Magellan eXplorist 500 LE: GPS Versatility, Portability, Value

We showed you the fine Magellan eXplorist 210 last February, and the eXplorist 500 is also near and dear to our hearts, and now the company has made a good thing better with the Magellan eXplorist 500 LE, adding the ability to also use AAA batteries in case its lithium-ion batteries run out of juice while you're out there in the middle of nowhere.

This is one highly capable navigator, too, with unlimited expansion with SD cards, USB connectivity and a 14-parallel-channel GPS receiver that gives you accuracy down to 9 feet. Its under-4-ounce weight and 4.6-inch height fits easily into the pocket or pack, making it the ideal trail companion. We're also liking that 2.3-inch high-rez color screen. Available now, it's about $225.

Press Release [Thales Navigation, Inc., via uber gizmo]