After getting my hands on a brand new Garmin 60CXs, I was very impressed when comparing it to my old Magellan 315 . By putting this up to the old one is like comparing a Cadillac to a Toyota Echo. Will this review is not about comparing the two because, it's just like comparing apples to oranges. So let's get on with the review just about the 60CSx.
A list of features from the Garmin site:
- New high-sensitivity WAAS-capable GPS receiver by SiRF
- Built-in quad-helix receiving antenna with remote antenna capability
- Unit dimensions: 2.4” W x 6.1” H x 1.3” D
- Display: 1.5W x 2.2” H, 2.6”-diagonal, 256-color, transflective TFT (160 x 240 pixels)
- Supports English, Spanish, Portugese, and French languages.
- Weight: 7.5 ounces with batteries (not included)
-Electronic compass displays accurate heading while standing still
-Barometric altimeter with automatic pressure trend recording
- microSD card slot allows for storage of optional MapSource detail (64 MB microSD included)
- LED backlit display and keypad
- Battery life: 18 hours (typical use) using two AA alkaline batteries
- Includes a built-in Americas autoroute basemap with automatic routing capabilities, including highways, exits, and tide data (USA only)
- Internal memory is preloaded with a marine point database
- 1,000 user waypoints with name and graphic symbol; 50 reversible routes
- Position formats include Lat/Lon, UTM, Loran TDs, Maidenhead, MGRS, user grid, and more
- Large-numbers option for easy viewing; dual-position display mode
- Trip computer provides odometer, stopped time, moving average, overall average, total time, max speed, and more
- 10,000-point automatic track log; 20 saved tracks (500 points each) let you retrace your path in both directions
- Elevation computer provides current elevation, ascent/descent rate, minimum/ maximum elevation, total ascent and descent, average and maximum ascent and descent rate
- Navigation instructions can be shared with repeaters, plotters, and autopilots using NMEA protocols through the dedicated serial port
- Built-in celestial tables for sun and moon calculations and the best times to fish and hunt
- Compatible with most MapSource products. See the MapSource Compatibility table (top right) for a list of software that Garmin recommends with this product.
- Water resistant: IEC 60529 IPX7 standards
When I first bought the unit, I read about some serious and not so serious issues, but later learned that these problems were fixed by firmware updates. After I updated the device, I found the GPS to be user friendly, so that even the most basic user can figure it out. The screen is large, and unless your inside, the backlight does not even need to be on, to easily been seen. With the new SIRF technology I can even pick up the signal inside my house, which helps a lot when you are in the woods for greater accuracy.
Buying the Topographical maps, for my country, improved the device just that much more. I was able to see the surroundings around me such as streams that I do not wish to cross, like when I'm geocaching. Also the topo maps can genrally be huge time saver, to decide on your path of choice.
The only real draw back to this unit, is the software on the computer. The software is fairly weak and should be more capable to download other information from the GPS, such as trip length and altitude meter, as well as being more user friendly. Also the lack of not really knowing how much memory is being used in the GPS, does not help either.
Overall I am mighty impressed with the GPS, it picks up the satellites in no time flat. The design looks like some thought has been put into it, and feels comfortable in your hand. Whether your exploring, geocaching, or doing a corn maze, this device is a good porformer for what ever your needs are. Even though it is a bit more expensive than it really should be.
Just a side note, When you purchase a $500 or more unit, you should probably invest a few dollars more into a screen protector, to prevent scratches that will likley occour.