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Garmin GPSMAP 540/540s

alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and reliability. The value for money and build quality are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the memory and design.

usability, build quality, value for money, reliability, screen

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin GPSMAP 540/540s is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Garmin GPSMAP 540/540s

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 user reviews of Garmin GPSMAP 540/540s from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com.

usability

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

This summary is based on the products: GARMIN 010-00614-00 GPSmap 540 Marine GPS Receiver with Chart Plotter OnlyGarmin GPSmap 540S 5-Inch Marine GPS ReceiverGarmin GPSmap 540S 5-Inch Marine GPS Receiver

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SD card slot makes it easy to add additional maps

 

Manufacturer's product description of Garmin GPSMAP 540 is ;

The SD card slot makes it easy to add additional maps without connecting to a computer

sometime it may be off

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Garmin GPSMAP 540s

 

Superior performance

Smaller memory

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Move With - Garmin GPSMAP 540s

 

Navigate the High Seas The 540 has preloaded detailed maps covering all U.S. coastal areas and the Bahamas. For other areas, the 540 has a worldwide basemap with satellite images in place of more traditional maps. The SD card slot makes it easy to add...

Very Reliable

To Simple Design

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Garmin gpsmap 540

 

Amazingly easy to use... compared to my old simrad.. the screen is quite clear and easy to read in sunlite.. the screen resolution for depth, and bouy locations is hard to find the right scale sometimes, but for the price I'll make due.. probably...

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Not Satified

 

Can not keep on track when running. Sometimes will show you turning or be off to the side of you running on land when you know you are right in the channel. Added external antenia and this did not help. Upgrade software..nothing. Does not have trip log...

"Compact","Easy To Set Up"

"Unreliable","Inaccurate"

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What a Machine this Garmin 540/545S is.

 

The Garmin 540/545S is a very reliable piece of equipment.It surely makes my Raymarine C-80 with radar look inadequate and unreliable. I think the Garmin has better more reliable software.It's G2 maps are very accurate. The equipment was purchased May...

"Simple Controls","Best of it's Class","Versatile","Easy To Read","Compact","Strong Construction","Reliable Performance","Easy To Set Up"

"No Cons on the Product","It does notGet any Better"

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GREAT GPS- GREAT PRICE

 

I USE IT ON A 17 BW, WHERE IT FITS PERFECTLY, VERY EASY TO USE AND IS JUST THE RIGHT SIZE SCREEN TO SEE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. GREAT OVERALL UNIT

"Simple Controls","Strong Construction","Easy To Set Up","Reliable Performance","Compact","Easy To Read"

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very nice

 

Love it. Would tell my mother about.

"Easy To Set Up","Strong Construction","Simple Controls","Easy To Read","Compact","Reliable Performance"

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Excellent Plotter

 

Use for my wife's 17' center console. Easy to use, great visibility, and she learned the initial features in minutes. There are so many features at a great price, and the screen is clear even in direct sunlight. I bought an additional mount and will...

"Easy To Read","Easy To Set Up","Reliable Performance","Simple Controls"

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GARMIN / GREAT PRODUCTS

 

FOUND THIS UNIT TO BE JUST WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR AFTER I LEARNED HOW TO USE IT! GARMINS HELP LINE WAS'NT MUCH HELP, DID\

"Simple Controls","Strong Construction","Reliable Performance"

"Inaccurate","Difficult To Read"

Product Specifications

This offshore mariner's chartplotter flush-mounts easily in your boat and sports preloaded BlueChart g2 maps for the coast of the U.S. and Bahamas. The GPSMAP 540s also features a 5" QVGA display and simple, straightforward buttons and menus. You can add the optional BlueChart g2 Vision SD card for even more enhanced features. The 540s has preloaded detailed maps cover all U.S. coastal areas and the Bahamas. For other areas, the 540s has a worldwide basemap with satellite images in place of more traditional maps. The SD card slot makes it easy to add additional maps without connecting to a computer. And with just a few buttons and a simple, intuitive interface, the 540s makes navigating your way through the water easy. The GPSMAP 540s comes with a powerful dual frequency transducer that clearly paints depth contours, fish targets and structure whether you're fishing in fresh water or off the coast. It's also CANet compatible, so you can share sounder data with another chartplotter on your boat.

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:5"
Diagonal Size (metric):12.7 cm
Resolution:240 x 320

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:2.9in
Height:6.4in
Weight:1.8lbs
Width:5.9in

GPS Software

Maps Included:USA

GPS System

DGPS:DGPS ready
Receiver:12 channel
Recommended Use:Marine
SBAS:WAAS
Type:GPS receiver

Header

Manufacturer:Garmin
Model:540/540s
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin GPSMAP

Miscellaneous

Waterproof: Yes

Navigation

Routes:20
Tracklog Points:10000
Tracks:20
Waypoints:1500
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