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Garmin GPSMAP 76

Garmin GPSMAP 76
alaScore 72

109 reviews

Nov, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 109 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the route planning and reliability. The screen and price also get good feedback, but there are some mixed comments about the performance.

usability, price, screen, reliability, route planning

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin GPSMAP 76 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: review summary for Garmin GPSMAP 76


alaTest has collected and analyzed 92 user reviews of Garmin GPSMAP 76 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on

usability, price, screen, route planning, reliability

91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin GPSMAP 76 Waterproof Handheld GPS (Discontinued by Manufacturer)Garmin GPSMAP 76 Waterproof Handheld GPSGarmin GPSMap 76 Handheld GPS Navigator

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Garmin GPSMAP 76


The Garmin GPSMAP 76 is probably Garmin's most popular entry-level marine handheld. This greyscale unit floats and can accommodate up to 8MB of added maps. Its pre-loaded basemap brings marine navigation aids, including lights, buoys, sound signals and...

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Relatively cheap but somewhat flawed.


Though a relatively cheap price point is sure to entice, several gaps in functionality make the GPSMAP 76 somewhat undesirable. It is functional if PC connectivity isn't paramount, but for the most part it's worth paying more for the extra features.

Inexpensive, external antenna connection

Limited memory, slow performance, no direct USB connectivity, no electronic compass


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Tried both picked 76 over SportsTrak Pro


Large screen, great software, feature, user friendly, rubber grips on back side (important for boaters to prevent sliding off the dash, fair to good battery life (depends on brand), anchor drag and tide charts work very well, all-in-all a good alternative

Keys on top - screen on bottom. Could use more flexability on screen layouts (but not bad)

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I never really got the hang of thi unit until it failed. I was on a kakak trip and noticed the battary compartment was very hot. Water had entered. Dried it out and put in new battaries but still no go.

Seems ok

The battary compartment leaked in salt water and now the thing does not work at all. I suspect Newegg will send me another one and I can evaluate it. Just don't rely only on a gps on your venture

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My new GPSMAP 76


So I finally got around to upgrading my trusty 3 year old GPS navigator to a new GPSMAP 76. Since I found the screen on the Map76 was much easier to read in the sunlight than the smaller screens on the other models. In addition, you can upload map data...

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Older GPS still does the job


Just because it's not a color screen, some would look down on this GPS, but that is short-sighted. The large screen has good contrast; easy to read. The only short-coming is the 8MB of memory. I'd like to load the more detailed maps, but I can still...

Easy To Read, Easy To Set Up, Long Battery Life, Reliable Performance, Strong Construction

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Garmin GPSMAP 76 Versatile Navigator GPS Receiver


Excellent choice as a backup to a larger GPS Chartplotter, or as your primary GPS on a small boat. Accurate. Rugged. Reliable.GPS 76 and 76MapPros:Accurate. Reliable. Reasonably priced.Cons:None, really.

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Garmin GPSMAP 76 Versatile Navigator GPS Receiver


If we lived in a simpler world, a kinder world, this would be a lovely device.Undisclosed LocationsPros:Works well.Cons:But do you know for sure how well?