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Garmin eTrex Venture HC

alaTest has collected and analyzed 989 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the build quality and screen. The performance and usability are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the voice guidance. Opinions are divided on the size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin eTrex Venture HC is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Garmin GPSMAP 62s review

 

Hands on with the Garmin GPSMAP 62s It's finally here… The Garmin GPSMAP 62s brings a long-awaited update to the fabled and much-loved GPSMAP 60CSx, which has reigned supreme as the gold standard handheld GPS for more than four years. During that time,...

Excellent menu system; fast access to features ; Bright screen ; Ability to load Garmin custom maps and BirdsEye aerial imagery ; Paperless geocaching ; Tri-axial compass ; Extensive customization options ; Advanced track navigation ; Wireless data...

Small, low resolution screen ; Text entry more difficult than on a touchscreen Oregon ; Relatively heavy (compared to Oregon series) ; Most units seem to sport a creaky case ; Firmware still seems a bit immature

Updated to reflect my testing of production (non-beta) firmware version 2.50.

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Garmin GPSMAP 62

 

The following has been adapted from my hands on review of the Garmin GPSMAP 62s. It's finally here… The Garmin GPSMAP 62 brings a long-awaited update to the GPSMAP 60Cx. The 60 series reigned supreme as the gold standard handheld GPS for more than four...

Excellent menu system; fast access to features ; Bright screen ; Ability to load Garmin custom maps and BirdsEye aerial imagery ; Paperless geocaching ; Extensive customization options ; Advanced track navigation ; Accurate total ascent readings ;...

Small, low resolution screen ; Text entry more difficult than on a touchscreen Oregon ; Relatively heavy (compared to Oregon series) ; Most units seem to sport a creaky case ; Firmware still seems a bit immature ; No micro-SD slot

Updated to reflect my testing of production (non-beta) firmware version 2.50.

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Garmin GPSMAP 62st

 

The following has been adapted from my hands on review of the Garmin GPSMAP 62s. It's finally here… The Garmin GPSMAP 62st brings a long-awaited update to the fabled and much-loved GPSMAP 60CSx, which has reigned supreme as the gold standard handheld...

Excellent menu system; fast access to features ; Bright screen ; Ability to load Garmin custom maps and BirdsEye aerial imagery ; Paperless geocaching ; Tri-axial compass ; Extensive customization options ; Advanced track navigation ; Pre-loaded...

Small, low resolution screen ; Text entry more difficult than on a touchscreen Oregon ; Relatively heavy (compared to Oregon series) ; Most units seem to sport a creaky case ; Firmware still seems a bit immature

Updated to reflect my testing of production (non-beta) firmware version 2.50.

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Best budget handheld GPS

 

Reviewers say the Garmin eTrex Venture HC offers the most bang for the buck for those looking for a low-cost handheld GPS receiver. Unlike other inexpensive handheld GPS receivers, the eTrex Venture HC comes with a color screen and a...

Inexpensive, highly sensitive signal processor, color display

Non-expandable memory, no high-end features, included maps aren't the most detailed

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Garmin eTrex Venture HC review

 

The Garmin eTrex Venture HC is the entry-level mapping receiver in Garmin's eTrex H-series lineup. With a high-sensitivity receiver for superior reception under canopy, a bright color screen, and the ability to load topo maps (purchased separately),...

SPECIAL NOTE TO BUYERS: Don't confuse the Venture HC with the discontinued Venture or the Venture Cx, which does not have the high-sensitivity chipset. Find the low price on a Garmin eTrex Venture HC at GPS Now, where shipping is free on orders over...

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Garmin GPSMAP 62

 

Each user has unique adventures in mind when shopping for GPS systems. The GPSMAP 62 offers a high-sensitivity receiver, good battery life, worldwide basemap, geocache-friendly features and a high level of accuracy. It lacks things like SD card...

The satellite imagery support is a wonderful feature

A barometric altimeter and electronic compass would be a nice addition

This rugged unit has a lot to offer, but some users may miss the card reader.

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GPS Bang for the buck

 

Bought this in a bundle (with MapSource Topo 2008) which is almost mandatory due to the anemic basemap. Topo 2008, while far from perfect, will give you plenty of map details good for most outdoor uses (Garmin CityNavigator would be a better choice if...

Small, sturdy, color screen, adequate memory for most applications

Basemap is basically worthless; no memory expansion

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An Excellent GPSr for Geocaching

 

First off, let's take a look at GPSr classifications, this is a handheld mapping device designed for the trail, so I won't be taking away any points for having a smaller screen and not talking to me. This was a step up from my trustworthy Magellan 210,...

superior reception, and easy to read

limited battery life, Not so many "bells and whistles

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An Excellent GPSr for Geocaching

 

First off, let's take a look at GPSr classifications, this is a handheld mapping device designed for the trail, so I won't be taking away any points for having a smaller screen and not talking to me. This was a step up from my trustworthy Magellan 210,...

superior reception, and easy to read

limited battery life, Not so many "bells and whistles

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Garmin eTrex Venture HC (GPS receiver)

 

Product Specifications

eTrex Venture HC is an essential for any outdoor excursion. It features a high-sensitivity GPS receiver for peak performance in any environment and includes 24 megabytes (MB) of internal memory, a detailed basemap and crisp color screen. With its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver, eTrex Venture HC locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons. The advantage is clear - whether you're in deep woods or just near tall buildings and trees, you can count on Venture HC to help you find your way when you need it the most. eTrex Venture HC's basemap contains lakes, rivers, cities, interstates, national and state highways, railroads and coastlines. Venture HC also includes 24 MB of internal memory, so you can load waypoints and routes from the included MapSource Trip & Waypoint Manager software and add map detail from Garmin's entire line of optional MapSource mapping products. Its 256-color, sunlight-readable display makes it easy to distinguish map details - even in bright sunlight.

Battery

Run Time (Up To):14hour(s)

Built-in Display

Resolution:176 x 220

Carrying Case

Carrying Strap:Belt clip
Recommended Use:For GPS
Type:Holster bag

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.2in
Height:4.2in
Weight:5.5oz
Width:2.2in

GPS System

Connectivity:USB
Recommended Use:Hiking
SBAS:WAAS
Type:GPS receiver

Header

Localization:French
Manufacturer:Garmin
Model:Venture HC
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin/Garmin eTrex

Miscellaneous

Waterproof: Yes

Navigation

Routes:50
Tracklog Points:10000
Tracks:10
Waypoints:500
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