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5.4 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. It only showed large bodies of water (i.e. large lakes, oceans, and some rivers). It also mainly showed only major roadways (i.e.
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Overall 4
4.0

Bought and Returned. Not sufficient memory.

JohnDoe, Amazon
13 September 2011
  • Summary: I did not want to bother with having to load and reload maps as needed in small chunks so I returned this unit after evaluating it properly. Great reception and usability but the small memory (24 MB internal) was the main drawback. The base map as with the other eTrex versions is not very helpful since is only contains major roads (highways), rivers and some cities but now neighborhood roads or topo.
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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 10
10

User Review

JJDogg, Walmart
15 August 2011
  • Summary: The unit works great. Fast connection to satellites, many options, games, can run on AA lithium, alkaline. The buttons make for easy navigation. My issue is the map that is shown in the photographs. THAT IS NOT THE BASEMAP!!!! When I saw the picture, I assumed that was the basemap but it definetely is not. The base map is very basic and does not show contours, and only shows major highways, rivers and large lakes.
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Overall 4
4.0

Dissapointing

J. Quick, Amazon
3 November 2010
  • Summary: I bought this unit for an upcoming trip to replace my ancient [but still working] Garmin Geko 101. The Geko did everything I wanted a GPS to do at the time, and although it was lacking in any frills whatsoever, it served me well for years. I upgraded the Venture HC because I wanted to be able to use topographical maps, which is something the Venture HC is advertised to be able to do (reference the picture). They can't. Well they can, but they can't. Let me explain...
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Overall 4
4.0
Value for money 4
4.0

User Review

dimepincher, Walmart
12 June 2010
  • Summary: I'm a novice hiker and got seriously lost in the woods during a torrential downpour and lightening storm a couple weeks ago. I decided a handheld GPS would be a solution for avoiding a repeat of this experience. I have an 5-year old Garmin for my car which works flawlessly, so the Garmin brand is the first I considered in a handheld GPS. Perhaps I'm naive, but I was expecting more than this unit delivers.
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 8
8.0

User Review

aleclair, Walmart
13 January 2010
  • Summary: Somehow this was cheaper at Walmart.com, then at the actual Walmart store. Nice gadget, just wish I could download more maps to it.
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Overall 4
4.0

Got cash to throw away?

A. Foster "tfcreate", Amazon
10 December 2009
  • Summary: I guess I got a lemon. Along with sever thousand others on the internet. Mine lasted about a year. The unit begins to power on then fades out. According to many sites this is a common problem and the only fix is to replace it. Not a good response considering that there are professionals who depend on this for their lives. I'll try another manufacturer.
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Overall 4
4.0
Value for money 4
4.0

Maybe I was expecting too much?

Walmart
21 July 2009
  • Summary: I'm a novice hiker and got seriously lost in the woods during a torrential downpour and lightening storm a couple weeks ago. I decided a handheld GPS would be a solution for avoiding a repeat of this experience. I have an 5-year old Garmin for my car which works flawlessly, so the Garmin brand is the first I considered in a handheld GPS. Perhaps I'm naive, but I was expecting more than this unit delivers.
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Overall 4
4.0
Value for money 4
4.0

Maybe I was expecting too much?

Walmart
21 July 2009
  • Summary: I'm a novice hiker and got seriously lost in the woods during a torrential downpour and lightening storm a couple weeks ago. I decided a handheld GPS would be a solution for avoiding a repeat of this experience. I have an 5-year old Garmin for my car which works flawlessly, so the Garmin brand is the first I considered in a handheld GPS. Perhaps I'm naive, but I was expecting more than this unit delivers.
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Overall 4
4.0

Good unit, poor basemap - requires additional purchase to be usable

SoCal User, Amazon
1 June 2009
  • Summary: I have owned previous similar Garmin hand held GPS units. Very good units, pretty durable, reasonably priced and I've been very happy with them. Precision and usability has been amazing... After multiple years of car trips, backpacking, camping and other uses of my previous Garmin handheld, it finally needed major service -- so I decided to upgrade. This unit is good in most areas and features, but with one major problem.
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