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4.0 out of 5 stars
Bargain well performing unit, Works with many Free Maps, 27 July 2009
I was in two minds if I needed the Oregon200 or another better model. After buying the 200 due to lower price, I am now satisfied it is good value for money and the extra cost for the higher models is unneccessary. The 300 and 400 have electronic compass and barometric pressure measurement of altitude. It is worth noting that the 200 does measure altitude by satelite, accurate enough for most people, it also has an electronic compass, also showing a bearing off your chosen course. The only difference-you have to be moving for it to sense your direction you are facing (little hardship really)
There are several reviews stating they only accept Garmin maps which are expensive. I can say this is utter nonsense. There are many maps available FREE on the internet for most countries in the world compatible with the Garmin. I would say there are more than for any other make. Within a day I had downloaded the full UK track and trail with landscape features, all Australia, and Poland. Just copy them to your memory card and hey-presto it is done.
Just Google 'Mapsntrails' or 'talkytoasteruk' for a wide selection of maps.
I recently used my oregon 200 to navigate most of the lake district off-road, over several days and nights. After easily downloading the route to the garmin, I was easily able to find my way round following the course, even in total darkness with no other navigational aids.
The unit can be used as a basic in-car sat-nav too although this is not the main design purpose. I used it over a one month period navigating around Australia on roads and outback trails. Just set all the locations of places I wanted to go and the Hotels in the unit and it worked great over 9000miles of touring and I never got lost once. Great if you like to get off the beaten track. Bear in mind you cannot put a postcode into the unit - it uses grid references or names of streets, towns etc, or simply identify a location on the screen map.
If you dont need barometric pressure measurement, and can do without a compass when you are static, then the 200 is all you need.