DeLorme Earthmate GPS PN-30
Price Paid: $280
I have used the PN-30 for about 6 months now. I have used it to road navigate from Western PA to Acadia NP in Maine. The POI were very helpful in feeding hungry kids en-route without waiting for pizza.
I have also used the PN-30 during a recent elk hunting trip in Colorado. it was very useful in locating water holes that I had located on Google Earth or Bing maps.
The maps and aerial photos that are available to overlay the topoUSA software are incredible. The base TopoUSA maps were some of the best maps of the area we were hunting showing pack trails the other maps didn't. The software is very powerful maybe too much for some people.
Battery life is OK, not great. I use rechargeable Duracell and get around 10-14 hours of continuous use. The batteries lasted the entire week in Colorado, by turning the unit off and using my compass.
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The affordable DeLorme PN-30 GPS delivers fast and sensitive performance, high-quality color maps and amazing aerial, color satellite and USGS maps! See your location and plot routes on all types of maps: USGS quad, aerial, colorized satellite imagery and DeLorme Topo USA topo and street maps. Preloaded worldwide highway and major road base maps can be overlaid with various map types at user-controlled zoom levels. Includes DeLorme Topo USA National software with full vector-based topographic and street-level desktop mapping to plan your next outing. Upload maps, routes and waypoints to the PN-30 as well as view tracks, routes and waypoints made in the field within the desktop software back at home. Includes certificate for $40 of imagery downloads from DeLorme. Hit the trail fast! PN-30's address-level street routing lets user plan and follow driving routes within areas that map coverage has been uploaded. Features high-resolution, transreflective TFT color display with 2.2-in. viewing area for use in sunlight to total darkness. Generous 500MB internal flash memory for user-uploaded maps; SD memory card slot accepts up to 32GB SDHC cards for storage of extensive map sets. Includes 1GB SD card for additional storage and transfer convenience. Powerful, high-sensitivity, chipset and proprietary filter yield rapid TTFF (Time To First Fix), outstanding signal retention and enhanced accuracy. NMEA-compliant 32-channel receiver maintains a signal lock in dense foliage and narrow urban canyons. Waterproof construction keeps unit functioning; meets IPX-7 standards (submersible to 1m for 30 min.). Comes with: DeLorme Topo USA DVD, $40 certificate for imagery downloads, 78-in. USB cable, neck lanyard and 2 AA batteries. Also includes 1GB SD card along with comprehensive user manual with usage scenario tips.
Between the dual core processor, integrated high sensitivity antenna, waterproof construction and included map sets the PN-20 is a fantastic value for the GPS user.