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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 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

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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Overall 4
4.0

Possibly a Good Handheld GPS, but MAC OWNERS BEWARE!

Gort, Amazon
23 January 2009
  • Summary: I got the Etrex Venture HC as a Xmas gift (purchased via Amazon) and was fairly pleased with the performance for the very short amount of time that I had it. The receiver quickly acquired the GPS satellites, and the functions seemed to work well; however, the software shipped with the Etrex is PC based but I was able to get the appropriate Mac based software from Garmin's website, including "webupdater," which allows you to update the Etrex's internal software.
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Overall 4
4.0

Not my favorite for Geocaching by a long shot

Susan Johnson, Amazon
29 December 2008
  • Summary: I've been geocaching for about 6 months (using a Garmin Forerunner 101), and I'm hooked. Got this for myself for Christmas, and was really excited, but quickly dissappointed. Yes, you can directly download your co-ords from geocaching.com, but that's all you get. It lists the caches by thier alpha-numeric code (like I'm going to remember which one is which), but doesn't give any info on the cache. First day out I was 3 for 9!
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Overall 4
4.0

A big let down

C. Wright, Amazon
1 November 2009
  • Summary: I bought this and looked forward to trying it out. Having to fork out another 120 plus pounds for the maps after spending so much on a GPS annoyed me a bit. Lets face it the technology has been around a bit now and should be cheaper. After failed attempts at finding anything useful on the Garmin website (Which can I say is pathetic) I decided not to even attempt to set this up myself and phoned Garmin directly. They were very apologetic and helpful.
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Overall 4
4.0

venture

vikingman, Amazon
21 September 2008
  • Summary: Bought as an upgrade for my older GTREX model. Compared to the older GTREX the venture has more extensive menus, moveable map reference frame, clearer, brighter display, better satellite tracking and it can interface with my computer via usb cable. on the negative side, the construction quality of the unit is markedly poorer than that of my older GTREX - switches creak when squeezed and the sides of the unit also move when buttons are pressed (all the ones in the shop...
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