Summary: The HCx is a well made durable GPS with very good reception and accuracy. BUT the Garmin operating software seems to have been designed by a committee of software people who never actually use it. I imagine that if you use the HCx very regularly that you will remember which button to press to get to which screen and maybe eventually it gets somewhat easier.
Summary: Great unit but.... Apparently when the Etrex units are allowed to overheat, the adhesive strip that holds on the rubber band that runs around the sides, top, and bottom of the unit delaminates. This leads to a gooey mess and a loss of water resistance. I think I can rebond the rubber band down with regular silicone based adhesive. A quick Google search of this problem found that my situation is not unique for the Etrex line.
Summary: THIS UNIT HAS WHAT APPEARS TO BE MANY USEFUL FUNCTIONS. UNFORTUNATELY UNLESS YOU ARE VERY LITERATE IN THE OPERATION OF THIS TYPE OF DEVICE YOU'LL BECOME FRUSTRATED AND PROBABLY NOT USE IT. I FOUND IT TO BE NOT USER FRIENDLY.
Summary: The eTrex Vista HCx is a good little GPS. I bought it for my son to use during a boy scout high adventure camp. He carried it with him all the time and always knew where he was and how to get back to camp. It works as advertised... but the days of these little things is coming to an end.
Summary: I really wanted to like this GPS, and I was looking forward to getting many hours of use out of it. Alas, that can not happen. I returned the unit to Amazon this morning for one simple reason: it is next to impossible to get into the battary compartment without the use of a special wrench -- not provided with the unit by the way.
Summary: My wife and I got a dog a few years ago and ever since we have been exploring the local trails and parks within an hour and half drive of our house. In the summer we have been doing 30+ miles a week of hiking. We have been collecting and printing out as many maps as we could find for local trails, some are of better quility than others, so I was pretty excited when my wife bought this GPS for my birthday in 2010.
Summary: I just purchased the Etrex Vista HCx only to find out that I have to buy more maps. I have already spent $200.00+ is that not enough? It works great if you don't care or need to see the streets your on!
Summary: The price I paid Amazon was very fair but since the base map was so inadequate I had to buy a maps SD card to make it useful. That is an additional $100 so the etrex price wasn't so attractive after-all. The users manual is very poor and doesn't cover most of the features available. The etrex I have is slow and really tests ones patience. (Perhaps because of the added SD card). Most of all, the users manual is even worse than the base map that came with the instrument.
Summary: VistaHCx(MediaTek) has the problem of the drift. The drift is generated by both of WAAS-ON/OFF. Even if etrexH and MagellanTriton are normal, VistaHCx does the drift ! MnediaTek is not equivalent to STM and Sirf. The MediaTek GPSchip is a imitation !!
good features, but not as one would think for the price
Jobin Gharakhani "jb", Amazon
23 October 2009
Summary: After doing quite a bit of research, I decided to buy the Garmin eTrex Vista HcX, which basically seemed like the top of the line for a hiking/handheld GPS. Although all the features are there, not all of them work as effectively as one would hope. I bought also a topo map of Germany. Negatives: Transfer time for about 10% of the map from my computer to the GPS took over 3 hours! So VERY slow data transfer. Also scrolling on a highly detailed map is very slow.