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Cobra GPS 500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the memory and build quality are on the whole positive. The usability and value for money also get good feedback, but many are critical about the screen.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Cobra GPS 500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 62/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Cobra GPS 500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 user reviews of Cobra GPS 500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 1.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com.

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0% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Cobra GPS 500 1.1-Inch Portable GPS NavigatorCobra GPS 500 2MB Global Positioning System with 18 Channels

Expert review by:

O Brother, Where Am I

 

A longtime manufacturer of CB radios and other electronics devices, Cobra Electronics Corp. has entered the GPS field. Although the Cobra GPS 500 provides the basics in terms of interface design and function, it offers little more, besides a low price.

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Cobra GPS 500

 

Review: Best known for its GMRS and FRS radio products, Cobra Electronics enters the GPS arena with a new line of handheld devices. Regrettably, the midrange $175 Cobra GPS 500 did not fare well under our scrutiny. Despite featuring an 18-channel...

Accurate tracking; user-friendly menus

Weak receiver; low-resolution display; inconvenient joystick placement; not waterproof

While not as expensive as similar handheld units, the Cobra GPS 500 suffers from a weak receiver and a few design flaws.

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"OK for $50"

 

I agree entirely with John Delaney's review. I got it at a clearance sale for less than $50 and it was a good buy. I wouldn't pay $75. This one is being put to good use by an 11 year old boy.

Very accurate positions, easy to use

Slow, loses contact with satellites more than most other units

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OK for $50

 

I agree entirely with John Delaney's review. I got it at a clearance sale for less than $50 and it was a good buy. I wouldn't pay $75. This one is being put to good use by an 11 year old boy.

Very accurate positions, easy to use

Slow, loses contact with satellites more than most other units

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Not worth anything!

 

Do not waste your money on one of these. I'm returning mine after day one! I was never able to keep a signal over about 30 seconds. It would aqiure one off and on, but never really track me. It seems like it would be a nice one... It'... Expand full...

Size, build quality

Reception, limited map

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Still Trying To Aquire Signal

 

Do Not Wate Your money This Is the second submission To Ratev This Product. i believe the industry is Dumping these units. I obtained mine as a Gift from a new home mortgage (After I Got The Best rate). UNIT SUCKS

None Still Trying To Aquire Signal

Still Trying To Aquire Signal

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Cobra GPS 500

 

I agree entirely with John Delaney's review. I got it at a clearance sale for less than $50 and it was a good buy. I wouldn't pay $75. This one is being put to good use by an 11 year old boy.

Very accurate positions, easy to use

Slow, loses contact with satellites more than most other units

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"Still Trying To Aquire Signal"

 

Do Not Wate Your money This Is the second submission To Ratev This Product. i believe the industry is Dumping these units. I obtained mine as a Gift from a new home mortgage (After I Got The Best rate).

None Still Trying To Aquire Signal

Still Trying To Aquire Signal

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"Not worth anything!"

 

Do not waste your money on one of these. I'm returning mine after day one! I was never able to keep a signal over about 30 seconds. It would aqiure one off and on, but never really track me. It seems like it would be a nice one... It's not just a bare...

Size, build quality

Reception, limited map

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Not worth anything!

 

Do not waste your money on one of these. I'm returning mine after day one! I was never able to keep a signal over about 30 seconds. It would aqiure one off and on, but never really track me. It seems like it would be a nice one... It's not just a bare...

Size, build quality

Reception, limited map

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Product Specifications

The Cobra GPS 500 features 18 parallel channels for faster acquisition time! Accelerated Satellite Acquisition Protocol gets you up and running up to twice as fast as any other recreational GPS receiver. Base Map includes continental U.S. state boundaries, Canadian political boundaries, European country boundaries and hundreds of worldwide cities.

Battery

Run Time (Up To):12hour(s)

GPS Software

Maps Included:Canada / Europe / USA

GPS System

Connectivity:Serial
GPS Functions / Services:Altimeter / Distance / Electronic compass / Elevation / ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) / Speed / Time/date
Receiver:18 channel
Recommended Use:Hiking
Type:GPS receiver

Header

Manufacturer:Cobra Electronics
Model:500
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Cobra GPS

Miscellaneous

Waterproof: Yes

Navigation

Routes:20
Tracklog Points:2000
Tracks:10
Waypoints:500
Waypoints per route:50
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