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Garmin Oregon 550

Garmin Oregon 550
alaScore 81

924 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 924 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the size and build quality. The performance and screen also get good opinions, whereas reviews are divided on the value for money.

usability, screen, performance, build quality, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Oregon 550 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Best handheld GPS


Reviewers point to Garmin's Oregon 550t as the top choice for serious enthusiasts. Its impressive lineup of features includes an easy-to-use touch-screen display with an interface that resembles that of the Apple iPhone. You'll also find a...

Easy-to-use touch screen, accurate, loaded with features, geo-tagging camera

Expensive, screen hard to see in sunlight, difficult to link photos to waypoints

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Garmin Oregon 550T Review


Physically, the Oregon 550Tt appears virtually identical to previous Oregon models, sharing the same screen size, resolution, and overall dimensions as the Oregon 400 and 300 series.

If I'm Ever Shipwrecked, This is the GPS I Want By My Side

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Garmin Oregon 550t review


Hands on with the Garmin Oregon 550t UPDATE: It appears that newer production runs of the 550 series models are now getting the brighter screen first introduced in the Oregon 450 series. UPDATE 2: The Oregon series is compatible with Garmin's new...

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great for geocaching


I would like this more if it had a delete on the cache site once it was found, otherwise, am very happy with it Unless you are half knowledgeable on how to find your way around your GPS while on the internet, I do NOT recommend this one.

like that it is paperless

sometimes hard to read the monitor, and must be on the computer to delete a cache once it is found

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Amazon review summary for Garmin Oregon 550


alaTest has collected and analyzed 574 user reviews of Garmin Oregon 550 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on

usability, performance, screen, size, design

84% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Garmin can do better with this


The custom map feature. Generally speaking, the accuracy ; The repair/replacement coverage. I ran over it with a Quadrunner, and the repair/replacement was much cheaper than the purchase price

Can only load one custom map at a time. Annoying. I can understand Garmin wanting to sell their maps, but if you buy everything they have covering the western U.S., they should let the user take advantage of an 8GB compact SD. Also, the Garmin topos...

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Garmin Oregon 550 Portable Navigator


Garmin makes a quality product and really stands behind their Units. Their Customer Service is great and issues are usually resolved quickly. KUDO's to Garmin for keeping their Customer Service local where you can actually speak to a human that...

Right out of the box the operation was intuitive to former Colorado users. The device is very lightweight and I like the rechargeable battery feature. Access to the batteries has improved - I love the way the case opens

Garmin still has not improved their instructions for Geocaching use to new users. I would still be struggling if I had not used a similar device previously

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Garmin Oregon 550 Portable Navigator


Very good unit compared to other three i have purchased in last ten years. Good screen quality. when using all the feature sand bright screen, it will burn batteries but that should be expected.Overall i woudl give this unit an 8.5 rating. Quite...

Best unit i have worked with. Great to have a camera that will geotag the photos. Quality pics

Using with the BASECAMP software is a bit cumbersome

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Great Geocaching/Hunting/Hiking


You can pick a point to go to in Automotive profile and when you have stopped, change the profile to recreation and it still is locked on target using the new profile. Also, you can make your own maps using Google Earth and easily move them to this unit.

I use 7 different Map Sets. I have added over 10,000 custom points of interest and have over 5000 geocaches on a 8gb microSD card. Runs FANTASTIC! Could not be happier with all the functions, Wow

Screen could be brighter. Can't recharge reusable batteries while in the unit

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Quality GPS


Fantastic GPS. Mine has a hard life, but it keeps on performing. I have no complaints with this unit at all.

Accurate","Intuitive Menu","One Hand Control","Quick Navigation","Quick Signal","Reliable Reception