UPDATE 3: Read my hands on review of the Magellan eXplorist 510.
UPDATE 2: Read my hands on review of the Magellan eXplorist 710.
UPDATE: Here’s some screenshots and a discussion of capabilities and accepted map formats.
As expected following the success of the Magellan eXplorist GC, the company today announced several new additions to their updated handheld platform: the Magellan eXplorist 510, 610 and 710.
Each model comes equipped with a 3.2 megapixel geotagging camera, along with a microphone and speaker for field notes. They sport a 3.0” color screen, which is significantly larger than the eXplorist GC’s 2.2” screen. The new models include a pre-loaded “World Edition” map that features a full road network for the US, Canada, Western Europe and Australia. Release is slated for the fourth quarter of 2010.
The new eXplorist x10 series adds Magellan’s popular OneTouch favorites menu found on their recent auto units, “enabling users to instantly access bookmarked locations, searches, and functions.”
Here’s the skinny on the differences:
- Magellan eXplorist 510 – The base model includes expandable memory, paperless geocaching, and a rated 16 hour battery life; MSRP $349.99
- Magellan eXplorist 610 – Adds a tri-axial compass and barometric altimeter; MSRP $449.99
- Magellan eXplorist 710 – Adds a “highly detailed” topographic map and turn-by-turn directions; MSRP $549.99
This is welcome news. The company did a very good job with the eXplorist GC and it appears that we will once again have several companies marketing quality handheld outdoor GPS receivers, which is a big win for the GPS consumer.
Here’s the full news release.