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Cobra GPS 500 1.1-Inch Portable GPS Navigator

by Cobra

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  • 18-channel GPS receiver for faster satellite acquisition
  • WAAS-enabled for 3-meter accuracy
  • 2 MB internal memory for downloading maps
  • Store up to 500 waypoints; 20 routes with 50 waypoints or points of interest
  • Built-in compass and altimeter; includes USB port for PC connection
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight8 ounces
Product Dimensions5 x 2 x 1 inches
Item model numberGPS 500
Batteries:2 AA batteries required. (included)
Display Size1.25 inches
Warranty1 year limited warranty
Battery Life20 hours
WaterproofIPX7
  
Technical Specification
Additional Information
ASINB00009B1VS
Shipping Weight1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableMay 2, 2003
  
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  • Electronic compass
  • Distance
  • Elevation
  • ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival)
  • Speed
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Product Description

18-channel GPS receiver for faster satellite acquisition WAAS-enabled for 3-meter accuracy 2 MB internal memory for downloading maps Store up to 500 waypoints; 20 routes with 50 waypoints or points of interest Built-in compass and altimeter; includes USB port for PC connection

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It is faulty in all aspects.
T. Finkel
First day I got it, it had trouble connecting.
Kenny L. Swanson
I'm sure it took a few years off my life.
SquareMouth

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 2003
I purchased a Cobra GPS 500 unit to upgrade from my base model Garmin Etrex. I had thought the 18 channels and FAST circuitry would make it operate better then my Etrex. I was sadly disappointed. The Cobra will not hold satellite lock in any kind of cover at all. I am an experienced GPS user and outdoorsman who does a lot of hunting, and I can tell you without any doubt that the Cobra GPS 500 is totally useless for use in the woods. The Cobra GPS 500 loses satellite lock in areas where my Garmin Etrex held it easily. (This situation appears to be common to the entire Cobra GPS line because I have a friend who purchased a GPS 100 and he complains about the same thing.) To top things off, I contacted Cobra Customer Service about these problems and they wouldn't even respond to my email. So what you have here is a truely terrible product backed by terrible customer service. I would recommend that any potential buyers of this product avoid it at all cost, and spend their money on a Garmin or Magellan unit instead.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 2004
I purchased (through the Air Miles rewards program) the COBRA GPS500, not once, but TWICE. I first purchased the unit and believed it to be faulty it performed so poorly. Signal acquisition time seemed "forever" and it frequently lost satellite lock. On several occasions, between establishing lock, loosing lock and again re-establishing lock, the unit tells me I've moved upwards to one half mile whereas I've remained stationary, only changing the direction the unit was pointing. Simply changing the direction the unit was pointing (like changing direction in your car or boat) was enough to loose satellite lock! Very poor! I was able to exchange the original unit (unfortunately NOT able to return it) and when I received the replacement unit, it, like the first one, performs very, very poorly. The features offered on the unit would led you to believe it would "shine in the dark," whereas in actual fact, it is the poorest of any GPS unit I've ever used. And to add insult to injury, while I was awaiting deliver of this second unit, believing the first one faulty, I wasted an additional $100.00 by purchasing the PC interface cable, power cord and auto mount. What is that COBRA slogan: "Nothing comes close to a COBRA" You better believe it! Not even a satellite signal is able to get close!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Claudia on February 26, 2004
I've just bought this gps , and I'm gonna tell you I'm totally dissapointed with this unit.At the same time my father bought a Garmin eTrex unit and it's much better. I now regret all the fun I've made about his GPS and mine because mine has 18 satellite connection and his just 12. Fisrt of all the Garmin connects in about 45 second while the Cobra in 2 minutes.
Meanwhile the Garmin gets 9 sats the Cobra only gets 5. Now I'm working with UTM coordinates and the Garmin shows me all the info I need while the Cobra doesn't.
The unit handling is friendly user for the Garmin while the Cobra doesn't.
An overall qualification 0 out of 10.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2004
Repeating the sentiment of the earlier reviews? Yes, I am. Important to do so? I'd say, yes, it is, since you might think the other three reviewers were just unlucky.
The Cobra 500 is absolutely useless. It locks onto the required 3 satellites ... sometimes. Usually not. But when it does lock on, it loses them within a couple of minutes. On the other hand, when you look at all the features listed in their literature and compare it to the modest price, you think it's too good to be true. Unfortunately, it is. Truly a P.O.S.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By old uncle on May 16, 2005
Recently upgraded a cobra 100 for a 500... first time out, it failed, leaving me in the woods all night 'till I got a bearing on the sun in AM... When they say take a compass with you, they mean use your compass and leave the gps in the car!!!

The unit looks nice, and works well enough as long as there are no trees, clouds or perhaps birds flying above you.

It's great as a childs toy, or to find the parking lot where you left your car (but not the car itself) $5.00 for a compass and twenty cases of beer, or a gps500, for about the same price... It's your choice!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Willy Chee on July 29, 2006
The bargain GPS I got seemed to work fine on the trip home from town, except the build in maps only list major roads.I spent the money on the interface cables, power cable and mapping CD roms only to discover that the 500 will not allow map detail information like roads to be uploaded! What then is the point? I wanted to be able to download the routes and use them with maps. The software is horrible compared to Microsoft or Delorme.

Save your money.By a GPS package for your laptop or get a middle priced Garmin or Magellan! I understand why I got it so cheap. I got what I paid for. Just wish I hadn't spend money on the accessories!
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