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Garmin-etrex-vista-hcx.5674524
6.3 out of 10

Garmin eTrex Vista HCx

Deep foliage, nor canyons phase the rugged eTrex Vista HCx. Its Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Garmin eTrex Vista HCx

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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 10
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User Review

AZPathfinder, Walmart
2 January 2010
  • Summary: If you're looking...and understand how to use...or are a technology geek, it's a nice GPS and a good value. The Garmin ETrex Vista is OK. Walmart had a great deal at $149 just before Christmas. However, it did not have any preloaded topographic maps as I thought the description said, so worthless to see how it might work on my hiking trails. I couldn't get the compass or altimeter to work easily.
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Overall 6
6.0

Nice GPS but sub par software

Sloper Dude, Amazon
3 August 2008
  • Summary: I bought this GPS mainly for use while kayaking in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The GPS itself is very nice, with tons of usable features, and is an excellent value. The color screen works great, and a lot of thought went into making this fine handheld GPS. Of course the GPS is only minimally useful without the optional maps, as are almost all similar GPS units, and I have no complaints about that, but the fact is, their Inland Lakes software is not up to par, and that flaws...
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Overall 6
6.0

Does the job...

Denis Storozhev, Amazon
8 July 2008
  • Summary: This unit is not easy to use. It takes some time to get used to. Once you get used to - it is very detailed and powerful GPS. If you are outdoor person and you are not looking for fancy graphics - this is device for you. Very accurate on the road and trails. Battery last forever. You can transfer your tracks to google map or google earth with [...]. It does not come with detailed maps, be prepared to pay more. The detailed maps are not always up to date.
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Overall 6
6.0

Small screen but cool in-your-backpak GPS

Robert Cozzi, Amazon
23 May 2008
  • Summary: First I have to say I have been a professional computer programmer since 1978 and our industry generally agrees that the Programmers who work for the two GPS maker's are the worst in the industry. After buying the Vista HCx I see that this "myth" hasn't had reason to change. Given that all GPS software looks like it was written by someone who learned how to program 5 minutes ago, the Vista HCx is a good single-function GPS unit.
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Overall 6
6.0

Functional but a design disaster

Sean Russell, Amazon
12 December 2007
  • Summary: Be aware this product is virtually useless right out of the box. It works fine but the included map has detail down to my nearest interstate and no further. You have to buy more detailed maps to do anything useful. The included software is ancient but functional. A lanyard is provided but you'll need a microscope and tweezers to thread it though the connection point. A belt clip is optional and the necessary AA batteries are not included.
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Overall 6
6.0

good - not great

Hiker Joe "Joe", Amazon
18 November 2007
  • Summary: Overall the Garmin eTrex Vista HCx is a good - not great - product. The high-sensitivity receiver is the most important point. Even with heavy brush and tree cover (or in a car or house) the unit keeps on track. AA batteries, Waterproof, PC interface, Ability to add maps... like Topo... great. I'm not sure if the extra expense for the Electronic compass and Barometric altimeter were worth the money. They have to be recalibrated all the time. Legend vs. Vista.
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Overall 6
6.0

It works in the Arctic!

joec66, epinions.com
1 March 2005
  • Summary: I've rated the eTrex Vista as average simply because this is the only one I've ever owned or used. It may be better, or worse. It works.
  • Pros: Dependable in an Alaska blizzard. It'll save your life
  • Cons: snowmobile engine interferes with satellite reception
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Overall 6
6.0

Very Slow GPS

benmlee, epinions.com
24 May 2004
  • Summary: Great if you are going hiking. For automotive use, avoid this one. Save your money and get the emap for car use.
  • Pros: Many useful feature. MapSource great for driving and finding fast food restaurant, gas station.
  • Cons: Screen takes too long to update. Not acceptable
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Overall 6
6.0

Ok, once you get used to it.

tomsriv, epinions.com
8 August 2003
  • Summary: This GPS has a lot of features for the price, but does few of them well. I would recommend buying a simple GPS that does its job well.
  • Pros: Once you get used to it, it is a good unit.
  • Cons: Poor antenna, confusing menu layout, difficult to download.
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Overall 6
6.0

Nice feature, poor reception

skyview18, epinions.com
5 June 2002
  • Summary: Nice compact unit packed with lots of features, but the poor reception makes it only when you using it in an open area.
  • Pros: Small, lots of feature, nice display, detail base map
  • Cons: poor reception, no memory expansion
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