Summary: Before I begin my review, I want to give the reader some information about my background to put this review in proper context. This is the first GPS unit I've ever owned. I'm an avid hiker and I also enjoy backpacking. I'm also an occasional geocacher. I purchased this GPS as a supplement to the traditional map & compass. I use it primarily to mark trail heads, track my location when hiking, and navigate the forest roads in the Nicolet & Ottawa National Forests.
Summary: I just received my map 60cs-x in January from Amazon. Anyway, I really like my "old" Map60cs and its 56 mb of internal memory, but that is now my daughter's unit. The Map 60cs-x comes with 64 mb of trans-flash memory which is "semi"-removable. Garmin intends to sell trans-flash cards w/ pre loaded maps, but they are as yet un-available. However, 512 mb Scan-Disk trans-flash cards are available for about 45 bucks. That aughta hold just about every map in existance.
Summary: Comments about Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx Portable Navigator: I'm lost without checking a map or having a 100% reliable GPS. Garmin seems to be the best for reliability. This model is best when I'm not in the car, or when I borrow my neighbor's boat for a day.
Pros: Compact, Easy To Read, Easy To Set Up, Long Battery Life, Reliable Performance, Strong Construction, Versatile
Summary: The GPSMAP-60CSX is fun and has every feature you could want. It is expandable with the micro card and offers a great value for you recieve although a little on the pricey side. The bonus kit is not worth the extra money, therefore I reccommend buying the unit by itself.
Upgrade unit software to take advantage of 4GB MicroSD
Earth Trekker "Winsome Traveler", Amazon
26 November 2007
Summary: This unit is not so great for typical driving; you'd be better off with a unit designed specifically for a vehicle that is stationary and enunciates verbal directions. The 60CSx only beeps. But for outdoors or a convenient GPS to take along on out of town trips, it is very useful. I use mine all the time on the airplane to figure out where in flyover country I am, and it is simple to take out of my briefcase to navigate around an unfamiliar city once I get out of the...
Summary: Earlier in the summer I made the plunge and purchased a hand held GPS unit. I researched for a couple of weeks. Using the internet of course and also asking friends who are or were familiar with units as civilians, law enforcement as well as a couple of former soldiers. Garmin was the brand that most of the guys came up with. Various units were discuss and after considerable time weighing the advantages and disadvantages of various models I made my decision.
Summary: I really like the Garmin gps and I would recommend it to anyone. The book is a bit thick but it does explain it every well and It has come in handy. The screen is very clear and just the right size to carry. The unit is light enough to carry all day and not be a bother.
Summary: Awesome product. Very happy with the screen size (it's larger than my buddies Etrex Vista but the overall dimensions are quite similar.) SIRF chipset kept me locked on even in the fairly dense pines of northern Arizona during last weeks camping/geocaching trip. Most times it was locked on 9 or 10 satellites. My only complaint is one I new about going in...this is a 'two handed' unit as the navigation buttons are located way at the bottom.
Summary: The 60CSx is a very sophisticated GPS that, while its looks may be intimidating to the novice, is fairly easy to learn. This due in a large part to the manual that comes with the unit. Garmin does a very good job of walking a first time user through the basics of setting up the GPS, learning basic navigation with the unit and letting you know how to change features to your liking.
This is one of many GPS units I own and by far my…
30 January 2007
Excerpt: This is one of many GPS units I own and by far my favorite. I backpack regularly and this thing is right on the money for satellite coverage, even in dense tree coverage - which is the reason I bought this unit. I have several Garmin GPS units including the 60CS, but this one really is better with the quick acquisition times. The only complaint is the cases they make for them, very cheap and they do not fit the unit well. Other than that this is worth its weight in gold.