UPDATE: The GPSMAP 76Cx has been discontinued. We recommend the GPSMAP 78s as an alternative.
The Garmin GPSMap 76Cx is an update of the popular Garmin GPSMap 76C, which has been well loved by mariners and landlubbers alike. The 76Cx has the new SiRFSTARIII chipset, which has been garnering accolades for its fast acquisition time and awesome coverage under canopy, in urban canyons and even indoors! The other significant upgrade is that the 76Cx no longer utilizes the built in memory for MapSource maps, but loads them to a microSD card slot instead (the unit comes with a 128 MB card). This means you have unlimited map storage capability, plus you can use some of the newer MapSource software like City Select Mexico. Stepping up to the 76CSx adds a barometric altimeter and electronic compass. To see how the 76Cx stands up against other Garmin models, check out my Garmin handheld GPS comparison chart.
UPDATE: In early 2009, it appears that Garmin stopped using the SiRFstar III chipet due to a patent dispute, substituting a MediaTek (MTK) chipset. While both are high-sensitivity chipsets, Garmin is still fine-tuning the MTK firmware. The switch to this chipset has reduced one of the advantages the 60/76 C(S)x series has enjoyed over newer Garmin models.
UPDATE 2: Here’s my 2010 take on SiRFstar III and the newer chipsets.
More Garmin GPSMAP 76Cx reviews
- GPS Information.net reviews the Garmin GPSMap 76Cx, comparing it to the 76C and 76CS.
- Consumer-authored Garmin 76Cx reviews have been posted at Amazon.
- A user review of the Garmin GPSMAP 76Cx.
I’ll be posting more hands-on reviews as they show up online. Until then, here’s some additional info that may prove helpful:
- A link to a PDF version of the Garmin GPSMap 76Cx owners manual.
- Want to see how the 76Cx stacks up against other marine units? Try this Garmin GPS comparison tool. Or compare it to other handheld GPS receivers used on dry land.
- There is even a Yahoo Garmin 76 series message forum.
- Here is a Garmin GPSMAP 76Cx FAQ page.
- The official Garmin GPSMap 76Cx web page.
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