Magellan GPS 2000 XL Extras

2.5/5 (6 Reviews)


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GPS 2000 XL


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:5
Submitted by surveyor fred

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2013

Strengths:    Vintage GPS nostalgia. 20 year old technology still works as good as it did when new. These are more suited to curio and relics section of the technology museum rather than relied upon as a navigational aid. The unit will obtain a cold fix in less than 20 minutes when properly initialized, and with a clear view of the sky. The unit will obtain a fix and display coordinates within 1 minute if initialization was successful and the unit hasn't been moved more than 300 miles from the last fix location, and the batteries haven't been dead or removed for more than 20 minutes, and the unit has been allowed to get a new fix within 72 hours of the last fix. These units can be found for less than $10 and make an excellent paperweight

Weaknesses:    Antiquated, slow to lock onto satellites, plotter screen requires manual refresh (not realtime).
No serial interface capability. No firmware update capability. No basemap. No way to backup/ load waypoints (Landmarks) or routes. No WAAS, differential GPS, or other accuracy enhancing capabilities. This unit is not a digital compass or barometric altimeter, it requires motion in a direction to calculate heading.


Bottom Line:   
These units do function, will obtain a fix, and display location within factory specified tolerances.
It's about like surfing teh web with Windoze 95 though... "it can be done, but you have to work hard at it, and there are much more elegant solutions for a few dollars more.
It's still a fun old piece of nostalgia, and a miracle that it even works at all, but it does.
If you collect old GPS units and have $5 to spare, it's worth every cent.
If I woke up in a rowboat in the middle of the Atlantic, and this was my only navigational aid. In less than 20 minutes I'd know which way to row and how fast I was rowing, but without any saved landmarks to calculate distance and bearing, or a paper chart to relate the displayed Lat. Lon. to, I'd pretty well be scr3w3d. "note to self... stop falling asleep in un-anchored rowboats".
With just about every smart device having a built-in GPS, I have to wonder about the future of dedicated handheld GPS units, antique or new.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by willmay a Downhiller from port mansfield, TX, Willacy

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2011

Strengths:    When i bought the magellan gps 2000 in 1999 it was a good gps. NOW ITS THE BIGGEST PEICE OF CRAP ON THE PLANNET! IF IT DOES DECIDE TO PICK UP SATELITES IT TAKES UP TO AN HOUR OR TWO TO FIND THEM, THEN ITS STILL NOT THE TRUE BEARRING, WHILE YOUR FACING SOUTH IT SHOWS ANYTHING BUT SOUTH AND SAME WITH ALL OTHER DIRECTIONS.

Bottom Line:   
THROW IT AWAY!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $175.00

Purchased At:   acadamy


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BtD a Weekend Warrior from Chandler, AZ

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2009

Strengths:    Old

Weaknesses:    Old

Bottom Line:   
I dug this out of the bottom of my junk parts box after it had been in there disused for about ten years. For kicks, I fired up the unit and it struggled to find satellites. While waiting, I stumbled across this site and was shocked to read that anyone is still using it. If you bought this new or second hand recently, you are a fool to think it anywhere near top end hardware. It was first made in 1997 and that was when I initially used it. Then, it worked great, it was top end but now has become an antique. It belongs in a junk box or a gift for a small child. Go spend 200+ current dollars for something recent if you want a GPS unit that is not long overdue for your own junk box.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   catalog

Similar Products Used:   Old


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by P.J. a Cross Country Rider from Canada

Date Reviewed: September 17, 2008

Strengths:    None.

Weaknesses:    Product will not lock on to satelites after hours of wating

Bottom Line:   
This product is absolutely no good what so ever. If it was used sitting in a boat in the middle of a lake it may work??? But in the bush..nothing. It is almost dangerous to use because when you need it, it does nothing. I am back to using a compass. Very reliable. 2000 XL. Useless.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Sporting goods store


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jaques Viljoen a Weekend Warrior from Highveld, South Africa

Date Reviewed: November 29, 2007

Bottom Line:   
The Magellan GPS 2000 in 2007 is possibly the worst GPS I have used in my lifetime. New position initialisation takes forever and a day, it loses the waypoints if the batteries are removed for too long, and you have no way of saving waypoints in case batteries are removed except for manually transferring them :-( the user interface was poorly designed and the map feature is only updated everytime you switch to it from another menu.
With this experience I doubt if I'll ever purchase another Magellan GPS.
Good luck biting your lip and trying to use this GPS for what it was intended. If someone gives you one, you'll know why they gave it away!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years


Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Carlos J. Montanez a weekend warrior from Phoenix, AZ

Date Reviewed: June 29, 1998

Bottom Line:   

The Magellan GPS 2000 XL is a rugedized hand-held unit. The one feature that gives this GPS system a distinctive advantage over others is the simplicity of use. The unit allows you to store waypoints and name them. You can then mix and match your waypoints and create routes, or go to any one specifically. I find it difficult to screw-up while using it. The only drawback is that I still need a map and compass as a backup (to feel confident) of what the 2000 XL tells me -- also, what if I accidentally drop the unit! I keep my unit powered-off, and stored in a Zip-Loc bag in a safe place. I take it out only when necessary, like at a crossroad, or a landmark. This is not to be confused with the Cadillac NorthStar System, or any such piece of crap. The GPS 2000 XL is a powerful tool.

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