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.
I have to agree with most people. It does have its…
20 February 2010
Excerpt: I have to agree with most people. It does have its faults but for the price, and you can find a good price if you are diligent. It is absolutely amazing at locating satellites and hence its postion! It is difficult to program for someone who does not use it a lot, and one should also carry a good compass.
Garmin's GPSMAP 60CSx marks the end of a paradigm…
11 February 2010
Excerpt: Garmin's GPSMAP 60CSx marks the end of a paradigm for Garmin. While their more budget-conscious trail products (eTrex) retain tactile interfaces the move now is for touchscreen versatility. While this review doesn't touch upon the validity of such a strategy, I did think it worth mentioning. This product is not part of Garmin's future in the way that the Colorado, Oregon, and Dakota are.
Design: A rugged construction and rubberised buttons…
24 December 2009
Excerpt: Design: A rugged construction and rubberised buttons make this a good unit to take on a trek. Its IPX standard waterproofing which means you can submerge this unit in water, so heavy rain will not affect this unit. The screen is bright and large enough to see all of the detail provided. Even in bright sunlight, the transreflective screen shows up well. This is a highly sensitive receiver which makes use of the SerifStar chipset..
I've owned this unit for several years and I love…
18 February 2009
Excerpt: I've owned this unit for several years and I love it! Watertight. Tough enough to use as a hackey-sack. Display is great: large - so you can see lots of your surroundings and easily visible in all lighting conditions. Great reception: quickly gets a fix even under thick conifer stands, deep in mountain valleys. Compass and barometric altimeter are very accurate and calibration is a breeze. Micro SD memory is a great improvement. Great battery longevity.
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: 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!