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Sunday, March 18, 2012

New Garmin eTrex models officially announced

Etrex_vista_hcx_2UPDATE: Read our eTrex H-series reviews:

Last week I reported on rumors of a new Garmin eTrex lineup with a high-sensitivity chipset. Today it’s official — Garmin has announced, and put up product pages for the following units:

  • eTrex H – Monochrome display, MSRP $99.99
  • eTrex Venture HC – Color display, MSRP $199.99
  • eTrex Summit HC – Color display, barometric altimeter, electronic compass, MSRP $249.99
  • eTrex Legend HCx – Color display, expandable memory, MSRP $269.99
  • eTrex Vista HCx – Color display, expandable memory, barometric altimeter, electronic compass, MSRP $299.99

It’s nice to see features previously limited to the 60 and 76 x-series in a compact unit. I’ve included the manufacturers suggested retail price (MSRP) above as we’re also seeing a price drop compared to some past eTrex models and units with comparable features.

All models are capable of accepting detailed maps except for the basic eTrex H. The Summit HC and Venture HC map capacity is limited, due to their 24MB of internal memory. The Legend HCx and Vista HCx offer autorouting.

The new eTrex line is expected to be available in the third quarter of this year.

About Rich Owings

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