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Bushnell Onix400 Waterproof Hiking GPS


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  • TruView Navigation with Satellite Photography
  • Screen layering
  • Safe track battery conservation mode & Night mode
  • Custom User Profiles
  • XM Satellite Weather and Entertainment
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  • Brand Name: Bushnell
  • Model Number: 36-4000
  • Display Size: 3.5 inches
  • Native Resolution: 320 x 240
  • Battery Average Life: 32 Hours
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Product Description

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Introducing the world¿s first handheld GPS to combine navigational aids, satellite photography and XM weather on a single screen. It shows you the perfect pinchpoint for this wind. And how you should dress for the day. NEXRAD weather data downlinked via XM Weather, layered over a georeferenced satellite map of your location keeps you prepared. It¿s all housed in a rubberized defensive armor built to XPX7 waterproof standards, with a high gain SIRF GPS receiver. In your palm. Features: Layer a satellite photo, topo map, compass, navigational aids and XM services on a single screen with TruView Navigation Extra-large 3.5¿ full color LCD Downloads and displays georeferenced satellite photography Displays XM weather data on the GPS map* XM Satellite radio entertainment including XM sports* SafeTrack battery conservation mode SiRF® GPS receiver Digital compass Embedded 128 micro SD card Rugged rubber armor Waterproof (IPX7 rated) *With XM Satellite subscription

Product Information

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Technical Details
Item Weight3.2 ounces
Product Dimensions8.3 x 11.5 x 9.6 inches
Item model number36-4000
Display Size3.5 inches
Display Resolution320 x 240
Battery Life32 hours
  
Additional Information
ASINB000OEZSXQ
Shipping Weight1.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableJune 17, 2003
  
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By G. Jimenez on August 14, 2008
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This is one of those products that can either be a great thing or can be a great disappointment... All dependent on actual need / intended use.

For me, it has been a great product that met my needs. I like to do a lot of camping and hiking in the middle of the woods and all I need from a portable GPS is just the basics. Let me mark locations, get me from the car to the camping site or marked locations and get me back. For this, I don't really need advanced features such as street routing, a POI database filled with restaurants, gas stations, etc. For that, I use the navigation system on my car.

Having said that, pretty much, any of the portable GPS devices meet my requirements but what attracted me to the Onix 400 was the addition of the XM Weather receiver. That extra feature, for me was worth the price as it does come in handy to be able to see when storms are coming, their severity and to be able to estimate roughly when it will be on top of you and how long it will be before it passes once is on top of you.

While the GPS with the Weather feature has been great on my outings, I do have a few complaints, which I did make sure Bushnell knew so that they can improve the product.

1. While XM does seem to work during bad weather provided the device is out on the open, it is useless when one is stuck inside a tent while waiting for the rain to stop. The GPS does have a connector to allow peripheral devices to be connected, including an external antenna, but Bushnell does not offer such an antenna. The closest they have is a headset with an antenna, but is not designed to take the role of a real external antenna.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Pratt on December 2, 2008
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Build
The first time I picked up the unit, it felt very natural in my hand. The construction was solid. The rubberized back and glassy front were a nice contrast. The first thing that popped into my head was that this was a military grade device. The bulbous head which houses the antennae and protruding battery pack were pronounced, but had a natural feel to it. After holding it a few times, the unit fell into my hand with my trigger finger wrapping around the battery pack while my thumb held the unit securely in place. It is very easy to navigate with only one hand.
Although I never plan on submerging it, I can see how the waterproofing can come in handy especially in navigating in the rain or getting to a favorite duck hunting spot. I have wiped it clean with a moist towel and there were no problems as expected.
The top access panel houses the port to the external antennae. This is used to connect headphones or more commonly an auxiliary cable from your car radio. The bottom port is used to connect a mini usb port and to charge the unit. Unfortunately the bottom port does not have a swinging hinge like the top port so any day now I will lose the plastic connector that must be removed to recharge the unit.
Grade: A-
Comments:
* It did feel very comfortable in my hand, but it is on the large side
* Including a protective plastic screen cover would be nice. I can see the screen getting scratched with continuous use
* The bottom port cover is easily lost

Buttons and Function Navigation
When navigating, the screen is far enough away from the controls, so there is no screen blocking when moving around the controls. I like how there aren't too many buttons to get confused with.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Moorstein on December 25, 2009
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Overall, the Onix 400 is a big clunky GPS with user-unfriendly software and procedures. As a GPS it falls far behind Garmin. As a radio, you'd do better with a $4 Walmart special. Getting weather at home is better with a Blackberry or Accuweather. In combination, however, the Onix 400 can provide a combination of information I haven't seen anywhere else.

I have some experience with GPS as a pilot and as a biker. Plus I like to hike and ski and I have used my Garmin Edge 305 in all of these settings. (I have an old Garmin 150 in my plane that I still like.) I like Garmin for all of the varied purposes because it seems to adapt well, but I was intrigued by Bushnell's integration of weather through XM. Also, the idea of being able to hear satellite radio in the middle of nowhere was pretty inviting.

Anyway, I bought the Bushnell Onix 400 as an Xmas gift to myself and began to play with it. Overall, it needs a lot of improvement. Compared to Garmin, some of the GPS functions and the software are back in the dinosaur period.

First, the good stuff:

I really like the combined navigation, direction, breadcrumbs, radio, weather window. This is much like a "glass cockpit" where you can see a lot of information all at one time. The fact that weather radar overlays on current location is great and a cost savings. The compass moves, keeping north at north. The GPS seems sensitive and holds onto the GPS signal. The ability to customize windows also helps. It feels rugged. It's easy to charge and I've bought a car charger for the times I'm driving to nowhere. The graphics on the trails are good and clear.

Problems: (Many)

1. Setting up the system is horrible. Unlike a Garmin, this system isn't very intuitive.
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