Professional Land Surveyor Product Review: Magellan Triton 2000 Handheld Navigation System

Magellan Triton 2000

Magellan Triton 2000

While not necessarily thought of as a tool for Professional Land Surveyors, the , none the less, is a very handy tool for Professional Land Surveyors and outdoor enthusiast, alike. The Magellan Triton 2000 has proved to be a good tool to have in any Professional Land Surveyor's tool box.

What I liked about the Magellan Triton 2000 is:

  1. The full-color display. It was easy to read and the touch-screen worked well. While it was easy to read in full sun light, the real strength is using the Magellan Triton 2000 in low-light conditions, like under heavy tree canopy. In the woods, the screen is very readable, I think even better than out in the brighter locations.
  2. The Magellan Triton 2000 takes 2 megapixel photos with geographic locations in the field. This can be a great way to take photos of the monuments you find in the field, and then be able to distinguish between them geographically back at the office. With a regular digital camera, if you're not careful, it can be hard to tell what the photos you took in the field actually represent. With the Magellan Triton 2000 you now have a way to incorporate these photos into your project GIS.
  3. The Magellan Triton 2000 comes embedded with a barometer allowing you to track pressure and altitude changes. In addition to the usual uses for this, you can use these barometric pressure readings to regularly update the barometric pressure settings in your Total Station and Robotic Instruments. If the Magellan Triton 2000 measured temperature and relative humidity, too, it would make it worthwhile for this reason alone.
  4. The Magellan Triton 2000 3-axis electronic compass. Works great and I really liked using the Magellan Triton 2000 to keep on line. On many occasions I would save the locations of monuments as I performed boundary reconnaissance and then would use these saved coordinates to cut line between the two points. The Magellan Triton 2000, even under heavy tree canopy, is more than accurate enough to keep you on the straight and narrow.
  5. The Magellan Triton 2000 is easy to use and is lots of fun, too!

Magellan Triton 2000 Technical Details and Features:

  • An Interactive Experience: 2.7" (6.9 cm) full-color display and the world's first handheld GPS touch-screen interface allow customers to interact directly with maps and menus.
  • Capture the Moment: Integrated 2 megapixel camera for attaching photos to geographic locations when in the field
  • Entertainment Must-Haves: Triton 2000 customers can view photos and listen to MP3 files and audio books at night via an embedded headphone jack
  • Accurate Bearings: A simple-to-use, 3-axis electronic compass delivers stationary heading and bearing at any altitude without having to be horizontal to the ground.
  • Weather Predictions: An embedded barometer allows customers to track pressure and altitude changes
  • GPS accuracy: 3-5 meters
  • Internal Memory: 128 MB
  • External Memory: SD card
  • NMEA Output: Yes
  • Product Dimensions: 5.75 inches H x 2.5 inches W x 1.13 inches D (14.6 cm H x 6.6 cm W x 2.9 cm D)
  • Product Weight with Batteries: 7.9 oz (224 g)
  • Screen Size: 2.7 inches diagonally (6.86 cm)
  • Screen Resolution: QVGA (320 x 240)
  • User Interface: Touch screen/keypad
  • VantagePoint: Yes
  • Software Compatible: Topo Canada, Topo Mexico, U.S. Topo Basic, U.S. Topo Premium, Lakes USA; Mountain Dynamics; National Geographic TOPO!; BlueNav
  • Pre-Loaded Base Maps: Contiguous 48 United States, Alaska, Canada, worldwide geographic boundaries
  • Fish/Hunt times: Yes
  • Sun/Moon Phases: Yes
  • Vertical Profiles: Yes
  • Localization Mean: MSDK
  • Language Support: English (default), French
  • User Grids: Yes
  • Coordinate Systems: Latitude/Longitude and UTM

I want to thank Magellan for sending me the Magellan Triton 2000 to review. Overall, I really liked the Magellan Triton 2000; it's a very nice handheld GPS unit. The on/off button was the only thing I didn't like because it was difficult to use, but I think this is a good trade-off in exchange for not being able to turn the unit on and off unintentionally.

Professional Land Surveyor Product Review Rating is 3 RODS out of a total possible 4 RODS.

Professional Land Surveyor Resources for the Magellan Triton 2000 Handheld Navigation System:

Eric D. Colburn, PLS, “The Geo-Business Innovator”, helps geo-professionals improve through innovative solutions, mastery of marketing and business growth strategies, and coaching/training. Eric is a successful, serial entrepreneur, podcaster, industry writer, product development consultant, and RI licensed professional land surveyor.

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3 comments on “Professional Land Surveyor Product Review: Magellan Triton 2000 Handheld Navigation System
  1. The Triton 2000 fails in the most important areas that I needed it for. I bought one over a year and a half ago and was very disappoited by battery life and maps. I shuts off when my old Magellan Gold keep on tracking and with 4 times the battery life and maps. They missed the most important two features.

    • admin says:

      Happy New Year Gary!

      Thank you for your comments about the Triton 2000, they are very much appreciated. It’s great to add user experience beyond my own, which clearly involves more usage than I can do with my limited time (and no pay), like you have.

      Because I don’t get to use the Triton 2000 a lot, and maybe because my past experience was with a much older and simpler GPS unit, I liked the Triton 2000. But, I do understand your point of view and you do bring up valid concerns.

      Is there anything about the Triton 2000 that you liked? With your extensive experience, this sort of information may prove helpful to others.


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