UPDATE: I’m recommending the new touch-screen Garmin Oregon 400t instead of the Colorado. It has a superior interface, along with almost all the other good things found on the Colorado.
The Garmin Colorado 400t is one of the first in a new line of handheld GPS receivers from Garmin. With an entirely new interface, it is very different from the eTrex and 60/76 series units.
Before we get into the details of the review, lets compare the major differences between the four Colorado models:
- 300 – Worldwide basemap with shaded relief, no pre-loaded detail maps
- 400t – Worldwide basemap with shaded relief, U.S. topo maps pre-loaded
- 400i – Worldwide basemap with satellite imagery, U.S. inland lakes and navigable rivers charts pre-loaded
- 400c – Worldwide basemap with satellite imagery, U.S. coastal waters and Bahamas charts pre-loaded
To see how the Colorado 400t stands up against other Garmin models, check out my Garmin handheld GPS comparison chart.
Since this is a landlubbers blog, I’ll ignore the marine units. So the key question is whether to buy the Colorado 300 or the 400t. The 400t is a great unit for those who don’t already own Garmin’s Topo U.S. 2008, since it comes with those maps pre-loaded. Otherwise, buy the 300 and save some money.
I covered the Colorado pretty thoroughly in my hands-on Garmin Colorado 300 review, so I won’t repeat all those details and screen shots here. I highly recommend checking it out for a thorough look at the unit’s pros and cons.
More Garmin Colorado 400t reviews
- Numerous consumer-written Garmin Colorado 400t reviews have been posted at GPS Now.
- Consumer-authored Garmin Colorado 400t reviews are also showing up at Amazon.
- One of my favorite GPS sites, GPS Information, has posted their own comprehensive Garmin Colorado 400t review.
- A Garmin Colorado 400t review on the Colorado Wiki gives it 3 out of 5 stars.
- GPS Lodge has also posted a Garmin Colorado 400t review.
- Calipidder.com has posted a detailed first look at the Garmin Colorado 400t, with quite a few screen shots.
- About.com gives a 4-1/2 out of 5 star rating in their Garmin Colorado 400t review.
- GPS Magazine has posted a thorough review of the Colorado 400t, though they were testing a pre-production unit.
- Modern Hiker reviews the Colorado 400t.
- Geeks to Go reviews the Garmin Colorado 400t as well.
- The Hopp Stop offers a brief Colorado 400t review.
- G4TV reviews the Garmin Colorado 400t.
- The National Geographic Adventure blog posts a very brief Garmin Colorado 400t review
- The Mississippi Geocachers Association has thread going on Garmin Colorado 400t reviews; scroll down a bit for a detailed one
- A summary of Backpacking Light’s Garmin Colorado 400t review
- The Garmin Colorado 400t makes Camping Life’s 2008 Gear of the Year list
- A brief user-posted Garmin Colorado 400t review
- Singletracks reviews the Colorado 400t (and bike mount!)
- I’ll be posting more hands on GPS reviews as they appear, but in the meantime, here are some…
Other Garmin Colorado 400t resources
- A PDF version of the Garmin Colorado 400t owners manual
- GPS Fix is a blog that focuses on the Garmin Oregon and Colorado series
- A Garmin Colorado mini-site
- Compare the Garmin Colorado 400t to other Garmin handhelds
- A comparison of the Colorado and Oregon series
- And another Oregon / Colorado comparison
- Compare the Colorado to the Garmin 60CSx
- An FAQ by Garmin
- Another Garmin Colorado FAQ — see GC16 for info on multiple geocaching views
- There is a Garmin Colorado message forum at Yahoo!
- And another Colorado forum
- The official Garmin Colorado 400t web page
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