Magellan Triton 2000
I upgraded from my Triton 500 to this unit. This is…
I upgraded from my Triton 500 to this unit.
This is an amazing unit. Very fast acquisition time. The built-in digital camera was my main reason for upgrading to this unit. I found that having a waterproof camera while out quadding in the mountains was very desirable. I did not want to use my delicate camera phone or digital camera out in this terrain and have them covered all in mud and water.
I soon realized how nice the touch screen with the stylus was to have when you are entering waypoints and geocache information. It makes it extremely simple and fast.
The detail of this unit is incredible. I just hooked it up to the Vantage Point program that I have always used with my Triton 500 and transferred all my trails, waypoints and geocaches to this unit. It was a piece of cake.
The kids that I teach in Scouts love it and my Triton 500 for how user friendly they are. They prefer these over the Garmins that we use. I highly recommend this unit to anyone. I love it.
Pros: Very user friendly. Simple and easy to use for geocaching with the Magellan Vantage Point program and the Magellan Communicator program. Allows for paperless geocaching and transfer of GPX files simple with the click of the mouse.
Cons: Like any new piece of technology in anyone's life, it can be intimidating to a new user due to the amount of features that it has. Play with it and get to know it and the more you do you will find that It really is simple to use.
While the promise of the feature set on this product…
Price Paid: $479
While the promise of the feature set on this product had me ready to switch from my Garmin, the implementation is horrible. I have been testing it for about a week now. Do not buy this unit until Magellan re-releases it correctly.
Areas of problem so far:
* Random crashes. Reminds me of WIN 98. It crashes often.
* SLOW!!! It is especially slow when you switch to the map screen, the main one you use.
* No street maps
* "Nearest cache/waypoint" feature does not work. For some reason, it consistently points me to waypoints/caches at a park about 5 miles away as the closest even if I move around to different locations within the range. Can see waypoints nearby (across the street in one test), but it ignores them.
* Interface with PC is slow. Loaded my Garmin side by side with the Magellan. Garmin took about 10-15 seconds to load 900+ waypoints. Same load on the Magellan took ~2 minutes.
* Magellan on-line help SUCKS! There support page does not even list the Tritons yet in many of the drop down lists. FAQ's are more marketing material then help.
I got a reply back on my post to their support email. It took them three days to respond.
* Issue: Triton is not listed on their support drop downs. Response: It is a new unit and they have not updated the web page. "Wait for some time until this unit gets updated" (Last I checked, that would be a one day job for a competent programmer.)
* Issue: "nearest" function not working on geocaches. Response: please call tech support regarding this issue. (Call to tech support number refers you back to the web page.)
* Message from tech support was obviously from someone who struggles with writing English. Grammar errors and typos.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Get National Geographic Topo!® maps on a GPS! This Magellan receiver delivers powerful high-tech tools and legendary navigational performance. Bright, sunlight-readable and scratch-resistant touchscreen with intuitive menu-driven interface is easy to view in almost any condition. Fast 400MHz processor handles dynamic routing and multi-tasking with ease; finger-friendly touchscreen user interface makes navigation a snap. Includes stylus for touchscreen interface map elements and precision map work. A multimedia powerhouse, Triton features both an MP3 player and digital picture organizer; integral speaker for playback. Integrated camera with zoom shoots geo-coded images that allow photos to be referenced to the actual locations in which they were taken. Internal microphone records geo-coded voice annotations to routes; audio jack allows private listening of recordings via headphones (not included). Digital compass determines accurate direction of travel and allows user to sight and navigate precise bearings. Barometric altimeter analyzes pressure differences to determine accurate elevation; pressure tracking helps user forecast weather conditions. Imports maps from Magellan MapSend product series as well as popular software like National Geographic TOPO and Mountain Dynamics. Onboard LED flashlight provides bright illumination for navigating in low- or no-light conditions. Triton 2000's rugged rubberized housing is easy to grip while the strap loop facilitates attachment to packs or clothing. Waterproof construction keeps unit functioning; meets IEC 60529 lPX7 standards (submerge 1-meter for 30 minutes). Expandable memory via SD® cards (not included) allows use of up to 4GB size cards for storage of maps, audio, pictures and more. Strong SiRFstarIII™ chipset provides rapid satellite fix and position lock in narrow valleys, dense woodlands and urban jungles.
Large color touch screen, 2 MP camera, voice recorder, LED flashlight, and SD-card expandability enable you to take pictures and capture sounds, to record your adventure as you navigate and store the information to share with others or reference yourself later. 3-axis electronic compass, built-in barometer and more
- Altrec Outdoors
Trying to type out notes about locations on your GPS can be a pain, which is why the built-in 2MP camera and voice recorder on the Magellan Triton 2000 GPS is so handy. Besides being able to associate photos and voice notes with specific waypoints, the 2000 GPS has an easy-to-use touch screen and a low-battery-consumption LED flashlight for when the sun goes down on your geocashing adventure. Magellan's VantagePoint software manages and uploads maps, and you can use your own SD cards (up to 4 GB) to save photos, sounds, store routes, and add detailed maps. The Triton is also compatible with National Geographic maps. A three-axis electronic compass shows you direction no matter how you're holding the unit, and the barometer helps with accurate elevation readings and changing weather notices. Thanks to an IPX-7 waterproof rating, the 2000 GPS holds its own in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes.