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Garmin Outdoor GPS review

Dennis Hissink
PMA 2018 Report
Sunday 13th, April 2008
Posted by: Dennis Hissink

As soon as you hold the Garmin GPS map 60CSx you are aware of the fact that it is a high quality product. The waterproof and shockproof housing not only feels solid but also has a perfect hand-fit. The large 1.5 inch x 2.2 inch TFT monitor stands out and is a 256 colour high resolution reflective colour monitor. With its dimensions of 2.4 x 6.1 x1.3 inches, the Garmin GPS is a tad too big to carry around in your trouser pocket.

Garmin GPSmap 60CSx

Garmin GPSmap 60CSx
Two AA batteries suffice to get the Garmin 60CSx working. Unfortunately they are not included in the box. This is very surprising for a product in this price range; you'd expect batteries to be included. It would prevent disappointed consumers from having to go to the store to purchase batteries before being able to use the 60Csx. How long batteries last depend very much on the type of battery that is used. At first I purchased some generic batteries which lasted for just one weekend when I used the Garmin GPS receiver intensively. The second lot of batteries, Varta batteries, lasted twice as long. I'd recommend using rechargeable batteries especially when the device gets used on a frequent base. The battery compartment is positioned on the back and can be opened and closed with a D-ring lock. This is a very handy system; it makes it easy to open/close the compartment without giving water a chance to get in.

Garmin Outdoor GPS
The Garmin GPSmap 60CSx comes with a 64MB microSD memory card for storing routes among other things. The memory can be enhanced with a higher capacity memory card which is an improvement compared to its predecessor, the GPSmap 60CS that did not offer this possibility. During the test period the 64MB card sufficed but if you want to download additional maps or when many routes are stored, it is wise to purchase an extra microSD card. Their prices have dropped drastically so that should not be a problem. microSD can be considered as the ultra compact version of the standard SD card.

Garmin GPSmap 60CSx

Garmin GPS Review
On top of that Garmin offers; car and maritime navigation kits, adapters, antennas, mounting supports, cables, a carabiner keychain and various protection covers. According to a recently published study, carried out by a research company called Canalys, Garmin is the market leader in the field of portable satellite navigation systems and the number of sold devices. In 2007 Garmin sold more of these navigation systems than any other producer. The GPSmap 60CSx will strengthen Garmin's position. Read the full Garmin GPS review at LetsGoMobile.

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