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Garmin eTrex Venture HC

We have collected and analyzed 4 expert reviews and 863 user reviews from international sources. Users rate it 77/100. The average review date is Feb 19, 2010. We have compared these reviews to 490772 reviews from other GPS. The alaScore™ for this product is 75/100 = Good. Last update: Dec 18, 2018.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Garmin eTrex Venture HC


alaTest has collected and analyzed 81 user reviews of Garmin eTrex Venture HC from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on People are impressed by the performance and size. The price and maps are also appreciated, whereas many are critical about the design.

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77% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin eTrex Venture HC Handheld GPS NavigatorGarmin eTrex Venture HC Handheld GPS Navigator

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Garmin eTrex Venture HC


alaTest has collected and analyzed 616 user reviews of Garmin eTrex Venture HC from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Reviews about the durability and maps are generally positive. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably.

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

This summary is based on the products: Garmin eTrex Venture HC GPS Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)Garmin eTrex Venture HC GPS Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Dec, 2018

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Best budget handheld GPS


Reviewers say the Garmin eTrex Venture HC offers the most bang for the buck for those looking for a low-cost handheld GPS receiver. Unlike other inexpensive handheld GPS receivers, the eTrex Venture HC comes with a color screen and a...

Inexpensive, highly sensitive signal processor, color display

Non-expandable memory, no high-end features, included maps aren't the most detailed

Jun, 2010

Expert review by : Rich Owings (

Garmin eTrex Venture HC review


The Garmin eTrex Venture HC is the entry-level mapping receiver in Garmin's eTrex H-series lineup. With a high-sensitivity receiver for superior reception under canopy, a bright color screen, and the ability to load topo maps (purchased separately),...

SPECIAL NOTE TO BUYERS: Don't confuse the Venture HC with the discontinued Venture or the Venture Cx, which does not have the high-sensitivity chipset. Find the low price on a Garmin eTrex Venture HC at GPS Now, where shipping is free on orders over...

Aug, 2007

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Garmin eTrex Venture HC

Jun, 2008

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Really, Really Good


Importing/Exporting data has a wide range of compatibility. gpsbabel is your friend. Recording tracks, importing them to google earth. Creating tracks (in mapsource or google earth) & then exporting back to the device etc*+ All of the data, including...

Very very durable. Excellent Value ; These little yellow devices really sold me on Garmin's hand held line ; I don't think it floats ; Might be worth it to try and find in the $115-$120 range ; No electric compass. This pretty much means you have to...

Getting the full potential out of these means some *dedicated time ; There are plenty of maps @ gpsfiledepot & for the most part you should be able to stack them until the device is full. By majority the 'offroad' maps also include roads ; You probably...

Mar, 2011

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No Maps


Adapter is about 30 feet away through 2 walls and connects at max speed-don't think just buy it

Very good at getting GPS signal in any condition or overhead coverage

the map it came with was only major highways with major city names. It is NOTHING like what you see in the picture. The worst part is the maps you need cost $169 !!!!!! So get ready to spend more than double the price of the device to use it

Dec, 2010

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It works, Its fun to use, thats all I got

Small, Easy to use

99$ for a map?........ Really

May, 2010

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Perfect Unit


So easy my wife can use it


Mar, 2010

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Perfect for GeoCaching on cheap!


I heard pros and cons on compass and altimeter, pros are that these are nice features to have cons are, to use compass you have to recalibrate all the time and hold unit perfectly straight/still for it to get accurate readings and altimeter is always...

Can display 24K TOPO maps, sensitive GPS finds signal everywhere I took it

No expandable memory, after update only 22mb available, doesn't have compass, altimeter (read in other thoughts)

Nov, 2008

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Handheld GPS


Overall, very enjoyable GPS (see my earlier review). Love the color display. Seems the batteries last at least as long as the old grayscale eTrex Legend

Two. After some testing, the proximity alarms don't work, and apparently that is true for all units. Someone suggested you can get proximity alarms to work if you download points of interest to the unit from the software, but I probably wouldn't...

Jul, 2008

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Handheld GPS


Being an in-line street skater, I wish I could set a proximity alarm for moving vehicles, haha. If you like to walk, jog, skate, or cycle, before sunset, you might find the sunset time indicator very useful. Someday these things are going to include...

Outstanding handheld GPS unit in color for less than the grayscale eTrex Legend was. The TFT display is the same as with the more expensive handheld units. The interface is excellent, even better than before. The color display is just gorgeous (except...

Primarily, like the prior generation, you must purchase a map if you want street-level detail (that's why I did not give it five stars). The TFT display is difficult to see in bright sunlight (just like any other electronic screen). Be advised that the...

Jun, 2008

Product Specifications

eTrex Venture HC is an essential for any outdoor excursion. It features a high-sensitivity GPS receiver for peak performance in any environment and includes 24 megabytes (MB) of internal memory, a detailed basemap and crisp color screen. With its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver, eTrex Venture HC locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons. The advantage is clear - whether you're in deep woods or just near tall buildings and trees, you can count on Venture HC to help you find your way when you need it the most. eTrex Venture HC's basemap contains lakes, rivers, cities, interstates, national and state highways, railroads and coastlines. Venture HC also includes 24 MB of internal memory, so you can load waypoints and routes from the included MapSource Trip & Waypoint Manager software and add map detail from Garmin's entire line of optional MapSource mapping products. Its 256-color, sunlight-readable display makes it easy to distinguish map details - even in bright sunlight.


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

Built-in Display

Resolution:176 x 220


Built-in camera: No

Carrying Case

Carrying Strap:Belt clip
Recommended Use:For GPS
Type:Holster bag




Color of product:Yellow
Form Factor:Handheld

Dimensions & Weight



Display number of colors:256 colours
Display Resolution:176 x 220
Display size (HxV):1.3 x 1.7 / 1.7 x 1.3 / 2.1
Display size (HxV) (imperial):1.3 x 1.7 / 1.7 x 1.3 / 2.1
Gray scale levels:256
Touch screen: No

Energy Management

Battery life (max):14
Battery Technology:Alkaline
Battery Type:AA
Number of batteries supported:2

GPS Performance

Acquisition times - cold:39
Acquisition times - hot:3
Acquisition times - warm:33
DGPS accuracy - position:118.1
DGPS accuracy - velocity:0.1
GPS accuracy - position:393.7
GPS accuracy - velocity:0.1
Update rate:1
WAAS capability: Yes

GPS System

Recommended Use:Hiking
Type:GPS receiver

GPS Type

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


Model:Venture HC
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin/Garmin eTrex


Map storage:Internal storage


Waterproof: Yes


Barometric altimeter: No
Electronic compass: No
Routes quantity:50
Tracklog Points:10000
Tracks quantity:10 / 10000


Bluetooth: No

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):-15 - 70
Operating temperature range (T-T):-15 - 70

Other Features

Basemap: Yes
Bundled hardware:USB Cable
I/O ports:USB
Internal memory:24

Ports & interfaces

USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Battery life (max):14
Battery Technology:Alkaline
Battery Type:AA
Number of batteries supported:2


Bundled software:MapSource Trip & Waypoint Manager

Technical Details

Color of product:Yellow
Form Factor:Handheld
Image viewer: No
Number of Waypoints:10000 / 500

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.18 / 2.2
Height:1.18 / 2.2 / 4.21
Width:2.2 / 4.21