Magellan return to the UK with eXplorist GPS range

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magellan-710.jpgMagellan have marked their return to UK stores by launching the new eXplorist GPS range, looking to earn a place in every outdoor adventurer’s rucksack.

Four new models have been revealed, with the entry-level model being the eXplorist GC. A dedicated geo-caching device, it has a 2.2 inch colour display, pre-loaded worldwide mapping, with new geocaches available through Magellan VantagePoint software.

Next up are the eXplorist 510, 610 and 710 models. With all the features of the GC model, they improve open the entry-level version in a number of ways, including a 3 inch touchscreen, as well as packing a camera, speaker and microphone for taking audio notes and geotagging photos.

On top of that, the 610 and 710 models add advanced navigations tools such as a 3-axis electronic compass, barometric altimeter and a Summit Series Topographical map, while the top-of-the-range 710 model also features turn-by-turn street directions from Navteq.

Pricing starts at £179.99 for the eXplorist GC, the 510, 610 and 710 are £299.99, £399.99 and £499.99 respectively.

Magellan are also launching a premium iPhone 3G and iPod Touch case called the ToughCase. Waterproof for 30 minutes at a depth of 1 metre, it features a built-in high sensitivity SiRFstar III GPS chipset to enhance the accuracy of location-based and GPS applications, as well as doubling battery life with an integrated 1840 mAh battery. It costs £179.99.

Gerald Lynch