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Garmin Rino 530

alaTest has collected and analyzed 78 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design and performance. The screen and usability also get good views. Many are negative about the memory and route planning. Reviews about the build quality and value for money are mixed.

usability, screen, performance, design

reliability, route planning, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Rino 530 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Garmin Rino 530

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 8 user reviews of Garmin Rino 530 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on Amazon.co.uk.

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value for money

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

This summary is based on the product: Garmin Rino 530 Suction Cup

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Amazon.com review summary for Garmin Rino 530

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 62 user reviews of Garmin Rino 530 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com.

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

reliability, route planning

55% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Garmin Rino 530 14-Mile 22-Channel Waterproof FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio and GPS Navigator

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Garmin Rino 530 Review

 

UPDATE: This model has been discontinued. For more current recommendations, please refer to our handheld GPS buyers guide or our Garmin handheld GPS comparison chart. The Garmin Rino 530 is the flagship model in Garmin's product line that marries GPS...

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Good device

 

I suppose this may be a review fairly short on details, but only because this thing does it all and there isn't enough space or time to talk it all! This is for the 530HCX by the way, not sure if they even make a 530 anymore. There is no opinion...

Satellite tracking in coverBattery life

Short waypoint names2GB memory limitCost

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Garmin 530HCx

 

I currently own the Rino 530 and and 530HCx. The 530HCx is more sensitive and does pick up satellites quicker. When compared to a 76CSx it keeps a signal under cover, but is unable to hone in on the target like the 76CSx. You may get 15-20ft and it...

Quickly picks up signal, lots of extras and features

Only 500 waypoints, seems to get fuzzy when within 15-20ft of waypoint under cover

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Garmin 530 GPS

 

I use this device for navigating around the woods at night training hunting hounds. I also use it for snowmobiling, hiking, and deer hunting. It is an excellent device, and very accurate. I use it with topo maps and compasses. It is very reliable. The...

Excellent accuracy, many useful features. Walkie talkie, altimeter and compass included

Screen is small; doesn't show as much topographic detail as I would like

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UPDATED: Almost worth it...

 

I've waited since the Rino 120 was new for these features. You have to go to the web site to see all the features. This thing is loaded. I travel constantly in a 3 hour radius of my home and I am able to load all the area detailed maps. The "Find"...

Everything is better. Love the USB connection, color, better buttons

NEED to buy the MapSource City Navigator. Battery requires the adapter to charge

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Good Unit

 

I waited a long time for this and it was worth it. The more people to buy them the better. It does everything it needs to. CON: Needs a plastic piece to charge battery. Garmin only gives you one. If it breaks or you loose it, you are done, no way to...

Nice color screen, excellent battery life

Break or loose the plastic piece to charge the battery and you are done

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A Geek's Dream Come True

 

They Did What?

Super battery life, great GPS reception, repeater capabilities on radio, easy to use

No peer to peer positioning across repeaters. Radio lacks DCS and more serious radio

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Loaded. Radio/GPS

 

I purchased this system with the intent of using it in the mountains of Colorado. Colorado offers a lot in the way of outdoors. It offers beautiful scenery and many types of sports like rock climbing, skiing, snow shoeing, mountain climbing, hiking,...

Good GPS, 5watt radio, NOAA Weather Channels Tons of features

Expensive, complicated. Poorly designed and fragile belt clip

Product Specifications

No matter where your outdoor activities take you, the Rino 530 keeps you on track and in touch. Similar to the 520, this rugged, two-way radio with GPS packs a bold color display, 14-mile communication range, and turn-by-turn directions - giving you peace of mind in the great outdoors. Taking it a step further, the Rino 530 adds an electronic compass, barometric altimeter, and NOAA weather receiver, making it a favorite with hikers and climbers Exclusive position-reporting capability and a host of other unique features, make the 530 one of the best all-in-one two-way radio and GPS receivers around. As with other members of the Rino family, the 530's patented location-reporting feature allows you to send and receive GPS positions with other Rino users in your group. One call to your partner's Rino, and your location shows up on the map page. You can even poll another Rino user's location in emergency situations.

Battery

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

Built-in Display

Resolution:176 x 220

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.8in
Height:7.5in
Weight:10.3oz
Width:2.3in

GPS Software

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

GPS System

Connectivity:Serial / USB/Serial / USB
DGPS:DGPS ready
Receiver:12 channel
Recommended Use:Hiking
SBAS:WAAS
Type:GPS receiver / two-way radio

Header

Country Kits:Canada
Manufacturer:Garmin
Model:530
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin RINO

Miscellaneous

Waterproof: Yes

Navigation

Routes:50
Tracklog Points:10000
Tracks:20
Waypoints:500
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