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Garmin Rino 530HCX Two Way Radio and GPS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 166 reviews of Garmin Rino 530HCX Two Way Radio and GPS. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Opinions about the size and durability are on the whole positive. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably, but reviews about the design and maps are different.

usability, price, performance, durability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Rino 530HCX Two Way Radio and GPS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 111 user reviews of Garmin Rino 530HCX Two Way Radio and GPS from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on People really like the size and durability. The performance and price also get good reviews. Reviews are divided on the maps. Some have doubts about the design and screen.

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83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: GARMIN 010-00564-01 Rino 530HCx 2-Way Radio With GPS/FRS/GMRSGarmin City Navigator Europe NT - Northwest Eastern Europe Digital Map - Europe - Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, CroatiGarmin RINO 530HCx - GPS receiver / two-way radio - hiking

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: (

Two-way radio with GPS


The Garmin Rino 530HCx combines a powerful FRS/GMRS receiver with a robust GPS device to create a pricey but well-liked companion for outdoor fun. Users love the GPS positioning aspect of this radio, as well as the myriad of built-in features such as...

Includes GPS, 5 watts of transmit power, large, clear display, rechargeable lithium-ion battery

Expensive, can be complicated to use

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: (

Garmin Rino 530HCx: Two-way Radio, 'Find Others' Features


Combines two-way radio and mapping GPS in one unit., Unique "polling" feature lets you locate other Rino users on your map., Sturdy, waterproof construction., Micro SD card for easy data/map transer., Weather radio.

Menu and rocker/enter key system takes time to learn., Small plastic charger adapter required to charge unit. Could be broken or lost.

Ever wish you knew the exact location of friends and family while on a skiing or hunting trip, or at an amusement park? Now you can, with the Garmin Rino 530 HCx, which provides full color map handheld GPS functionality, plus a powerful two-way radio,...

Nov, 2007

Expert review by: Scott Martin (

Garmin RINO 530HCx Full Review


The Garmin RINO series is a long standing part of the Garmin line up that takes their core GPS capability and extends it by paying attention to the needs of the consumer out in the field. GPS answers the “Where are you” question and help you get to...

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: GPS Lodge (

Expert Review


The ability to keep in constant contact and have your buddy's location and GPS information available makes for a very informed approach to being in the outdoors. Whether you're on a hunt a hike or on a long trip on a bike, the coordination capabilities...

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: Rich Owings (

Garmin Rino 530HCx review


The Garmin Rino 530HCx is a handheld GPS that includes a two-way radio, and the ability to track another Rino user on your screen. Updating the Rino 530, the HCx model adds a high-sensitivity chipset and a micro-SD card slot for adding topo or highway...

Jul, 2007

Consumer review by: Chris (

Garmin Rino 530HCx Portable Navigator


Bought a refurbished unit that looks and operates as new. Can't beat the quality and the price.

Dec, 2011

Consumer review by: Brian (

Garmin Rino 530HCx Portable Navigator


havent got to play with this unit yetbut the condition as it appears seems to be fine... very excited to use this unit for the first time.... happy with purchase and time it was recieved.

unknown at this time (see notes in general)

need more time to understand how unit functions..... seems complicated for us "old dogs

Oct, 2011

Consumer review by: Rick (

Garmin Rino 530HCx Portable Navigator


Great equipment,Very advanced---

Does everything well

Control button (joy stick)small

Oct, 2011

Consumer review by: Bill Arnold (

Garmin Rino 530HCx Portable Navigator


Shipping is not a flat rate to ALASKA! Cost me $35 to get it to AK.

Functionality, versital, radio, etc

size, weight, awkward gettting to some of the menues

Sep, 2011

Consumer review by: Allan (

Garmin Rino 530HCx Portable Navigator


Excellent GPS for an unbelievable price. Able to see my hunting partner on my screen and talk to him

Aug, 2011

Product Specifications

Know exactly where you are at all times with Rino 530HCx and the precision of high-sensitivity GPS. This waterproof FRS/GMRS radio plus GPS navigator adds a barometric altimeter, electronic compass and NOAA weather radio in addition to the popular features of the Rino 520HCx - 5 watts of transmit power, a microSD card slot, brilliant color display and a high-sensitivity GPS receiver - so you'll never be lost again.


Run Time (Up To):14hour(s)

Built-in Display

Resolution:176 x 220

Dimensions & Weight


GPS System

GPS Functions / Services:Electronic compass
Recommended Use:Hiking
Type:GPS receiver / two-way radio


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin RINO


Waterproof: Yes