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Garmin GPSMAP 78

alaTest has collected and analyzed 161 reviews of Garmin GPSMAP 78. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and maps. The screen and performance are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the durability. Comments are divided on the price.

usability, performance, screen, maps, design

durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin GPSMAP 78 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Garmin GPSMAP 78

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Garmin GPSMAP 78 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and design.

design, reliability

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

This summary is based on the products: RAM Mounting Systems RAM-B-166-GA40U Ram Mount Suction Cup Base for the Garmin GPSMAP 78, 78S & 78SCRAM Mounting Systems RAM-B-166-GA40U Ram Mount Suction Cup Base for the Garmin GPSMAP 78, 78S & 78SC

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Garmin GPSMAP 78

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 155 user reviews of Garmin GPSMAP 78 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the design and maps. The screen and performance also get good feedback. There are some mixed comments about the price, while many are less positive about the durability.

usability, performance, screen, maps, design

durability

79% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Waterproof Marine GPS and ChartplotterGarmin GPSMAP 78sc Waterproof Marine GPS and Chartplotter

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: Mike K (newegg.com)

Great for Small Boat Use and Geocaching

 

I got my Garmin 78sc a couple of weeks ago, to use not only on the water (Chesapeake Bay), but for hiking and geocaching. By now I've sailed for 3.5 days,(about 18 hours total run-time), before needing to change the alkaline batteries, so I'm fairly...

Lots of marine features and alarms, such as anchor drag alarm, low water depth alarm, (from map depths) Man Overboard function, etc. The coastal marine plots seem fairly good and accurate to the paper chart I have of Upper Chesapeake Bay ; Very fast at...

Price kinda high, but the accurate marine charts are worth it. Base maps (on land only--the marine charts are good) are a joke, and optional 100K topo map software are still sparsely populated

Oct, 2010

Consumer review by: Mzee in Forks (cameraworld.com)

Garmin has its act together

 

I would buy it again. Needs maps for inland lakes and cities/highways, but one can't expect it to do everything. Garmin's ease of use is great. Color screen, customizable themes, menus, great reception. It floats, works as an alarm clock without...

Battery save feature ; Compass feature is handy ; Easy to use menus ; Fast initializing ; Good reception in timber ; Pre-loaded coastal charts

Manual is pdf ; Steeper learning curve

Sep, 2010

Consumer review by: Mike (buydig.com)

Garmin gpsmap 78

 

I love the idea of the custom maps, i just need to get more proficient at how to set them up.

Clear screen","Easy to use

Custom maps confusing

Sep, 2010

Product Specifications

Camera

Built-in camera: No

Design

Form Factor:Handheld

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2.6
Display number of colors:65536 colours
Display Resolution:160 x 240
Display size (HxV):2.2 x 1.6
Display size (HxV) (imperial):2.2 x 1.6
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Energy Management

Battery life (max):20
Battery Technology:Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH)
Battery Type:AA
Number of batteries supported:2

GPS Type

Auto: No
Aviation: No
Geocaching (GPS stash hunt): Yes
Marine (chartplotters, sounders): Yes
Outdoor (hiking, trekking): No
Sport (fitness, running): No

Map

Ability to add maps: Yes

Navigation

Automatic routing: Yes
Barometric altimeter: Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
Live service: No
Photo navigation: Yes
Routes quantity:200
Traffic Message Channel (TMC): No

Networking

Bluetooth: No

Other Features

Basemap: Yes
Interface:USB, NMEA 0183
Internal memory:1740

Ports & interfaces

USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power

Battery life (max):20
Battery Technology:Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH)
Battery Type:AA
Number of batteries supported:2

Technical Details

Area calculation: Yes
Form Factor:Handheld
Hunt/fish calendar: Yes
Image viewer: No
Number of Waypoints:2000
Sun & moon information: Yes
Tide tables: Yes
Unit-to-unit transfer: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.18
Height:5.98
Weight:7.7
Width:2.6