Summary: I've spent some time trying to find the right GPS. I think this is the one if you are a hiker or into mountaineering. I don't care anything about driving directions or treasure hunting (although this will work for that too) - I've got my EVO with several good apps for driving directions. Cost: Find the right sale and it's as low as 170. Amazon has had them at that price before.
Summary: I took the plunge and upgraded to the 60CSx when my long time travel parter, the 60CS was stolen from my vehicle. I had a few complaints about the 60CS, but only complaints that you would have after owning it for a long time. I didn't like the ease in which it lost satellites in big cities or in dense canopy. Acquisition seemed like it took a bit too long sometimes and when you need the GPS, and it has to reacquire, it can be very frustrating when it is slow.
Summary: Shortly after I bought this (before it arrived) I began to suffer buyer's remorse; I started thinking this was just an expensive toy and a waste of money. But after receiving it [and the North American detailed street maps chip (another $160)] I don't regret a single penny spent. It's great for mapping (showing a route, down to the foot, you've taken) so you can backtrack and not get lost while hiking.
Summary: I recently upgraded to the GPSMAP 60CSx from the 60CS. I've had a chance to run the "x" through its paces and am very happy. The reception is excellent-- manifest in very fast time to initial position and good tracking under tree cover, amongst tall buildings, inside some buildings!, and from within a backpack or pocket. I use the unit (as I did its predecessor) for auto-mapping when I travel and also for outdoor fun.
Summary: Lots of people are expecting this GPS to be the perfect GPS. I really like it so far and I don't have any complaints. Most of the complaints you'll see are people comparing the features of this GPS to the 60CS. The issues most people are complaining about are really minor. Icons: Ok the new icons are more cartoon like. None of them are hard to tell what the function is which is the point of an icon.
Summary: I cut my GPS teeth on an eTrex Vista (a great little handheld in its own right) for a couple of years before stepping up to the 60CSx. After five months of use, I have only positive things to say about my latest purchase. I was aware of some owners' early concerns about "wandering" and the seeming inability to enable WAAS, but figured Garmin would eventually address such firmware issues, and so decided to take the plunge.
Summary: This is without a doubt the best handheld GPS unit on the market today. The SIRF III chipset is far more sensitive that other receivers. I started with a Garmin eTrex Vista unit that was very good, but it lost its signal lock under almost any forest canopy, and in any deep canyon. That's why I upgraded to the 60 Csx. It gets far better reception in the woods, which is important for hiking and geocaching. Be aware, though, that the unit does not come with maps!
Summary: The first reviewer didn't really do his research before he purchased this or else he would know that it only comes with basemaps. The other fact he would know is that that's how all GPS vendors work. They want you to buy their maps separately and only their maps will work on their hardware. Now, I previously owned a 60CS which I loved after trading in my Vista. With the newly upgraded 60CSx you get a couple of additional functions that make it much better than the 60CS.
Summary: I purchased my Garmin GPSmap 60CSx in June 2006 from Amazon, because they had the best price available ($100 less than any place else I could find). I also purchased and installed Garmin MapSource USA Topo software on my 60CSx. I recently returned from a 10 day canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which is in northern Minnesota adjacent to the US-Canada border. I paddled and portaged over 100 miles, and used my Garmin GPSmap 60CSx throughout the trip.
Summary: Comments about Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx Portable Navigator: Face it everyone needs a navigator when you are going somewhere you have never been so do the right thing and invest in this one. The directories are so clear and easy to follow you won’t find yourself making those wrong turns like you use to. The graphics are amazing on this thing. It’s a very small device that doesn’t take up a lot of room or get in way of your view. Very easy to read and navigate.