Garmin 010-00421-00 GPSMap 60Cx High-Sensitivity Color Mapping Handheld GPS
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Product Description

The GPSMAP 60Cx is a refreshing upgrade of the GPSMAP 60C, one of the most popular Garmin's 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.Considered the mainstay among serious outdoor enthusiasts, the GPSMAP 60Cx offers a large color TFT display and turn-by-turn routing capability. The unit comes with a blank 64 MB microSD card.

The venerable Garmin 60C just got a whole lot better. The 7.5-ounce GPSMap 60Cx 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 64 MB microSD card for storage of optional map detail. Simply put, this powerful unit is ready to take you anywhere on land or sea.

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The GPSMap 60Cx features the powerful SiRF GPS navigation chip for supreme accuracy in all conditions.
You can use the 60Cx'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 60Cx'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). When using two AA alkaline batteries, you'll get up to 30 hours of battery life from the unit.

Another key feature of the 60Cx is the 10,000 point automatic track log; 20 saved tracks (500 points each) let you retrace your path in both directions. There's also a large-numbers option for easy viewing, as well as a dual-position display mode. The also unit includes built-in celestial tables for best times to fish and hunt, plus sun and moon calculations.

The 60Cx'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 64 MB microSD card. Downloading information is quick with the USB or serial port interfaces. Using the dedicated serial port, the 60Cx can share navigation instructions with repeaters, plotters, and autopilots. The four-position rocker pad and dedicated high-use buttons make navigating through the unit's features easy, even when your fingers are cold or wet.

Finally, the GPSMap 60Cx is packed with some extra fun features. An integrated outdoor calendar provides ideal hunting and fishing times, as well as moon rise/set/location information. There is a dedicated geocaching mode for those of you into the hot GPS community treasure hunt game. Finally, there are indoor/outdoor GPS games to help you and your friends enjoy the outdoors.

If you like the features of the 60Cx but require an electronic compass and a barometric altimeter, check out the Garmin 60CSx.

What's in the Box
60Cx unit, 64 MB microSD card, belt clip, USB interface cable, MapSource Trip and Waypoint Manager CD, lanyard, owner's manual, and quick-start guide.

  • Bright, sunlight-readable color TFT display and an included a 64 MB microSD card
  • Uses the powerful SiRF GPS navigation chip for supreme accuracy
  • Lightweight, rugged, and water resistant case
  • Features a dedicated geocaching mode
  • Preloaded with an Americas autoroute basemap
Customer Reviews:
  • A geocacher's delight!
    Geocaching has become the leisure activity of choice for my husband and me (aka "Trekkin' and Birdin'"), taking us to incredible waterfalls tucked in sandstone canyons, caves and many other adventures. We already own a Garmin GPS Map60CSx, and wanted a second device for those times when one or the other of us is traveling and wants to break up those trips with a cache or two. This was our choice.

    As with the higher priced version, users must be conscious of which button they push, as it's easy to hit "enter" when you want to hit "quit," therefore listing a cache as "found," when it's not been found yet. That said, the device is very sensitive and holds the signal well, even in the heavy cover of forest or rocky bluffs, preferred locations for us to cache. It is able to stand up to the kind of abuse this activity demands. It's been dropped down rocky slopes, fished out of swamps and even taken a quick swim from a kayak, and keeps working just fine.

    The two cautions I would offer are that batteries are eaten by these devices, even when avoiding use of the backlight. After reading another review here, we'll look into the use of the rechargeables he mentions.
    Also, don't expect to load your additional maps onto a second device for a bargain. We'd hoped to purchase an additional "unlock code" for the City Navigator program we'd already bought, and it would cost almost one hundred dollars. If you think you may need to make maps available to one device or the other, buying the Secure Digital version with the maps may be a better option, as this can be switched back and forth between units.

    Overall, we've been very happy with the GPS Map60Cx. It can take the kind of abuse we've dished out as we climb bluffsides and rockslides, paddle on rivers and push through thick thorns in search of our "smileys."...more info
  • Garmin GPS Map 64MB 60Cx
    I read other reviews on this GPS to help me decide on a GPS which would serve onboard my Boston Whaler and also for my Geocaching activities.
    I couldn't find anything but great reviews and,I will now add to those positive reports.
    I could not be happier with this GPS. It is the most accurate one I've ever used, it has great features ,which don't take a long time to learn, and long battery life. I also bought the protective case and I would also recommend it to protect the GPS.
    If I were leading a cheer, I'd say "GOOOOOOO Garmin 60 Cx "...more info
  • alidas
    este gps reune todo lo versatil que pueda tener una unidad satelital para pricipiantes de esta nueva tecnologia, ya compre uno y estoy en epera.......more info
  • excellent package & function, difficult interface
    I purchased this 60Cx, my first GPS, 6 weeks ago. My principal use is to determine location when hiking. The performance of the 60Cx is excellent, the hi-gain antenna and sensitivity give multiple satellites under almost all conditions. This is true deep in tree-shaded canyons and inside my house. The device works best when the antenna is vertical or nearly vertical. I get good reception when the GPS is clipped on my belt. This critical characteristic gets 5 stars. Battery life with continuous operation, no screen back lighting, is a little disappointing at 12 hours using NiMh re-chargeables. Not a big deal, just bring plenty of spares.
    Interface, or how easy is it to use: Not very! The small cursor control, a wheel with 4 arrows on it, is hard to use. Trying to move the cursor frequently results with the desired plus the unwanted adjacent movement. For example, using the up arrow frequently gives up plus left or right. I do have man size fingers and have to use my fingernail or a stylus to prevent this problem. Accessing menus, navigating and entering data ignores conventional wisdom, in favor of an awkward Garmin version. This aspect gets 2 stars.
    Miscellaneous: The packaging, excluding the small cursor wheel, is excellent. Rubberized controls and gaskets on the battery door are probably adequate to protect the device from splashes of water and rain. The belt clip is magnificent. The GPS hangs pendulum style securely in its holder, which attaches to belt or pack. It is removed easily using the release button and is reinstalled with a reassuring click. The on board map that comes with the unit is a joke. Most users will want to purchase an additional map so figure an additional $80-$100 onto the purchase price. I purchased the 24K Topo Oregon / Washington map on micro SD and find it awesome. In conclusion, I would not recommend this GPS unconditionally to a friend. The difficult interface and expense of adding maps must be individually evaluated. Four stars for this aspect.
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  • Terrible Product
    I purchased this unit for a motorcycle trip last fall. The first time I tried to use it, it would not navigate roads for the route I downloaded. After hours on line and on the phone with Garmin, they decided the unit was faulty and requested I return my unit in exchange for another. Because it took weeks to get the new unit, I went back to my trusty paper map for my trip. I tried using it a second time this summer for another motorcycle trip, and after unlocking my new unit, going through all the required steps, etc., it would not accept downloads of maps. UNBELIEVABLE! Back to the paper map again.

    Now, Garmin is telling me they won't accept a return of the unit because they " not sell our units to the public..." and asked me to spend countless more hours sending them screen shots, exact error messages, unlock keys, serial numbers of the original and replacement unit...etc, etc. Have you ever of heard of anything more ridiculous than a manufacturer that won't accept a return of a faulty product because they don't sell to the public?

    I'm going to return this unit to Amazon and probably get only 50% of my money back, and go buy one from another manufacturer that hopefully actually works. ...more info
  • amazing reciever
    This unit is an amazing GPS reciever, it will aquire sattelites even sitting indoors. This will replace my last garmin which was a very good entry level device, but would lose signal occasionally when under the canopy of trees while 4-wheeling. I would recomend this GPS handheld to anyone who hikes, offroads, hunts, geocaches, or just plain travels....more info
  • Cache on!
    You can't tell this isn't a brand new unit. It even has the warranty. It keeps a lock even in deep woods. The maps are a big help but wouldn't be necessary if people would give parking co-ordinates! My only complaint about this unit is that the SP card falls out when I change batteries. ...more info
  • Why i bought a second receiver.
    This is the second 60CX I have purchased, not because the first one was bad, but bought as a gift for my spouse and geocaching companion. With the introduction of the Garmin Colorado, this receiver has dropped significantly in price this year. The color screen is very visible in most lighting conditions. (direct sun is a issue). As with all GPS receivers, I recommend a mapping package to enhance the basemap (I use Garmin TOPO 2008). There are enough buttons on the face to make operation of the receiver easy to use. if there is one deficiency, it is Garmin's documentation is very minimal and some functions I had to learn by trial and error. However, there are several non-garmin websites that provide good tutorials on the features of this receiver. The geocaching feature allow you to load 1000 geocaches. However, all show up with a treasure chest icon. If you want to see actual geocaching container types, there is a add-in to load these as waypoints. This add-in also get you around the 1000 cache limit. Overall, if you are looking for a color receiver with great features for geocaching, this is the unit....more info
  • review
    My husband bought this to take with him to afghanistan. However, the downloadable map for afghanistan is only available from one website...and the website is a piece of s**t....more info
  • lovein it!
    This is my first handheld gps and i love it! the amount of information this unit can give you is amazing! i really recommend this gps! ...more info
  • a great GPS
    The Garmin GPSMap 60Cx GPS is so great I bought my (adult) daughter one so she can have fun geocaching too....more info
  • It's essential that you understand the limitations of this device before buying.

    There's no doubt that GPS technology has come a long way during the last decade. I bought this to replace my old Garmin etrex -- the 60Cx is vastly better at tracking under trees, in mountain valleys, and has a much faster processor. I use it primarily for hiking, and it is virtually impossible to become lost. Even under trees, in a valley, with the unit inside my backpack, it never lost satellite track and was never off by more than about 50 feet, comparing the hike in with the hike back.

    So what's the problem? Surprisingly, the achilles heel of this mapping GPS is that there simply are no good maps for hiking/backpacking. Garmin sells a topo map set, which is completely unacceptable for any kind of in-the-field use. It lacks any kind of detail (for one thing, vertical countour lines are 150 feet, and it includes very few trails or national forest roads), and although it is nice to upload your journey to a map once you get back home and see where you went, the map itself is next to useless while hiking. Garmin makes a high-resolution topographic map set, but it covers ONLY the national parks (not even the national forests). I live in Oregon, with thousands of miles of trails, and only 1 place -- Crater Lake -- is available in high resoultion topo from Garmin. National Geographic makes a nice high-resolution map set, but it is expensive and the maps can only be loaded to a Magellan GPS, not any of the Garmins. Ditto with a GPS/topo map set from DeLorme. There is a company that has made high-resolution maps of 2 states -- Washington and Colorado -- but they require the Garmin Mapsource CD, and then they cost another hundred bucks per state on top of that.

    The lack of good, high-resoultion topo maps is completely baffling, and -- at least for hiking -- makes the mapping function of this GPS completely superfluous. If I had it to do over, I think I would buy one of the newer but less expensive GPS units, like maybe a newer extrex. The extra money that you pay for the mapping capability with this unit is wasted, IMO, at least until good topo maps become available (if they every do).

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  • Great for Iraq
    This is an awsome product. What I like most about the product is that it will gather a signal inside. The signal may not be strong but it works. BUT it definately works while in a vehicle. This is especially useful for the HMMWV. I recomment this product for anyone who will be deployed. I also like the mapping feature. I only wish I could install military grade maps....more info
  • Impressions after a Year
    I've had the Garmin GPSMap 60Cx for a year now. Because I had no use for an electronic compass and a barometric pressure sensor I stayed away from the 60CSx unit, saving a few bucks. The 60Cx is only lacking those features; otherwise they are the same GPS with the same great reception. The high sensitivity has enabled me to get a great signal in the house, in the car, dense urban areas, in desert terrain, deep canyons, and heavily-wooded areas. A definite must is a larger memory card (I went for 1GB) and a mapping software package from Garmin (I went for Topo maps). That's my only nitpick about the GPS -- the included basemap on the unit is basically just city locations and major highways. It would be nice if Garmin at least included a discount coupon towards the purchase of their proprietary mapping software....more info
  • Garmin GPSMap 60Cx and TOPO 2008
    I received a Magellan Triton 300 as a Christmas gift and was truly disappointed. Complaints: unable to maintain a lock on the satellites, image appears to be inaccurate when comparing waypoints to current locations, there was virtually no user manual and general erratic behavior. Overall, I had a very frustrating experience with Magellan.

    I returned the Magellan to EMS last week and was informed by the store manager that the Tritons have been coming back to the store with a steady stream of returns. He indicated that most units were returned with complaints similar to mine.

    After shopping around a bit I decided to buy the Garmin GPSMaps 60Cx, TOPO 2008 and a GPS cover from Amazon (best price by far.) I received these items last week and used them for some extensive tracking over the weekend. I had no problems connecting the GPS to my laptop and loading-up routes I worked out on TOPO 2008. Normally, I would hold off on commenting on technology like this until I've had a chance to use it over a period of time. However, this thing is so easy to use and works so flawlessly that I decided to get the review out of the way immediately. It seems to always have a strong link to 4 or 5 satellites, even when inside may house. I could not find any tree cover that caused problems for the satellite link (and I tried.) The interface is intuitive and easy to use. The base map that comes with the GPS is basically useless but I was expecting that after reading about it in other reviews.

    I'm a new GPS'er and I'm planning on using this for hiking and Geocaching with my kids. This thing is so easy to use that my 8 year old son is already proficient at basic GPS operations after one weekend (the pre installed games go a long way to teaching him to orient himself in relation to the GPS.)

    Memory: I found I could fit the TOPO map of northern New England (MA and north) on the 128MB card that was include with the GPS. I'm going to pick-up a 2GB micro-SD card and load the entire TOPO 2008 onto the GPS. Memory is so cheap, why not? Hopefully this will not impact performance.

    Compared to my experience with the Magellan Triton, THIS THING ROCKS. I must admit, I did like the higher resolution screen on the Magellan. However, I'll gladly trade a little resolution for something that actually works.
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  • He says it serves all his GPS needs!
    I bought this GPS for my husband who wanted it for hunting and fishing, but also for finding remote jobsites (he is a road mechanic for a bridge building company). After buying optional City Navigator NT and Inland Lakes I was able to download unlocked maps using our computers DVD drawer to his new GPSMAP 60CX. We have not had the opportunity to go fishing yet and I must say that I am a little disappointed that the Inland Lakes software does not include detailed maps of some of our local lakes, but the ones it does include are fantastic. The City Navigator allows him to plug in coordinates or destinations of jobsites he has never been to and find them easily just as if he bought a GPS for use in an automobile. The only difference is that it beeps to let the driver know of upcoming turns and he must look at the unit for instructions instead of them being spoken. The unit is easy to use. It is portable and semidisaster-proof as my husband is prone to destroying handheld items like cell phones-he has not damaged this unit yet! And with the optional software and equipment (we also purchased a RAM mount and a cigarette lighter adapter) that we clearly knew we would need to purchase by reading all the reviews, it does all of the things he wanted it to do. We are very happy with our purchase....more info
  • great in the woods, even in a snowstorm
    I recently purchased a Garmin 60Cx for use while hiking. I have previously used a Magellan Sportrak with a helical antenna which is very good but, under tree cover, it would lose the satellite lock and the gps tracks for different hikes over the same trail would often differ by 30 to 120 feet in the woods. The integrated path length (odometer readings) were also off by 5% to 25% with the Magellan, depending on the tree cover. The SiRF III tuner in the Garmin 60Cx is so sensitive that it maintains a good satellite lock under heavy tree cover, even when it is snowing. On a recent snowshoe trip, my inbound and outbound tracks differed by less than 10 feet about 80% of the time under tree cover; a track separation of 15 feet appeared in some places, and track separations as large as 37 feet were seen when there was a lot of snow on the trees and the snowfall was approaching blizzard conditions. Tracks differed by 3 feet or less in the open, even during blizzard conditions. The gps was in a padded case (which I bought from REI) attached to my pack strap; a bit of snow did accumulate on top of the case but did not seem to cause a loss of signal; I also had to keep brushing snow off the gps when I would stop and take it out of the case to read it (its nice that its waterproof).

    To measure odometer accuracy, I walked back and forth between the 0 yard markers on the football field at a local high school. I wrote down the actual distance walked when the odometer indicated 0.25 mi, 0.5 mi, 0.75 mi and 1.0 miles. The distances walked were 440 yds, 897 yds, 1315 yds and 1750 yds. This gives a cumulative error of 10 yards in 1 mile, or 0.57%. For these measurements there was always a clear view of the sky; I dont know what the accuracy would be under tree cover.

    This unit ships with the Garmin MapSource software which is used to transfer maps, waypoints, tracks, etc between a PC and the gps unit. This software also displays your maps, tracks, waypoints, etc on a PC; right clicking on a track displays the date, time of day, altitude, speed, course and position for each data point on the track. With this software you can make a graphical plot of altitude versus distance for a track, measure distance along various track segments, cut and paste track segments, etc. This software is really fun to play with on the PC. Mapsource will transfer information equally well between a PC and the gps (via USB cable) or between a PC and a microSD card which fits into the gps. The USB transfer is very slow, but its good enough for transferring tracks between gps and PC; to transfer larger files, like a map, it is a lot quicker to use a card reader and transfer between the PC and the microSD card, and then plug the card into the gps. I am using a 2GB microSD card which I bought from Amazon.

    As noted by many users, Mapsource comes with a road map which is so basic as to be useless. I purchased a really nice topo map for the state of Colorado from Although this is not a Garmin product, the MapSource software displays it on a PC, it overlays my tracks and waypoints on the Colorado topo beautifully, and it has transferred the topo map back and forth between PC and microSD card several times with no problems. Unlike the Garmin maps, the Mapsource software installs directly from the CD and does not have to be unlocked. I did go to the Garmin website to upgrade to the latest version and, for this, I had to enter the serial number for my gps (which was hidden behind the gps batteries), but this was not a problem. I really like the Mapsource software a lot.

    My Colorado topo also has a pretty good Colorado street map, so I tried using it in my car. The new gps tuner is so sensitive that it maintains a good satellite lock even when the gps is sitting in the space between the front seats in my car (i.e. it does not have to sit on the dashboard to get a direct line of sight to the satellites). This means that you do not need a windshield mount. Since batteries last 30 hours, you do not need a cigarette lighter adaptor either. I already have a small, portable NiMH battery charger which we carry on trips for our digital camera. The manual tells you how to go into the set up menu to tell it that you are using using NiMH rechargeables, rather than Alkaline batteries, so that it will display battery life correctly. The 60Cx works so well in my car that I may buy Garmins City Navigator map for car trips.
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  • great GPS
    I checked all the reviews on as many sites as I could find and all of them recommended this GPS. I would not use the compass so I did not buy the 60CXS unit and this one comes with a compass but you have to be moving to make it work. It arrived when they said it would and Amazon had the lowest price. If you add the mapping software, it gives you directions the same as a car unit but doesn't talk to you. I would highly recommend this unit to anyone who into geocashing, biking, walking or any similar activity....more info
  • Great Unit
    Bought this unit so we can adapt it from the truck to the Harley to the boat to the snowmobile to the ATV's or while hiking/hunting. And it has worked well for all applications and easy to use without reading the directions. But that being said we may get a "regular" auto-type Garmin GPS for the truck only because of the ease of entering addresses (touch screen)and the larger display.
    BassProShops $399
    Added Garmin City Nav. NT $100 (must do)
    Added 2 gig memory card. $40 (must do)
    According to all reviews Garmin is a much better product than Magellan etc...
    The 60cxs is the same as the CX except that the CXS has barometric altimeter for extremely accurate elevation data and an electronic compass, both features are found on the CX, but just not as accurate and I'm fine with that.
    I did snap off the locking D-ring from the back of the unit (my fault) and Garmin customer service was great on getting me a replacement @ N/C, "no questions asked" which is unheard of these days....more info
  • Using the 60cx

    The Garmin 60cx is one terrific handheld GPS with incredible reception and an easy-to-use interface. The only downside is that Garmin could do a better job with its maps. But here are the details...

    Satellite reception - The 60cx has unbelievably good reception. In fact, in the last year I've never lost tracking even when hiking in tight canyons or under forest canopy. And where I got 3-4 satellites before I'm now getting 6 or more; that translates into tighter locating. This is the reason I chose to go with Garmin over Magellan and others.

    Battery life - With new alkaline batteries I'm getting about two days' use. Note: for some reason new lithium batteries, which give me a bit more time, sometimes cause the unit to automatically shut down. If you drain them slightly in another device they work fine. Very odd.

    Storage - The 64MB card that comes with the device is not adequate for my uses. Fortunately, you can replace the card - in my case with a 1GB miniSD card. Some people complain about the size of the included card, but I'm accustomed to the ridiculously small cards that come with digital cameras these days.

    Maps - I'm slightly disappointed in Garmin's maps, hence the four stars. I have the City Navigator, U.S. Topo map and suite of national park maps. Generally, I've had no problem in city/highway navigation. But hiking using the topo and national park maps I've run into unexpected map gaps.

    Screen - Little difficulty reading the large color screen even in sunlight. I went for the 60cx over the eTrek line because of the larger view and better receiver.

    Handling - The device is a little big with the antenna at the top. When hooked to my belt, unless positioned carefully, it can jab me in the side when I bend over. But it's an acceptable tradeoff for the reception quality and large viewing screen. Having the buttons at the bottom of the device can be a little awkward - it would be easier to hold the device and page through with the buttons higher up (as on the 76 models) All in all, though, very easy to use.

    Build quality - It seems very solid. I've dropped from belt high more times than I can count, drenched it in water at the bottom of a canoe, left it sitting in the desert sun for hours and propped it up in the snow with no ill effects.

    Comparisions - If you're trying to decide between the 60CSx and the 76Cx, here are the key differences: With the CSx, the only difference is the electronic compass and altimeter. After perusing the message boards a while, it appears functionality of the barometric altimeter is not exceptional. The electronic compass, however, enables you to get a bearing when you're standing still, while the Cx version captures your direction only when you are moving. The digital compass would be useful, but it also puts more drain on your batteries, and when hiking I'm always carrying an analog compass as a backup anyway. The 76 is a marine model that floats and has a 128MB card included instead of the 64MB card in the 60. It has a rounded top and the buttons are above the screen - more ergonimic....more info
  • Nice unit, but not for hiking or kyaking, Etc.
    My second GPS unit. First one was a DeLorme attached to a PC, which worked well but was VERY slow to start up, and cumbersome.

    I agree with all the 5 star review comments about quality of construction and sattelite capture speed of the GPSMap 60CSx. I am, however, greatly disappointed in the "Base maps" sold with the unit. These maps are so limited as to render the unit useful for city to city navigation only. The base maps show major highways only (state/county highways or larger roads-interstates), and include no local roads, a fact Garmin does not disclose in any of the sales material I read. They should be clear that you must buy more detailed maps, and where to get them.

    After looking over the Garmin web site, I purchased the suggested MapSource Topo maps on CD for almost $100, and was stunned at the poor detail on these maps also. On first use in my back yard, the unit indicated that I was across the street in a neighbor's yard perhaps 100-200 feet away, and that was in New Jersey with eight satellites in view. The unit also could not accurately locate the 100+ acre lake near my home. These maps cannot be useful to anyone attempting to navigate off road, hiking on trails, or travelling on streams/small rivers. The maps simply bear little resemblance to actual geography except they do seem to indicate location of 25 foot topogtaphical elevation lines fairly well (not too useful). I kayak a great deal and had hoped to use the unit to navigate around New Jersey rivers and the sedge islands in Barnegat Bay. Forget about it! There is no correspondence between the Topo map and the actual geography! Totally useless for kayaking intercoastal bays or any of south Jersey's fabulous streams. As it stands, I have invested just under $400 and have little to show for it. I wonder if my ten year old DeLorme maps will work on the Garmin GPSMap 60CSx? I don't know what to do. At this point the unit is practically useless....more info
  • takes a beating
    I keep this unit on my off road motorcycle while trail riding in Montana. It keeps working and always seems to have a strong signal. I don't trust the handlebar mount without securing it with additional heavy rubberbands, but no issues to date....more info
  • You can't get any better than this unit.....
    The reason I bought this unit in the first place was because I hike--deep woods and high mountain hiking. This system is a life saver. I love the 10,000-point automatic track log; 20 saved tracks (500 points each) lets you retrace your path in both directions. Also features 1,000 user waypoints with name and graphic symbol; 50 reversible routes
    Trip computer provides odometer, stopped time, moving average, overall average, total time, max speed, and more, much more.
    The battery life on double A's is about 20 hours--and this is really neat; built-in celestial tables for sun and moon calculations and the best times to fish and hunt. (Come on, this is great!) ...more info
  • Great piece of technology.... poor map support
    This purchase was to update an older Magellan Map 330. I was excited to see the device and quickly found it easy to use. I purchased the Garmin MapSource 2008 and then disapointment set in. After loading a section of the local topo map, i went out of the house to test it. It had my location almost 200 feet to the north of my house with 8 stations in view. A driving test had me as much as three streets off at times. I would stop the car and check outside and the error remanined. A Dolorme LT-20 with a laptop on the car seat was dead on. After comparing a friends 60Cx, he had the same problem. It's a shame that Garmin does all this development and then provides such inaccurate maps. It is sitting in the glove box for emergency use only to determine north and south.... pitty......more info
  • Pricey, but Great GPS unit
    After alot of research into all of the GPS units out there, I decided on this handheld unit. My choice was based on my need to cover both automotive and marine needs. I've been using GPS since the late-80's on a sailboat that converted from Loran. I'm quite accustomed to navigation, and the terminology and concept of GPS. Others who are new to navigation may be confused by the terminology. Since I race sailboats (and I drive), Bearing/Heading/Velocity Made Good, etc., all made sense to me. This unit is one of the few that is useful for my land and marine requirements. The internal memory and expandable MicroSD slot allow for conversion to either mapset.

    The base map that comes with this unit is limited. Aside from showing major highways, it isn't much useful beyond that. I took it on a road trip in the first few days after my purchase, and the base map it came with was very limited. Aside from telling you what state and major highways you're on, it won't tell you much more than that. But I was surprised that it new the approaching highway exit name, even with just the base map. Shortly after my purchase, I invested in the City Navigator software, and wow!, what a difference. Suddenly it is smart enough to plot my route to specific addresses, although it doesn't pick the best just picks a route that works (would've had me going on some small roads unnecessarily).

    I've also begun geocaching with this unit because it is set up nicely for that purpose. This unit allows you to enter waypoints easily, and it comes with various icons to depict most waypoint types.

    This unit is bulkier than some of the automotive units on the market. But I've found that many of those "card deck" size units don't work well for marine use. They are limited mostly to automotive needs. But it's amazing that they can pack so many features into this small device.

    I decided on the GPS Map60Cx rather than the Map60CSx. The Cx simply doesn't have an electronic compass or altimeter function. Interestingly, the unit does plot heading and bearing (both directional and degrees), but you have to enter a waypoint so it knows where you want to go. You just can't stand still and get a compass heading. Also, the unit will tell you your altitude above sealevel, so I'm not clear on what the CSx altimeter could improve on. Since I don't fly or climb mountains, I didn't see the need for an altimeter. I also don't mind taking a step or two to determine my compass heading. These two functions seemed irrelevant for my needs.

    I had difficulty getting my PC to recognize the GPS unit. But after exchanging a couple of emails with Garmin, my problem was solved (it seemed to be a missing Registry command which Garmin Tech Support helped me work through. I thought that was nice considering the problem appeared to be my PC, not the driver or unit itself. I have to say that Garmin Tech Support was very good with me. My only comment would be that live tech support is only available during daytime hours which might make it difficult to handle if you work all day (and who doesn't?). But even so, I corresponded with Garmin through email and they responded quickly and accurately. I'm pleased.

    I intend to purchase the Bluechart map software (marine use), but even with the base map, the unit recognized the Freighter Channel, Range Lights, and International Border found in Lake St. Clair (Michigan).

    One note when trying to decide whether to purchase the maps on MicroSD card versus DVD software, I understand the MicroSD card can't be viewed on the PC, while the DVD software is viewable on the PC and you select which "areas" you want to download to the GPS unit. The download speed is relatively slow, but not rediculous. I loaded up the 64 meg card in about 10 minutes. I've read that a 2 gig card may take an hour or more. I've also read that if you intend to load a 2 gig card, you're better off with a card reader rather than the USB interface.

    I can't think of a single "Con" for this unit except that the maps are too expensive, considering you can get the same detail on a $3.00 paper map (but then you couldn't enter an address I suppose). Still, the maps aren't cheap. It isn't as pretty as the automotve GPS's on the market, but then, you can't trek through the woods or sail a race course on the automotive units either. The screen size also isn't as big as the automotive units, but this size is perfectly functional too....more info
  • great gps
    so far this GPs has impressed tracked my location right out of the box within 2 minutes in my house and had great reception.i have never had a GPS track that fast on its first track let alone inside a also is easy to use. i would defintly recomend this for anyone who needs a great location device...more info
  • Most versatile of Garmin's Handheld GPS models
    Among the plethora of handheld GPS models on the market, the 60CX probably offers the most all-around useful features.
    What I like about the 60CX:
    1. Very fast satellite acquisition thanks to the SirfStar-III chipset. Sitting indoors at my kitchen table and typing this review, my 60CX is tracking 8 satellites , including the WAAS satellite, and is showing the "location error" as only 22 feet. The 60CX also works remarkably well under tree canopy, inside my car, and in urban areas surrounded by tall buildings - all situations that would defeat most previous generations of handheld GPS's. The display processor has plenty of power, allowing speedy updates of the map even at tight zoom scales where the map is showing the maximum amount of detail and is changing rapidly if you are travelling at freeway speeds.

    2. The Quad Helix antenna allows the unit to track satellites no matter what orientation the unit is placed in, horizontal, vertical, or face down: it still works. This allows the unit to be used on a belt clip, automobile or bicycle mount, or in a backpack pocket and you won't lose satellite lock. The patch antenna of units like the Garmin E-Trex or Lowrance IFinder models only works at full efficiency if the unit is placed horizontally on it's back, with the antenna facing upwards. For comparison, the E-Trex Legend I used to own would not track satellites if placed in a shirt pocket facing inwards, or if it got turned upside down on the dash of my car.

    3. Connectivity and software. The 60CX comes with MapSource software, which allows upload/download of Waypoints, Track Logs, Routes, and Maps via the included USB cable. If you buy any of Garmin's optional cartography products like City Navigator or TOPO 2008, these maps all work together seamlessly in the same MapSource session. You can create or edit your routes and waypoints graphically against the map background on your PC screen, then upload the data to the GPS. Track logs recorded live by the GPS can be downloaded to MapSource, easily edited to remove "outliers" ("bad" track points caused by poor satellite PDOP), then uploaded back to the GPS. MapSource is pretty intuitive, user-friendly, and easy to learn.
    While the 60CX is connected to a PC by the USB cable, it is being powered by your PC, saving the batteries in your GPS.
    In addition to the USB connection, the 60CX has an RS-232 serial connection to allow it to communicate navigation commands to other devices, like marine autopilots, or chartplotting software like SeaClear or Fugawi Navigator, using the NMEA-183 Protocol. The serial connector is a 4-pin DIN socket that also allows the unit to be supplied with DC power from a vehicle or boat 12 volt electrical system. Garmin sells a cable with a 4-pin plug on one end, and the other end bare wires to connect to your accessories. This makes the 60CX a usable alternative to much more expensive dedicated Marine Chartplotters on your boat - it should connect to any marine autopilot that is NMEA-183 compatible. When you are not using your boat, the 60CX can be used in your car, as it does auto routing (if you own the optional City Navigator mapping product).

    4. GPS Features. The 60CX is so packed with features, it's hard to think of anything else it could do that isn't already built in. It even has a display to calculate Glide Slope if you were using it in a sailplane. That said, keep in mind that the 60CX is a general purpose handheld unit, and while it has tons of features, dedicated Marine Chartplotters or Aviation GPS models will offer more capability for use specifically on boats or in aircraft, starting with a much larger display screen.

    5. Build quality. The 60CX feels like it is sturdily built. The lower part of the housing is coated with knobby soft rubber right where most people would tend to hold it in hand, although increasing the area of the coating further up the sides would be nice. The latching mechanism on the battery compartment door uses metal instead of plastic for both the "male" and "female" components, which is good, but the effort required to turn the latch on my unit is higher than I would like, leaving me to wonder if the latch pin will eventually fail from metal fatigue. The micro-SD card lives under the batteries and is so tiny that changing it requires nimble fingers, at least more nimble than my "fat-sausage" fingers. If you've got an 8-year old kid handy, let him/her change your SD card. Or use a tweezers. The included belt clip seems to be well built, but I would recommend also attaching the GPS to one of your belt loops (assuming you're not wearing a skirt or dress) with the supplied wrist lanyard (or a longer cord for more reach). I have had the belt clip come off when getting into or out of a car, which would have caused the GPS to free-fall onto my concrete garage floor if I had not also used the lanyard.

    The display is reasonably readable in direct sunlight, and very good indoors with the backlight on. The display is hardest to read when the ambient light is less than "full sun", but still too bright to use the backlight, for example outdoors on a heavily cloudy day, or in twilight like that first 1/2 hour after sunset. Although the above sounds like I rate the display as "poor", it is MUCH better than the display on the E-Trex Legend I used to own. I guess what I am trying to say is that I have seen sharper color displays on high-end PDA's, so the 60CX display might be a little disappointing to people who own such devices.

    The most noteworthy features are:
    (a) Ability to record your Active Track Log as a GPX file on the Micro-SD card, up to the memory limit of the card. A new GPX file is created each day (at 00:00 if the unit is powered on as midnight passes). These GPX files can be loaded into MapSource and edited as a tracklog, allowing multiple GPX files to be combined if you want. This feature means that the 10,000 point limit on the "active track log" could theoretically be worked around to record a much larger series of track logs at FULL precision. Lowrance IFinder models can also record track logs (trails) to micro-SD card, but Lowrance's track logs do not include Elevation or the time/date stamp on each track point like Garmin track logs do.
    (b) Automatic generation of Routes for your road trips. This feature looks and works pretty much the same as on a Street Pilot or Nuvi, except the screen on the 60CX is smaller, and you don't have Voice commands telling you when to turn. This feature requires you to purchase extra-cost optional mapping like City Navigator, that includes all the "attributes" of the roads, like where and how they intersect, speed restrictions, one-way restrictions, etc. In auto-route mode, the 60CX does warn you of upcoming turns with big text messages and arrows, and it will automatically calculate alternative routing if you miss a turn. If you don't own City Navigator, the 60CX will let you manually create and store routes, or back-track a previously recorded tracklog, and the turn warnings will still operate.
    (c) Route Profiling. If you have TOPO 2008 cartography (see my review on that product), the 60CX can generate and display the Profile of the roads along your route. This is nice for planning any kind of hiking, biking, or road trip.
    (d) Topo Mapping (land) or BlueCharts (marine). These are extra-cost optional mapping products that allow your 60CX to display maps or charts that look a lot like USGS Quad Maps, or NOAA Marine Navigation Charts. Many other Garmin GPS's can also do this, it's just that the 60CX does it in a handheld package with lots of versatility to use it in your car, boat, RV, bicycle, or airplane, or even just walking around on your own two feet. The built-in basemap in the 60CX is pretty rough and includes only major highways, also the outlines of coastlines, rivers and lakes are mostly horribly inaccurate - the 60CX can't realistically be used as a marine chartplotter unless you buy an appropriate optional mapping product like TOPO 2008, BlueChart (for your region), or Inland Lakes. Check out Garmin's website for more details on what you actually get with their mapping products.

    The rest of the 60CX's feature set is pretty much the typical features that you get on all Garmin or Lowrance IFinder handhelds, i.e. Waypoints, Routes, Tracks, Calendar, Sun and Moon set/rise times, etc. The 60CX also has some extra features specific to Geocaching, Marine Tide Stations, and Hunting and Fishing recommendations. For an exhaustive list of everything this GPS can do, go to Garmin's website and download the PDF of the complete owner's manual.

    1. The map display shows land areas as a medium tan color, and I have not been able to find a way to lighten this color or change it to plain white. This tan color is too dark and offers insufficient contrast to overlaid features like city streets that are a brown or red color that is only a little darker.
    Battery life is less than some other handheld GPS's, but this isn't really a complaint since the 60CX has a very powerful display processor. I also own a Lowrance IFinder GO, and while it has nearly double the battery life of the 60CX, it is a monochrome display and the processor is so underpowered that it is positively agonizing to plan a route using map pointing. The 60CX is light-years better than the IFinder GO, and if the price of all that power is only 16 hours of battery run time, it's worth it when you are actually using the unit for real-time chart plotting or route planning.

    OVERALL SUMMARY: In my opinion, the 60CX is probably the best all-around handheld GPS from Garmin, offering the most comprehensive and versatile suite of features. Although it is not as capable for automobile routing as a dedicated Auto Navigation GPS like the Street Pilot, or as powerful for Marine Navigation as a full-fledged chartplotter, it can substitute for these devices if you can live with the small display screen and lack of some features specific to Marine or Auto Navigation. For hiking or bicycling trips, it is an excellent GPS that offers far more capability than the smaller wrist-mount GPS's (although at the cost of a little more weight and bulk). The ability of the Quad Helix antenna to allow satellite lock with the unit in a pocket or mounted vertically makes it preferable to any GPS with a patch antenna for hiking or backpacking, and probably better for mounting in a car or boat where you would probably mount it vertically. NOTE: for use on a yacht making a blue-water passage, I would recommend the 60CX as an emergency backup to your boat's regular chartplotter.
    I rate the 60CX as Highly Recommended and I give it 5 stars with no reservations....more info
  • What sensitivity!
    I can get satellite lock in deep forests and in my house and places where my old Etrex Vista could not. The displays are crystle clear and easy to see in all conditions. The user interface is good compared to other GPS units I have owned but could be designed more intuitively. The device makes calculations fast. I bought North American City mapsource and they work well together. I intend to use the device for hiking and the topographic map intended to be loaded into the 60cx does not have sufficient resolution. I carry 1 to 24,000 resolution maps from Maptech set in 3d mode. I load the appropriate waypoints from this maping software into the 60CX.

    If I were buying now I would certainly look at the Garmin Etrex Vista cxh. It has the same resolution display as the 60Cx, has the same chipset, weighs less, and goes longer on a battery. It's a hundred dollars cheaper. ...more info
  • favorite GPS thus far
    I've owned 3 other Garmins through the years, and have used just about every other brand out there (Magellan, Trimble, etc). Garmin has always had the easiest and most user-friendly interface. No need to read the manual on this model for most folks. The functionality is great, and I haven't found any negatives thus far on this model....more info
  • Garmin GPSMap 60Cx
    Very nice, the best gps...Battery durability, signal sensility, screen visualization, refresh rate, capability and traceability....more info
  • GPS 60 CX
    Gave this product as a gift and he raved about it! Said it was easy to handle....more info
  • A step up
    I had a Lorence H2O GPS prior to the purchase of the Garmin GPSMAP 60cs. I have nothing negative to say about that unit and will keep it as an additional or second unit. It is a fine unit for the money. The Garmin 60CX is a big step up if you care to spend the extra cash and you get a lot for that extra. Turn-by-turn, color, twice the battery life, and that sweet SurFer board (or however its called) that performs in areas where I used to have an error rate in the hundreds and now in the tens. My first unit needed to be by the car window to get a lock. This Garmin doesn't seem to care where it sits in the car. The City Navigator software is a bit pricy to get functional street detail, but given the turn-by-turn function of the unit, I also have no problems buying it so the unit reaches full potential. If you want a solid unit, there are others out there that do fine. If you want the best you can get in a hand held, check this one out.
    ...more info
  • See Through Trees!
    The SiRF chipset in this baby is amazing. I've been using it for a week now and here are some examples:

    Oldgrowth Douglas-fir forest, trees 200 ft tall, 90% canopy closure - GPS gets 8 satellites and has my position to 10 m accuracy in about a minute.

    Doghair western hemlock forest 100% canopy closure, need a flash to take pictures at noon on a cloudless day. GPS gets 7 satellites and has my position to 10 m accuracy in a little under two minutes.

    Dense alder-maple forest at the bottom of a ravine with 70% sideslopes. 95% canopy closure. GPS gets 6 satellites and has my position to 10 m accuracy in about a minute. I put the GPS in the top pocket of my backpack and thrash through the ravine for 3 hours. Subsequent download indicates GPS never lost my position and has almost no random walk component to the trackpoint record.

    In short, the SiRF set delivers performance that I could not achieve using a $14,000 Trimble setup three years ago. GPS is finally into the woods. I wonder how it would work in a cave???

    By the way - in other respects it's pretty much what you expect of a Garmin GPS, which means great hardware and a pretty good user interface, coupled with crappy software that only runs on Windows. At least you can use Mapsource to save the tracks, routes and waypoints as GPX files which you can then view on Google Earth....more info
  • Great GPS
    I have been really happy with this GPS. I originally purchased the Etrex Legend Cx, but found that it lost signal too often under dense tree canopies that I find myself all too often under while hiking in Georgia. But I have not that that problem with the 60Cx. It has kept strong signal even under dense canopy. I now also have the Garmin map software, and use the GPS in my car to navigate around. With the windshield suction mount, I am able to easily use it to get around the city, and have found it pretty accurate....more info
  • Garmin GPSMap 60Cx Handheld GPS Navigator
    The Good
    1) Found the GPS works well.
    2) It is quick and has a nice and useful set of features.
    3) The interface is easy to use and learn
    4) Loading the software (MapSource) was easy and the GPS interfaced with my PC with no hitch
    5) Transferring data between the GPS and PC was easy and effective.
    6) I particularly like the large screen and the large fonts and this was why I bought this unit
    7) On the whole I am pleased with my purchase

    The Bad
    1) MapSource, the software supplied with the GPS did have a glitch with upgrading from the internet. Each time I tried to upgrade the software, a fatal error occurred. Garmin could not assist unless I telephoned a Garmin technician. This remains a problem.
    2) Purchasing road map data for South Africa has proved to be very expensive.

    ...more info
  • GPSmap 60Cx : FANTASTIC
    Firstly, I labored long and hard deciding between the GPSmap 60Cx and the GPSmap 60Csx... I mean WEEKS!!! The only difference between the two is minimal (just a GPS compass and barometric altimeter).

    Just got my 60Cx yesterday. Spent today playing with it and doing a little geocaching. The display screen is beautiful and a good size, too. Accuracy? I almost tripped over one cache today, and the WAAS was OFF!!! I really can't see what the GPS compass in the GPSmap 60Csx would do for me that the Cx doesn't!!

    Downloading waypoints is a snap with the various geocaching applications out there. It literally took me a whole 3 minutes to load 40-50 caches / waypoints (using the USB port).

    I would absolutely buy another one of these. Thank you, AMAZON, for making the buying and package tracking as painless as it was. Great job and thanks! I'd definitely buy another Garmin and would buy from Amazon again!...more info
  • I'm a Very Happy Owner of the Map 60Cx
    Finally a GPS unit that simply works the way it's supposed to! Ok... I admit I am still on my honeymoon with the Garmin Map 60Cx, but so far it has worked like a dream and has exceeded my expectations.

    This unit was very easy to use intuitively right out of the box. My greatest surprise was when I turned on the unit for the first time and, literally within a minute, I had locked 6 satellites! (with another 4 on the way). I just have to mention that with my previous 3 GPS units, I would have to wait 10 to 20 minutes for a lock on the minimum 3 satellites. Also, this Map 60Cx seems to keep lock well even with buildings, trees, and obstructions (whereas my previous GPS units would frustratingly lose lock when I entered a forest or even stood next to a building). This really makes the Map 60Cx a great pleasure to use. It initiates right away and keeps lock, just like it should. The displays are easy to read and interpret and it easily navigates through the different pages with simple intuitive controls (with Windows-like menus). Oh! and the colour display is great, very easy to see even without the backlight.

    The difference between the Garmin GPS Map 60Cx and the Garmin GPS Map 60CSx is that the 60CSx has an electronic compass and a barometric altimeter built in and it usually costs about $30 more than the 60Cx. I opted for the 60Cx (minus the compass and altimeter) because I already had these instruments on my wrist watch, they were redundant with the GPS compass and GPS altimeter already included with the unit, and I noticed that compared to the 60CSx with an 18 hour battery life, the Map 60Cx sips power with up to a 30 hour battery life. Since the only difference between the two are these two additional instruments (compass and altimeter), I can only surmise that the exta power drain must be related to them.

    As for battery life, I have not encountered any problems yet. One of my reasons for choosing this product is because it did NOT use an internal or proprietary rechargeable battery. I needed a unit that used plain, readily available, easily replaceable alkaline batteries. Rechargeable batteries do gradually lose their effectiveness over time (as another reviewer noted and attributed to the GPS unit). For me, it is easier and more reliable to just pop in 2 fresh Duracells than to wonder what the current max charge is on my rechargeables (or to pay $20-$30 for some exotic hard to find "EL-1078-4a" battery when it finally dies). This principle holds true for most consumer electronics. I try to avoid anything that uses some special battery (even a CR123 at $5 each) or worse, some specific proprietary battery made just for the device.

    Another key feature that I required was waterproofness. I use my GPS unit on, in and over the water (not to mention inclement weather).

    The base map is sufficient for my needs so far (hiking and geocaching), but eventually I will pick up the City Navigator software for road directions when I travel. I have seen this software in use on my friend's GPS Map 60CSx (the sister unit to the 60Cx) and despite the seemingly high additional cost, I think that for what you get, it is a good deal. Not only does it upgrade the unit into a highly effective turn by turn road navigator, but it also adds a nice city guide feature that allows you to find restaurants, gas stations, hotels, and Starbucks.

    Also, having had some previous experience in law enforcement and familiarity with the California Vehicle Code, I would like to mention that the suction-cup mount accessory for the windshield is illegal in the State of California. It's CVC 26708(a).

    UPDATE TO REVIEW 5/20/08:
    Ok, I've used this product for a year now, the honeymoon's over... LOL... ...and I still love this product. It has performed superbly way beyond my expectations. First of all, it is indeed very rugged. I've dropped this unit many times, abraded the casing against rocks, accidentally given it impromptu dunkings in rivers and streams (not sea water yet!), and have taken it into extremes of temperature from freezing 20 below, to 120 degree desert. All I can say is, it has endured all of this abuse admirably.
    Secondly, the unit when hooked up with the North America Map Pack and the car power cord (which illuminates the display constantly) serves as an excellent turn-by-turn driving GPS. Sure a bigger screen might be nice, but the GPS and directions work (with audible alerts), so I have no complaints. The big advantage is that you can easily unhook it and take the unit with you since it was designed to be handheld, thus avoiding the biggest new temptation for auto burglars.
    Thirdly, much to my delight, the base maps pre-installed with the unit include INTERNATIONAL locations also! I was able to use my GPS extensively while traveling abroad 1) ensuring that I could not get "lost" and 2) keeping an automatic, constantly updating travel track log for me. This has turned out to be a wonderful extra benefit of traveling with a good GPS unit. Everywhere I went, every interesting site, every store, every restaurant, every beautiful vista, was accurately and duly recorded, and when I got home and uploaded this track log to my computer, I have a perfect travel diary of my journey. Also, marking waypoints and actually labeling them is quite easy with this GPS unit, and I've been able to do it with gloved hands. If I'm in a hurry, I'd just set a "marker" and then come back and label it later.
    I burn through batteries at a consistent rate of 2 AAs every 3 or 4 days (as I power down at night), which is fine with me, to avoid all the hassles of recharging or degrading performance of rechargeables.

    Any negatives??
    Well, I wish that instead of suspending all functions and wasting power to give me multiple and redundant audible and lit up "pop-up" warnings that my "BATTERY IS LOW", that it would just go ahead and try to function with what little power is left until I run out of power. This is an annoying idiosyncracy of many small electronics including cell phones and iPods. I mean, I can't help but wonder how much longer these units might have functioned if they didn't expend their last gasp of power on these incessant low power warnings.
    I think I would have extended the grippy rubber covering to the sides of the unit also. The times that I've dropped it were usually because it simply slipped out of my hand while holding it along the sides.
    Alas, the nifty plastic belt clip did not last long under field use. Replacement clips are hard to get (and pricey too). I finally had to upgrade to a rugged military grade nylon web pouch (designed to hold a single smoke or flash-bang grenade). ...more info
  • Great GPS unit, even better service from Garmin
    I concur with all of the positive reviews, the unit can be thrown in a camera bag, taken deep into tree cover, through the downtown canyons--it just never seems to lose lock.

    It's obvious upon using it that the design team actually took their "baby" out into the real world and lived with it. The menu items and placement are intuitive and seldom require the use of the manual, and the auto zoom and mapping functions are highly useable while negotiating traffic in unfamiliar cities--a quick glance at the screen after it beeps is all that is required, takes about as much time as glancing at the radio or clock.

    Even better is Garmin's service policy. My battery door broke at the base of the unit. This happened after one year of ownership, looking back, I probably caused it by trying to snap the door into place once when the unit was brand new. I called Garmin's support number to order a new one and they instead shipped me one free of charge.

    That is the kind of support that will keep me coming back! ...more info
  • Best handheld GPS
    I bought this gps after reading the reviews of how sensitive and accurate it is. Add me to the list of very satisfied owners. My Garmin Legend would sometimes lose the satellites inside the house, under heavy tree cover and in the car. If I turned it on for the first in the house or under my metal car port it would take several minutes to lock on. If I turned it on while driving it could take a mile or more to lock on. The GPSMAP60CX will lock very fast under most conditions and will remain locked not matter where you take it. The Legend will give different distance readings on multiple approaches to a geocache, but the MAP 60CX will read the same every time you approach. When I park each day at work in my usual parking space, the MAP60 will read from 4 to 9 ft every time. The legend with the older gps receiver couldn't do that. Sometimes it would read 12ft and other times 35 ft and then wander even though I was sitting still. Somebody challenged me to keep it locked inside our totally metal office so I took him up and moved it all over the building but the only time it lost the signal was when I got deep into the building where there were no windows and next to a closet filled with running electronic equipment. Even then it only said "weak signal" not "no signal." The built-in base map is about the same as most - not much detail, but what do you expect in a handheld gps. I cured that by buying the South Central TOPO microSD card and now I have so much detail that I have to either turn on "declutter" or set the detail default to a lower level. Some say the maps are out of date and that is true but you can buy the latest edition of Roads of Texas or other atlas for your area and find out-of-date features also. The TOPO doesn't name all the streets so if that is your interest you need to buy city maps instead. This week I was trying to find a way to get to train derailment site in a remote area and could only find one dead end "road" on the map that looked promising. So I took it and it turned out to be a long driveway. I would say that is detail enough. If you are used to a Legend or Vista, you will find that the MAP60CX gives you much more control over your default settings. You can reorder the pages and even eliminate the ones you get tired of seeing, like the satellite page or main menu page. You also have more control over how to search for waypoints. I think just about every feature on the MAP60CX is easier to use than on the Legend or Vista. It also has a routing feature that the Legend doesn't. It will actually pick the route from starting point to destination like the auto based gps units do giving you the choice of fastest or shortest route. I don't think handheld gps units are really suitable for routing purposes because the screen is so small. These color units are hard to see unless you hold them in the sun, so for routing you have to drive with one hand. I navigate with mine, but I don't care to use the routing feature. One guy said he can't get his MAP60 to interface with the computer. It interfaces just fine but it may take you a few minutes to figure out how to configure the MapSource software that comes with the unit. I don't have a bit of trouble communicating with the computer. There is just one area where I would like to see changes made. The symbol set with the MapSource software is not the same as the one in the MAP60CX, so if you create waypoints then download them to the gps, they may be different. Also there is a set of customizable waypoint symbols that I don't have a clue as to how to use. There is no documentaion on them either in the gps manual or in the MapSource help file. ...more info
  • Perfect for my needs
    I recently used the Garmin GPSMap 60CX on a geologic field trip in the Middle East. I needed to have real-time updating of a mapping package (OziExplorer) where my position was constantly being traced on an ortho-registered bitmap aerial photo.

    The included Mapsource software was not useful for my purposes. I only used it to load the Garmin 60Cx device driver so that the laptop would recognize the Garmin when the USB interface cable was in place.

    The interface between OziExplorer running on my laptop and the 60CX was a bit unstable, becoming severed occasionally for no apparent reason. Sometimes I could re-establish the communication by just re-starting the realtime tracking in OziExplorer, but sometimes I had to shut down and restart OziExplorer to get it to reconnect. I do not know whether the instability was caused by the Garmin, the laptop, or the mapping software.

    However, no data was lost as a result of these interface problems. The Garmin continued to store the Active Track, which I could easily download into OziExplorer and store permanently at the end of the day.

    Another 60Cx feature I love is the coordinate averaging ability when marking a waypoint. It resamples the position once per second and calculates a running average. If you've ever taken 20 individual readings at a single location and plotted them, you will appreciate that the GPS coordinates bounce around within the radius of uncertainty, often as much as 6 meters. Just sitting still in the truck at a single location for a few minutes, the realtime tracking would draw a starburst pattern around our true position on the aerial photo. I could eyeball the center of the starburst and store that location with OziExplorer, or I could run the Garmin's waypoint averaging run for 2 minutes, providing me an average of 120 position calculations.

    I also experimented with using the Garmin 60Cx with realtime tracking in Google Earth Plus (you have to buy the license, but it's pretty cheap). It works, but there are some problems with Google Earth I never figured out, like how to make it keep the current position centered in the laptop screen and how to fix the viewing elevation to prevent it from zooming in ridiculously close on the current position.

    A hint to GoogleEarth users...increase the cache to the maximum 2000MB, then pan around your area of interest while connected to high-speed internet. As you slowly pan around the area, GoogleEarth will store the images to the cache file on disk, thus making them available when you are on the road and not connected to the internet. Be aware that if you exceed the cache limit your earlier panning images get pushed out to make room for new ones. Choose a viewing elevation that is not overly detailed and zoom in for fine detail only where you need it. Be sure the image loading progress gets to 100% (at the bottom of the GoogleEarth image window) before panning the image to the next view.

    I am also a Geocacher. For geocaching, the ability to upload waypoints from my computer to the Garmin is wonderful. My old GPS did not have an interface ability, and every position had to be hand entered. With the cable interface, I can load waypoints from various sources quite easily. However, I did need to use external GPS utility software to reformat waypoint files from various sources. For instance, waypoints or tracks digitized in Google Earth had to be stored as KML format, then opened in OziExplorer, which could then upload the waypoints or tracks to the Garmin.

    Overall, I am very pleased with my purchase of the Garmin GPSMap 60Cx. I would recommend it to anyone interested in high-sensitivity position determination and to those who need a real-time tracking interface with mapping software like OziExplorer or GoogleEarthPlus....more info
  • Garbage!
    My Garmin will NOT talk to either of my PCs, making it impossible to load maps, waypoints, etc. - and the maps that come with it are useless. If you want good maps, be prepared to shell out $100, and then cross your fingers and hope that your GPS and PC will talk to each other.
    Garmin's technical support has been useless. All they say is "uninstall and reinstall the drivers!" I've wasted HOURS doing this and it DOES NOT HELP. For the last month or so, Garmin's technical support has COMPLETELY IGNORED ME. I will never buy anything from them again. I would rate it zero stars, but that was not an option....more info
  • GPSMap 60Cx
    Great GPS. Intuitive interface, viewscreen large enough to discern details, whole package easy to use and get info from....more info
  • Best for what it does
    I'm giving this 5 stars as I think it is currently the best at what it does, but it does have some negatives.

    From a positve standpoint, the new chipset is excellent at picking up a signal, even indoors. I also own an etrex legend and can't get it to pick up a more then 1 or two sats, even by a window, where the 60Cx finds them quickly and was giving me an accurate reading inside my living room. The screen is clear, albiet small compared to a lot of the car units. It is slightly larger then my legend but isn't to big. It does come with a belt clip attachment which allows for easy carry and access to the unit. I paired it with the garmin brand carry case and it works well. It seems well built and all the openings a sealed with rubber gaskets. The biggest selling point for me was that it still uses AA batteries and not a proprietary rechargeable system. When those rechargeable lithium-ions start to go out on people in a few years, they may be scrambling to find replacements, what with the way tech changes so quickly, where with the 60Cx you shouldn't run into that problem. Also it means no waiting when the batteries are dead, you just pop in another set. Expandable memory is also a nice feature.

    The biggest negative is the lack of a good built-in basemap. Many of the inexpensive $200-$300 car systems have much better mapping software out of the box. Although Garmin does make much better maps available, they do so at far to high a price point. There are alot of the car units showing up with the SiRF III chipset, with some portabilty features, bigger screens, and addtional fuctions such as MP3 players, that are really looking attractive and may be a better alternative for you if you don't plan to take yours out into the field much and need the waterproofing and battery features. I also looked at the car kit for the 60Cx, but the screen seems a lillte small, and again for the price garmin wants for the 60Cx car kit I can get something like the entire Mio C310x.

    If you plan on carrying a GPS around, this and the 60CSx are as good as they get (plan on spending for a map though). If you are looking for an in car model, try something else in the Garmin line. If you want a unit to do both, this will get you close, but the bigger higher resolution screens offered on some inexpensive in car models may make getting those for $50-$100 dollars more instead of the car kit for 60Cx a better option.

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  • Best GPS I have ever had
    This is my fourth GPS I have had and it does everything I could ever want a GPS to do. I use this for Search & Rescue work, Geocaching and general GPS usage.

    Realize to really use this unit you need the maps and they are not cheap. I agree that Garmin should provide them out of the box, but they don't and we just keep buying them - so can you blame them. It connected right up to my PC and the new update software gamrin provides makes adding software a snap. I already had the TOPO software and an old version on Metroguide that was not supported by this unit. I do not know why they say that the old Metroguide is not compatible, my copy works fine and even gives routing directions. The last unit I had was the eTrex Vista. I don't miss the compass or altimeter at all, save the $50 and battery life and skip the GPSMap 60CSx. The altitude is given to you via the GPS location and you only have to move a few feet to get the compass direction.

    It picks a signal up extremely fast, better than any GPS I have ever seen before. The color screen is really amazing after being used to my monochrome unit for so many years, worth the extra cost alone. Now I can actually read the screen day or night. With the out of the box memory card I was able to load all the topo maps for Colorado and all of the metroguide data for all major cites within 200 miles of home. I was going to purchase a larger manual, but now can not think of a reason to do it.

    What I like best:
    Battery Life - even with rechargeable batteries it is amazing
    USB - easy and fast, fast, fast
    Simple Navigation
    Automatic backlight
    Ability to show topo and Metroguide at the same time
    MicroSD slot
    Ability to show current any address with one click
    Navigate on map to route points
    Water Proof (critical for the work I do)

    What could be improved:
    Slightly larger screen would be helpful
    Simplified menu navigation
    Main map page
    Ability to turn the sound up for turn notifications

    Overall for this unit has the best cost vs. performance of anything out there - but figure in the cost of maps when you look at this unit. You will not be sorry if you buy this unit.
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  • A Great Product
    A great handhelp GPS! Easy menus and very accurate. I use it while driving and Geocaching around the area! ...more info
  • Great Unit... don't know how I lived without it
    I am sooo glad I got this unit. It's so handy. Very user friendly. I suggest getting some rechargeable batteries. I have been geocaching like crazy... so fun. You will want to get the city navigator DVD with this. It has great turn by turn info. I use it to look up phone numbers, addresses, etc.. it's like having a unit with the internet (not really, but kinda).

    I am very impressed with this unit. I've dropped it in the snow twice and it kept on ticking......more info
  • reviewed by a motorcyclist
    I purchased the 60Cx to replace a Lowrance H2Oc I received at the beginning of the year. The Lowrance is a nice unit, but lacked trip routing, which I initially thought I didn't really need, but turned out to be wrong.

    The 60Cx has an excellent feel in the hands, the buttons are surprisingly firm and responsive, where my Lowrance unit's were a bit mushy. The screen is excellent, highly visible in bright light, and the backlight is effective. The factory settings for turning the light off are a bit conservative, most likely to prolong battery life. As with most anything with a screen these days, the screen itself seems like it would scratch or scuff easily. I suggest putting some kind of protector on it. I cut a protector for a Sony PSP screen to fit.

    I have not yet had to test the waterproof claims, but these were important to me, as one of my intended uses for this is mounted on my motorcycle while I'm out and about. I've used it all last season for this and it was great! If you are going to be using the unit for navigation etc you absolutely must acquire City Navigator North America, or whatever is appropriate for your region, or the pre-loaded cards. Base map detail is not enough for more then good sized city routing on highways. I also took the unit to New Zealand and it worked fine there, although Garmin's map availability is laughable, I had to purchase maps from a local shop. This is an advantage though, as apparently it's possible for 3rd parties to create compatible map data, so you are not completely reliant on Garmin.

    RAM mounts are probably not your only option for this device but I'd imagine they are among the best. For cars or other vehicles, the suction cup mounts are excellent. For motorcycles there are specific handle bar mounts usually.

    The unit also supports external antennas, although I can't imagine needing one, the reception and lock times are excellent, it it sports the well regarded SiRFIII chip. I was able to get solid locks even under thick tree cover while in New Zealand. I can also get a fairly good lock in my home without being near windows(but my house is also not one that would tend to block signal as much as many others).

    Realistically, unless you buy preloaded cards, you will also want to purchase an additional microSD card to load maps on to, microSD memory is cheap these days, don't get less then 1GB. There's a great deal of discussion as to if a 2GB card will work or not, but as far as I can tell from said discussion it will. With a 1GB card, I can load full detail and POI data for about 1/2 the continental US.

    Another bonus, the unit can be powered from it's USB port. I highly recommend you get some sort of power source for it if you will be using it in a car. This will allow the backlight to stay on while in use, which is very useful.

    While in New Zealand, my friend had an older model dash Garmin (color touch screen, voice prompting, the works) and we found that other then the touch interface and voice prompting, my handheld was nearly identical in function. My lock did seem to be faster and better though, which was expected.

    I highly recommend this unit. At least 2 people I know have purchased the identical unit after using mine, primarily for geocaching. The 60CSx, one step up, includes a barometric altimeter and electronic compass, which could be useful in certain situations, but I don't think justify the added expense....more info
  • Excellent value
    Easily seen, has all the features you need and then some. If you do your research you'll find that it has most of what the average person would want without going deeper into the wallet. Performs flawlessly and has a pretty good battery life. Battery life exceeds my Legend. ...more info
  • Great Product
    This is a very good GPS. I am a forester and I use this GPS for work and for hunting. The best feature of this GPS is that it NEVER loses contact with the satelites, even in the house. I recommend that you use batteries that can be recharged. That way you won't care if you leave it on all day. ...more info
  • Excellent Navigation
    I've had this GPS for a few months now and give it an EXCELLENT rating. I added a 1GB card to it and uploaded City Navigator North America, by Mapsource. With the 1gb card, I now have detailed roads for most of the US. A 2GB card would have given me the whole US, I suppose. I use this GPS almost every day at work. I am most impressed with the function that allows you to type in a street address and the GPS gets me there every time. Way to go Garmin!...more info
  • Garmin GPSMap 60Cx
    This is my first GPS and I wanted a unit that could be used in a variety of environments such as biking, hiking, kayaking, and in the car to. I found this unit to be easy to use with a large display and convenient controls. Also the 2 times I called Garmin with questions I was able to talk to someone who is in the USA as opposed to a person in a foreign country which can be frustrating to some. On the down side to get the most out of this unit you still need to buy additional mapping software....more info
  • Garmin handheld GPS
    This unit is very easy to use. However, it ships with a map that does not have sufficient detail to navigate. I had to buy the topographic maps for my area (adding approximately $80) to realy use the unit to navigate. The accompanying software makes it easy to add locations that you visit frequently....more info
  • Best GPS receiver I've ever used
    I was showing my new toy off at a gathering of GPS type people and the little gem managed to lock on to a signal inside in a metal roof building. It is just that good....more info
    After months of research I finally decided on the GPS MAP60CX. I added a 1GB micro SD card and loaded almost the entire US East of Chicago. It is easy to read, accurate with the new WAAS enabled, waterproof and heavy duty rubber "armor" covering. I have used it extensively for car navigation and it works like a charm. Easy to download the routes to and from the software via USB cable. This unit is just plain awesome....more info
  • I am so glad I purchased it!
    I purchased the Garmin 60Cx for my husband as a college graduation gift. I am so glad I did. We use it for everything. We travel quite a bit and it has come in handy every time, we boat in a few different lakes in TN; the lakes here are huge and the Garmin has prevented us from spending time trying to figure out how to get back to the landing. It is absolutely great. I highly recommend it. ...more info
  • Survived driving in Italy
    I just got back from a two week trip to Italy where I rented a car and drove from Sorrento to Siena. I also drove throughout the Tuscany region of Italy. I couldn't imagine driving in Italy without my Garmin 60Cx. I also used it for our walking tours in Rome. The only problems I encountered were with unexpected detours because of closed roads due to construction. Luckily I also had a good road map and directions for backup. I was amazed with the accuracy of the GPS especially when navigating through the numerous round-abouts and dirt roads that didn't appear on my road maps. I agree with all the previous reviews regarding the 60Cx - fast response, nice color display, versatility, etc. I also recommend purchasing the North American package that includes very useful accessories. The only reason I did not give this product a five star rating is the high cost of the roadmap software from Garmin....more info
  • Great for local / regional travel - not enough memory for long trips
    I just returned from a trip to Europe. For our trip we flew in to Rome, drove to a rural area an hour outside Florence, spent a week there and drove to Florence, then on to Parma, the Loire valley and finally on to Paris. I purchased this unit and the Garmin MapSource European City Navigator v8 [CD-ROM] and offer the following comments.

    1 - The unit it extremely fast and accurate in identifying location. Often I had coordinates in 20-30 seconds. I believe that this unit was more accurate than the GPS unit in my 2005 Accord. The Garmin unit knows exactly when I am at a turning point, even in Italian cities with narrow streets and 3-4 story buildings on all sides.

    2 - The ability to load in regional European maps as needed was a big selling point.

    3 - The download / upload process was relatively pain free and reasonably fast. There is no need to delete the existing maps in the unit before loading a new map in - your upload simply writes over the current maps.

    4 - The battery life seems to be as advertised. I could run the unit for anywhere from 12 to 20 hours on two standard AA batteries. My rechargable batteries ran 8-12 hours. I will probably purchase the car power cord before my next trip.

    5 - The turn-by-turn directions were mostly spot on. However there were some places in Italy where I ran in to areas that were recently / currently under construction and in these areas, some wrong turns were indicated. The most useful feature in these circumstances was the automatic recalculation for directions.

    6 - A couple of small cool items. Heading through the alps we drove through some multi-kilometer tunnels. Even though we lost satellite reception going through the tunnels, the system kept accurate track of actual mileage driven. Also, when you zoom in to a quarter mile radius, the location of restaurants, local attractions, etc show up with useful symbols, sometimes with amusing results. Outside the door of our hotel in Florence I turned on the unit and saw no fewer than 15 pizza symbols (pizzerias) within 2 blocks of our hotel.

    7 - I deduct one star because of the 64MB limit for downloadable maps. This is room for perhaps 5-8 regional maps. A regional map may cover only a relatively small area - for example you need 4-5 maps to cover Paris. This is not a problem for a person sightseeing around a limited area. However in my case, I needed directions for Parma to Paris. This 640 mile trip required 16-20 regional maps. This meant that I had to reload maps to the unit from my laptop a few times during the trip. More annoyingly, the unit could not plot out a direct trip between Parma and paris with only a subset of the maps, even when I downloaded the 'Route' plotted by my laptop. This meant that I had to tell the unit to pick an intermediary spot along the route, reach that spot and then load in the new maps.

    This means that a person not traveling with their laptop would be out of luck. It seems to me that they could have used a standard SD or CF card instead of a non-standard 64 MB memory card. Extrapolating from what I was able to do with 64MB, 2 GB would allow you to load in to memory the majority of Europe at one time - Certainly enough for a backpacker on a summer long trip or a group of people on tour with a car. This would be an AMAZING improvement and would make this device practical to a much wider market.

    Alternatively, it might be useful to change the way that the maps are segmented in the software package. For example, I was forced to load an 8MB map of a small portion of Paris even though I was only in this section for perhaps 2 miles while on a major highway. If I did not load this map, the device could not render a route to the airport.

    One alternative would be to consolidate some areas together in to fewer maps - the center of Paris can be 2 maps instead of 4 while outlying suburbs can be treated as separate maps. The other option would be to break up some large maps in to smaller sets so that you can be more selective in downloading. For example, I was in the northeast corner of Burgundy for a few miles but I had to load in the entire map segment, comprising 6MB.

    Hopefully version 9 of the software will offer some option to help solve this problem....more info
  • Great unit but WEAK volume
    Had to upgrade to the 60Cx from the 60CS due to the larger map file sizes discovered after upgrading to the new City Navigator North America version 8 software. Aside from having to buy a new unit, the 60Cx has a very weak alert tone volume. I rely on the tones to alert me to an upcoming route change, but the volume of the tones is so low, that if you have the stereo on, or are talking on a cell phone, you might not hear the tone. You'd think that Garmin could put a decent speaker in the unit and provide some way to increase or decrease the volume output. Believe it or not the volume of the 60CS was louder than the 60Cx, although still way too weak.

    This unit smokes, but it's getting only 4 stars from me because Garmin has failed to improve this feature, or lack thereof....more info
  • Garmin GPSMap 60Cx
    Since I've gotten this product, it's the best upgrade i've done. recommend this to others...more info
  • Out of the box, this thing rocks!
    Ok.. here's the deal. I've been an avid Magellan user for the past 3 years. I love my Magellan. I've never liked the Garmins because of their clumsy interface (the buttons placed above the display NEVER made sense to me) and how the menu structure was built.

    However.... We're planning a 2000 mile road trip from Utah up to the Oregon coast. We needed something with expandable memory so we could upload more than one state map at a time. My wife bought me the Magellan eXplorist 600 for Fathers Day. I forced myself to use it for two days (and believe me, it was torture). I could go on and on about why I sent it back.
    What I ordered as a replacement was the GPSMap 60Cx. Now keep in mind that I felt like someone who had turned to the dark side.
    I couldn't be happier with my decision.

    While I agree with most of the other reviews about the lack of base maps, and the expense of additional ones, this unit ROCKS! It acquires satellites within seconds. It has expandable memory. It has a color screen. It manages Geocaches. It auto-routes. It stores 1000 waypoints. It has SiRF Technology. It is a USB interface. It has a belt clip. It changes display contrast at night (automatically). It slices... It dices....
    Suddenly the Dark Side isn't so dark!!

    This is a great unit that I would recommend to anyone. ...more info
  • GPSMap60Cx is the best value for hand held GPS
    I ordered mg GPSMap60Cx and had it two days later. Amazon came through in no time. The unit itself is impressive. I sports the SiRF III GPS chip and a quad helix antenna. The SiRF chip is the best one on the civilian market for accuracy, and reception. There are other GPS units, and some by onther manufacturers that use this chip, but I decided to go with a recognisable name brand. Glad I did too. This thing gives me 6 near full signal strength sat's while under thick tree cover and tracks accuratly. I stood in one spot, marked the spot with a waypoint. Then walked a quarter mile, marked the spot, then came back to the first spot and was within a few feet of the waypoint. All under heavy tree cover. The GPSMap60 series is quickly gaining a reputation as a high accuracy reciever from what I already have read.

    The only drawback is the fact that the topo and city sreet maps are expensive. The unit is $360, and the maps are over $100 each. By the time I get done, I will be into this about $600.

    If you are looking for a hand held GPS unit, I would go with any of the 60 series from Garmin. They all have the same GPS chip and antenna. The only differences are the screen, color vs. b/w, and if it has a barometer and compass or not. The Cx that does not have an electronic compass, DOES have a compass that gives you your heading. It's operated by the sat signals, so you have to be moving to have it show you your heading. But with that, you can figure out north if you need to. I'm against having the sensors because they draw too much power to operate. It also costs another $40 for the CSx model.

    Other than that, I'm entirely satisfied with the GPSMap60Cx. It has proved to be everything that I came to expect after much research.

    Wayne...more info
  • Recommended!!!
    I just bought a garmin gpsmap 60cx. It's excellent!! New SiRF chip works great, I can confirm it does get several sat locks and even 2D and 3D fixes 2 meters away from windows, indoor, ofcrs. Size is just about fine, I will really feel bad on paying US$400 for something smaller than my hand. Love the external connectivity options. Weight is fine too. Lots of features. I would add some others, but nothing important really (ie. volume control). I also think a thermometer will be nice and inexpensive.
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  • Very awesome product but map is lacking
    I still own my Garmin GPS 10. It's a wireless bluetooth gps device for a Pocket PC/Laptop. This product is so awesome, I decided to stick with Garmin. This led me to the 60Cx.

    The biggest con to this device is that the maps are very basic. Notice on all the 60Cx product images, it'll say in small print "Shown with optional MapSource data." This might be bearable for hiking but is horrible for automotive use. You will need to buy detailed maps that can run over $100.

    The extra features such as information on sunrise/sunset or fishing/hunting conditions are very convienent. This device is definately a dream for anyone who love gps functionality.

    The color screen is also very nice. In direct sunlight, I was able to see it with clarity. The brightness of the screen is at a perfect level for night use. It's not too bright and not too dim.

    The controls are clumsy at times but i guess you'll get use to it. The sensitivity is great! I never got signal in my house with my GPS 10. The 60cx picked up signal with no problem.

    My customization:

    Garmin City Select North America v6 was included with my Garmin GPS 10. I registered the device online. Through Garmin's site, I was able to generate a 2nd unlock code. I used this unlock code to installed City Select North American v6 onto my 60cx. It's funny that Garmin's site doesn't mention it was compatible with City Select. My 60cx now has detailed maps and added functions such as being able to search for addresses which wasn't possible with 60cx's basemaps. I am also very happy with the performance of the device. It basically does everything my Pocket PC and GPS 10 does. Once i installed the detailed maps, this device has been a dream gps device. I used it in the car and for hiking. It will be great when I go visit New York for the first time.

    Overall, I think this is a great gps device. It is solidly built and waterproof at that. Everything about it is great EXCEPT for the horrible basemaps. You will have to shell out over $100 for detailed maps but if you add up the total it still comes out cheaper than my Pocket PC + GPS 10 combo(about $640 for me). I think the 60cx is worth every penny.

    May 2006

    I've had the 60Cx for 3 months now. It is still an awesome device. One thing I want to comment on is battery life. I do not use regular alkaline batteries. I use Energizer Rechargables, 2500mah, and slow recharge at 8 hours per session. I entered in an address that was 2 hours from where I was started. It tracked my position, estimated time til turn and estimated arrival time. When I got to my destination, the GPS battery meter was at HALF. the GPS will only last on average of 4-5hours while on a route. This is still pretty good comparing it to my Dell Axim + GPS 10 combo. I am not sure how long it will last if you're just using it without being on a route.

    I was a bit dissapointed that Garmin did not state how it got the 30 hours battery life. They might just mean 30 hours on standby.

    Also, the 60Cx does drain your batteries even while it is off. I had my unit stored in the drawer for a week. The batteries were drained. So it is highly recommended you get rechargable batteries for this device. If you are taking it with you on a trip, bring at least two sets of battery....more info
  • Hyper Sensitive and Accurate! Just Awesome!
    I recently received my 60cx from Amazon, and after putting it through its paces, I am extremely impressed with it. I had the older GPSMAP 60c as well, and did some comparisons between the two.

    Garmin's not kidding when they say this receiver is more sensitive. I can pick up at least 5 satellite locks from INSIDE my house, about 10ft away from any window. I don't even know how it's possible, but it locks on and maintains its signal.

    Navigation is awesome as well. Do yourself a favor and get the CitySelect Maps for this thing, they're great. Highly detailed. The processor even seems faster as well. The re-draw time on the maps is fast, even when at maximum detail.

    Bottom Line, if you're looking for a fantastic GPS unit that is perfect for rugged activities like hiking and geocaching, and can also handle "turn-by-turn" road navigation with ease, then this is the GPS for you! Garmin has done a great job with this thing! Buy this now! ...more info