Garmin eTrex Handheld GPS Navigator
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- UPGRADED DISPLAY - Features a 2.2” 65K color sunglight readable display offering increased resolution (240 x 320 pixels). Physical dimensions: 2.1" x 4.0" x 1.3" (5.4 x 10.3 x 3.3 cm)
- LOAD MORE MAPS - Large 3.7 GB of internal memory and microSD card slot lets you load a variety of maps, including TOPO 24K, HuntView, BlueChart g2, City Navigator NT and BirdsEye Satellite Imagery (subscription required)
- PRELOADED BASEMAP - Includes a worldwide basemap with shaded relief
- BUILT-IN SENSORS - eTrex 30x adds a built-in 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass and a barometric altimeter which tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude, and you even can use it to plot barometric pressure over time
- WIRELESS - Wirelessly share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches with other compatible devices -simply press “send” to transfer your information -also wirelessly connects to compatible Garmin devices, including VIRB and accessory sensors.
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eTrex 30x is our upgraded version of the popular eTrex 30, with enhanced screen resolution for a more readable display and internal memory expanded to hold more maps. It retains the ease-of-use, durability and affordability that eTrex is legendary for and can also be used on ATVs, bicycles, boats, cars or hot air balloons.
Handheld GPS, 3-axis Compass: Better Resolution and Memory.
- Greater resolution with 240 x 320 display pixels for improved readability
- Internal memory expanded to hold more maps
- Worldwide basemap with shaded relief
- 2.2-inch, 65K color, sunlight-readable display
- 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter
eTrex supports geocaching GPX files for downloading geocaches and details straight to your unit. eTrex stores and displays key information, including location, terrain, difficulty, hints and descriptions, which means no more manually entering coordinates and paper printouts.
Keep Your Fix
With its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver and HotFix satellite prediction, eTrex locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons.
The eTrex series is the first-ever consumer-grade receivers that can track both GPS and GLONASS satellites simultaneously. When using GLONASS satellites, a system developed by the Russian Federation, the time it takes for the receiver to 'lock on' to a position is (on average) approximately 20 percent faster than using GPS.
Plan Your Next Trip
- Take charge of your next adventure with BaseCamp, software that lets you view and organize maps, waypoints, routes, and tracks
- This free trip-planning software even allows you to create Garmin Adventures that you can share with friends, family or fellow explorers.
- BaseCamp displays topographic map data in 2-D or 3-D on your computer screen, including contour lines and elevation profiles. It also can transfer an unlimited amount of satellite images to your device when paired with a BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription.
|eTrex 30x||eTrex 20x||eTrex 10|
|Display size, WxH||1.4" x 1.7" (3.5 x 4.4 cm); 2.2" diag (5.6 cm)||1.4" x 1.7" (3.5 x 4.4 cm); 2.2" diag (5.6 cm)||1.4" x 1.7" (3.6 x 4.3 cm); 2.2" diag (5.6 cm)|
|Display resolution, WxH||240 x 320 pixels||240 x 320 pixels||128 x 160 pixels|
|Display type||2.2" transflective, 65K color TFT||2.2" transflective, 65K color TFT||transflective, monochrome|
|Ability to add maps||✓||✓|
|Track log||10,000 points, 200 saved tracks||10,000 points, 200 saved tracks||10,000 points, 200 saved tracks|
|Automatic routing (turn by turn routing on roads)||Yes (with optional mapping for detailed roads)||Yes (with optional mapping for detailed roads)|
|Custom maps compatible||✓||✓|
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|Battery Average Life||25 hours||—||25 hours||16 hours||16 hours||16 hours|
|Screen Size||2.2 in||2.6||2.2 in||2.6 in||3 in||2.6 in|
|Item Dimensions||4 x 2.1 x 1.3 in||4.2 x 1.4 x 6.3 in||4 x 1.3 x 2.1 in||2.3 x 1.3 x 4 in||1.3 x 4.5 x 2.4 in||2.3 x 1.3 x 4 in|
|Item Weight||4.96 ounces||0.58 lb||5 ounces||5.6 ounces||7.4 ounces||5.6 ounces|
eTrex 30x is our upgraded version of the popular eTrex 30, with enhanced screen resolution for a more readable display and internal memory expanded to hold more maps. It retains the ease-of-use, durability and affordability that eTrex is legendary for and can also be used on ATVs, bicycles, boats, cars or hot air balloons. eTrex 30x has an enhanced 2.2-inch, 65K color, sunlight-readable display. Durable and waterproof, eTrex 30x is built to withstand the elements. It has an upgraded interface yet retains its legendary toughness to withstand dust, dirt, humidity or water.
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IPX-7 Waterproof Standard
Puddle, stream, beer cooler and splash rated - Protected against water immersion - Immersion for 30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter.
I had to change the batteries 2 times which was no big deal as I have a Goal Zero solar kit on the top of my bag that I use for charging batteries and my phone directly. I use this all the time in my training to find longer routes and make waypoints where I train. Worth every penny don't get a Magellan I had one before this and returned it because it was so basic and had I felt half the features of the Garmin. Plus the Garmin had much better support from them and the satellites were always giving me a signal even in dense forest canopy!
With Garmin Basecamp (the free SW program to manage maps, waypoints, etc., I had little trouble transferring my maps, waypoints (dozens), and routes (11 of them). Everything worked well. (I think Basecamp is OK, but not as good as the older Garmin MapSource v6—discontinued.)
This GPS loads quickly (considering my map sizes) and locks on satellites in a reasonable amount of time. The menus are customizable (click through selected pages) which allows you to set up the GPS to quickly flip through the pages you usually use (this is common to Garmin GPSs, I think). Pages have easy to update settings for selecting fields, changing maps, and contextual options. You can also change the datum sets and the coordinate systems to your liking (to match the map-set features of your mapping software or Google's mapping system for example. You can easily edit/move/change waypoints/routes and names, and change symbols, DIRECTLY on the unit's actual database using Basecamp--a great plus for units without a touch-screen. (note: Basecamp also allows backup of the unit's data to your computer hard disk.)
These newer units using GLONASS satellite association alongside US satellites, seem to place locations more accurately and more quickly than previous systems (you have to manually turn on the GLONASS setting from the menu).
The 4 GB of internal memory was enough to load my Eastern TOPO 2008 (4 States) + my Free Virginia TOPO map set without using a microSD card. The screen is clear and very usable when zooming down to 800-foot scale or higher. Once you allow Basecamp to compile and build Map image files, you can just copy them via USB connection to your hard-drive; and then, copy them to another unit (use extreme care if you do not understand what map image files are, or which directory to place them in on the Garmin unit. My second unit fired up, the first time, correctly loading my 2 map image files—without a hitch—just after I simply copied the 2 Map Image files from my HDD to the unit. (note: the unit apparently uses a slow USB 2.0 connection, so it took about 20 minutes to copy these 2 image files--about 2GBs total. Fortunately, you rarely have to copy maps/map image files)
I was planning on replacing my old Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx with another similar GPS, but after using this unit, I bought a second one a couple of weeks later.) The screen is smaller than many other more expensive units, but very usable. Great handheld Product!
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Note: I would rate GPS unit use, GPS SW, Unit Setup, hiking uses, map-building, waypoint/route building and use, and Datum/Coordinate changes among the most difficult-to-understand software technologies for the typical consumer. I have seen many reviews and negative comments that reflect a misunderstanding about the capabilities of a handheld GPS, or realistic expectations about GPS systems/GPS software / or ridiculous commentary (bought a non-touch screen unit and complaining about lack of a touch screen). All of my Garmin units are accurate within 30 feet or less (according to the satellite fix on the screen) and have always placed me within 30 Yards of a marked waypoint months or years later (<90 feet max--which is close enough to see your stand or car). If you are new to using GPSs, or struggling to get it to work well, there are numerous websites offering information on general GPS setup and technology, and very specific information on building your own map sets, Datum/Coordinate selection, accuracy expectations, over-zooming issues, etc. and explanations about bearing/heading – placement accuracy/waypoint averaging – compass calibration – magnetic N compass alignment – vector turns, etc. I hope this helps some of you planning to tackle hand-held GPSs. . .
I chose the 30x over the 20x (about 30 dollars more) primarily for wireless transfer data between my wrist-worn Foretrex 401 and the etrex 30.
I do own an etrex 10 model, but it only holds 1000/50 Waypoints/Routes and 10K/100 Trackpts./Tracks which was not enough to hold an Colorado topo map (or any state’s topo map) nor hold all of the Colorado Trail waypoints.
The 20x/30x holds 2000/200 Waypoints/Routes and 10K/200 Trackpts./Tracks, and has a microSD card slot for additional maps.
The etrex 10 is fine if you simply want to get to a destination (geo-cache), track your progress, and/or save some waypoints to find your way back. The 20x/30x is far superior and better suited for longer trails with more detailed topo maps, waypoints, and points of interest.
Maps are easily transferred between the 20x/30x using the free Garmin BaseCamp program, and free topo maps can be downloaded to BaseCamp from http://www.gpsfiledepot.com
The color display is great (the 20x/30x versions have improved displays over the original etrex 20 and 30) and is readable in bright sunlight.
The 3-axis compass is a handy feature because you do not need to hold unit level to get a compass reading.