Sunday, March 18, 2012

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Garmin Rino 530HCx review

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NOTE: A newer model, the Garmin Rino 655t, adds many new features.

UPDATE: This model has been discontinued. 

The Garmin Rino 530HCx is a handheld GPS that includes a two-way radio, and the ability to track another Rino user on your screen. Updating the Rino 530, the HCx model adds a high-sensitivity chipset and a micro-SD card slot for adding topo or highway maps (which must be purchased separately). The Rino has a bright, sunlight-readable screen, and is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery rated at up to 14 hours.

Like the Rino 530, the HCx has a five-watt transmitter, with a range of up to 14 miles. It also includes a barometric altimeter, electronic compass and seven-channel weather receiver, three features that you lose when you drop down to the Rino 520HCx. To see how the Rino stands up against other Garmin models, check out my Garmin handheld GPS comparison chart.

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