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Garmin GPS 76CSX Handheld GPS with Barometric Altimeter and Electronic Compass
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Product Description

The GPSMAP 76CSx is a refreshing upgrade of the GPSMAP 76CS, one of the most popular models for outdoor and marine use. This unit features a removable microSD card for detailed mapping memory and a waterproof, rugged housing. The microSD card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment. Users can load map data and transfer routes and waypoints through the unit's fast USB connection.In addition, this unit features a new, highly sensitive GPS receiver that acquires satellites faster and lets users track their location in challenging conditions, such as heavy foliage or deep canyons. The GPSMAP 76CSx also incorporates a barometric altimeter for extremely accurate elevation data and an electronic compass that displays an accurate heading while standing still.Considered the mainstay among serious outdoor enthusiasts, the GPSMAP 76CSx offers a large color TFT display and turn-by-turn routing capability. This unit also floats when dropped in the water.

Aimed squarely at boaters and marine users, the Garmin GPSMap 76CSx is packed with features that seasoned mariners crave. The 7.6-ounce 76CSx 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 128 MB microSD card for storage of optional map detail. Add all that to the 76CSx's integrated barometric altimeter and electronic compass, and you've got a highly capable unit. Simply put, the 76CSx is ready to take you anywhere on the water. Landlubbers will find much to like about this unit, too, as it packs great GPS mapping capabilities into a compact device.



The 76CSx features a removable microSD card for detailed mapping memory and a waterproof, rugged housing. View larger.


The GPSMap 76CSx features the powerful SiRF GPS navigation chip, as well as an electronic compass and a barometric altimeter.


The trip computer provides odometer, stopped time, moving average, overall average, total time, max speed, and more.
You can use the 76CSx's memory card slot with preprogrammed microSD cards from Garmin (sold separately) that provide topographic maps, city streets, and nautical charts. In fact, the unit is compatible with most Garmin MapSource products, including BlueChart, City Navigator, U.S. Topo 24K, and U.S. Topo and Recreational Lakes with Fishing Hot Spots. The unit comes preloaded with an Americas autoroute basemap that provides automatic routing capabilities including highways, exits, and tide data. There's also a preloaded marine point database. You can even get turn-by-turn directions when you're driving, and an integrated trip computer provides odometer, stopped time, moving average, overall average, total time, max speed, and more.

The 76CSx'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). Marine users will also like the fact that the 76CSx floats. When using two AA alkaline batteries, you'll get up to 20 hours of battery life from the unit.

Another key feature of the 76CSx is the 10,000 point automatic track log; 20 saved tracks (500 points each) let you retrace your path in both directions. Meanwhile, there's a large numbers option for easy viewing, as well as a dual-position display mode. The unit also includes built-in celestial tables for best times to fish and hunt, plus sun and moon calculations. You also get audible alarms for anchor drag, arrival, off-course, proximity waypoint, and clock. The unit's barometric altimeter system features automatic pressure trend recording while providing current elevation, ascent/descent rate, minimum/maximum elevation, total ascent and descent, and average and maximum ascent and descent rate. Meanwhile, the electronic compass allows you to get accurate headings while standing still.

The 76CSx'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 128 MB microSD card. Downloading information is quick with the USB or serial port interfaces. Using the dedicated serial port, the 76CSx can share navigation instructions with repeaters, plotters, and autopilots.

If you like the features of the 76CSx but don't need an electronic compass and a barometric altimeter, check out the Garmin GPSMap 76Cx.

What's in the Box
GPSMAP 76CSx, Americas Recreational Basemap, 128 MB microSD card, USB cable, MapSource Trip & Waypoint Manager, Wrist strap, Owner's manual, Quick reference guide

Features:
  • High-Sensitivity GPS Receiver
  • Color-Handheld Mapping Ideal For Both Marine & Outdoor Use
  • Bright, Sunlight-Readable Color Tft Display
  • 128 Mb Micro Secure Digital Card For Storage Of Optional Map Detail
  • Fast Usb Connectivity Makes Loading Charts & Maps Quick & Easy

Customer Reviews:

  • Solid, Adaptable and Multifunctional
    I have lived in Alaska more than 30 years and I am an avid boater, hunter, snowmobiler that travels in very remote parts of the state. I also participate in two search and rescue organizations. I purchased the 76CSx July 2007. Since that time I have used it when flying in rural Alaska, boating in Southcentral Alaska's Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay as well as the Yukon River, and when motoring the Midwest and Southeastern US.

    The 76CSx GPS came with MapSource Trip and Waypoint Manager and a 128Mbt micro SD memory chip. I purchased two 2Gig microSD chips later. I also purchased TOPO US 2008 and loaded ALL of the topo maps for all of Alaska on it. I also purchased BlueChart Americas v9 and loaded all of the marine charts for the area from Juneau north to and including Kodiak and Anchorage area waters (more than 100 specific charts). Both of these were loaded on a single 2 Gig chip. On the second chip, I loaded City Navigator North America 2009.

    Depending weather I am boating, flying, hunting or driving I easily swap chips as needed so that I have the charts or maps I need. I have found that the detail on the BlueChart marine charts are more detailed than those that came with the more expensive electronic charts used with the chartplotter onboard many of the boats here.

    The sensitivity of the GPS receiver in the 76CSx is incredible. I can turn it on and set it on the living room floor 5 feet from a window and it will lock onto three or more satellites and give me a fix. When snowmachining or hunting, I can leave the GPS in the Garmin case, inside the top pocket of my daypack and it will stay locked on to the satellites and create track as I travel without having to worry about it. In a vehicle and aircraft, the built-in receiver has always worked fine. I have not needed a remote antenna.

    I have found the City Navigator to be a real assett when driving through areas of the midwest and southeast last fall. Especially helpful were the features that let one select various options, such as Food, Lodging, etc close to where you are or anywhere you want to look, and then provide you the address and phone numbers so you can call ahead if need be. One can also type in a specific address anywhere in the US and much of Canada and show the precise location on the map screen and a Go To option for specific turn by turn instructions.

    I get about 16 hrs from a set of AAs. For use in a rental car, I purchased an auxiliary power cord that plugs into the car's 12V power supply ("cigarette lighter").

    Loading the charts/maps from the DVDs to the 76CSx was easy to do after I got familiar with the process. One thing I noted is that in areas where the marine chart data overlaps the topo map data, the marine chart info takes priority and does not allow the specific topo date in that specific area to show. That was easily fixed by simply unselecting or "turning off" the specific chart from showing on the GPS. Once charts and maps are loaded onto the micro SD chip and the chip in the 76CSx, one can choose which of the charts or maps to show on the screen.

    As with most GPS Units, the manual covers the basics but there is a much more capability in this unit than the manual could possibly cover without the manual getting too large.

    I would recommend this unit without hesitation. It has saved me from possible disaster when boating, has provided additional confidence when out on the water and back country and has been equally helpful when driving through large cities and across the country in a rental car. No more bickering with my wife for driving directions! Sure made our 10 day road trip much more pleasant! When we missed a turn because we were not paying attention to the GPS, it quickly rerouted us and got us to where we needed to go every time.

    One closing comment here: Don't get too dependent on ANY GPS when traveling in the backcountry or when boating in marine waters and large lakes. Take a compass with you and know how to use it. Electronics do fail sometimes and when they do, you need to have basic map/chart reading and navigation when skills ready.

    I give this unit 5 stars.

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  • Garmin 76 CSx GPS
    I have owned three GPS models. The 76 CSx performs flawlessly. Boot up time is amazingly rapid.It is a best buy choice....more info
  • My second 76 series GPS
    I liked the 76S that I bought several years ago so much that I wanted another in the same series when I upgraded. This is so much quicker, and it has so many new features, especially greatly increased memory, and it cost considerably less than the 76S. The one thing I've found lacking is that the tide feature the 76S had only comes with another $120+ of marine software for the 76CSX. We live near salt water and it adds to the usefulness when we're camping if we know what the tides are doing. Is there anyway I can download this into my new GPS?...more info
  • Trail Tracking is best feature.
    Leaves a breadcrumb trail showing you where you've been. Great for exploring and getting back safely....more info
  • Meets my GPS needs
    I was looking for a water proof GPS unit to take both tour kayaking & backpacking. Looked around for at least a year then bought this one. Having logged over 100 mi. paddled this season I can say that it works well in water. I typically mount it under the forward deck lines & secure it with a clip. No water problems so far, it's been pounded by many waves. -I'm more worried about heat from sun than the water. Having the compass navigate a course on water has come in handy, I sometimes paddle in fog or bad weather. Match my heading to the bearing of the next way point & I'm going the right way. It can tell me distance left to go, time remaining at current speed, etc. I have found that for the compass to work well when traveling at low speeds some settings need adjustment but after that compass is reliable and self adjusts for magnetic variance.
    I save all my tracks to an SD card in the unit. When I get home I upload the tracks to the computer, where on the larger screen I can see everything. Calling up the track with google earth and having them overlaid on 3D Sat. images is jaw dropping, this capability is standard with the included "Map source" software. Often I choose not to look at the GPS while out & find out where I've been after I get home. I have a minor gripe with the altimeter, the reading fluctuates while standing still & the profile view in "map source" is not as dynamic as I'd like. Still it is better than no altimeter, and can give a rough idea of peaks troughs, etc. I just wouldn't jump from a plane with it. I really like observing the profile on the unit then moving the cross hairs over a particular peek and pressing [enter] it brings up the map page and the pointer shows that particular point on my journey, this often makes peek elevations & identifications quick and easy. Note: while on the trail, bug spray eats away at the screen, one small corner of mine got some bug spray on it & now it is slightly cloudy.
    Hard key pad buttons make navigating the screens easy but only after you get the hang of where things are. Battery life is excellent, exceeding my expectations. Screen is small for Topo reading, but this unit should NEVER replace a paper map on the hiking trail, or even kayaking. I use the statistics page more than the map page anyway. It can give me my moving average, total time on trail & total moving time as well as distance, altitude gained, etc. All a much better use for the device than as a map. Maps that come with the device ON THE COMPUTER are detailed enough for interesting uploads, but the devices base map is like a blank canvas. So if you are strictly using it to track where you have gone & upload to the "map source" program on the computer additional maps may not be necessary. However if you plan to plot courses or use the device for road navigation you will probably need additional map software. I have also used this device for car travel but this it is not it's strong suit. It will not impress but might satisfy.
    -Topo 2008 maps improves terrain maps on the unit (including coastal outlines) and improves road maps greatly. Initially I had expected to need road map software as well for any road info at all but the topo 2008 software had plenty of small roads, points of interest, direction computation, etc. So far I have no need for additional maps. The only time I have lost a sat. signal is in a cave or a tunnel so far.
    Overall a great unit. Technologically the best civilians can get for outdoor use at this time -so 5 stars. ...more info
  • Great for Sailboat Racing
    I bought this GPS to replace a GPSMAP 76cs that I dropped overboard on a sailboat race. I had to watch it float away as we sailed away from it. Anyhow, this GPS is a nice improvement. It acquires a signal faster and the map display updates much more quickly. I like that I can put a 2GB memory card in it and load lots of maps and change cards quickly. I have the City Navigator NT product, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron on the 2GB card with room to spare. The battery life is great. I can get more than a day out of a set of alkaline batteries. Navigation mode works very well for sailboat racing. I have used this to navigate very complex courses and it works well. I plan to upload tracks to MotionBased and analyze my racing performance. Now I just have to hold onto this one better and not lose it overboard....more info
  • Great
    Great overall product.

    Very rugged, good battery life, great support.

    Small complaints: small screen, slow processor at times, button interface is slow entering input.

    No surprises really though. I love it....more info
  • Excellent product
    This GPS is a bit big, but it is accurate and ez to use. Good value for the money. I would recommend this to anyone....more info
  • Nice unit
    Nice unit, good screen, great battery life, good barometric elevation sensor. The only thing I would change is to have it come with auto-routing maps (city navigator) rather than the auto-routing base map (horrible). Even a straight goto line would be preferable sometimes. Other than that, it can take 2G memory cards, which is a LOT of mapping; I load metroguide maps, topo maps to exhaustion (mine). Floats, supposedly, but I haven't had the..luck..to verify this.
    Satellite reception is tremendously good, a point I can't overemphasize. I haven't tried it under dense canopy, but in the urban condo canyons & whatnot it has always gotten great coverage. ...more info
  • Good, basic help with directions
    Not being familiar with other GPS equipment, I expected the technology to be a bit more advanced. I purchased this unit to help guide me on horseback through the mountainous national forest that surrounds my farm. Although the unit provides elevation information, the topography detail leaves much to be desired. I purchased the 2008 TOPO map software, but realized that I'm not going to get the detail I see on my computer to appear on the unit.

    I also wish it was a bit more intuitive to use. Bottom line, it gets me where I'm going....more info
  • No Address Map's
    This is a great unit,But the box and the online info is a little bit deceving, they make it look like it comes with address maps, but is dosent, you must purchase them for another 139.00 dollars. Plus the waterways maps for 199.00, buy the time your done you will have paid
    about 750.00 bucks!!!...more info
  • Happy with perfomance
    I needed a portable GPS unit that could be moved between several boats, as well as have the capability to be used in the car. This was the only unit I found that gave me what I needed.
    What is good:
    -The Blue Chart maps are great for navigation on the water. This is the primary reason I bought this unit.
    -The City Navigator maps & database provide fairly accurate and up to date information
    What is bad:
    -The supplied base map is insufficient. (I knew this going in.)
    -The City Navigator maps & database costs ~$120 (and you need to buy a 2GB memory card if you want to load all of the US map data on the unit.
    -The Blue Chart map CD "contains" all the charts for the US, but you only get an unlock code for one area with your purchase. The cost of additional unlock codes add up quickly.

    Performance:
    Positioning, usually within 20 feet, sometimes down to 5 feet.
    Route recalculation, less than 30 secs.
    Route selection, doesn't replace local knowledge

    What it needs (but doesn't have)
    Larger screen
    Suction cup mounting bracket
    Speed sensitive turn notification (Current notification "beeps" are OK when you are doing 40MPH, a bit late when you are doing 80MPH)
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  • GPS Accuracy
    I own several Garmin GPS units and am very happy with all of them. The only unit not worth the Garmin brand is the GPS 76CSX. Since I have several units, I can compare accuracies. The 6CSX is normally off by 10 to 20%. Garmin has replaced the unit three times and finally they told me that this unit is so sensitive it can be off a "bit". A "bit" in my book is not 10%, much less 20%. I bought the 76CSX to replace a Forerunner 305 and have since gone back to the 305.

    I would not recommend. Those that say it is very accurate have nothing to compare it to. I have compared to a Nuvi 660, and Edge 705, and a Forerunner 305 with the results being not very good for the 76CSX. For example, a 24 mile ride on my bike had the following: Edge 705 - 24..1, Forerunner 305 - 24.2, and the CSX - 29.6 miles. I walked 3 miles at a high school track and the 76CSX recorded 4.3 miles....more info
  • Garmin GPSMAP 76CSx Handheld GPS
    Garmin GPSMAP 76CSX Handheld GPS with Barometric Altimeter and Electronic CompassThis jewel can do everything but make the coffee, but it is difficult to remember which of the 8 buttons and 4 rocker switch positions to push in what order and for how long when the wind is blowing big time and the boat wants to broach. ...more info
  • Has not gotten better
    I bought a Garmin S76 a number of years ago, and recently bought another for my girlfriend's birthday. The new one is a lot more complicated to operate, even considering the increase in features. We use our GPSs to geocache, so being able to make changes to the display and the data presented there on the fly is important. I can do the required changes with my older model with one or two keystrokes, while hers requires 3-4 times as many (no exaggeration)....more info
  • Garmin GPSMap 76CSx Handheld GPS Navigator
    What can I say? This is what I have been waiting for. Superior sensitivity and accuracy. Functionality also very good, but may take some time getting "into the fingers". Nevermind that, if you want the latest in portable GPS, suitabel almost for any outdoors activity, Garmin GPSMap 76CSx Handheld GPS Navigator should be your choice....more info
  • sat lock even in old growth redwoods
    I upgraded to this machine from an 5 year old garmin vista. It excels in every respect and I wish that I would have purchased it when it first hit the market. I tested it out by taking it to redwood national park and driving the parkway and hiking through the redwoods. never once did the trackline waver or did the gps loose the sat connection. it seems that the SiRF chip does the job very well. Which is way better that the old vista which lost sats immediately upon entering the canopy.
    The USB cable is much faster than the old serial cable. 10 MB of data takes about a minute instead of 30 minutes or more.
    The screen paints very quickly. In a blink or two.

    What don't I like: The scroll button in the center is rather hard to push and I often have to push it twice for it to read my entry.

    Features I wish it had (in case Garmin is listening): the 12XL (my first GPS) had a screen which sorted in real-time the closest waypoints this is a handy feature and I used it frequently for finding the midpoint between 2 or more waypoints. It would be nice to have this feature in the 76 series. Also if the unit had bluetooth to wirelessly exchange data with a computer that would be nice too. It would be nice if the Sun and Moon screen included bearing and azimuth to those extra-terrestrial bodies.

    ...more info
  • Bad display, bad graphics, very disappointed
    I don't know if any device maker can still find such a lousy LCD screen to put into their design; the LCD screen of this product reminds me a 1980 PC with really bad graphics display, and they still manage to charge people with a premium price. Nowadays, a $500 PC with more expensive components has a screen much bigger and better. This small device made by Garmin is a rip-off, just from the LCD point of view....more info
  • Works as advertised, keypad and better screen would be nice
    We haven't used this product for driving or boating yet, but we did take it out geocaching. It fits well in my pocket, and after a bit of practice and manual reading the features all seem to work nicely (so far).

    Cons:
    I think the unit would be better for having a numeric keypad like a cellphone's so that characters (coordinates, especially) could more easily be entered. Entering numbers and names is pretty painful with the soft keyboard.
    The screen seems a little small, but on the other hand I wouldn't want the unit to be much bigger.

    ...more info
  • Garmin GPSMAP 76CSx
    This GPS is being used for hiking as well as mounted on a motorcycle. It is rugged, waterproof and has numerous features for people with various outdoor interests.
    I had a GPSMAP 76 for several years and gave it to my son which he uses daily as a speedometer on his motorcycle....more info
  • Garmin 76CSX
    This is a great gps. It receives signal anywhere I have taken it(woods, basement, any buildings). It is everything you will ever need in a hand held gps unit. The only thing that would make it better, is if it came with the topo maps instead of having to purchase them separately....more info
  • This is an Amazing GPS
    You defiantly need this GPS if you are going anywhere, you have to be safe and take the precautions. This device will keep you knowing where you are so you don't get lost or end up in a lot of peril. This GPS track you anywhere you are, also showing the sea level and all. It has an electronic compass to direct you on your way without any fault. Plus downloading is easy with a USB or serial port interfaces. This is an amazing product....more info