Downloading data is terrible and NEVER occurs without an error
scott slagis, Amazon
13 July 2014
Summary: Absolutely awful device. Downloading data is terrible and NEVER occurs without an error. The difficulty in downloading data base updates makes the unit particularly useless. I would never recommend this unit to anyone.
Summary: I switched from a 696 to the 796. This was definitely not an upgrade. While the unit works well, the logistics are not good. 1: the unit will not update via an SD card. It has to be removed from the aircraft and tethered to a computer for updates. 2: and updates are another issue.
Summary: I was an early user of the product and had several software issues. I am happy to report that for the most part they are now resolved. My old unit was a 396 and this is much bigger and better in most ways.
Summary: Flying through Oregon in April and deverting around snow storms and using the 796 it suddenly without warning quit on its battery. It was connected to the aircraft plug in but still refused to work. Another brand of GPS (a back up) worked fine in the plug in and saved the day.
I pinch myself every time I use this to make sure I'm not dreaming
8 May 2013
Summary: The synthetic vision with terrain is a safety feature unparalleled in GA cockpits. Add full featured weather and XM music through the headsets and it is the cheapest and most valuable docking station avionic in the stack. I have bought two and may buy a third.
Summary: The 796 is much faster than my 496. I love many of the added features like synthetic vision. It has several fatal flaws however. First it crashes either by going black or freezes. If you're following fir charts this is inexcusable Second, when you take off below protected airspace, you can't see it...
Summary: This is one awesome GPS. So bright and clear. Very easy and intuitive to operate. Touch screen much preferable to buttons. In Tidewater Virginia the terrain feature not very useful but would be in mountains. 3-D view also not very exciting.