The Garmin GPSMap 60Cx is an updated version of the GPSMap 60C. This new unit comes with the SiRFSTAR III chipset, which has been getting rave reviews for its fast acquisition time and solid coverage under canopy, in urban canyons and even indoors!
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.
UPDATE 3: This model has been superseded by the Garmin GPSMAP 62.
The other significant upgrade is that the 60Cx no longer utilizes the unit’s built in memory for MapSource maps, but loads them to a microSD card instead (the unit comes with a 64 MB card). This means you have unlimited map storage capability, plus you can use some of the newer MapSource software that is available only on SD cards. Stepping up to the 60CSx adds a barometric altimeter and electronic compass. To see how the 60Cx stands up against other Garmin models, check out my Garmin handheld GPS comparison chart.
Here’s what others are saying about the Garmin 60Cx:
More Garmin 60Cx reviews
- More than a dozen consumers have posted their own Garmin 60Cx reviews at Amazon.
- Fitness Gadgets reviews the Garmin 60Cx.
- Suite 101 has posted a Garmin GPSMap 60Cx review.
- BusinessWeek has posted a Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx review, giving it a 4.5 out of 5 star rating.
- SingleTracks has posted a Garmin 60Cx review from a mountain biker’s perspective.
- Here’s a lengthy Garmin 60Cx review posted at Groundspeak.
- And a brief Garmin 60Cx review from ThisNext.
- Another consumer-authored review of the Garmin 60Cx.
- And a testimonial to how waterproof the 60Cx is
I’ll be posting more hands-on reviews as they show up online. Until then, here are some additional…
Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx resources
- A link to a PDF version of the GPSMap 60Cx owners manual.
- Want to see how the 60Cx stacks up against other handhelds? Use this Garmin GPS comparison tool.
- In a sign of how popular these newly released units are, there is already a Yahoo 60CSx and 60Cx message forum.
- Here is a Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx FAQ page.
- These 60CSx tips will work well on the Garmin 60Cx too.
- The official Garmin GPSMap 60Cx web page.
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