Reviews and Problems with DeLorme Earthmate GPS PN-20
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Value for money 8
10 November 2009
Summary: Purchased the delorme PN20 from walmart.com. Outside and with wide-open sky the PN20 would show a track of several hundred yards, wandering up to a half mile while sitting on a wall. I tried it out along the Arkansas river- again wide open area, and the PN20 would lose reception. When it loses reception, the PN20 seems to assume you are continuing in a straight line at a constant speed.
Summary: I purchased this item solely for my Geocaching adventures. I was drawn to this model because I had heard very good things about the Delorme brand GPS for Geocaching. Pretty much everyone said good things about it on the Geocaching site. I really wanted the newer PN-40 model which has the electronic compass feature and faster load times, but didn't want to spend twice as much as the PN-20.
Summary: This is the first gps i have owned. I have used many other units but found this one meets my needs. I use it for Geocaching and hunting. The maps that come with the unit are the best I have seen. The capabilities of the unit make it a very good value. This unit has far exceeds my expectations. Far better unit than a comparable priced Garmin. The setup is easy and quick. With in 20 minutes I had topo and street maps loaded and ready to go.
Summary: Owners manua/ instructions are some of the worst I have ever encountered. No logical order. Assumes intimate knowlede of the product straight out of the box. After 16 frustrating hours of trying to select and load maps I boxed it up and returned it. Back to paper map and compassl It would probably been worth the price if it had instructions that could be followed step by step with examples.
Summary: I gave this GPS an Excellent rating because if you are expecting more than this for Walmart's price ($147), you probably won't ever be happy. The GPS comes with Topo U.S. 8.0 which is the newest version of Delorme's topo maps. It gives you pretty detailed maps for the whole of the USA, which is quite a deal, given the price. The software is semi difficult to figure out, especially if you are sending stuff to the GPS, but it is quite powerful.
Summary: Instruction "manual" is a joke. It assumes you know all about related topics and does not go into proper detail on how to ACTUALLY start using it. Manual looks like it was written by someone who was trying to impress you with vague instructions. It is like a maual teaching you how to drive saying, Start car, press gas pedal, drive. No matter how good it may or not be, you will not learn how to use it unless you have a degree in electronic engineering.
Summary: I did a lot of research before buying a gps unit as we didn't have a lot of money to spend on one but still wanted to get the most out of what we did have. I mainly use this unit for geocaching and it is great! I have just recently started using it to route my way to caches or to get me home when I've gotten lost going to garage sales! I like that the buttons are on the front panel rather than the sides where you hold the unit.
Summary: I was hunting for a gps that was cheep and would be great for geocatching but did not wish to spend much money. This unit is packed with maps and can do more than I was expecting it to do from measuring property lines and finding bench marks to just taking a road trip it covers all of that and is not hard to use as well. It even gives you the best time to fish or hunt as well it was way more then I was expecting.
Summary: Difficult to use..Poor instructions, just a overview no detail. DeLorme web site gives a great overview of marine maps BUT it's it does not come with marine maps.Why?? It comes with a SD card BUT no instructions on how to load or use it. They have a tech support, group no 800 number, BUT they do not provide any info on detail use. My wife & I brought a twin engine boat from the Detroit River to Marco Island, FL in 1991 useing a campass & Loran-c with no problems.