Sunday, March 18, 2012

Garmin eTrex

Garmin_etrexUPDATE: This unit is being replaced by the Garmin eTrex H, which has greatly improved reception over the older model.

UPDATE 2: This model has been discontinued. For more current recommendations, please refer to our handheld GPS buyers guide or our Garmin handheld GPS comparison chart.

The basic yellow Garmin eTrex is Garmin’s entry level handheld GPS. If you choose this unit though, I highly recommend purchasing the cable to connect it to your PC. This will make it easier to download waypoints, as opposed to manual entry, which is an approach prone to error. You might consider instead stepping up to the eTrex Venture or eTrex Legend, both of which come with the cable included.

You can’t load any maps to this unit, but you can’t beat the price either, and the low price sells a lot of units. At, 154 readers have posted reviews, giving the eTrex an average 4 out of 5 star rating. .

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  1. The little yellow unit will not let you format to decimal degrees. That’s a downer!!

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