Take a bright yellow waterproof case measuring 2.1" W x 4.6" H x 1.3" D, stuff it
with a state-of-the-art GPS receiver and you get the Magellan eXplorist 200.
With its rubber-cushioned, impact-resistant case, you won't be afraid to take it anywhere.
And with its built-in map, you're set to explore the country.
Plotting GPS receivers only show waypoints and other points of interest. But
the Magellan eXplorist 200 has 8 MB of memory for its built-in basemap of either
North America or Europe. The map details include roads, waterways, parks, airports,
and cities. You have a choice of map measurement units between english, nautical, or
metric. And you can use either magnetic north or true north, choose the map datum,
and select from 12 grid types. The zoom and pan features let you increase
or decrease the scale to show just the right map area and detail.
To make the map and waypoints easy to see, the eXplorist 200 uses a high-contrast
4-level grayscale LCD. The screen size is 1.4" W x 1.8" H and is backlit for easy
viewing day or night. And to prevent excessive battery drain, there's a timer
you can set to automatically turn off the backlight after a certain period of
inactivity. There are also two display modes, land and water, for optimum text clarity.
When in the land mode, land areas are displayed as white and
water is shown as dark gray. The marine mode reverses this with water in white and
the land dark gray.
Besides the map screen view, the Magellan eXplorist 200 has three other screen
views. The Compass Screen shows an image of a compass along with your destination's
name, its direction, and your present heading. There's also two data fields for
displaying optional trip information such as your elevation or the estimated time to
The Position Screen has a summary of trip information, all in text. The
information includes your position (in your selected coordinate system), elevation,
estimated position accuracy, date, time, and a resettable trip odometer. A graphical display
shows the current battery strength. And the information, as with the other screens, can be
displayed in your choice from ten languages.
To monitor GPS satellite conditions, the eXplorist 200 has the Satellite Status
Screen. This screen shows which satellites are being tracked, their position and
signal strength. If there's a fix on only three satellites, "2D" is displayed but
if four or more are locked on, then "3D" is shown and elevation readings are possible.
A directional rocker key surrounded by seven regular keys control what's displayed.
There's memory space for storing 20 routes of 500 waypoints and 5 track logs of
2000 track points. Using the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), the Magellan
eXplorist 200 is able to provide position readings consistently accurate to within
three meters. And the elevation readings are within seven meters. The 14-channel receiver
(2 more than older receivers) makes accessing satellite signals faster than before.
And the location readings are automatically updated once every second. Its two AA batteries
can supply power for up to 14 hours of use.