD card and re-load another map. If you are in a sea kayak it is tough to take a lap top. Also you can't download your track into a PC, which is a problem for sailboats. Your other option is to buy the extra large charts on an SD card which is quite expensive. If you buy this unit with the idea of loading Marine charts you will be seriously disappointed. Buyer beware check it out with Magellan, the website glosses over these shortcomings. The hardware works well if you want to download maps into the unit get an SD card reader it will save you hours of time over a serial connection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Buy
I almost did not buy this unit after reding the reviews but as I suspected this is a well built GPS that fits in your hand with a large useable readout. The map software worked perfectly and had all the street info I needed even in remote areas of MI in the "UP".

5-0 out of 5 stars A super GPS! The pick for mariners and roadies...
Just got this unit. It's great! I think this will set the standard for handhelds for a while. The ability to add memory makes it fairly unbeatable right now. I've put down some thoughts of mine that might be helpful. The stats and whatnot are on the Magellan web site and Amazon so I won't go into those. Also go to the Magellan site for screen shots. They have a shot of each screen, it's helps to see them I think. Anyhoo, my thoughts, very random and probably not much help but....

- It's very easy on the hands. Fits nicely with all the buttons up front, no hidden or back buttons. Very nice. Also has dedicated zoom buttons for the maps, a great touch. Nothing's worse then one button for both. The rubber cover is very grippy so water will never be a problem. The battery compartment doesn't look very water tight, however the unit seems tight. I would guess water will never be problem.
- This unit come with the pc cable, although the blur above doesn't say this. So you won't need to buy that cable. Makes it easier really and saves a little money for other extries. You will only need the car cable, which is cheaper. The combo looks a little large and complicated, so I'll go for the straight cig lighter cable.
- The screen is very easy to see. It has 3 levels of backlighting, but I haven't needed that at all. The screen's large enough and bright enough for most folks. The detail is good, like any hand held it's somewhat limited but I have had no problems at all.
- The 16MB of info is really pretty good. The detail doesn't go beyond state, national, and some limited local roadways but that's to be expected. With the Mapsend CD-ROM I would think the detail is endless, especially with the add on memory. I haven't bought the CD-ROM yet (...). Can't wait to test that out! The marine points are good. Seems to have most of the local fixed navaids, including archaeological sites. I'm on east coast so marine points are plentiful and this seems to have most. Good enough most sailing and boating, especially since one doesn't navigate solely with a GPS anyway - I hope! I would think a future marine CD-ROM is in order though. I'm not sure if the gold or platinum has more road map detail or not. Probably, but they don't have the waterway points which is a neat feature. Also has lakes and rivers, for the fishers out there - has a fishers helper time-of-day screen.
- It's very easy to program and get going. I had it up and going in 15 minutes, including reading the manual. It's really easy. I'm a first time GPSer if that helps. No worries! Oh, it comes with batteries in the box. A nice touch. No running out looking for batteries when all you really want to do is play with the thing! A+ to Magellan on that one.
- It's very quick at getting the sats and giving your local. Since it's my first I cannot compare but I'm satisfied with the speed. It refreshes quickly and has a nifty compass. The drive screens are well thought out and uncomplicated.
- All of the prompts and menus are intuitive and easy to navigate, which seems logical for a navigation tool. But not always the case I guess. The learning curve is gentle, without losing the feeling that this is a seriously techno complicated piece of equipment.
- Extras. Includes a very neat sun/moon function. It will tell you rise and set times as well as phase of moon. The GPS lets you know your position to the sun and moon at all times as well.

I really like this GPS. It does everything I can think of and a little more. Heck it even has an elevation gain/loss recorder. Kinda cool after a major hike to see how far you climbed. Overall this is a must buy. If you're in the market for a GPS seriously look over this one. I think it's the top of the heap, and well worth the ticket price. Hope this helps! Now go and have an adventure. ... Read more


4. Magellan SporTrak Handheld GPS (12 Channel, WAAS, Points of Interest Compatible)
list price: $169.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006417R
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Magellan
Sales Rank: 6926
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Magellan SporTrak is a feature-rich, fun, and easy-to-use GPS receiver designed for everyone. The compact, rugged, and ergonomic design makes it the perfect companion on your next outdoor adventure.

The 12-parallel channel SporTrak receiver includes a worldwide database of major city locations and 1 MB of additional uploadable memory for downloading points of interest from one of Magellan's DataSend line of CD-ROMs. With Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) support, the SporTrak offers readings with up to a three-meter accuracy.

The large display, along with a front-facing 9-key keypad, makes the SporTrak easy to use in any environment. SporTrak software includes seven graphic navigation screens, storage for up to 500 waypoints and 20 routes, a best fish and game time calculator, and BackTrack for finding your way home after a long trip into the woods.

The SporTrak runs on two AA batteries for up to 14 hours. It's housed in rubber-armored, impact-resistant plastic that's waterproof and also floats.



Navigate with ease using the SporTrak's intuitive controls.
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Features

  • 12-channel GPS receiver; WAAS enabled for up to 3 meter accuracy
  • 1 MB of built-in memory for additional point of interest downloads
  • Large, easy-to-read display; 9-key keypad for quick access to software features
  • Rugged, waterproof design; Quadifiler Helix antenna for superior tracking in harsh environments
  • Software includes 9 graphic navigation screens, storage for up to 500 waypoints and 20 routes, best fish and game time calculator

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice replacement for the 315
I lost my trusty 315 and was hoping to not reinvest in cables, etc. Thankfully all of the cables attach and work fine. Even my old case fits it well. The screens are identical to the 315, though this one already feels snappier and more quickly establishes position. I have heard this antenna design is very good, but one needs to hold it upright (vertical) rather than looking at the screen like the Garmin units.

Highly recommend this little unit for basic GPS functions.

4-0 out of 5 stars Grerat product, user interface could be better. Love it.
I bought this unit to use for Geocaching and I recommend it highly. My minimum requirements were that it have WAAS (allows better accuracy under certain circumstances, often as good a 3 meters) and 12 channel operation (gives more consistent operation when the view of the sky is partially obscured, or changing, as when in the woods). This unit seems to be the best value given these requirements.

Overall I am very pleased with the unit. I like the fact that it allows some customization. For intance, one can choose which screens are shown (for example some views are not usefull for geochaching).

My biggest complaint is that the SporTrak, like many electronic devices, has a user interface that appears to have been designed by engineers without any "human factors" experts on the team. Its not a really big deal, but if the user interface were logically thought out I'd have given it a 5 rather than a 4.

Particularly since I only use it ocassionally, I find myself frustrated sometimes by the not-very-intuitive steps need to program in new waypoints and selecting a destination.

Very good unit and a very good value.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very easy to use and extremely accurate
I have only had my Magellan SporTrak for a few days and it has already amazed me with both it's versatility and precision. It only took about 5 minutes to get it up and running the first time. It has so many features and can hold a lot of waypoints/routes. The receiver can track up to 12 satellites simultaneously, and even though there are normally only 4-8 sats. in the sky above you at one time, it allows accuracy to the foot (my experience). This GPS is a must have if you are into hiking/hunting/fishing or even just for vehicle navigation. It has a strong, rugged design but is still very attractive. It is so easy to use and there is no way you can beat this price.

4-0 out of 5 stars SportTrak a great tool , at a great price!
This is my first GPS but I did some research before spending the money. The SportTrak is compact and lightweight,has a long battery life and is surprisingly accurate. We take it traveling to see distance,path we took,speed we are driving, where the next city is... and Geocaching! A great family hiking, hunting activity where the GPS comes in handy for the cache. The screen is easy to read and understand. It has a back light for nighttime use. We have had ours for two weeks and are truly glad we picked this SportTrak unit. ... Read more


5. Magellan 330M Marine GPS
list price: $269.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000059ZZF
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Magellan
Sales Rank: 22576
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Magellan's Map 330M GPS receiver provides a fix on your position whether you're on land or at sea. The marine version of Magellan's powerful Map 330 unit offers preloaded locations of waterways, lakes, and water obstructions in addition to all the maps and tools of the Map 330. The Map 330M ships with the MapSend Streets CD-ROM, letting you bolster the skeletal highways and city information by uploading detailed maps from your PC.

Even though it uses a serial port connection, we were able to upload a 200 KB map of the greater Las Vegas area to the Map 330M in about 10 seconds. Once the detailed map was uploaded, the Map 330M automatically took advantage of the sharper image, adding streets and roads to the display for local navigation.

Around San Francisco Bay, the Map 330M displayed marine details as well, including local marinas, floating buoys, and boating areas. To really put the Map 330M to the test, we took it on a weeklong road trip to see how well it worked as a map replacement. A major advantage of having a GPS receiver out on the road is knowing exactly where you are on the highway--no more wondering if you've missed an exit or waiting for a sign to tell you how far it is to the next town.

Although sparse when zoomed in to a view of 250 or 100 feet, the already loaded maps on the Map 330M contained all the highways and roads we took, as well as stopping points of note--monuments, state and national parks, and even the big ol' meteor crater out in the middle of Arizona. After uploading more detailed maps (the device stores 8 MB), we were better suited for in-town driving.

The Map 330M also holds waypoints, letting you select a city and then keeping you posted on how far away it is (as the crow flies or as the car drives if you enter the legs) and roughly how long it will take to get there at your current speed (after customizing this setting). In addition to speed, the Map 330M provides your altitude, heading, bearing (on a waypoint if set), and a directional display.

If you'll be using the Map 330M for extended periods of time--especially if you've got the bright, but draining, backlight turned on--you might consider picking up the adapter that lets you plug it into your car or boat's cigarette lighter. Using two AAs, the batteries ran out after a full day's drive. The Map 330M won't allow you to toss out your paper maps, but when it's used to complement them, you'll be assured of never having to stop and ask directions again. --J. Curtis

Pros:

  • Sharp map screen
  • Compact, easy-to-use
  • Bright backlight

Cons:

  • Batteries drain quickly
  • Can take up to a minute for a cold fix
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Features

  • Rugged, floatable 12-channel GPS receiver for navigating on land or water
  • Great for anglers and boaters
  • Features 9 MB built-in map database and additional 7 MB of downloadable memory
  • Database contains waterways, inland lakes, fixed navaids, buoys, obstructions such as wrecks and rocks, and more
  • 500 Waypoints, and 20 routes with 30 legs; includes free MapSend Streets CD-ROM for increased street-map detail and waypoint and route management

Reviews (6)

2-0 out of 5 stars Not waterproof
At [$$$] it was a nice little unit for the money. Had many of the critical marine aids to Puget Sound navigation built-in. Over all, performance was as represented...EXCEPT for waterproofing. Mine bit the dust after one use in the rain. Not what I'd expect from an "M" for "Marine" Magellan nautical navigation device. Never even submerged the unit (which Magellan claims it can withstand for short durations in up to three feet of water). Simply, "waterproof" is a severe stretch. "Water resistant" is even a stretch. Buy the 330M because it accomplishes the electronic wizardry you expect in a GPS unit, but also bear in mind that in the rain it will need to be operated in a plastic Ziploc bag.

4-0 out of 5 stars Handy and fun toy
There are many things I like about this unit -- it's very light and compact, and I find it easy to use. I found the base map surprisingly detailed (for my area), and uploading the detailed map from MapSend filled in all the tiny roads. Now the downers: - MapSend needs some lovin'. I can't just pick the ...baud rate I want; it must "discover" it. Interestingly, certain mismatches between what it was trying and what the 330 was expecting made MapSend crash. Just let me pick a number, .... - MapSend doesn't try anything past 19,200BPS. The thing (supposedly) works at 115,200. - Still waiting for street maps of Europe. - It won't plot a (street) course for you. Not a big deal for me, but if your primary usage is in a car in places you don't know, you'll probably want one that draws the "right turn here" arrow and talks to you, etc... Since I use it on the water and for hiking the 330's behaviour is just fine (it can draw a straight line from your present position to any desired locale).

4-0 out of 5 stars Great item, very easy to use
It works very well, it is easy to use and for the price there is no better! The battery life is not very long, so I recommend to purchase the cigarette lighter power adapter to go with it! I have some problems downloading routes, which I have not resolved yet, but I also did not spend a lot of time resoloving it, so hopefully it is an easy fix. I also wish they had a nice portable mount for it since I use it in the baot and on land!

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolute Must for Boating and Land
The 330M is an absolute piece of work. Durable, floatable and easy to use make this little GPS a must for outdoor or travel activity. Accuracy is excellent. I have been able to lock down by coordinates, measure speed, distance between way points, and track my course with 98-99% accuracy. The interface software and cable between the PC and the GPS is fun and easy as well. Storing information, uploading or downloading is very easy. The software is stable on Win 98 and Win 2000. The GPS is small but a very powerful tool and I would recommend this to anyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beats the eTrex by a mile!
I tried both the Garmin eTrex and the Map 330M. The Magellan has it hands down. First, the unit comes with the CD-ROM map software and a PC cable. Second, it is incredibly accurate and even pulled in sattelite signals from inside my house. Third, it links with the sattelites in seconds. Fourth, the display is great. Fifth, and most importantly for me, it has easy to use buttons on the front panel rather than obscure buttons on the side. The button configuration is important because when you are navigating in the car or boat you can one-finger the display to change screens, zoom in or out on the map and move the cursor around on the nav screen. I found that my hand covered the screen on the Etrex which rendered hitting the buttons a pain and I felt it would only be possible to use the Etrex by taking it off its bracket and holding it in the palm of my hand (great for hiking, lousy for cars and boating).

Everything is nicely laid out, the menus are easy to understand and the entire unit is very intuitive. There is a lot of information already loaded on the Map 330 and even more detail is available from the CD-ROM.

I think everyone is a little too impressed with the Garmin product line (I have an older unit). After only a few days I am convinced that this is the best unit for land AND sea. ... Read more


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