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Garmin eTrex 30 Outdoor Handheld GPS Unit

by Garmin
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RRP: £209.99
Price: £156.52 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • 2.2-inch, colour display that’s easy to read in any lighting situation
  • Durable and waterproof, eTrex® 30 is built to withstand the elements
  • 3-axis tilt-compensated compass and barometric altimeter
  • Supports geocaching GPX files for downloading geocaches and details straight to your unit.
  • High-sensitivity, EGNOS-enabled GPS receiver and HotFix® satellite prediction to locate your position quickly

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  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 10.2 x 5.3 cm ; 141 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required.
  • Item model number: 010-00970-20
  • ASIN: B00542NVS2
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 11 Aug 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,383 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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140 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Fellrunner on 16 Mar 2012
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The 2 star review is so wrong - the reviewer obviously did not check out first what he was actually buying.

The eTrex 30 is a very sophisticated piece of kit - incredibly quick to locate your position and very accurate (it can tell if you are on one side of a road or the other and the isosceles triangle icon on the screen not only shows your location but also the direction you are facing). The features and menu options are also very intuitive and the buttons and "toggle / joy-stick" are very easy to operate - you can do eveything with your thumb, even when wearing mits.
The features such as the "trip meter" are brilliant (even tells you how long to sunset) and loading routes to and from your computer is a doddle.It has a three dimensional compass that very few GPS have - which means it works even when you are standing still (this is the only difference from the slightly cheaper eTrex 20). The altimeter is also very accurate. Phone apps are no-way comparable to what this piece of kit can do (also, using your phone as a GPS will run the battery down very quickly).

Two AA batteries do last the 25 hours advertised - Iam getting three days walking out of them.

I bought it so that I could download 1:2500 maps of specific areas as I need them. Two problems with this: 1) It works out very expensive (e,g. Lake District = £100) and 2) as the 2* reviewer says the "base map" on "BirdsEye" is so poor that you can not accurately identify the area that you you are purchasing - which means that you can make expensive mistakes. This is a pity as the "purchase only what you need" feature is supposed to be a big selling point - I have been told that my email complaining about this has been passed on to the boffins at Garmin.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Allan Macdonald on 24 Jun 2012
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I have bought Garmin units for years, both in car and handheld units like this.
The new Etrex is a very nice unit. The display is better than the old Etrex, battery life is better and overall its smaller. The menu system is different and takes a few extra clicks to get to the screen you want, but overall it is a worthy upgrade from my Vista CX.
The only thing I don't like is that the joystick is now the other side of the screen, making left handed / left thumbed operation difficult. You either cover the screen when using the joystick or learn to use it in your right hand.

Now, all Garmins in-car units have superb mapping, far better than the competition. So, why are the base maps supplied in handheld units such utter rubbish? Unless you are happy walking looking at a blank screen, you are going have to dig deep in your pockets and buy some sort of mapping to install.

You have a choice. Birds Eye maps look a great idea, but the area you get for £20 or so is tiny. 600SqKm sounds big, but it isn't. And, be very careful when you do order Birds Eye maps because if you don't download and buy exactly what you want first time, your stuck with it. I know! They are also quite poor to look at on screen. Not nice and sharp, but a bit blurry. I kept expecting the image to snap into focus, but it doesn't.
Then you have Garmins TOPO maps, which are good, but expensive and the Discoverer range is again good, but expensive.

But, there is another option. OpenStreetMap. Its free, routable, and is similar to Garmins TOPO maps. Search for them and download one to a micro sd card. I have the whole of GB on a 2gb card.

So, now there is no excuse not to get a nice shiny garmin handheld and when you do, you won't be stuck with inferior built in maps or expensive add ons.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Oct 2013
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I bought an eTrex 30 after my venerable Garmin GPS 12XL was stolen and I needed a replacement. The eTrex 30 is a good, well designed machine and is pretty much ideal for its intended purpose which is mainly for walking and outdoor pursuits. I would also say that it is suitable for normal military use. It is a handy size, tough, waterproof, and has a great display which is readable in all pretty much all lighting conditions, even in bright sunlight. It is very accurate being able to use both GPS and GLONASS satellite systems. It finds satellites quickly and is ready to navigate within 30 seconds to a minute of being switched on. Battery life is good and the built-in software fit for purpose, although it takes a few hours of playing with it to become familiar. Regular Garmin software updates are easily installed using a PC with USB connection and the Garmin software obtainable from their web site.

There is a built-in compass although a lot of users seem to have had problems with it. As supplied, my unit did not calibrate properly and my attempts to recalibrate were met with a "fail" message. Even so, the compass still worked and was reasonably accurate when checked against my Francis Barker M73 prismatic compass (which does not lie). Recent software updates have eradicated the calibration failure although I have yet to test the durability of the compass over an extended period. In fact, I may never do so. Whilst it is nice to have a compass available on the GPS, the compass is not its main function and with a Francis Barker compass available (or any other decent compass) , why would I rely upon a battery-driven electronic device which may or may not be accurate? Any serious military user, walker or out-door type will always have a good compass with them.
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