UPDATE: I’m recommending the new touch-screen Garmin Oregon series instead of the Colorado. It has a superior interface, along with almost all the other good things found on the Colorado. Read my hands-on review of the Oregon 400t for more information.
The Garmin Colorado 400c is the marine version of Garmin’s newest handheld GPS series. As such, it includes BlueChart® g2 coastal charts and a worldwide basemap with aerial imagery. The map detail includes includes shorelines, depth contours, navaids, harbors, marinas, port plans and coastal roads for the U.S. and Bahamas.
Before we get into details, let’s compare the major differences between the four Colorado models:
- 300 – Worldwide basemap with shaded relief, no pre-loaded detail maps
- 400c – Worldwide basemap with satellite imagery (seen at right), U.S. coastal waters and Bahamas charts pre-loaded
- 400i – Worldwide basemap with satellite imagery, U.S. inland lakes and navigable rivers charts pre-loaded
- 400t – Worldwide basemap with shaded relief, U.S. topo maps pre-loaded
To see how the Colorado 400c stands up against other Garmin models, check out my Garmin handheld GPS comparison chart.
I covered the Colorado interface and hardware 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.
Several Garmin Colorado 400c reviews have been posted at GPS Now. Follow that link to read them all, but here is an excerpt from a kayaker:
“I almost bought a 76Cx after getting lost kayaking in the Florida Keys a couple of times last year, but just before entering my order, I looked at the 400c. I’m glad I did. It has been a joy to use, and adds another dimension to kayaking backwater areas. I found the display easy to see in sunlight, as ambient light makes it more visible without battery sucking backlighting. I can usually get at least two 5 hour trips on a set of batteries with some to spare. I leave it turned on the entire trip in order to record my track. The track often helps redraw my charts when the GPS and other charts do not match the terrain, which can often happen in the sketchy areas back in the mangroves…
…I had discounted the tide function, but then found it to be almost as helpful as the navigation, as tides can vary almost 180 degrees between the bay side and the ocean side of the Keys. When the water is often only a few inches deep or gone completely at low tide, this is often a determining factor for the areas I frequent. The 400c quickly gives a tide readout for several tide stations in the vicinity of a planned route. However, I can’t seem to get predictions for other than the current day…”
More Garmin Colorado 400c reviews
- More consumer-authored Garmin Colorado 400c reviews are being posted at Amazon.
- Another Garmin Colorado 400c GPS has been posted at REI.com (follow link and click the “Reviews” tab).
- A user has posted a Colorado 400c review on the SailNet forum.
I’ll be posting more hands on GPS reviews as they appear, but in the meantime, here are some…
Other Garmin Colorado 400c resources
- A PDF version of the Garmin Colorado 400c owners manual
- Compare the Garmin Colorado 400c to other Garmin handheld marine units
- GPS Fix is a blog that focuses on the Garmin Oregon and Colorado series
- A Garmin Colorado mini-site
- A comparison of the Garmin Oregon and Colorado series
- And another Oregon / Colorado comparison
- Compare the Colorado to the Garmin 60CSx
- There is a Garmin Colorado message forum at Yahoo!
- And another Colorado forum
- The official Garmin Colorado 400c web page
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