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Garmin eTrex H Handheld GPS Navigator

by Garmin
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)

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  • A lightweight, waterproof GPS handheld for outdoor enthusiasts on a budget
  • With a high-sensitivity GPS receiver that locks onto satellite signals quickly and maintains accuracy
  • Store up to 500 waypoints and use TrackBack to find your way home
  • Easy-to-follow pointer to show you which direction to go (no street or terrain maps)
  • Rugged for outdoor use and small enough to fit into the palm of your hand.
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 5.1 x 11.2 cm ; 150 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required.
  • Item model number: 010-00631-10
  • ASIN: B000PDV0CE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 13 Sep 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,835 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Outdoor enthusiasts, geocachers and anyone looking for adventure will love the eTrex. It combines intuitive, easy-to-use features and a rugged exterior into a lightweight package that is only 10 cm high and 5 cm wide. The result is a lightweight GPS navigator that will literally fit in the palm of your hand.

Built for Adventure
You can operate your eTrex with just one hand using five buttons, which are located on either side of the eTrex within easy reach of your fingers. Thanks to its bright yellow case, the eTrex is easy to find in your boat or backpack. You'll notice that eTrex's 12-parallel channel GPS receiver locks onto satellite signals quickly and maintains accuracy, even in tough conditions.

Find It and Go
With eTrex, your adventure can last and last — up to 22 hours on just 2 AA batteries (not included). While you roam, you can store up to 500 waypoints in memory for easy retrieval. Just enter the point you want to go to, and eTrex points you to your destination (no street or terrain maps). To get home, use Garmin's exclusive TrackBack® feature to reverse your track log and help you navigate back to your starting point.

eTrex: Find adventure. Find fun!

Box Contains

  • Garmin eTrex H handheld GPS navigator
  • Wrist strap
  • Owner's manual
  • Quick start guide


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400 of 404 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comparison with Old Etrex 1 April 2008
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I have had an original etrex for the last 15 years, which I normally use for fellwalking and geocaching, exchanging information with OS digital mapping on my pc. It cost 130, and the only weakness was poor sattelite reception under tree canopy and cliff face shadow. I have now bought an etrex H, and taken them both out together. The H performs a lot better in areas of poor reception, with an average accuracy twice as good as the old etrex in areas of poor reception. (eg:15ft against the old units 30ft) It even holds a signal when carried in a coat pocket, where the original one isn't useable, warning of poor gps signal. I am very impressed and satisfied with the H, and as a bonus, it only cost 65.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Safely back from Exmoor 23 Sep 2008
By blzbub
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I have just returned from Exmoor where I used my Garmin for the first time. I used it in conjunction with Memory Map software - allowing me to create OS Explorer 1:25000 scale mapping routes which I then downloaded to the Garmin as listed waypoints (routes). I did try using it manually - typing in given waypoints from guide books but this is a tad time consuming and tedious and doesn't help battery life. Although the digital mapping is easier to use, it does come at a price (Dartmoor/Exmoor 80-00), but I was so impressed I purchased the Lake District too.
However used, manually or with software, one thing's for sure - it's a great asset; used with a map, you can't go wrong - or if you do it will show you!
The Garmin really showed its potential in wooded areas where it coped brilliantly under thick canopy and especially where footpaths became indistinct and hard to follow.
My only gripe (and a small one it is too) with the Garmin is that to automatically follow a route (being guided from waypoint to waypoint) you do need to be at waypoint 1 to start. This is slightly annoying when you park up near the start of your route and you find that your first waypoint is down the hill from the car park and the second waypoint is up the hill from the car park. You must go down hill to waypoint 1 first to activate the route before you can come back up the hill to waypoint 2 and automatically continue. Other than that, this is a great bit of kit - highly reccomended.
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123 of 125 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin... 10 May 2008
If you're after a simple, lightweight GPS with extremely impressive reception, this is it.

I've used quite a few different GPS, and this is the only one that maintains a lock in my trouser pocket, when I'm in a cutting in the forest. Cold- and warm-start satellite acquisition is quick, and hot-start is essentially instant.

I never let my GPS completely run out of juice, but the stated 17h battery life seems about right.

I use GPS as a backup to traditional navigation, and to help measure progress on longer trips - so I've no need to use the computer interface. Entering waypoints manually is a bore on the eTrex, but again - I don't need to do that.

So - I think it does exactly what it's intended to, reliably and fast. 5 stars.
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235 of 240 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Bit of Kit 6 Oct 2008
A few mates in the Army had eTrex units and always spoke very highly of them (rugged, idiot proof, accurate) so decided I'd give it a go. Looked on Amazon and realised that the eTrex was being sold by someone else so with the P&P it came out more expensive than the eTrex H from Amaxon with free delivery. Bit of a no brainer! I ordered the eTrex H in a bit of a rush before I went gadding around the Transylvanian Alps. Unit arrived in 3 days (thanks Amazon!) and off I trotted.

The unit is extremely easy to figure out. I did the usual bloke thing and binned the instructions almost straight away and only referred to the quick start guide a few times which was ample.

The unit performed brilliantly and even coped with the extremes of altitude (up around 5000 feet) followed by sitting in a gorge surrounded by trees the next. Very accurate, I followed the advice on this page about leaving the unit for 10-15 mins after turning it on in plain sight of the sky whilst it sorted its life out and this seemed to work a treat. The time I didn't, it took 20 mins to acquire a signal to tell me my location and even then took another 5 mins to get down to a 10m accuracy. Leaving it for 10-15 mins at start up got me to within 3m almost every time and seemed to maintain a Sat lock better as well. Battery life was around 25 hours (consistantly, and that was with rubbish Army batteries not posh ones).

In all, what a cracking bit of kit. No frills just a grid, altitude, bearing and a few other niceties on a unit that's gotten me out of the poo on a couple of occasions already. Go on, buy it. I'm glad I did!
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ideal companion for a map and compass! 16 Jan 2009
By aka.ben
I bought an original GPS12 years ago used it once and never again, well the technology has come along way since, spent a long time researching gps units, with maps or without, colour, bw, etc etc. The basic Etrex H is all I need, I have Quo maps I can print out as many maps as I like time and time again, so I can't see the need for a tiny map on a screen plus Quo interfaces perfectly with the gps unit. My mate has the old Etrex which is on a par with the GPS12 and never gets used, the new H model is superb, I leave it on all day with rechargeable batteries (can get two days from one set), I get my accurate position instantly, it records the track logs for downloading later, can upload routes etc, I'm impressed. I would suggest anyone buying this also gets some digital mapping software and leads, that would be my one critic, it doesn't come with leads, (I found one on ebay `gpsbitz' that work perfectly) I also use Memory Map but recently changed to Quo at half the price! Conclusion the Etrex H is the perfect companion for a map and compass, happy walking! Ps I found Amazon the cheapest, no postage, you know what your getting and you can trust em!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Garmin e Trex H Handheld GPS Navigator
Very Pleased with my Garmin e Trex Handheld GPS Navigator. I have used it many times when Trekking, the mountains of Wales and local areas. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M J McAdams
4.0 out of 5 stars A valuable asset
When I went shopping for this I just wanted an entry-level GPS navigator that would give me at least a 6 figure OS map reference. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Elginson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product.
Very sensitive, basic feature set, not quick to lock on to satellites at a new site, but that might be the fault of the GPS system, since the box needs to download the epherides... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dr. L. Goodwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product
Good for geo caching. had many hours of fun out with the garmin eTrex. Scouts will walk for miles with it without moaning....lol
Published 7 months ago by hn
5.0 out of 5 stars Just whwt I needed
This item is just what I needed not over the top but gives me the info I need when out on the water.
Good value for money.
Published 12 months ago by Russ
5.0 out of 5 stars Great basic unit
For those starting with a GPS this is a great easy to use unit. Purchase and when necessary move on to a more complex unit.
Published 14 months ago by Yamitori
5.0 out of 5 stars GPS
This is excellent for naturalists and Geographers. Simple to use but eats batteries. Excellent free Youtube videos on how to use.
Published 14 months ago by bjude
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value
Inadequate instructions, in my opinion...
If I were to buy again, I'd pay more money to get a device which would connect with a computer, assuming such device exists... Read more
Published 14 months ago by S. N. Johnstone
4.0 out of 5 stars Geo
I found it to be quite good but rather inaccurate in locating caches,in fact out by a few feet.
My phone does better
Published 14 months ago by Trevor Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy for beginners
Records distance, speed etc. but as mentioned no maps. Sooner or later mapping might be excess art though expensive. At least this lasts all day unlike my iPhone battery.
Published 16 months ago by S. L. Quinn
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