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Garmin Rino 530HCX Two Way Radio and GPS

Garmin Rino 530HCX Two Way Radio and GPS
alaScore 73

127 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 127 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 3.9/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Comments about the screen and size are on the whole positive. The durability and performance also get good feedback. Views about the memory and design are different, while some have doubts about the maps.

usability, performance, durability, size, screen


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 73/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 67 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 3.9/5 for other GPS on Reviews about the durability and size are generally positive. The price and performance are also mentioned favorably. Many are less positive about the design and screen, and comments are divided on the maps.

usability, performance, price, size, durability

screen, design

81% 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 Rino 530HCX Two Way Radio and GPSGarmin RINO 530HCx - GPS receiver / two-way radio - hiking

Jul, 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: 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: 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: 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: darrell119 (

Thumbs up, a gps that works in the woods all the time.


This unit work vary well for what it was intended, Hunting in heavy timber in for elk around MT ST Helens steep and thick terrain. In the past my hunting partner would separate and not see each other until dark in camp. Now we know where the other is...

Works great in heavy timber and in deep valleys

Too expensive, need to add maps to work, more memory to add maps

Nov, 2007

Consumer review by: ric0927 (

Multi-task capable, but not without significant extra expense


In theory this unit is a good idea, combining a GPS with altimeter and compass and 2 way radio and NOAA weather reports. In reality I think I just purchased a $400 walkie-talkie. If you are considering this unit, do not be led to believe that you won't...

Multi-task capable (compass, radio, GPS)

Multiple upgrades required to make it any better than a walkie-talkie and basic waypoint marker

Oct, 2007

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Rino 530HCx Handheld GPS Navigation


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

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