Garmin eTrex Vista HCx reviews

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This sat nav is a good all rounder.

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9.5 out of 10 based on 2 reviews.
Garmin eTrex Vista HCx: Covers Europe Hand-Held sat nav See full product description

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mike, Liverpool new to the mountains

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
accurate and easy to operate a godsend
Bad points:
wish it had a bigger screen
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Accuracy 10.0
Design 10.0
Size 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 May 2008

Andrew, Sutton

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
As a rambler I have used a standard Etrex for 7 years. The Vista HCx acquires sats more quickly, has a better battery life and has a much better screen. Its additional features are numerous and take some getting used to. The important ones for me are the optional memory allowing downloadable maps and the altimeter.
Bad points:
The extra features lead to a complex menu system which is probably inevitable. The manual is too concise and a fuller explanation of the features would be useful. The mapping available from Garmin seems expensive.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Accuracy 9.0
Design 8.0
Size 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 Jul 2008

Product Features

Type of satellite navigation Portable Navigation Device
Map storage medium On board Memory Card
Screen size (Inches) 2
Touchscreen No
Map Coverage Europe
FM tuner No
Release date 2007-09-11
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Manufacturer's Description

Deep foliage, nor canyons faze the rugged eTrex Vista HCx. Its high-sensitivity receiver holds a GPS signal in the toughest environments.

Enjoy Clear Reception
With its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver, eTrex Vista HCx locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons. The advantage is clear — whether you’re in deep woods or just near tall buildings and trees, you can count on Vista HCx to help you find your way when you need it the most.

Get Your Bearings
The Vista HCx has a built-in electronic compass that provides bearing information even while you’re standing still, and its barometric altimeter tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude. You can even use the altimeter to plot barometric pressure over time, which can help you keep an eye on changing weather conditions.

Expand Your Memory
Adding maps is easier than ever with Vista HCx’s microSD card slot. Conveniently plug in optional preloaded microSD cards with MapSource data for your land and sea excursions. Just insert a MapSource card with detailed street maps, and Vista HCx provides turn-by-turn directions to your destination. The card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment, so you don’t have to worry about getting it wet.

Take It Anywhere
Like the rest of the eTrex series, Vista HCx is lightweight and compact — the perfect size for all your travels.


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