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Cobra-gps500.362336
2.7 out of 10

Cobra GPS500

The Cobra GPS 500 features 18 parallel channels for faster acqui Read more

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Overall 2
2.0

One star is still to high!!!!

T. Finkel "Chi-Bears-fan", Amazon
11 October 2006
  • Summary: I was lost in the woods, due to the Cobra500, since it is unable to lock on any satalites, when a skunk tried to attack me. I threw my Cobra500 Gps at it, sending the skunk away. And it worked. Maybe this GPS is just a skunk defender tool of some sort. Because as a GPS it is really skunky. Seriously, This product should have never been sold to the public. It is faulty in all aspects. Stay away!!
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Overall 2
2.0

The Worst Ever

SquareMouth, Amazon
4 October 2006
  • Summary: My parents got this for me and it does not function at all. It is completely worthless. I spent many frustrated hours trying to get it to work. I'm sure it took a few years off my life.
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Overall 2
2.0

Too Good To BE True...it Ain't

Willy Chee, Amazon
29 July 2006
  • Summary: The bargain GPS I got seemed to work fine on the trip home from town, except the build in maps only list major roads.I spent the money on the interface cables, power cable and mapping CD roms only to discover that the 500 will not allow map detail information like roads to be uploaded! What then is the point? I wanted to be able to download the routes and use them with maps. The software is horrible compared to Microsoft or Delorme.
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Overall 2
2.0

It works brilliantly as...

R Douglas "R Douglas", Amazon
17 July 2006
  • Summary: The unit works brilliatly as a paperweight to hold your map in place so you can orient by compass. First time out with the GPS as our guide, we stayed lost for 6 hours. Stupidity on our part to be sure --- for getting lost in the first place AND for thinking the Cobra 500 would do a lick of good helping us find our way. If it locks, look fast, it's going to lose the lock.
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Overall 2
2.0

This thing is really as bad as all the other reviews say it is

M. Butts, Amazon
25 April 2006
  • Summary: I purchased a GPS500 for geocaching, mainly attracted by the low price and "FAST" acquistion feature. Screen resolution is terrible, acquisition times vary from 6 minutes to never, accuracy (compared to friends' GPS units) was way off, and it proved to be utterly unreliable in the field. I returned mine 10 days after I bought it and got a Garmin eTrex Legend. I am now quite pleased.
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Overall 2
2.0

Paper weight

Kenny L. Swanson, Amazon
12 January 2006
  • Summary: First day I got it, it had trouble connecting. Second day, it wouldnt turn on anymore. I dont understand how a company can sell something of such poor quality.
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Overall 1
1.0

"Still Trying To Aquire Signal"

phornsby, CNET
7 July 2005
  • Pros: None Still Trying To Aquire Signal
  • Cons: Still Trying To Aquire Signal
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Overall 2
2.0

Cobra gps500 a toy

old uncle, Amazon
16 May 2005
  • Summary: Recently upgraded a cobra 100 for a 500... first time out, it failed, leaving me in the woods all night 'till I got a bearing on the sun in AM... When they say take a compass with you, they mean use your compass and leave the gps in the car!!! The unit looks nice, and works well enough as long as there are no trees, clouds or perhaps birds flying above you.
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Overall 2
2.0

One Star is Too Good a Rating!

old uncle, Amazon
14 April 2004
  • Summary: Repeating the sentiment of the earlier reviews? Yes, I am. Important to do so? I'd say, yes, it is, since you might think the other three reviewers were just unlucky. The Cobra 500 is absolutely useless. It locks onto the required 3 satellites ... sometimes. Usually not. But when it does lock on, it loses them within a couple of minutes.
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Overall 2
2.0

Nothing comes close to a COBRA! Don't you!

Claudia, Amazon
9 March 2004
  • Summary: I purchased (through the Air Miles rewards program) the COBRA GPS500, not once, but TWICE. I first purchased the unit and believed it to be faulty it performed so poorly. Signal acquisition time seemed "forever" and it frequently lost satellite lock. On several occasions, between establishing lock, loosing lock and again re-establishing lock, the unit tells me I've moved upwards to one half mile whereas I've remained stationary, only changing the direction the unit was...
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