Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx Handheld GPS Navigator (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- High-sensitivity GPS receiver
- Bright, sunlight-readable color TFT display
- Color-handheld mapping ideal for both marine and outdoor use
- 64 MB microSD card for storage of optional map detail; NOTE: microSD card is located in the device, not as a separate, additional item
- Fast USB connectivity makes loading charts and maps quick and easy
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The GPSMAP 60CSx is a refreshing upgrade of the GPSMAP 60CS, one of our most popular models for outdoor and marine use. This unit features a removable microSD card for detailed mapping memory and a waterproof, rugged housing. The microSD card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment. Users can load map data and transfer routes and waypoints through the unit's fast USB connection.
In addition, this unit features a new, highly sensitive GPS receiver that acquires satellites faster and lets users track their location in challenging conditions, such as heavy foliage or deep canyons. The GPSMAP 60CSx also incorporates a barometric altimeter for extremely accurate elevation data and an electronic compass that displays an accurate heading while standing still.
Considered the mainstay among serious outdoor enthusiasts, the GPSMAP 60CSx and GPSMAP 60Cx offer a large color TFT display and turn-by-turn routing capability. Each unit comes with a blank 64 MB microSD card. Owners of these new x-series handhelds can also purchase new microSD cards that are pre-loaded with MapSource Topo and inland lake maps, BlueChart marine cartography, and City Navigator street maps.
The venerable Garmin 60CS just got a whole lot better. The 7.5-ounce GPSMap 60CSx now features an insanely accurate, high-sensitivity GPS receiver by SiRF that tracks your position even in tree cover and canyons. Plus, you get a bright, sunlight-readable color TFT display and an included a 64 MB microSD card for storage of optional map detail. Add all that to the 60CSx's integrated barometric altimeter and electronic compass, and you've got a unit that is ready to take you anywhere on land or sea.
The device features the powerful SiRF GPS navigation chip for supreme accuracy in all conditions. You also get an electronic compass and a barometric altimeter.
You also get a large color TFT display and turn-by-turn routing capability.
The 60CSx is a refreshing upgrade of the 60CS, and features a removable microSD card for detailed mapping memory. View larger.
The 60CSx's 2.6-inch, 256-color TFT color display is designed to present mapping and trip information clearly and accurately in any lighting conditions. Plus, the case is lightweight, rugged, and water resistant to IEC 60529 IPX7 standards (can be submerged in one meter of water for 30 minutes). When using two AA alkaline batteries, you'll get up to 20 hours of battery life from the unit. The unit's barometric altimeter system features automatic pressure trend recording while providing current elevation, ascent/descent rate, minimum/maximum elevation, total ascent and descent, and average and maximum ascent and descent rate. Meanwhile, the electronic compass allows you to get accurate headings while standing still.
Another key feature of the 60CSx is the 10,000 point automatic track log; 20 saved tracks (500 points each) let you retrace your path in both directions. There's also a large-numbers option for easy viewing, as well as a dual-position display mode.
The 60CSx's trip computer provides odometer, stopped time, moving average, overall average, total time, max speed, and more. Meanwhile, a fast processor allows the 60CSx to provide quick auto-routing, turn-by-turn directions, and audio alerts when you use the optional MapSource software, which can be stored on the unit's included 64 MB microSD card. Downloading information is quick with the USB or serial port interfaces. Using the dedicated serial port, the 60Cx can share navigation instructions with repeaters, plotters, and autopilots. The four-position rocker pad and dedicated high-use buttons make navigating through the unit's features easy, even when your fingers are cold or wet.
Finally, the GPSMap 60CSx is packed with some extra fun features. An integrated outdoor calendar provides ideal hunting and fishing times, plus moon rise/set/location information. There is a dedicated geocaching mode for those of you into the hot GPS community treasure hunt game. Finally, there are indoor/outdoor GPS games to help you and your friends enjoy the outdoors.
If you like the features of the 60CSx, but don't need an electronic compass and a barometric altimeter, check out the Garmin 60Cx.
What's in the Box
60CSx unit, 64 MB microSD card, belt clip, USB interface cable, MapSource Trip and Waypoint Manager CD, lanyard, owners manual, and quick-start guide.
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The 60CSx doesn.t use a excessive number of batteries, Batteries generally last longer than what the manual said to expect.
But on to the review.
This gps locks on to a signal normally 3 satellites at a time and maintains it as most people have said and it does not fail there, you'll most likely get a signal almost anywhere, I used it in dense forest, over cliffs and all sorts of places you get signal bounce, but this one always maintained a signal, so I'm happy about that.
The base maps it comes with SUCK, for that you have two options, buy the ones from Garmen that cost over $100 or install free ones manually, which can be done if you Google enough and are savvy, if you're lazy you will get nowhere with it though, it's a learning curve, if you're new it'll take some dedicated time to install free maps, but overall once you learn how you'll be fine.
It locks on roads fine but this will not replace your car gps, this works best for sea and off-road travel, with the maps that come with it "base maps" it told me I was in the water when I was trying to navigate someplace via coordinates... that was my que that I NEEDED TO GET another map, and thus installed free maps "use Google, use your head" you'll figure it out.
By taping the on and off button you can toggle the back light which comes in handy, with the light on you'll eat through batterys in a day of use.
Also this gpsr has a tendency to walk around on you, so if you switch to compass mode or stand still in map mode there are times where it will drift around and add miles to how far you've traveled.
So this is by no means perfect, but it has worked well and done it's job after being tweaked a bit.
It's rugged and can be submerged in water, I've dropped it on some nasty rocks, sat on it by mistake and there's not a scratch on it, salt water, moisture and so forth seem to have no effect on it.
So .. in summery.
It can take a ton of physical abuse, gets a good lock on satellites and does not let go, is water proof, can resist salt water exposure over time, can take freezing weather, --- Has a tendency to WALK around while you're not moving, is not for cars, BASE MAPS SUCK, you'll need to install free maps or pay for Garmens, and there's a software learning curve.
I took one star off because of the Gps walking thing, which can be annoying at times, the installing of the free maps was annoying but now that I know how I don't see it as a problem in the future so that's all on the user and less on the device.
Get it if you're intelligent and have time to dedicate to learning the interface.
It's a reliable solid unit that can take nasty environments and never leave you stranded.
If you doubt your learning ability shy away as it will take some time to learn how it works.
I give it a 4 out of 5.
You'll get out of the unit what you put into it.
You could do allot worse.
To the point and no bs.
I didn't like the ease in which it lost satellites in big cities or in dense canopy. Acquisition seemed like it took a bit too long sometimes and when you need the GPS, and it has to reacquire, it can be very frustrating when it is slow.
I also hated being limited to 54mb of memory. I could fill that in no time and had to take a laptop with me to download the next set of maps if I was taking a decent road trip. It was annoying.
Finally, the unit was glitchy in it's later years. Mine would freeze every once in a while and the only way to solve it was to turn the unit off and then turn it back on. Of course doing this lost all of your current trip averages and all the counters would start over. this would also start your trip to a waypoint from where you are standing, not from where you started, so I lost all the miles I had traveled too.
The 60CSx, which I have owned for a total of two days now, is incredible. The boot time is much faster, as is the acquisition of satellites from my armchair in my house (where I unpacked the box and powered it on for the first time). I bought with it a Kingston 4GB micro SDHD card and downloaded my old maps to it. I chose this size of chip because I called a Garmin rep and he told me the larger, newer maps can press closer to 4GB. So, with the cards being under ten bucks, I went for it.
Uploading the maps took hours, literally. I went to bed when it said I had 3 hours left of loading and I had already spent the past hour setting the CSx up the way I like it to operate. But, I now have all of North America on the chip and didn't have to buy a new set of maps. The upload time from PC to the unit seems the same...slow. All future map upgrades will be bought on the microchip from Garmin.
The maps work like a charm. I am driving from Florida to NC next weekend and it routed the trip for me in moments. It is so much faster than the old 60CS.
Acquiring satellites is really fast, it holds the lock even indoors and the computing in the unit is so much faster than the old model. The time it took me to produce directions to NC was about as fast as the old unit would take to produce short two hour drives or recalculations if I missed a turn.
All in all, I am very pleased. It looks and feels like my old unit, but with a tune up. I highly recommend this model.
I still use my 60CSx for off road/back country trail hiking and after several years it still works as well as the day it was new. I'd recommend it for that use. You can still find used ones for sale.
Most recent customer reviews
* Compact, sturdy.
* When connected, gets power from USB, saving battery life.
* Backlight is handy.
* Can accept 8GB microSD card.Read more