User Review: Magellan Triton 500
Price Paid: $159
I have three of these units and another Triton 400, all of which I have used with the Boy Scouts and in numerous situations at Camps, on trails, on backroads, at Camporees, and in Troop Committee Meetings. I went into the world of Magellan in 2008; I tried out a Triton 2000 but found it very difficult to manage, necessitating a full User's Manual and the Unit, which doubled the total pack weight and did not solve the frustration!
The Triton 500 is much easier to use, allows downloading of the wonderful National Geographic colorful TOPO! maps--use the Vantage Point softward (free download) to do these transfers to your Unit--and always provides a "you are here" point of reference in fog and rain and forests where no reference points can be seen.
Please do not expect your GPS to be a voice-recorder, camera, flashlight, and an entertainment center; I suspect you purchased it as a navigation device. Be patient with the steep learning curve, practice a lot, and learn how the Unit works. Set battery lighting on medium or low, give yourself 30 seconds of light whenever you set out to find locations, to avoid a re-click to get the light to return.
The support staff in the Phillippines are very good, very patient, very helpful; I am grateful to them for helping me to learn. Do not give out the Units to kids or adults who do not know how to use them. The Units may "crash" and give you threatening messages; remove the batteries, wait a minute, replace the batteries and all will be forgiven. Use lithium batteries and you'll get about 10 hours of life. Carry extra batteries in the field; use a small, padded digital camera case to protect the screen.
All four of mine, 3 - 500's and 1 - 400 (an on-sale item!) function well. Barometric pressure readings are not accurate, but altimeter works fine. Always carry a map and compass as insurance; protect the Unit from the busy hands of "cute seventy-pound Scouts" who think a GPS is a video-game! Be patient and you will learn! Enjoy the maps.