Still one of the best lightweight 12-channel GPS receivers…
11 December 2008
Excerpt: Still one of the best lightweight 12-channel GPS receivers on the market. Ideal for go-lite hikers that can read a map and plot coordinates. It's extremely light, compact, waterproof, and still has one of the best energy use rates on the market (22.5 hours in energy-save mode on a single pair of AA...
Summary: I thought at first glance this was a limited unit...I didn't see any classic Latitude/Longitude display on every GARMIN unit I've tinkered with before, nor was I able to find the altimeter feature other than as I marked a waypoint.
Summary: If you buy one of these cellphone sized babies, be sure to update the firmware at Garmins website: http://www.garmin.com/support/download.html You'll need a data cable of course, but that's also useful for various other uses such as interfacing with mapping software or storing routes and waypoints.
Pros: Supported with firmware updates by manufacturer
Cons: Cost of peripherals, i.e. data and power cables
Summary: When this unit is used in conjunction with a good map, there is no excuse for you becoming lost. My primary use for this GPS is off road motorcyling, hiking and other outdoor uses. It is very easy to use and comes with an easy to read manual that makes learning it's functions a breeze.
Summary: I started GeoCaching with a borrowed Garmin 12XL, and found I liked both GeoCaching, and Garmin's GPS's! So when I wanted my own GPSr, Garmin was the obvious chioce. I didn't need or want anything [too costly], and the Garmin "yellow" eTrex has given me all I've wanted: it's small, it's accurate...
Summary: The speedometer on my car broke. I could spend $400+ to repair it, or buy a new GPS to hang on my dashboard. I was impressed to find that this unit worked almost anywhere in the car, not just under the windshield.
Summary: First part of previous post is inaccurate. The-trex DOES have a speedometer, a compas (based on GPS, you mst be moving for it to work) a waypoint input method (record them as you go or download into the device from a PC and one of many map/topo programs). I do agree with the rest of these posts.
Summary: Keep it simple stupid! What profound words and this seems to be the philsophy behind the Garmin eTrex. This is my first and only GPS and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. I know there are more feature rich and expensive GPS's out there but my question is why buy all of this if you don't really...
Summary: I bought my Garmin eTrex because I was interested in Geocaching but I didn't have a lot of spare cash to invest in the activity. I was a little concerned about purchasing what is essentially the "bottom of the line" device but once my eTrex arrived and I put it to use I was not disappointed.