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Globalsat BU-353

alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 reviews of Globalsat BU-353. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Views about the size and price are generally positive. The usability and performance also get good feedback, but views are divided on the durability.

performance, usability, price, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Globalsat BU-353 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Globalsat BU-353


alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Globalsat BU-353 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on People are impressed by the usability and price.

price, usability

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

This summary is based on the products: GlobalSat BU-353 Waterproof USB GPS Receiver Value Two PackGlobalSat BU-353 Waterproof USB GPS Receiver Value Two Pack

Aug, 2018

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Very satisfied. ”


I am very impressed with this receiver. It plugs right in to the USB port, picks up signals almost instantly, and works great with every program into which I've plugged it. Those programs include Maptech's Terrain Navigator, MS Streets & Trips (2008 -...

Jun, 2010

Consumer review (

Very functional and easy to use


My Epinions Philosophy

Size, USB Powered, Fix Speed, Sensitivity (Sirf III), Construction

One of the few products I've come across that just works

Jul, 2007

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Capt Robert D Mornhinveg


I (and several other commercial river pilots) have used this GPS with an Electronic Charting System. It works with an accuracy that belies its purchase price. I have several others, including a nice Garman, and prefer this one because of ease in...

Light,portable and inexpensive - very accurate

none yet

Feb, 2007

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Works great, very fragile


I purchased the the BU-353 receiver to use in my car with a Windows notebook running Microsoft Street & Trips. I was very happy with its performance -- the BU-353 is by far the most sensitive GPS receiver that I've ever owned. Although the USB cable is...

Fast and sensitive GPS receiver. Works well

Fragile - broke easily. Manufacturer will not sell you the repair component

Aug, 2006

Consumer review (

Good GPS Sensor


A somewhat technical review:

All of the performance non-WAAS claims are valid. It's a very nice GPS sensor

Have not been able to verify WAAS performance. Non technical users may have setup

Aug, 2006

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Globalsat BU-353 Waterproof USB GPS Receiver


Bought it for my laptop and I use it as a GPS when travelling, very accurate!

Product Specifications

GPS Performance

Acquisition times - cold:35 / 45
Acquisition times - hot:1 / 8
Acquisition times - warm:35 / 38
Channels quantity:20 / 48
GPS accuracy - position:196.9 / 98.4
Navigation protocols:NMEA 0183
Sensitivity:-159 / -163
Update rate:1

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 95
Operating relative humidity range:0 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):-40 - 85
Operating temperature range (T-T):-40 - 80 / -40 - 85
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 85
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 80 / -40 - 85


Mac operating systems supported: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Technical Details

Color of product:Black
WAAS capability: Yes

Weight & Dimensions