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.
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.
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.
Summary: I've read some of the other reviews and now feel really dumb. I found the instruction manual quite confusing, and I can't figure out how to use this unit. It sure sounds like a great device, but I'm disappointed that I can't figure out how to navigate between two waypoints I somehow managed to mark...
don't buy the Vista Cx for its barometric altimeter
Henry Truebe, Amazon
16 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.
Summary: A cautionary note for Mac users, the GPS is great, but all of the touted MapSource charts and connectivity is for Windows users only. I gave the GPS to my husband for Christmas, and he was so dissappointed when he slipped the CD into our computer he hasn't even looked at it again.
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.
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.
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.
Conclusion: Es un buen equipo, pero me gustaria que el manual cuente con mayor informacion tecnica para mejorar el rango de error en las mediciones. Por ahÍ leí que la presicion tiene que ver con la fecha. A lo mejor podrian recomendarme un equipo que cumpla con mis espectativas. saludos
Pros: tiene mayor presicion, se conecta mas rapido, no pierde conexion cuando estas en el auto., El altimetro esta mejorado( aunque no lo prove mucho)
Cons: La tecla novi dejo de tener todas las funciones que tiene el Cx (me parece que es mejor el Cx), La misma medicion tomando referencia de puntos fijados con un dia de diferencia difieren hasta en 10 m. (problemas del equipo?).