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Delorme-earthmate-pn-40.34187634
7.0 out of 10

DeLorme Earthmate PN-40

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Reviews and Problems with DeLorme Earthmate PN-40

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Overall 2
2.0

Too complicated

Peter B. "Grampy", Amazon
22 May 2011
  • Summary: I've been using my Blackberry Smartphone with the Trimble app for Geocaching. Being new to geocaching and to GPS', I found the combination to work quite well. The app costs about $6/month. I thought I'd try something more sophisticated to see if it was "better" than my Smartphone. Reviews for the PN-40 were pretty good so I bought one. It's certainly not for the beginner. I'm a retired EE and am quite computer literate. The instruction manual is poorly written.
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Overall 2
2.0

Unreliable & cumbersome

Steven T. Crowley, Amazon
15 February 2011
  • Summary: Delorme needs to stick with what they do best (maps), fire their software designers and partner with someone who can make a more functional GPS! After considerable research, I purchased my first GPS, a PN-20, primarily because of Delorme's reputation for great maps. The PN-20's graphics were terribly slow, so I returned it and made the mistake of buying the newly-released PN-40.
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Overall 2
2.0

Too Much for Too Little

Amazon Customer "cluelessinky", Amazon
21 November 2010
  • Summary: I'm a geocacher and thought that this gps would aid in my hobby. The PN40 was useless. It eats batteries like they're going out of style, and when it lost the signal it would take as much as 40 minutes to get it back. I was in a deep search when the gps froze, thank goodness I had my 98 cent compass to get me back.
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Overall 2
2.0

Not for Mac users

Simon Burke, Amazon
23 October 2010
  • Summary: Would have loved to have used the PN-40, but the software and maps only work on a PC. Not a Mac. And they don't tell you that in the marketing blurb! Very disappointed.
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Overall 2
2.0

DeLorme Earthmate PN-40 GPS Receiver

midwestsales-1, Ebay
14 June 2010
  • Summary: This is an over priced GPS. I called the company DeLorme and spoke with a technician and was told by him that lat/Lon positions could be imputed to go to that position. False. Download of maps is not only a challenge, but when done by the numbers there are errors which cause the maps not to be displayed. The best I can say about this GPS is that it turns on and off, and you can pinpoint where you have been.
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Overall 2
2.0

I am really not happy with this purchase! F-F-

hi5joe, Ebay
3 February 2010
  • Summary: I paid promptly and the unit took over two weeks to get to me. When testing the unit it ran through 6 sets of batteries!!! Hard to believe you didn't notice that? I sent it off to DeLorme and they fixed it was a hassle that should of been handled by original purchaser. DeLorme replaced the battery sender unit and I hope it will work properly now.
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Overall 2
2.0

I wanted to like this more

Mark Applegate, Amazon
27 July 2009
  • Summary: I started out geocaching with an original Garmin 60 GPS. That was a very good unit but I wanted something that I could download caches easier with along with descriptions. I was going to upgrade to the Garmin 60CSx but with the recommendation of a friend I purched the Delorme PN-40. The Delorme hasd proven to be a great gps. Overall is it a very fine unit that only has four issues in my book. First my biggest issue is that the screen is too small in my opinion.
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Overall 2
2.0

I prefer cheaper Garmins

Brian "a forest ecologist", Amazon
7 July 2009
  • Summary: We purchased this Delorme and a Garmin Garmin eTrec Venture HC GPS at the same time to compare them; I found that in forested areas the Garmin worked much better than the Delorme PN-40. It was much faster at picking up satellites, had better reported error, and cost half the price than the Delorme.
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Overall 2
2.0

Great GPS when it worked, which wasn't for long

Shaun, Amazon
17 June 2009
  • Summary: I purchased the PN-40 recently but unfortuantely had to return it shortly thereafter because it was a brick. This is a documented problem (Delorme Forum) that Delorme does know about, but it apparently hasn't be corrected as of yet. I got the unit specifically to use on an upcoming road trip since I'd be doing lots of hiking, so I was sorely disappointed when I couldn't get the unit to stay running.
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Overall 2
2.0

Poor choice so far

Heather W. Honeck "FunMom", Amazon
13 May 2009
  • Summary: Bought this for my engineer husband for Christmas, because it seemed to be the top of the line and come equipped with more maps than others. It lasted 3 months then died completely after no ill use. In the process of seeing if the company will give us a new one. If so, I'll revise this review. Until then, buyer beware! Edited review: we very kindly received another unit, however, it had a shorter life than the 1st.
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