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Garmin eTrex Venture HC
4.6 out of 10

Garmin eTrex Venture HC

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Reviews and Problems with Garmin eTrex Venture HC

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Overall 4
4.0

DO NOT BUY UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE NOT GETTING TOO!!

fishoutofwater, Amazon
30 December 2011
  • Summary: This was my first GPS and I read all the reviews and everything looked find. I got the GPS on time (thank you Amazon) and everything looked good. Navigation of the device was easy to pick up. It was user friendly. The first kicker that I found was that the base map was terrible.
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Overall 10
10

So easy to use!

hiking enthusiast, Amazon
14 September 2011
  • Summary: I borrowed a Magellan from a friend and I had a hard time figuring out how to use it. I soon returned it. I've heard others talk about how easy a Garmin GPS is to use. In fact, a friend has a Garmin Nuvi and it is quite intuitive so I figured a Garmin was the way to go.
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Overall 2
2.0

Garmin policies not customer friendly (read: greedy)

Elias Baumgarten, Amazon
12 May 2011
  • Summary: I have bought FIVE (5) Garmin GPS units, one Nuvi for the car and 4 handheld. The hardware is fine, but as many here have indicated, the product is only fully realized with good software maps, which are purchased separately (from Garmin).
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Overall 8
8.0

A great GPS for geocaching

walkabout, Amazon
18 April 2011
  • Summary: Bought this GPS a year ago just for geocaching. As others have mentioned, the included basemap is pathetic and more detailed maps from Garmin run as much as the unit. But there are other suppliers like gpsfiledepot where you can also get them, so definitely check them out, you really want topos!
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Overall 2
2.0

Serious firmware issues

Brian A. Issa, Amazon
24 March 2011
  • Summary: This is the only GPS I have had and I used it primarily for geocaching. Others have given in depth reviews of accuracy, ease of use, and other aspects of this device, so I won't waste time on them. When it worked it was an adequate entry level GPS for geocaching.
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Overall 8
8.0

A Classic Geocaching GPS

Robert Cannon, Amazon
22 November 2010
  • Summary: Bought this GPSr for geocaching. It has worked largely excellently. I wanted one that was water resistant and rugged. I have found 700+ caches with this thing and it keeps going strong. Garmins interface nicely with the geocaching website, easily downloading cords.
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Overall 6
6.0

Consider spending more on HCx model

Paul J. Sniadecki "NODRA Sailor", Amazon
25 July 2010
  • Summary: This unit is a very basic entry level model. It has great battery life and is easy to carry around. Accuracy is within reasonable limits. The "loaded" maps are not detailed enough and there is insufficient RAM/memory space to load more detailed maps (which are available for purchase from Garmin).
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Overall 4
4.0

want maps? got big bucks?

Dennis C. DeYoung, Amazon
3 January 2010
  • Summary: The maps that this comes with are useless. The maps you have to buy for it are very expensive (can easily cost more then the unit itself). When you buy the maps, you don't really own them. They can only be used in that one GPS.
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Overall 6
6.0

Decent backup or for casual use

T. Coldenhoff, Amazon
28 November 2009
  • Summary: This unit should work perfectly fine for the casual GPS user. However, it has rather severe limitations and quirks that more serious users would find annoying. First, the supplied base map is a joke. It has highways and major roads, but not much more detail.
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Overall 10
10
Value for money 10
10

User Review

Walmart
21 July 2009
  • Summary: I was looking for an inexpensive GPS to go Geocaching. I LOVE IT!
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