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Garmin eTrex Legend HCx

Garmin eTrex Legend HCxPart of what makes a GPS handheld device worth it is how fast it responds to GPS signals, giving you an idea of just where you are in a built-in basemap. As to high sensitivity, the Garmin eTrex Legend HCx is just the device for you. That is, if you can deal with not having the barometric altimeter which has been a staple to just about every new GPS handheld device coming out of the woodwork. But if you can make do without it, why not settle for a device that provides you the other basic functions and therefore not have to spend a fortune? Its price is also down to $129 in most stores so now is probably a good time to start looking for this model.

As to the basic features, this article will first enumerate them in order to give you an idea of the functions that you are NOT missing out on. Here they are:

  • Highly-sensitive WAAS-enabled GPS receiver
  • Built-in basemap with automatic routing
  • USB connection for fast map downloads

As you can see, the Garmin eTrex Legend HCx has the important functions that a typical traveler can certainly utilize on his travels. The WAAS-enabled GPS receiver gets the job done, since you can get a bearing of where you are in the map without having to rely on an audio telling you where to go in every road you encounter. So wherever you are, whether you’re driving off the beaten path or having an adventure in high terrain, this device can certainly help you determine where you are in the map. The acquisition times are simply awesome. There’s also a calculator, a stop watch, and a calendar that can come in handy in your travels. The application that allows you to track the phases of the sun and the moon can be helpful in navigation as well. In geocaching, the device is compatible with Garmin’s Chirp, a powerful wireless device that improves GPS connectivity. It is recommended that you buy the Garmin’s Chirp to further improve navigational functions since it’s cheap, reliable and waterproof. Caching coordinates is also further enhanced when using this impressive device.

As to design, the overall look for Garmin eTrex Legend HCx is not too shabby either. It’s lightweight and can easily fit into your hand and in your pocket. Screen size is just about right with its 1.7 inchx1.3 inch screen dimensions. Reading the monitor is a breeze as well since the unit has a 256-color high resolution with a backlit screen for reading in the absence of light. Its resistance to water is measured up to a rating of IPx7, which is a boon in cases where you drop the unit in bodies of water accidentally.

Battery Life
Most GPS handheld devices can only last up to 16-20 hours. While you can avoid battery drainage by remembering to charge the device before heading out, it’s always better to be sure that the battery won’t run out on you. When it comes to that, you can rely on this GPS model since it’s battery can last up to 25 hours.

As previously mentioned, this GPS device lacks the barometric altimeter and the electronic compass, which makes it difficult to achieve highly accurate readings.

The Garmin eTrex Legend HCx is the best GPS handheld device that you can have if you don’t mind not having the barometric altimeter.  But it still gets the job done, and won’t pose much of a disadvantage in the long run.