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Recent reviews for this item:
Gerry, September 11, 2012 Just recently I purchased a Garmin Birdseye Topo US and
Canada card to be used in my Montana 600. The result is
The Montana by itself has a beautiful display. I have had
it for six months and have been delighted with its display
and performance since day one.
Since I always use the paper Natural Resources Canada
1:50,000 topo maps when out and about I thought it would be
a great idea to have the same topo in my GPS as well as in
my map case. I have been using the paper NRC 1:50,000 for
over fifty years.
Once installed in the GPS I was very disappointed with the
image I obtained on the Montana display. I cannot overstate
how "disappointed" with what I was viewing. The display is
washed out, very difficult to see contour lines and
topography in general. It is as if you had the brightness
control on one's monitor or TV turned up full. There is
very little contrast.
To get improved contrast the unit has to be viewed from
the side....that is rotated counter-clockwise 30 to 40
degrees and the tilted back 45 degees.
To add to the disappointment, after trying to make
adjustments in the setup to modify the display and not
obtaining any results,I called Garmin and explained my
situation. They were not able to improve the situation.
Garmin suggested a number of things without any
improvements. Finally, I was told, and I
paraphrase, "that's the way it is with that unit,you just
have to live with it. Very, very disappointing indeed when
you can't count on Garmin to have two of their products
100% compatible with each other when advertised to be so.
The display does not resemble the contrast as pictured
Once the card is purchased it cannot be returned. I am
somewhat peeved over the fact that I am out the thirty to
forty dollars with little to show but I would have paid
twice that amount for something that worked.
To those who may be thinking of purchasing this
product....DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY unless you can see it,
before purchasing, operating on a GPS unit which is
identical to the one you are using.
Eric, August 19, 2011 Resolution not the greatest when you zoom in close. It is
too bad there is so much background colour, as it makes it
slightly difficult to read tracks on the map, especially in
bright sunlight. It is also hard to choose track colours
that will have sufficient contrast with the background
colour of the map. Seems accurate in terms of geo-location,
some roads are out of date.