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Recent reviews for this item:
Guy Incognito, May 18, 2010 Bought two units for our company. Out of the box, units come
with base world imagery, which is useful for scrolling in
map view to where you want to go, but if you update the
software, the background imagery gets nuked!
You need the update in order to use the Custom Maps feature,
but it comes at a fair price. The Custom Maps feature
requires someone who is fairly tech savvy as you need to
geo-reference and export images properly from Google Earth
and then insert them directly into a new folder on the
Support let me know that there is another newer update, but
it requires an update manager to get it. Have not tried yet.
The Waypoint Upload is simple using GPS Trackmaker, but the
unit does not indicate when the memory is full.
The unit is weather resistant, but neither of the back
covers close properly, so it is not water-resistant.
Overall, good for the price and good for geocachers and
recreational users. Also good for industrial and
navigational use, but only if you are tech savvy enough to
get the most out of it.
dugateau, April 29, 2010 My first review stands ...
The Garmin support is not good when it is a minor issue. I
found out it costs 120$ to get a new refurbished unit. They
do not repair them and are sent to Singapore for factory
rebuild. If the problem is a major one then I suppose 120$
is worth the money, for a minor thing it is not. I pulled
apart the unit 4 times before deciding to repair the USB
port myself. Easy fix in my case and some 20 minutes later
Since the repair bill was too high I bough another unit for
200$ only for car use, and I must say the new unit 855 is
much better for car travel. I still use my 300 for outdoor
and as a 2nd unit.
Having pulled the thing apart I can tell you that it is well
built. Too bad they did not want to make it smaller as this
could have been so much better. There are tons of extra
unused space in the unit ... and I would have liked a much
smaller unit with a separate bulletproof case. Well you cant
have every thing.
I also had a second look at the screen ... and in direct
sunlight you need to turn the back-light off, and you see
the scree just fine. I do not understand the comments bellow
and the only time I had a hard time seeing the screen is
when the USB failed while driving. The good part is that
even on batteries the screen would come on when you need to
turn, that is nice.
And now that I think of it, when you are downtown in-between
buildings the position resolution is 50-30m at best. Had
that in LA 1.5 years ago and downtown Montreal a few times.
This model would be a good choice if you need to use an
external antenna. Never got there and probably never will
with my use.
dugateau, April 10, 2010 Bought a Colorado 300 unit in may 2008. We use it for
automotive routing, trail and bike trips.
Initially it did an ok job with the satellite sync way too
slow. The newest firmware did some nice improvements. Using
this unit outside proves to be very good. The 2450mAh
batteries last about 10-12 hours if you do not use the
backlight too much. The screen in full sun is awesome as it
does not require any backlight. In the car you need an USB
adapter and that can be had for 10$ if you wait for a
special. But as any other usb adapter it is fragile.
Had some initial issues with the unit shutting down when
using a memory card. Seemed to be a firmware issue as the
problem disappeared on itís own.
The unit was dropped quite a number of times and still works
fine. Maybe that fixed some issues )
Now, and after 2 years of moderate use the usb connector
broke and it needs to be sent in for repairs. (will see how
that goes) To avoid any duty fees, Garmin indicated to get
Raytech Electronicque www.raytech.qc.ca
Overall I am very satisfied with the unit.
There are better units out there, but this one does the job
just fine. I would have liked to have the 400c for the added
internal memory but price was an issue 2 years ago.
Da military Frenchie, December 29, 2009 Some of the boys I work with (military ones) bought some of
these and they aren't too pleased with this unit. It has a
BIG screen indeed, but that feature alone chews batteries
in no time. Plus, you just can't see anything from it in
broad day light. The screen is dark compared to some other
units we've owned and tested in the field.
And just so you all know, if you ever clip the thumb wheel
out of its socket and you get any grit, sand, water or
anything else in there, your GPS is toast!! We've seen it
twice already. The poorly design allows you to pop the
thumb wheel way too easy (if you own one, try it and you'll
see), allowing anything contaminants to enter the GPS and
turning it into a very cool expensive door stopper or a
rear view mirror bling-bling.
If you want the best of the best from Garmin, for outdoor
use, in any terrain and weather, with the best features and
military worthy, go with the GPSMAP 60Cx or 60CSx.
You won't be disappointed!