Sunday, March 18, 2012

Discontinued Garmin handheld chart

The Garmin handheld GPS comparison chart below shows recently discontinued Garmin backcountry and marine handhelds (in alphabetical order) that include a high-sensitivity chipset. I do not recommend any units without such chipsets for backcountry use.

Links go to my Garmin handheld GPS review/resource pages for each model except where I’ve yet to post those; in that case the links go to the Garmin product page. Features in the headers are explained below the charts. You might also find my handheld GPS buyers guide and specialty GPS buyers guides helpful.

Discontinued models

Model Display
type
Display size Rated battery life (hrs) Weight with batt- eries Pre-loaded detailed maps Ability to add maps/ storage Accepts custom maps Elec- tronic compass Paper-
less
geo-
caching
Turn by turn Waypoints /Routes Trackpts. /Tracks Miscell-aneous Compare prices
Colorado 300 Color,
hi-res
1.53″ x 2.55″ 15 7.3 oz No SD Yes 2-axis Yes Yes 1000/50
10K/20
Wireless data Compare prices
Colorado 400c Color,
hi-res
1.53″ x 2.55″ 15 7.3 oz Limited coastal SD Yes 2-axis Yes Yes 1000/50
10K/20
Wireless data Compare prices
Colorado 400i Color,
hi-res
1.53″ x 2.55″ 15 7.3 oz US Inland Lakes SD Yes 2-axis Yes Yes 1000/50
10K/20
Wireless data Compare prices
Colorado 400t Color,
hi-res
1.53″ x 2.55″ 15 7.3 oz Topo SD Yes 2-axis Yes Yes 1000/50
10K/20
Wireless data Compare prices
eTrex H Mono-
chrome
1.1″ x 2.1″ 17 5.3 oz No No No No No No 500/20
10K/10
Compare prices
eTrex Legend H Mono-
chrome
1.1″ x 2.1″ 18 5.3 oz No 24 MB No No No No 1000/20
10K/10
Compare prices
eTrex Legend HCx Color 1.3″ x 1.7″ 25 5.5 oz No microSD No No No Yes 1000/50
10K/20
Compare prices
eTrex Summit HC Color 1.3″ x 1.7″ 14 5.5 oz No 24 MB No 2-axis No No 500/50
10K/10
Compare prices
eTrex Venture HC Color 1.3″ x 1.7″ 14 5.5 oz No 24 MB No No No No 500/50
10K/10
Compare prices
eTrex Vista H Mono-
chrome
1.1″ x 2.1″ 18 5.3 oz No 24 MB No 2-axis No No 1000/20
10K/10
Compare prices
eTrex Vista HCx Color 1.3″ x 1.7″ 25 5.5 oz No microSD No 2-axis No Yes 1000/500
10K/20
Compare prices
GPSMAP 60Cx Color 1.5″ x 2.2″ 18 7.5 oz No microSD No No No Yes 1000/500
10K/20
Compare prices
GPSMAP 60CSx Color 1.5″ x 2.2″ 18 7.5 oz No microSD No 2-axis No Yes 1000/500
10K/20
Compare prices
GPSMAP 76Cx Color 1.6″ x 2.2″ 18 7.7 oz No microSD No No No Yes 1000/500
10K/20
Floats Compare prices
GPSMAP 76CSx Color 1.6″ x 2.2″ 18 7.7 oz No microSD No 2-axis No Yes 1000/500
10K/20
Floats Compare prices
Oregon 200 Color,
touch,
hi-res
1.53″ x 2.55″ 16 6.8 oz No microSD Yes No Yes Yes 1000/50
10K/200
Compare prices
Oregon 300 Color,
touch,
hi-res
1.53″ x 2.55″ 16 6.8 oz No microSD Yes 2-axis Yes Yes 1000/50
10K/200
Wireless data Compare prices
Oregon 400c Color,
touch,
hi-res
1.53″ x 2.55″ 16 6.8 oz Limited coastal microSD Yes 2-axis Yes Yes 1000/50
10K/200
Wireless data Compare prices
Oregon 400i Color,
touch,
hi-res
1.53″ x 2.55″ 16 6.8 oz US Inland Lakes microSD Yes 2-axis Yes Yes 1000/50
10K/200
Wireless data Compare prices
Oregon 400t Color,
touch,
hi-res
1.53″ x 2.55″ 16 6.8 oz Topo microSD Yes 2-axis Yes Yes 1000/50
10K/200
Wireless data Compare prices
Rino 520HCx Color 1.3″ x 1.7″ 14 10.3 oz No microSD No No No Yes 500/50
10K/20
Two-way radio Compare prices
Rino 530 HCx Color 1.3″ x 1.7″ 14 10.3 oz No microSD No 2-axis No Yes 500/50
10K/20
Two-way radio Compare prices
Model Display
type
Display size Rated battery life (hrs) Weight with batt- eries Pre-loaded detailed maps Ability to add maps/ storage Accepts custom maps Elec- tronic compass Paper-
less
geo-
caching
Turn by turn Waypoints /Routes Trackpts. /Tracks Miscell-aneous Compare prices

Feature explanations

  • Display type – Monochrome and high resolution (hi-res) units tend to be more difficult to read in daylight conditions. Even so, the newer hi-res units are suitable for handheld use, where you will intuitively tilt the screen for the best view. They can also be customized to enhance viewing in bright conditions. The only “hi-res” units I recommend for fixed mount, non-external power use (e.g., bike handlebars) are the Dakota series, which is a bit brighter but not quite as high resoluion as the others.
  • Ability to add maps/storage – If a unit accepts maps, the storage medium or available internal memory is listed. Units with pre-loaded detailed maps also offer some internal storage, in addition to SD/microSD. Please note that there are lots of free maps available for these units. Also note that a micro-SD card is included with the purchase of the 60/76C(S)x series units, but not with any of the others.
  • Accepts custom maps – These units can accept custom raster maps and Garmin BirdsEye imagery.
  • Electronic compass – These units also have a barometric altimeter. You can read more about electronic compasses here. A two-axis compass must be held level; a three-axis (AKA tri-axial) compass does not need to be held level, but is more of a pain to calibrate.
  • Paperless geocaching – These units will dispaly the full geocache description, cache size, difficulty and terrain ratings, and recent logs.
  • Turn by turn – These units can give turn-by-turn highway directions when the proper maps (usually City Navigator) are added, making them effective dual-use units.
  • Waypoints/Routes and Trackpoints/Tracks – The numbers listed are the number of waypoints and routes that can be saved, followed by the tracklog capacity and number of tracks that can be saved.
  • Miscellaneous – Wireless data refers to these unit’s ability to transfer data wirelessly with other compatible Garmin units. You can transfer waypoints, tracks, routes and geocache summaries (paperless caching details cannot be transferred).

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