Garmin eTrex Vista Hcx Review
• High-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver provides peak performance in any
• Lightweight, compact and waterproof
• Features a 1.7-inch X 1.3-inch screen with 256-level color TFT
• Built-in basemap with automatic routing capability
• USB connection for high-speed map downloads
Neither deep foliage nor steep canyons will faze the rugged Garmin eTrex Vista HCx navigator.
Equipped with a high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver, the unit locates your position
quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover. The advantage is clear:
whether you're traipsing through thick woods or strolling near tall buildings and trees, you can
count on the Vista HCx to help you find your way when you need it the most. The Vista HCx also
includes a built-in electronic compass that provides bearing information even when you're standing
still, along with a barometric altimeter that tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise
altitude. You can even use the altimeter to plot barometric pressure over time, which can help you
keep an eye on changing weather conditions.
Adding maps to the Vista HCx is easier than ever thanks to the device's microSD card slot, which
accepts cards preloaded with MapSource data for your land and sea excursions. Just insert a
MapSource card with detailed street maps, and the Vista HCx will provide turn-by-turn directions to
your destination. Plus, the card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment, so you
needn't worry about it getting wet.
Besides appreciating its small size, users will also be happy with the Vista HCx's unique button
layout, with five buttons located on either side of the unit. The benefits of this design are twofold:
First, the Vista HCx is a breeze to operate with just one hand, and, second, with the buttons on both
sides of the unit, the bulk of the front is dedicated to the 256-color, sunlight-readable TFT display.
This makes it easy to distinguish map details regardless of the time of day.
The Vista HCx basemap, meanwhile, contains lakes, rivers, cities, interstates, national and state
highways, railroads, and coastlines--in short, a host of helpful details for your outdoor adventures.
Other details include an IPX7 waterproof housing, 1,000 waypoints with names and graphic
symbols, a built-in patch antenna, a USB interface, a hunt/fish calendar, sun and moon information,
and a geocaching mode. The Vista HCx, which runs for up to 25 hours on a pair of AA batteries (not
included), measures 2.2 by 4.2 by 1.2 inches (W x H x D) and is backed by a one-year warranty.
What's in the Box
eTrex Vista HCx, basemap, MapSource Trip & Waypoint Manager software, USB cable, wrist strap,
quick start guide, user's manual.
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