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Garmin eTrex Venture HC

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1249 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the performance and reliability are overall positive. The screen and price also get good opinions, whereas some have doubts about the voice guidance.

usability, price, screen, reliability, performance

voice guidance

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 76/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Garmin eTrex Venture HC

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 236 user reviews of Garmin eTrex Venture HC from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on Amazon.co.uk.

usability, price, screen, durability, size

reliability, voice guidance

74% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin eTrex Vista HCx Handheld GPSGarmin eTrex Venture HC Handheld GPS NavigatorGarmin eTrex Venture HC

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Amazon.com review summary for Garmin eTrex Venture HC

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 888 user reviews of Garmin eTrex Venture HC from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com.

usability, price, performance, screen, durability

voice guidance

84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin eTrex Venture HC GPS Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)Garmin Etrex Venture HC GPS ReceiverGarmin eTrex Venture HC with English and French manual/packaging

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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 eTrex Venture HC

 

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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)

 

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Really, Really Good

 

Importing/Exporting data has a wide range of compatibility. gpsbabel is your friend. Recording tracks, importing them to google earth. Creating tracks (in mapsource or google earth) & then exporting back to the device etc*+ All of the data, including...

Very very durable. Excellent Value ; These little yellow devices really sold me on Garmin's hand held line ; I don't think it floats ; Might be worth it to try and find in the $115-$120 range ; No electric compass. This pretty much means you have to...

Getting the full potential out of these means some *dedicated time ; There are plenty of maps @ gpsfiledepot & for the most part you should be able to stack them until the device is full. By majority the 'offroad' maps also include roads ; You probably...

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No Maps

 

Adapter is about 30 feet away through 2 walls and connects at max speed-don't think just buy it

Very good at getting GPS signal in any condition or overhead coverage

the map it came with was only major highways with major city names. It is NOTHING like what you see in the picture. The worst part is the maps you need cost $169 !!!!!! So get ready to spend more than double the price of the device to use it

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Color is far better than B\/W

 

I already have the basic ETREX GPS. Going to color is a great improvement. Features are very good, as with anything in life, the more features you want, the more you\'ll have to pay. Auto-tracking would have been a nice ccapability so you can save it...

Intuitive Menu

Short Battery Life

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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