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Cobra GPS 500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 reviews of Cobra GPS 500. The average rating for this product is 1.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Reviewers really like the price. The performance is also mentioned favorably. There are some less positive reviews about the design and durability.

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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 67/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Cobra GPS 500 from The average user rating for this product is 1.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Reviewers are impressed by the price. The performance also gets good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the reliability and screen.

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usability, screen, reliability

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

This summary is based on the products: Cobra GPS 500 2MB Global Positioning System with 18 ChannelsCobra GPS 500 2MB Global Positioning System with 18 Channels

Apr, 2017

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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.

May, 2004

Expert review by: John R. Delaney (

Cobra GPS 500 review


Review summary 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...

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.

May, 2004

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.


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

GPS Software

Maps Included:Canada / Europe / USA

GPS System

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


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


Waterproof: Yes


Tracklog Points:2000
Waypoints per route:50