Summary: I purchased this for biking and hiking. So far, I have only used it while biking. The input buttons are mainly on the sides of the unit (so there is more space for the screen on the front). Most of the buttons have more than one function. The secondary role is used by holding the button down until the screen changes to the intended function, instead of just a press and release. I have had trouble with the scroll/input button on the front of the unit.
Summary: The Garmin ETrex Vista/CX is a very nice handheld GPS unit. I like it a lot. However, it has battery problems. Within a month of getting the unit-- and not using it in any capacity other than simply turning it on and driving places in my car, it stopped being able to operate from batteries. I've tried many different types of batteries, all brand-new with no effect-- still doesn't work. I can plug it in via the USB port though and it works great.
Summary: The Garmin eTrex Vista CX Color handheld works great EXCEPT that it will not power on without taking the batteries in and out each time you turn it on. It was a reburbished one with a year's warranty from Garmin. Seller told us to return it to Garmin. Garmin has given great service and we are supposed to get a replacement in a week's time.
Summary: This is the 4th Garmin GPS I bought - GPS 2, GPS 5, Nuvi 660 and now the Vista CX. I bought the Vista CX to replace my GPS 5 primarily for mapping my local parks via mountain biking so I could plan trips, track mileages and also to get into geocaching. The first couple of times I used it in an outer pocket of my Camelbak while riding around through the woods in late October - after most of the leaves had fallen from the trees - and it lost coverage several times ending...
Summary: While this is a pretty useful device for hiking, running, sailing etc...it has several issues. One is, that the preinstalled map only shows high and freeways. If one wants more detail, Garmin will ask you to plunck down another ~$90 for US coverage. If you want Europe, it costs you again. Japan is not available at all, only a third party supplier in Japan offers a compatible map-another $90...are you reminded of razors and razor blades?? I am!
don't buy the Vista Cx for its barometric altimeter
Henry Truebe, Amazon
17 February 2007
Summary: When GPS were first introduced we used to joke about the inaccuracy of their satellite determined elevations. I bought the Vista Cx because I thought the built-in barometric altimeter would reduce the problem with satellite determined elevations - it does not. The expected error in elevation is 50 to 200 feet, far worse than the positional accuracy of the gps.
Excellent mapping GPS, but altimeter and compass issues
18 July 2006
Summary: My Vista Cx is an excellent GPS. Satellites are quickly acquired and WAAS enhancement works reliably. The unit is sturdy and battery life is much better than I expected. The downside seems to be documentation. Documentation is minimal and occasionally incorrect. No expanded documentation is available on the Garmin website and there doesn't appear to be a Garmin user's group where questions and techniques can be archieved and discussed.
Summary: Leider muss ich meiner Produktberwertung 2 Sterne abziehen, da sich bei längerem Gebrauch Mängel eingestellt haben, siehe Bericht weiter unten: Nachdem wir uns vor paar Wochen in der Schorfheide nördlich von Berlin mal wieder hoffnungslos mit den Rad verfahren haben und zig Kilometer von dem Punkt entfernt ankamen, zu dem wir eigentlich wollten, reifte der Entschluss, uns nach einem GPS-Gerät für Wander/Radfahrer umzuschauen.