Summary: this thing worked ok out of the box.i took the batteries out as stated in the manual to store it.let it sit 6 months and now it wont turn on.tried many new batteries still wont turn on.garmin is giving me the run a round and amazon says i cant return it.garmin is junk
Summary: Ordered this for the holiday, received it on time. Device is nice to look at, a bit bulky but the interface was easy to use. Was surprised that there were NO maps included with this costly device. So bit the bullet and ordered from Garmin onlinetheir 50.00 Trailhead Series - Pacific NW National Trail to at least populate this device with some trail maps. No go.
On third unit in less than 5 months-think before buy.
Eileen Valachovic, Amazon
8 May 2012
Summary: This unit was a Christmas present for husband. He didn't use right away. First unit consistently killed one battery. When he finally called Garmin, the techs were helpful--the plus in his experience. The tech did a program update thru computer that helped for awhile. He sent unit back--got a reconditioned unit. That only functioned correctly for short while. That unit was returned & he received a new unit.
Summary: Buyers should be aware, that out of the box, this unit includes what is called worldwide shaded relief basemaps. You might assume, like I did, that the beautifuly detailed screen image on the product beauty shot is this shaded relief map. NOT SO. Out of the box, the maps are no better than you'd see on a $75 car gps unit; worse actually because of the tiny screen which is roughly half the SQ inches of my old iphone.
Summary: I bought an Oregon 450t, used it on three trips, and am so dissatisfied that I am returning it. I use a GPS to map trails for hiking guidebooks. I have recorded over 200 trips with my trusty old Garmin 60csx before it locked up. I ordered a 450t as a replacement. The unit I received has major accuracy problems. Under moderate forest cover in the San Bernardino mountains, it indicated that I was a mile away in the middle of the lake.
Summary: This is the most frustrating piece of machinery I have ever owned. It is the only piece of technology I constantly fail to use. You can't switch it off so it logs a track from a walk 1 month ago and then adds to to the next walk you do. When you select the points you don't want and try and delete them it deletes the whole walk. Absolute crap.
Summary: The Garmin 450T is the worst product I have ever had the misfortune to purchase. Apart from the lack of a proper manual - the on-line manual is just not comprehensive enough - I have ended up with a product that can barely find its compass directions, is difficult to set up, impossible to define routes at home in preparation for a trip, heavy, cumbersome and uses battery technology of yesteryear.