Joined: June 2001
||Posted: May 18 2002,5:43 pm
Magellan has come out with another great GPSR to add to it's list of very receptive sat monsters. It's called the "SporTrak" and is well worth considering along with the other big boys in the GPSR world.
The unit is very receptive as it also offers a Quadrifilar antenna system that the others do. The price is fair for the things you get such as WAAS and 32 megs of mapping memory not to mention one of the clearest view screens I have seen in some time.
Out of the box the unit comes with the Data cable and lanyard plus a well detailed instruction booklet.
I spent some time playing with this GPSR to see just what it could do when placed up against the other giants such as the Meridian line and the IIPlus / V by Garmin.
The SporTrak was the first to grab and lock sats when turned on at the same time as the others, and as a matter of fact it also locked and held high bar one extra sat that the Meridians just couldn't find.
It's light weight and easy to use even with the fact that Magellan has changed the Icons on each of it's buttons.
Magellan was close to hitting a grand slam if they would have only offered the Compass and add-on memory to this unit. But with all said it's a great GPSR and should be considered when making your buy. If you are new to the GPSR world make sure you don't make that big mistake by going to the Etrex family over this new power house reciever. Garmin has made only a few GPSr's in my opinion that are even worth considering, this would be the Map76, IIIplus / V, anything else is just a paper weight due to poor reception under tree cover.
By the way...I did run the SporTrak through some pretty thick stuff that would make any other unit conk out...it stayed locked and true the whole time.
I updated our "News" page to show this little tid-bit along with some pix to view...go here if you wish to see... SporTrak News!
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