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6.1 out of 10

Garmin eTrex Venture HC

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Reviews and Problems with Garmin eTrex Venture HC

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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 8
8.0
Value for money 10
10

User Review

RSBamBam, Walmart
9 November 2010
  • Summary: When I discovered that my automobile GPS is unsuited for geochaching, I started looking at hand-held units. Once I thought about it, I decided that fancy mapping isn't all that helpful. You can pay extra and get any topo map for an eTrex Venture that you wish, but I found I don't need them. Downloading cache information is very, very convenient, and this unit works fine with Geocaching.com.
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Overall 6
6.0

venture hc

urchinspine3, Ebay
21 August 2010
  • Summary: Its nice once you spend the extra bucks for the maps. And if youre a mac user, DO NOT HOOK UP!!! Go to a friends house that has a pc. Frustrating. Youll have to input all your waypoints on the device itself, unless your buddy doesnt mind you using his/her pc. I wish id saved another week and got one of the better ones that has the card slot. It definently works in the woods though.
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Overall 6
6.0

Strawberry mountain

climber, Amazon
1 August 2010
  • Summary: We bought the Garmin GPS to use hiking and took it on a trip to climb Strawberry Mountain in Eastern Oregon for our anniversary. But when we turned it on, the screen was basically blank, in that area. Only a few roads showed up and no detail of the areas we were climbing. I learned later that you could download topo maps from their site (for an additional $99) but I didn't see anything about that in the advertising.
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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). On the other hand, the slightly higher priced HCx model uses a RAM card slot for almost unlimited detailed map storage.
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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. If you want to go off road, hiking or away from major cities, you will need to load additional maps. This is where the 24MB internal memory limit will likely be hit.
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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 10
10

User Review

Hogman3, Walmart
13 June 2009
  • Summary: I bought this product on clearance for $60 (normal price $169) and feel that this was a very reasonable price to pay. Although it does not do what I was specifically looking for, it may still come in handy if I ever venture off-road any distance.
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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 10
10

User Review

Hogman3, Walmart
13 June 2009
  • Summary: I bought this product on clearance for $60 (normal price $169) and feel that this was a very reasonable price to pay. Although it does not do what I was specifically looking for, it may still come in handy if I ever venture off-road any distance.
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Overall 6
6.0

So-So Starter Unit

California Jim, Amazon
17 November 2008
  • Summary: Got this unit to start geocaching with my kids. PROS are: It seems to be very accurate, screen is easily readable, color is good, seems well made and durable. The unit is also able to obtain a satellite when indoors near a window which was very surprising. CONS are: no built in compass which makes it very difficult to get to the geocache when you get very close. If you stand still it will confuse you and point to a different direction.
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Overall 6
6.0

Garmin Etrex Venture HC

CaliforniaJim, Rate it all!
17 November 2008
  • Summary: Got this unit to start geocaching with my kids. PROS are: It seems to be very accurate, screen is easily readable, color is good, seems well made and durable. The unit is also able to obtain a satellite when indoors near a window which was very surprising. CONS are: no built in compass which makes it very difficult to get to the geocache when you get very close. If you stand still it will confuse you and point to a different direction.
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