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4.0 out of 5 stars A good gps at a reasonable price, 23 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Garmin eTrex Venture HC Handheld GPS Navigator (Electronics)
Due to the loss of a previous eTrex Camo which I had been using for four years on hill-walking weekends I quickly decided to buy another GPS and after looking at some reviews and allowing myself a budget of around £100 I settled on the eTrex Venture. I have not been disappointed. The interchangeable colour display, and greatly improved satellite sensitivity were initial observations. Indoors or under heavy tree cover the Venture had no trouble with a signal unlike my earlier model which usually lost contact with satellites under such conditions.
The menu system is more user friendly than earlier systems, although the " gear lever" type toggle switch on the front is a pain-the slightest touch gives it a mind of its own.
A good idea is to buy a small belt attachable digital camera case ( only a few pounds) and use it to hold the unit while walking-the unit continues to track with no problems.
I use rechargeable batteries and anything from ten to fourteen hours continuous use is my experience.
I have not yet bought any decent downloadable digital maps, the map provided is very basic and certainly not adequate for hill-walkers, however for basic trekking and route setting they are not necessary, and I always carry a map anyway.
I have a few gripes-the main one being the instruction manual which provides a poor introduction to the initial setting up of the Venture. I had to do some searching online to get a few well constructed paragraphs on initial setup, after that the manual is OK. The already mentioned toggle switch is a useful idea, but quite annoying due to extreme touch sensitivity. I also think Garmin could stretch to an improved map for walkers.
Nevertheless, I am very pleased with the unit and find a great improvement over the previous model I owned-at a similar price.
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