Preloaded Topo maps disappointing, menus take more steps to navigate than old eTrex Legend
5 September 2013
Summary: I am replacing a 10 year old eTrex Legend using US Topo maps and MapSource software. In my area of the country (Northern Wisconsin) the preloaded topo maps on the 450t show some major country roads as minor (a very fine black line that looks like an elevation line) and some minor forest roads as major - big bold yellow line. The old topo maps from 2001 Mapsource are better. I was expecting that I would have a base US highway map in addition to the topo, but no go.
Summary: I bought the model without the preloaded topo and without the camera feature. I do like the GPS but found it to be a reall battery hog. I used AA batteries and found that I could barely get through a day of hiking without seeing the unit go into a standby mode displaying a low battery alert message. It's not a huge deal to carry extra batteries, but I would really like to have a unit that didn't need me to be swapping out extra batteries at the end of every day.
IF you have a good GPS, then you don't need to add this one.
3 April 2013
Summary: I traded my GPSMap 76 for this unit and I am not sold on it. The touch screen is tough to type on and it activates randomly if put in a pocket. It isn't as easy to use as the older units and the battery life is greatly reduced. It does pick up "chirp beacons" and it was the main reason to purchase the unit but those do take awhile to pick up even if you are almost right on top of one.
Summary: I have lived in Alaska all my life and have always navigated by common sense and a compass. But, I decided it was time to enter the modern world so I did some research and ended up purchasing a new Oregon 450t from Amazon. When I recieved it I tried connecting it to the computer but it would not connect. It being a Friday, Garmen's customer service was closed for the weekend. When I did contact them the customer service person suggested I purchase a new cable and try it.
Summary: This is my first hand-held GPS, but I have used several laptop and PDA-based GPS's in the past. The Garmin Oregon 450 attracted me because it was rugged and had the capability of adding detailed topo maps, city navigation maps, and custom maps in a very small package. It had the features I wanted, including electronic compass and high-sensitivity receiver, and none of the fat I didn't care for such as integrated camera.
Summary: Received my Oregon 450T on April 2. Setup was very straight forward and within minutes I was downloading geochaches directly off the computer....way too cool not having to print pages, manually type coordinates etc. The touch screen is great, very similar to ipod or iphone and common sense oriented. Screen view quality is very good and don't understand other reviews on Oregons I've read that rated this poor for the screen view.
Summary: I've had good luck with Garmin automobile navigators for years, so I purchased a Garmin Oregon 450 for outdoor use. My contemplated use was in the Amazon jungle. I wrote an unhappy review here in August, 2010, after two weeks of initial frustration, but I thought I'd eventually come to like the unit after continued use.
Summary: I like the 450 in all aspects except for display visibility in daylight, sometimes you just can't read it. I also had to send the unit back because of poor battery life. Even with NIMH batteries, I could get only 3-6 hours from a set of batteries unless they were fully charged and I used them immediately, then I could get 8-10 hours. Garmin technical support acknowledged something is probably wrong with my unit, and is exchanging it.
Summary: I've used a 60 CS and the CSX versions since 2004. It is probably the "Gold Standard" for hand held mapping gps's. So I was expecting great things from the Oregon 450. The learning curve was quick and easy. The Oregon has a lot of new features that make navigating easier -- shaded topos, increased memory, different user profiles, great ergonomics of the unit, increased screen size and resolution. BUT...
Summary: The unit itself is pretty good. Compact and tough. However, I genually believe we have been spoiled with touch screen devices such as the iPhone. The Garmin 450 screen is not as responsive and certainly not as clear as Apple's popular multifunctional device. Shouldn't this Garmin product to be dedicated to one thing and to do that thing well? The instructions for this Garmin are ridiculously complicated.