User Review: Magellan Triton 400
Price Paid: $200
Sadly, I report to you that the marriage between National Geographic's Topo Explorer software and the Magellan Triton 400 is a marriage from Hades.
I purchased the Magellan Triton 400 and the National Geographic Topo Explorer package on Black Friday 2008 at a Wal-mart "special deal". Having owned 2 prior Magellan units, I could not wait to load the National Geo maps into this unit!....
It was the biggest GPS disappointment in my life. After some two weeks of messing with these two pieces of junk, and some 7 hours of work....Folks, it just does not work. Despite all updates of firmware and software....it just DOES NOT WORK.
The GPS unit itself is O.K..but very cheesy without the topo software. Buttons and controls even feel cheap...The base roadmap included in the unit is about the weakest map base I have ever seen. The National Geo software should have taken care of that, but the software is terribly buggy (crashes multiple times), the Magellan software that talks to its unit is terribly buggy (crashes at times as well), and trust me, it is a waste of time!
I tried the tech support route on both ends, and it is all farmed out to India.....so sorry folks, I would take no more of this crap. I carried it back to Wal-mart, got my money back and purchased instead, a Delorme PN-20 that does basically the same thing but uses Delorme's Topo 7.0 software. I have been VERY pleased with this almost flawless integration of software maps and hardware from Delorme.
I am very disappointed in Magellan and have since turned my attention to Garmin and Delorme for handheld units.....Clearly, Magellan has some problems in the company or they are focusing ALL their resources on CAR navigation.
Trust me and after reading other reviews on the internet, you had better steer clear of all the Triton series from Magellan. Garmin and Delorme leave them in the dust with their new "Triton" series.