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Garmin Colorado 300

Garmin Colorado 300
alaScore 76

154 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 154 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the design and performance are on the whole positive. The value for money and screen also get good feedback.

usability, screen, value for money, performance, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Colorado 300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 154 reviews)

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Garmin Colorado 300 review

 

The Garmin Colorado 300 is one of the first in a new line of handheld GPS receivers from Garmin. It has a completely new interface, very different from the eTrex and 60/76 series units. I've had mine for a couple of weeks now and have been enjoying...

UPDATE: I’m recommending the new touch-screen Garmin Oregon series instead of the Colorado. It has a superior interface, along with almost all the other good things found on the Colorado. Read my hands-on review of the Oregon 400t for more information....

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technically sound, but too difficult to use

 

I don't think the interface designer has ever used a GPS device. You'll be running around in circles if you're not careful with the setup of this device. The altimeter is useless, you can set it to 0 at sealevel, and the next day it will think at...

good screen, good maps

very complex to use. Try to define a way point for a spot you want to go to in the future, it's close to impossible with this device. Unfortunatelly I cannot receommend this device to anyone who wants to make use of waypoints frequently

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Not for Those Working in the Field

 

We use garmin GPS's extensively for field work and currently rely on the GPSMAP 76 CSX. The Colorado 300 is a step backwards from this model and it was a big disappointment. The absence of multiple track display and the inability or difficulty to...

Resolution and Reception

Screen brightness, features and usability

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junk...On 6th unit still don't have one that works

 

Garmin should never have released this product till it was properly tested. I strongly recommend thinking twice before you buy the colorado 300.

Nice screen when it works

Unreliable, constantly crashing. I would never take this unit into the outdoors

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Worthy Caching Companion

 

First of all I bought this GPS only for geocaching; see www.geocaching.com for details, its a really fun/active/addicting real-life treasure hunt. So this review is biased for such use. Read on... For me the Pros: 1) GPX and Geocaching.com...

Big Screen, WAAS , Paperless with Geocaching.com

Spotty compass

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Worthy Caching Companion

 

First of all I bought this GPS only for geocaching; see www.geocaching.com for details, its a really fun/active/addicting real-life treasure hunt. So this review is biased for such use. Read on... For me the Pros: 1) GPX and Geocaching.com...

Big Screen, WAAS , Paperless with Geocaching.com

Spotty compass

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Not for Those Working in the Field

 

We use garmin GPS's extensively for field work and currently rely on the GPSMAP 76 CSX. The Colorado 300 is a step backwards from this model and it was a big disappointment. The absence of multiple track display and the inability or difficulty to...

Resolution and Reception

Screen brightness, features and usability

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technically sound, but too difficult to use

 

I don't think the interface designer has ever used a GPS device. You'll be running around in circles if you're not careful with the setup of this device. The altimeter is useless, you can set it to 0 at sealevel, and the next day it will think ......

good screen, good maps

very complex to use. Try to define a way point for a spot you want to go to in the future, it's close to impossible with this device. Unfortunatelly I cannot receommend this device to anyone who wants to make use of waypoints frequently

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Amazon review summary for Garmin Colorado 300

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 69 user reviews of Garmin Colorado 300 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com.

usability, value for money, screen, performance, design

68% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Garmin Colorado 300 Bilingual Handheld GPS Unit with North American Maps

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Super GPS!

 

The only reason why I bought this GPS is because I didn't have to pay for the maps. If you plan on buying this device you NEED the TOPO 2008 maps among others to get the full functionality of this device. The base map that comes preprogrammed on this...

This is one awesome GPS. I heard a lot of people online rip this GPS because they say it's hard to use or the text entry is too slow. That's B S and I'll tell you why. I have NEVER even touched a GPS before in my life and I mastered most of the...

I do not like the fact that you have to set the back light to the brightness level you want every time you turn on this GPS.

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Product Specifications

Gear up and explore the backcountry with the all-terrain Colorado 300. Packed with features, it includes a built-in basemap, high-sensitivity receiver, barometric altimeter, electronic compass, SD card slot, color display, picture viewer and more. Even exchange tracks, waypoints, routes and geocaches wirelessly between similar units. When the going gets tough, Colorado leads the way. Colorado 300 comes with a built-in worldwide basemap with shaded relief and accepts SD cards for all your outdoor activities on land or water. Just take your pick from Garmin's preprogrammed SD cards including street maps, topographic maps, coastal charts or inland lake data. The card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment, so you don't have to worry about getting it wet. With Colorado 300 you can share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches wirelessly with other Colorado users. Now you can send your favorite hike to your buddy to enjoy or the location of a cache to find. Sharing data is easy. Just select "send" to transfer your information to other Colorado units.

Battery

Run Time (Up To):15hour(s)

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:3"
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6 cm
Resolution:240 x 400

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.4in
Height:5.5in
Weight:7.3oz
Width:2.4in

GPS System

Connectivity:USB
GPS Functions / Services:Altimeter / Electronic compass
Recommended Use:Hiking
SBAS:WAAS
Type:GPS receiver

Header

Country Kits:North America
Manufacturer:Garmin
Model:300
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin Colorado

Miscellaneous

Waterproof: Yes

Navigation

Routes:50
Tracklog Points:10000
Tracks:20
Waypoints:1000
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