New Garmin eTrex Series
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- The new eTrex series from Garmin is trending as one of the most searched for handheld GPS at the moment. My website, SatelliteMapReview.com is seeing plenty of interest from people curious to.. More
The new eTrex series from Garmin is trending as one of the most searched for handheld GPS at the moment. My website, SatelliteMapReview.com is seeing plenty of interest from people curious to find out more about this compact series of handhelds so I thought I’d write a little basic introduction so people can see what they are all about. Here I’ll discuss the eTrex 10, 20 and 30 models in turn and highlight what makes them stand out from market competition.
It’s true to say the name eTrex has been around for a while; indeed the older Garmin eTrex series have proved to be some of the most popular and enduring compact GPS for the last 10 years or so. Such standards as the eTrex H and the Vista HCx have been strong sellers over the years and rightly so due to their strong satellite lock and user friendly operation. Just the other day I was watching a program on the geology of earthquakes and the scientist on screen was using a good old eTrex Vista HCx to get around the devastated country.
This said, as good as the old series was there’s really no reason to consider them anymore when coming to purchase a new handheld GPS. Garmin have upgraded everything which was good about the eTrex series -compact, simple, strong satellite lock- and built in loads of modern technology for the latest eTrex models, the eTrex 10, 20 and 30. Let’s check them all out.
OK, let’s take a look at the eTrex 10. This is basically the equivalent of the older eTrex H in that it’s the budget GPS model with basic features and a monochrome rather than colour display. In terms of a strong satellite lock and plan-based route options it’s an excellent upgrade from the eTrex H and benefits from a much improved dashboard layout which you can customize as you wish. You’ve got your trip stats as standard so can rely on features like map layout, trip computer, compass and estimated time of arrival plus more. The eTrex 10 comes in about the 100 mark, for you guys in the States, around USD $110, so it’s pretty much the cheapest new GPS around. On SatelliteMapReview.com I’ve currently got the eTrex 10 on at around 92.
The next one up in the series is the eTrex 20. You’ll pay perhaps 50-60 more for this device which takes the 10 model and builds upon it, adding a really nice resolution colour screen and full compatibility with Garmin’s quality mapping add-ons. It will cost you a little more than the 10 model, available at the moment for about 160 on SatelliteMapReview.com.
The eTrex 30 is the priciest and highest-spec of the three but still offers fantastic value when compared with other GPS which similar features. Adding to the easy-to-use- interface, colour screen and mapping compatibility you’ll get a barometric altimeter, tilt-compensated compass and wireless sharing capability. All this means a lot more data analysis for you when you are out walking, biking or camping.
One of the outstanding features of all the new eTrex range is just their basic interface and dashboard design – navigating around the features of your GPS seems so much easier than some of the clunky old eTrex devices and in large part you can customize and set what specific GPS info you want presented to you and where. At SatelliteMapReview.com we’re very much into mapping and this is another reason why the new eTrex series shinesthe 20 and 30 models render the colour mapping in OS and other styles absolutely beautifully. Needless to say, the new eTrex series kicks the older series into the long grass. If you’re curious to learn more about these super little GPS units, head on over to the handheld GPS resource, SatelliteMapReview.com.