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Garmin GPS 72 GPS Receiver

Garmin GPS 72 GPS Receiver
alaScore 71

105 reviews

Aug, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 105 reviews of Garmin GPS 72 GPS Receiver. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Views about the screen and reliability are overall positive. The performance and price also get good reviews, whereas some have doubts about the memory and maps.

usability, price, performance, reliability, screen

maps, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin GPS 72 GPS Receiver is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 71/100 = Good quality.

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Garmin GPS 72


I use my Garmin GPS 72 on my Catalina 25 sailboat. I only use itfor boat speed and direction and it works perfect. It is what I needed and therefore is a perfect addition to my sailboat gauges.

Nov, 2007

Consumer review (

Missing parts ?


Missing a good connecting cable with two fitting connectors, one on each side !

Accurate, Large Screen, Quick Signal

Difficult To Set Up

Oct, 2009

Consumer review (

Great low cost GPS for trail or water


Used it on my sailboat with great success. Has marine maps.

Accurate, Large Screen, Quick Navigation, Quick Signal, Reliable Reception

No cons

Oct, 2009

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Garmin GPS 72

Nov, 2008

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An excellent piece of kit, simple to use and ideal as a first GPS. Big screen and works really well with my Fuigawi software. Reasonably priced too. Highly reccomended.

Plenty of routes, biggish screen, easy to use. Totally waterproof

lack of memory. eat batteries for breakfast

Jun, 2005

Consumer review (

Excellent basic GPS for the hills


All you really need in a GPS for the hills. 50 routes gives more than enough flexibility for when you don't really know where you'll end up. The satellite altitude read-out is plenty accurate enough to give you a quick position on a topo map and who...

50 routes; large(ish) screen; up to 6 concurrent data readouts; ease of use


Aug, 2003

Product Specifications

The GPS 72 is a low-cost solution for land or marine navigation designed to provide precise GPS positioning using correction data obtained from the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS). The GPS 72 can provide position accuracy to less than three meters when receiving WAAS corrections. This rugged, waterproof, unsinkable GPS receiver offers a large, 4-level grayscale screen. It's designed as the next generation in basic, entry-level Garmin GPS.


Run Time (Up To):16hour(s)/18hour(s)

Built-in Display

Resolution:120 x 160


Built-in camera: No


RoHS compliance: Yes


Color of product:Black / Grey
Form Factor:Fixed / Handheld

Dimensions & Weight

Weight:7.7oz/7.9oz/7.9oz / 16oz


Display Resolution:120 x 160
Display size (HxV):1.6 x 2.2
Display size (HxV) (imperial):1.6 x 2.2
Gray scale levels:4
Touch screen: No

Energy Management

Battery life (max):16
Battery Type:AA
Number of batteries supported:2

GPS Performance

Acquisition times - autolocate:300
Acquisition times - cold:45
Acquisition times - warm:15
Channels quantity:12
DGPS accuracy - position:118.1
DGPS accuracy - velocity:0.05
GPS accuracy - position:590.6
GPS accuracy - velocity:0.05
Update rate:1
WAAS capability: Yes

GPS Software

Maps Included:Europe/North America / South America/North America / South America

GPS System

Connectivity:Serial/Serial / USB
Receiver:12 channel
Recommended Use:Hiking / Marine/Marine / Hiking
Type:GPS receiver

GPS Type

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


Model:72/72 Marine Pack/72H
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin GPS


Waterproof: Yes


Automatic routing: No
Barometric altimeter: No
Electronic compass: No
Photo navigation: No
Position format:Lat/Lon, Loran TDs, Maidenhead, MGRS, UTM/UPS
Routes quantity:50
Tracklog Points:2048
Tracks quantity:10
Waypoints per route:50


Bluetooth: No

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):-15 - 70
Operating temperature range (T-T):-15 - 70

Other Features

Basemap: No
GPS receiver:WAAS
Interface:RS232 NMEA 0183, RTCM 104 DGPS / Serial


Battery life (max):16
Battery Type:AA
Number of batteries supported:2

Technical Details

Area calculation: Yes
Color of product:Black / Grey
Form Factor:Fixed / Handheld
Hunt/fish calendar: Yes
Image viewer: No
Interface Type:Thumb Stick
Number of Waypoints:500
Sun & moon information: Yes
Tide tables: No
Unit-to-unit transfer: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.18 / 6.18
Height:1.18 / 6.18