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Magellan eXplorist 600 Hand Held GPS Receiver DISCONTINUED

Magellan eXplorist 600 Hand Held GPS Receiver DISCONTINUED
Magellan eXplorist 600 Hand Held GPS Receiver DISCONTINUEDMagellan eXplorist 600 Hand Held GPS Receiver DISCONTINUED
Item No.980771-06
Retail Price:$499.99
Our Price:$309.95
ConditionNew Retail Box (NOT Refurbished)
ReturnableYes (See our Return Policy)
WarrantyTiger 30 Day, Manufacturer 1 Year
This item is currently out of stock


NOTE: This item has been discontinued by Magellan. For the top-of-the-line handheld GPS, try the Magellan Triton 2000 (click here), with a barometric altimeter, electronic compass, and color touch-screen!

Do you want all the bells and whistles? The Magellan eXplorist 600 is packed with them. You get a 3-axis electronic compass, a barometric pressure thermometer and an altimeter, plus the ability to expand your GPS mapping via a high-speed USB data port and unlimited secure digital (SD) card storage. The Magellan Geocache Manager enables you to download caches directly to your eXplorist 600 and with the PC-style file memory system it's easy to manage all of your data. Finally, the eXplorist 600 features a 16-color display so you can see everything in brilliant color. Easily navigate with the intuitive keypad and the joystick control. Add detailed street maps, topo or lake maps using optional Magellan MapSend software to expand the use of your eXplorist 600.

8 MB of built-in maps and 8 MB of additional memory means you can save up to 5 track log files, 20 routes and 500 points of interest on the internal memory, but you can store as many as you want on optional SD cards. Magellan TrueFix technology provides superior accuracy and reliability giving you the freedom to explore without concern of getting lost.

Pocket-sized, powerful and full of valuable features, your Magellan eXplorist 600 gives you real GPS that can guide you in full color on every outdoor adventure.

Unbeatable, Expandable Compact Color GPS!

Electronic compass
The built-in electronic 3-axis compass points you in the right direction even when you are standing still or upside down on a rocky peak. No need to carry another piece of navigation equipment.

Barometric Pressure Thermometer
Like carrying your own little weather station, now you'll know what might be rolling in.

Keep track of your elevation no matter how high your adventure takes you.

Full color screen
The 16-color screen makes reading maps and GPS information easy with vibrant graphics in all lighting conditions.

Unlimited SD Card Expandability
Your eXplorist 600 features SD card compatibility for unlimited memory expansion. Use optional Magellan MapSend software to add detailed street maps, topo or lake maps to any number of SD memory cards (sold separately).

USB data port
Transfer map data from your PC to your eXplorist 600 with the high-speed USB data port.

Area Calculation
Want to find the distance between three or more points of interest that you plan to hike around or the area between them? Simply select the points of interest on the map and the eXplorist can determine the area between them and the perimeter around them.

Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery
This Li-Ion rechargeable battery pack can keep your eXplorist continuously powered-up for up to 14 hours. Recharge your battery directly through your receiver again and again without reducing its performance.

TrueFix Technology - Accurate & Reliable
TrueFix GPS technology takes advantage of 14 parallel channels, supported by WAAS and EGNOS Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems for fast signal acquisition, minimal signal loss and reliable accuracy to within 3 meters.

Geocache Manager
Download geocache coordinates from Internet sites and use them on your outdoor adventures. This unique feature makes managing coordinates even easier with a PC-style file system. You don't have to be a geocacher to appreciate the Magellan Geocache Manager. Learn more about Geocaching.

Built-in mapping
With 8 MB of built-in North American or European maps it's easy to navigate around roads, parks, waterways and to find airports and other points of interest.

One-button access takes you directly to all of the most important features. Intuitive operation with keypad and joystick control adds even more fun to GPS navigation. First-time user can easily navigate with the eXplorist 600.

No matter your language, there's a good chance the eXplorist menus have it. Choose from English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Portuguese, Dutch or Norwegian.

Track Logging
Store up to 5 track log files, each with 2000 track-points to the internal memory and store an unlimited amount of track log files to optional SD cards, to easily find your way to your favorite spot again and again.

Four navigation screens
View speed, direction, distance to destination and all the GPS information you need on 4 easy-to-read color navigation screens.

Satellite status
Monitor the GPS satellites tracking your position and get information about their status.

Built to perform on the most challenging and rigorous adventure.

Don't let the size fool you. The eXplorist 600 is packed with real GPS power and cool features at an unbeatable value. But at 2.1" x 4.6" x 1.3" and only 4.6 oz you can take it anywhere.

Large backlit color display
Navigate in color! Easily view all the GPS information you need to make your adventure fun and safe, even at night, with the large backlit color display.

Rugged construction
Rubber armored, impact resistant plastic lets you to confidently take your eXplorist 600 on every adventure.

eXplorist 600 is sealed to IPX-7 specifications, you don't have to worry about getting it wet.

Magellan prides themselves on building rugged and reliable navigation products that you can depend on, backed by a full one-year warranty in North America.

Magellan eXplorist 600 Frequently Asked Quesions:

Q: What is the difference between the new Magellan eXplorist 400, 500 and 600 and the previous versions?
A: The new Magellan eXplorist series features improved screen resolution, MapSend software compatability, SD card memory expansion, USB data transfer, and rechargable internal lithium-ion batteries, in the same compact form factor of the previous eXplorist models. The eXplorist 400 is the base model, the eXplorist 500 adds a color screen and the eXplorist 600 has a color screen with electronic compass, barometric altimeter and thermometer.

Q: How does the Magellan eXplorist 600 compare to, say, the Magellan Sportrak Pro or the Magellan Meridian Color?
A: The new Magellan eXplorist 600 has a sleeker design and is much lighter than the Sportrak or Meridian series. It combines the memory capability of the Meridian with the compact features of the Sportrak line, and adds a bright color screen and fast USB data transfer to boot. The 600 model also has the three-axis electronic compass and barimetric altimeter that is otherwise found only on the Meridian Platinum among Magellan models.

Q: Why is the Magellan eXplorist 600 so much cheaper at Tiger GPS than at other websites?
A: We are the leading online retailer for Magellan, so we buy in huge quantities, which allows us to bring you Magellan products at reduced prices.

Q: What kind of software is available for the Magellan eXplorist 600?
A: The Magellan eXplorist 600 has a built-in Americas map but is compatible with most types of MapSend software. You can use the MapSend DirectRoute software for street-level detail and driving directions; there's the MapSend Topo 3D USA for detailed topographical maps; there's the MapSend Worldwide Basemap for international use. See our complete selection on the Tiger GPS Software & Charts page.

Q: I heard that the new eXplorist series have 14 parallel channels. What does this mean?
A: The new Magellan eXplorist series has TrueFix technology that features 14 parallel GPS channels, supported by WAAS and EGNOS. The standard GPS receiver is 12 channels, which means that the new eXplorists can track up to two more satellites in the hemisphere than other receivers. The result is improved accuracy and faster times-to-fix.

Q: Did I get the right software?
A: Yes. All new Magellan products come with a MapSend DVD v.1.06, depending on your unit (the versions correspond to different units, NOT how "up-to-date" the software on the DVD is). This MapSend DVD contains free MapSend Manager and MapSend Lite software, which are essentially trip-and-waypoint managers. Also on this DVD are DirectRoute v3 and Topo 3D software available for unlock, meaning that you can purchase them directly through Magellan for the retail price. If you saved money and bought the software from us, such as DirectRoute v3, then the box will contain a way to unlock the software yourself without paying any extra fees. Typically, you will enter in your unit's serial number to "unlock" the software. The most up-to-date version of DirectRoute is v.3, and this is contained within the MapSend DVD. There is also an option to purchase Topo 3D USA v.1.5 or v.1.0 on the MapSend DVD. Topo 3D USA v.1.0 comes on CD-ROM and and v.1.5 comes on the MapSend DVD. There is no difference in the map data; the v.1.5 is optimized for use with newer eXplorist units (but still works with older units), and with an internet connection makes for a cleaner install. If you have an older unit or older PC, you'll want to stick with Topo 3D USA v.1.0 on CD, which must be purchased separately. So the MapSend DVD v.1.x contains the most up-to-date software available from Magellan; if you need DirectRoute for automotive navigation or Topo 3D for outdoors navigation, you're covered. The numbers are convoluted, but the top-notch software is there.

"Magellan eXplorist 600 FAQs" Copyright © 2005 TigerGPS.com, Ltd. All rights reserved.

Package Includes

Box Contents:

  • eXplorist 600 GPS receiver
  • USB Cable
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • AC Cable
  • "Read Me First" pamphlet
  • User Manual on CD-Rom

Tech Specs

Magellan eXplorist 600 Specifications


  • Case Rubber armored impact-resistant plastic, water-resistant seal
  • Base Map 16 MB built-in basemap of North America or Europe
  • Size 2.2" W x 4.7" H x 1.3" D
  • Weight 5.4 oz (164.4 g) - w/ battery
  • Display 2.25" diagonal, 16-color transflective TFT, high resolution (122 x 160), backlit
  • Memory 16 MB user data
  • Data Storage Unlimited / Secure Digital (SD) Card compatible
  • Antenna Built-in multidirectional patch
  • Keypad Nine direct-access keys
  • Joystick Eight-way easy scrolling w/ push-in instant enter
  • Operating Range 14 to 140°F (-10 to 60°C)


  • Receiver TrueFix 14 channels, WAAS/EGNOS
  • Acquisition Time Hot: 20 seconds, Cold: 60 seconds, Initial: 2 minutes
  • Update Rate Once per second
  • Accuracy 3 to 5 meters (10 - 16 feet) - WAAS/EGNOS, < 7 meters (15 feet) - GPS only
  • Velocity 0.1 knots (RMS)
  • Dynamics 6 g
  • Grids 75 including Lat/Lon, UTM, OSGB,MGRS, Finnish, German, Swedish, French, Irish, Swiss, USNG, User Grid (90 Max)
  • Languages English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian


  • Source Li-Ion rechargeable battery 1300 MAH
  • Battery Life Up to 17 hours continuous use


Great company, June 25, 2007
you guys are wonderful, easy to do business with. Thanks for changing my order and your friendly customer service.

Great device! Love it., May 27, 2007
I have used for about 2 years, and love it. I use for both marine and lend travel and have been very satisfied. We have a lot of different vehicles, and the mobility is a must. The only draw back I have experienced is when I am trying to enter a road that could have multiple listings, I may have trouble finding the listing. (eg. cty vs county roads, or city vs town of _____). Otherwhise a great unit.

Not fully USB capable yet, May 24, 2007
also own a Magellan Mobile Mapper Pro, which is a nice instrument. The 600 is also an nice instrument, although it is smaller than I thought it would be (it is about half the size of the Mobile Mapper Pro), which makes using the joystick and other buttons a bit difficult. Like the Mobile Mapper Pro, the 600 has not evolved to true USB connectivity which has cause a lot of problems connecting to the computer. It also does not come with SD card like the Pro, so I had to buy my own, a 2 GB ScanDisk.
I tried managing files and downloading area from MapSend Topo 3D using a card reader, which seemed to go well, except that the 600 did not recognise the file types Topo 3D transferred to the SD card. I am still having problems with connecting to the computer and will be working with Magellan to work this out.
Otherwise, the GPS is a nice instrument and is easy to use. It allows more comments than the Pro and it is easier to setup.
I would give it more stars, but like both of the Magellan products I have purchased, both do not have true USB connectivity, and the computer software still revolves around serial connections. Also, the 600 comes with a rechargeable battery, but you need to connect the USB cable (which is somewhat awakward) to charge the unit. Additionally, the battery life is not as long as it is for the Pro. However, the quality and capabilities of the unit rival the Pro and if I can get some of the communications issues resolved, it would definitel get four stars for being an excellent unit and five stars for its GPS capabilities.

Magellan eXplorist 600 Hand Held GPS Receiver, May 11, 2007
Silvana Parreño
El Producto está exelente

2 years and I love it!, April 23, 2007
This is a very good device, and will do everything you expect from a good GPS. The things that you should be aware of are that the position display refresh is a bit slow, maybe .5 seconds or so and that the graphics are a bit dated. My original battery went for about 1.5 years before needing to be replaced.

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