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Garmin eTrex Vista GPS Receiver

alaTest has collected and analyzed 710 reviews of Garmin eTrex Vista GPS Receiver. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Views about the size and screen are on the whole positive. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin eTrex Vista GPS Receiver is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Garmin eTrex Vista GPS Receiver

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Garmin eTrex Vista GPS Receiver from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the size and design. The performance and price are also appreciated, but many are critical about the route planning.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin eTrex VistaGarmin eTrex Vista

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Garmin eTrex Vista GPS Receiver

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 570 user reviews of Garmin eTrex Vista GPS Receiver from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com. Opinions about the maps and size are on the whole positive. The performance and price also get good comments, but comments are divided on the screen.

usability, price, performance, size, maps

82% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin eTrex Vista Handheld GPS NavigatorGarmin eTrex Vista Handheld GPS Navigator

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

Portable Gear

 

The fully-gasketed, waterproof, high-impact, plastic-alloy Garmin eTrex Vista feels as if it belongs in your hand. Although the eTrex Vista is compact, it has a solid, balanced feel that the other devices in our roundup lack. Apparently, the device's...

Dec, 2002

Expert review by: John R. Delaney (cnet.com)

Garmin eTrex review: Garmin eTrex

 

Garmin's eTrex family of handheld GPS devices has come full circle in the form of the eTrex Vista. Building on the success of earlier models, including the eTrex Summit and Legend units, the eTrex Vista combines the best of both products in a single,...

Lightweight; sharp screen; loads of memory.

No driving directions; expensive; additional MapSource programs are costly.

Although the eTrex Vista and its add-on programs may be a bit pricey, you will not find a more feature-packed GPS device in a smaller package.

Jul, 2001

Expert review by: gpsfaq.com (gpsfaq.com)

Expert Review

 
Dec, 2013

Expert review by: Rich Owings (gpstracklog.com)

Garmin eTrex Vista H

 

The Garmin eTrex Vista H is a new, relatively low-end model in the eTrex line up. It is a monochrome unit, though it does offer an electronic compass and barometric altimeter. Step down to the Legend H and you'll even drop those two features. The Vista...

To see how the Vista H stacks up against other units, check out my Garmin handheld GPS comparison chart.

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: Matthew Justice (aviationreviews.com)

Garmin 10 (GPS)

 

This Bluetooth GPS works great with your (Bluetooth enabled) mobile devices.

Well known maker of GPS technology for aviation & other industries, waterproof

No removable battery, slightly expensive

Includes a DC power cable (charger).

May, 2006

Expert review by: Rich Owings (gpstracklog.com)

Garmin eTrex Vista Review

 

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Expert review by: GPS Lodge (gpslodge.com)

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Aug, 2005

Expert review by: (avecmobile.com)

Garmin GPS10 Bluetooth GPS Receiver

 

The Garmin Bluetooth GPS Receiver picks up signals from GPS satellites and transmits location coordinates to your smartphone, PDA, or laptop computer via Bluetooth. You have to set up a GPS navigation software on your mobile device to be able to...

Expert review by: (goodgearguide.com.au)

Garmin eTrex Vista

 
Jun, 2008

Expert review by: Wim de Lange (letsgomobile.org)

Garmin Dakota review

 

The Garmin Dakota 20 is sort of a smaller version of the Oregon. It's about € 50 cheaper, but that does not mean that it is of lower quality, nor that it offers less possibilities. Choices have been made that will appeal to different user groups. I...

Sep, 2010

Product Specifications

Deep foliage, nor canyons phase the rugged eTrex Vista HCx. Its high-sensitivity receiver holds a GPS signal in the toughest environments. Similar to the Vista Cx, this handheld navigator also has a bright color screen, barometric altimeter, electronic compass, microSD card slot and automatic routing for wherever adventure takes you. With its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver, eTrex Vista HCx 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 Vista HCx to help you find your way when you need it the most. The Vista HCx has a built-in electronic compass that provides bearing information even while you're standing still, and its barometric altimeter tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude. You can even use the altimeter to plot barometric pressure over time, which can help you keep an eye on changing weather conditions. Adding maps is easier than ever with Vista HCx's microSD card slot. Conveniently plug in optional preloaded microSD cards with MapSource data for your land and sea excursions. Just insert a MapSource card with detailed street maps, and Vista HCx provides turn-by-turn directions to your destination. The card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment, so you don't have to worry about getting it wet. Like the rest of the eTrex series, Vista HCx is lightweight and compact - the perfect size for all your travels.

Audio

Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes

Battery

Battery Capacity:900
Battery performance:900
Run Time (Up To):12hour(s)/25hour(s)

Built-in Display

Resolution:176 x 220/288 x 160

Camera

Built-in camera: No

Certificates

Certification:NMEA 2000 / RoHS
RoHS compliance: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black / Grey
Form Factor:Fixed / Handheld / Handheld/Fixed
Water-resistant:Y

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.2in
Height:4.2in/4.4in
Weight:5.3oz/5.5oz
Width:2.2in/2in

Display

Aspect Ratio:3:4
Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2.6 / 4 / 5
Display number of colors:Monochrome
Display Resolution:160 x 240 / 160 x 288 / 234 x 320 / 240 x 320 / 288 x 160
Display size (HxV):1.1 x 2.1 / 1.43 x 2.15 / 2.1 x 1.1 / 2.4 x 3.2 / 3.2 x 2.4 / 4 x 3
Display size (HxV) (imperial):1.1 x 2.1 / 1.43 x 2.15 / 2.1 x 1.1 / 2.4 x 3.2 / 3.2 x 2.4 / 4 x 3
Gray scale levels:4
Native Aspect Ratio:3:4
Touch screen:No / Yes
Touchscreen:N / Y
Widescreen: No

Energy Management

Battery life (max):12 / 18 / 20
Battery Technology:Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH)
Battery Type:AA
Number of batteries supported:2
Power source type:Battery

GPS Performance

Acquisition times - autolocate:300
Acquisition times - cold:45
Acquisition times - warm:15
Channels quantity:12
DGPS accuracy - position:118.1 / <3m (95%)
DGPS accuracy - velocity:0.05
GPS accuracy - position:590.6 / <15m (95%)
Interface:Bluetooth
Update rate:1
WAAS capability: Yes

GPS Software

Maps Included:North America / South America

GPS System

Connectivity:Serial/USB
DGPS:DGPS ready
GPS Functions / Services:12-hour pressure trend / Ascent/descent rate / Bearing / Electronic compass / Elevation / ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) / ETE (Estimated Time Enroute) / Heading / Local pressure / Speed / Time/date / VMG (Velocity Made Good)/Altimeter / Bearing / Electronic compass / Local pressure
Receiver:12 channel
Recommended Use:Hiking
SBAS:WAAS
Type:GPS receiver

GPS Type

Auto:No / Yes
Aviation:No / Yes
Camper/Caravan: No
Geocaching (GPS stash hunt):No / Yes
Golf: No
Marine (chartplotters, sounders):No / Yes
Outdoor (hiking, trekking):No / Yes
Sport (fitness, running):No / Yes
Truck: No

GPS type

Bicycle:N / Y
Motorcycle:N

Header

Localization:English/French
Manufacturer:Garmin
Model:Vista/Vista HCx
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin eTrex

Indication

Audible alarm(s):N
Audible Alarms:No / Yes

Map

Ability to add maps: Yes
Map coverage:Benelux / No
Map storage:Internal storage
Map view options:2D / 3D
Maps included:No / Yes
Number of countries covered:1
Topographic map: Yes

Memory

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / SD
Storage media type:Flash

Miscellaneous

Waterproof: Yes

Navigation

Automatic routing:No / Yes
Barometric altimeter:No / Yes
Electronic compass:No / Yes
Live service: No
Live Traffic Message Channel (TMC):N
Photo navigation: No
Position format:Lat/Lon / Lat/Lon, Loran TDs, Maidenhead, MGRS, UTM/UPS
Route avoidance: Yes
Routes:20/50
Routes quantity:100 / 20 / 300 / 50
Tracklog Points:10000/3000
Tracks:10/20
Tracks quantity:10 / 200 / 50
Traffic Message Channel (TMC): No
Trip computer: Yes
Waypoints:1000/500
Waypoints per route:50

Networking

Bluetooth: No

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):-15 - 70 / -30 - 60
Operating temperature range (T-T):-15 - 70 / -30 - 60
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 90
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 90

Other Features

Additional map options:N/A
Basemap: Yes
GPS receiver:Y
Interface:NMEA 0183/2000 / Serial / USB
Internal memory:24 / 850
Number of tracklog Points:10000 / 2000
RS-232 port:1
RS-232 ports:1
Waypoints per Route:50
Weight:1.3
Weight (imperial):1.3

Packaging Content

Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power

Battery life (max):12 / 18 / 20
Battery Technology:Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH)
Battery Type:AA
Number of batteries supported:2
Power source type:Battery

Radio

Supported bands: No
Supported radio bands:Not supported

Technical Details

Area calculation: Yes
Color of product:Black / Grey
Form Factor:Fixed / Handheld / Handheld/Fixed
Hunt/fish calendar:No / Yes
Image viewer: No
Interface Type:Thumb Stick / Touch Screen
International Protection (IP) code:IPX7
Number of Waypoints:1000 / 3000 / 500
Protection features:Water Resistant
Sun & moon information: Yes
Tide tables: Yes
Unit-to-unit transfer: No
WAAS capability: Yes
Water temperature sensor: No
Waypoints: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.18 / 1.3 / 2.01 / 2.72 / 2.91
Height:1.18 / 3.94 / 4.41 / 5 / 6.42
Weight:2.82 / 20.8 / 28.2 / 5.25 / 5.29
Width:2.01 / 2.17 / 4.41 / 5.71 / 5.91