UPDATE: We recommend the newer eTrex 10 instead of this model.
The Garmin eTrex H updates the basic yellow Garmin eTrex. A great first GPS for the budget-minded geocacher or hiker, this classic has been updated with a high-sensitivity chipset for superior reception under canopy and in other difficult conditions.
Three things to be aware of when you buy the eTrex H. First, unlike other members of the eTrex H-series, you cannot load detailed maps to this unit. The “map” screen, as shown a little further down, only shows your track and any waypoints you’ve created.
Second, this unit does not come with a cable to transfer waypoints from your computer. You must buy it separately or enter waypoint coordinates manually, which creates plenty of opportunities for error. I highly recommend the purchase of a cable if you choose this model.
Better yet, pay a tiny bit more and go with the next model up, the eTrex Venture HC, which adds a cable, sunlight-readable color screen, and the ability to accept detailed maps.
Third, the eTrex H does not have the click-stick of the other models in the newest eTrex series, and the interface is going to be more of a pain to use.
To see how the eTrex H stands up against other Garmin models, check out my Garmin handheld GPS comparison chart.
More Garmin eTrex H reviews
- The first hands-on Garmin eTrex H reviews have been posted by customers at GPSNow.
- And consumer-authored Garmin eTrex H reviews have been posted at Amazon too.
- OscarCookie reviews the Garmin eTrex H from a geocacher’s perspective.
- Mike Padgett has posted his own Garmin eTrex H review
- More geocacher reviews of the the eTrex H
- I’ll be posting more hands on GPS reviews as they appear, but in the meantime, here are some…
Other Garmin eTrex H resources
- The Garmin eTrex H owners manual.
- Compare the Garmin eTrex H to other basic Garmin handheld GPS receivers.
- There is a dedicated Garmin eTrex message forum on Yahoo Groups.
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