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Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx Handheld GPS Navigator (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- High-sensitivity GPS receiver
- Color-handheld mapping ideal for both marine and outdoor use
- Bright, sunlight-readable color TFT display
- 64 MB microSD card for storage of optional map detail
- Fast USB connectivity makes loading charts and maps quick and easy
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|Battery Average Life||30 hours||—||25 hours||25 hours||18 hours||18|
|Screen Size||2.6 in||2.6||2.2 in||2.2 in||2.7 in||2.7 in|
|Item Dimensions||2.2 x 1.5 x 2.6 in||4.2 x 1.4 x 6.3 in||4 x 1.3 x 2.1 in||4 x 2.1 x 1.3 in||2.4 x 1.3 x 6.1 in||2.7 x 1.2 x 6.2 in|
|Item Weight||1.3 lbs||0.58 lb||5 ounces||4.96 ounces||7.5 ounces||7.7 ounces|
The venerable Garmin 60C just got a whole lot better. The 7.5-ounce GPSMap 60Cx 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. Simply put, this powerful unit is ready to take you anywhere on land or sea.
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The GPSMap 60Cx features the powerful SiRF GPS navigation chip for supreme accuracy in all conditions.
The 60Cx'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 30 hours of battery life from the unit.
Another key feature of the 60Cx 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 also unit includes built-in celestial tables for best times to fish and hunt, plus sun and moon calculations.
The 60Cx's trip computer provides odometer, stopped time, moving average, overall average, total time, max speed, and more. Meanwhile, a fast processor allows the 60Cx 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 60Cx is packed with some extra fun features. An integrated outdoor calendar provides ideal hunting and fishing times, as well as 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 60Cx but require an electronic compass and a barometric altimeter, check out the Garmin 60CSx.
What's in the Box
60Cx unit, 64 MB microSD card, belt clip, USB interface cable, MapSource Trip and Waypoint Manager CD, lanyard, owner's manual, and quick-start guide.
Legal DisclaimerWarranty does not cover misuse of product.
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To measure odometer accuracy, I walked back and forth between the 0 yard markers on the football field at a local high school. I wrote down the actual distance walked when the odometer indicated 0.25 mi, 0.5 mi, 0.75 mi and 1.0 miles. The distances walked were 440 yds, 897 yds, 1315 yds and 1750 yds. This gives a cumulative error of 10 yards in 1 mile, or 0.57%. For these measurements there was always a clear view of the sky; I dont know what the accuracy would be under tree cover.
This unit ships with the Garmin MapSource software which is used to transfer maps, waypoints, tracks, etc between a PC and the gps unit. This software also displays your maps, tracks, waypoints, etc on a PC; right clicking on a track displays the date, time of day, altitude, speed, course and position for each data point on the track. With this software you can make a graphical plot of altitude versus distance for a track, measure distance along various track segments, cut and paste track segments, etc. This software is really fun to play with on the PC. Mapsource will transfer information equally well between a PC and the gps (via USB cable) or between a PC and a microSD card which fits into the gps. The USB transfer is very slow, but its good enough for transferring tracks between gps and PC; to transfer larger files, like a map, it is a lot quicker to use a card reader and transfer between the PC and the microSD card, and then plug the card into the gps. I am using a 2GB microSD card which I bought from Amazon.
As noted by many users, Mapsource comes with a road map which is so basic as to be useless. I purchased a really nice topo map for the state of Colorado from AboveTheTimber.com. Although this is not a Garmin product, the MapSource software displays it on a PC, it overlays my tracks and waypoints on the Colorado topo beautifully, and it has transferred the topo map back and forth between PC and microSD card several times with no problems. Unlike the Garmin maps, the Mapsource software installs directly from the CD and does not have to be unlocked. I did go to the Garmin website to upgrade to the latest version and, for this, I had to enter the serial number for my gps (which was hidden behind the gps batteries), but this was not a problem. I really like the Mapsource software a lot.
My Colorado topo also has a pretty good Colorado street map, so I tried using it in my car. The new gps tuner is so sensitive that it maintains a good satellite lock even when the gps is sitting in the space between the front seats in my car (i.e. it does not have to sit on the dashboard to get a direct line of sight to the satellites). This means that you do not need a windshield mount. Since batteries last 30 hours, you do not need a cigarette lighter adaptor either. I already have a small, portable NiMH battery charger which we carry on trips for our digital camera. The manual tells you how to go into the set up menu to tell it that you are using using NiMH rechargeables, rather than Alkaline batteries, so that it will display battery life correctly. The 60Cx works so well in my car that I may buy Garmins City Navigator map for car trips.
When I first got it it took a bit to get used to how it worked. The base map is basic, at least I didn't notice all of the options for POIs and stuff. It also wasn't autorouting. I am not sure if the base map is supposed to do that or not or I just didn't upload the maps from MapSource to it.
I got the unit for a motorcycle trip through Mexico into Guatemala and back. I purchased a Mexico map from BiciMapas and loaded it up through MapSource (another option was to get the maps on SD cards but I did not try that method). After playing around with it things got easier to use and I was able to do most of the things while riding with gloves on. It was a little difficult to move the cursor to the right with gloves on, and even without gloves on occasion.
I liked the features that it provided. It had the elevation, compass (you have to be moving to use both) odometer, speed... I really like that it would follow your track, it was a great way to see how far I had come and various points along the route. A lot of the time I used the tracks from a end that I uploaded to the device instead of the autorouting. The autorouting will take you the wrong way on one way streets but that is more due to the maps and not the device.
I really liked the unit and plan to take it camping and use it more. It worked well, batteries last a couple days of having the device on for 10 hours a day. I am very happy with it.
You must use Garmin's propietary mapsource maps to upload to the unit, nothing else will work, and you have to have a seperate copy of the software for every unit you own, so if a unit dies on you or you decide to upgrade to a newer model, you have to re-purchase all the maps that were loaded to that particular unit.
The street maps come as a complete set for North America at $100, and 1:100k topo maps for $120, but if you want 1:24k maps they come in sets of two states at a time for $100 per set with only four sets released as of Feb 2009 (eight of the most western states in all). Or you can buy sets of four states at a time on DVD for $130 (same eight western states). Even at that, from the description there are only a handful of trails on the maps, all near metro areas, though they are supoosed to be able to use the routing function. If you only want 1:24k for the National Parks they have a better version of those with most of the trails marked and able to use the routing function, but you'll need to buy three seperate sets at $116 each if you want the whole USA.
Physically I found the battery cover a little flimsy. The tab that holds the bottom edge in place broke off after the first year destroying the 60Cx's water proofness, and the words on the most of the buttons became illedgible after about 18 months.
All that said, I've been happy with mine for the most part. I use the 1:100k topo maps and get my trail info from other users as GPX files of trails they have been on. There is plently of free software that will allow you to download and edit the tracks of places you've been, from any brand of GPS, and send them to other people as "routes."
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For the price I would expect this to last for at least 10 years.Read more