Garmin eTrex 10
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $115
A quality entry level GPS that will will satisfy any expert.
- accurate and reliable
- easy to read
- easy to use
- good battery life (~25 hours)
- inexpensive (~$115)
- light weight
- not all functions are covered in the user manual
- joist stick needs improvement
The Garmin eTrex 10 is a great product. It's best used in conjunction with a map and compass as it lacks extra features such as detailed, color maps that are available on more expensive models. But let's face it, you should never haphazardly wander into the wilderness relying solely on a GPS to begin with, so get a map as well.
It has a fairly small B&W screen but it is not so small that it hinders ease of use or readability. The unit fits in hand comfortably and is small enough to place in your pocket when not in use.
The biggest flaw with this product is that the user's manual is far from complete, so some functions require a little experimentation to learn how to use. Even after reading the downloadable user's manual available on Garmin's website, not all features are explained. But this is not a major undertaking. Never having used GPS before, I was able to figure out how to use all of the features available on the device over two days of on-and-off experimentation.
The other flaw is that the joist stick doesn't always activate the desired menu or function the first time it's pressed. You have to be careful to press it straight down, otherwise it just toggles to the next menu option. As I recognize that this could be improved upon, the joist stick has never failed and usually activates your selection with a second depression.
The other thing is that the unit requires Garmin Base Camp (downloadable for free) to delete old or accumulated geocaches and waypoints. However Base Camp also allows you to view your tracks and route information via the computer and gives you the option to import these items into Google earth, which is great!
The eTrex 10 has always been accurate and reliable. I have spent 2+ years hiking on and off-trail in the New Jersey Pinelands, which can best be described as a pretty homogenous landscape, and this device has provided me with accurate coordinates and reliable performance every time I head off trail. While accuracy can decrease depending on weather, terrain, and tree cover, this device is accurate when used under ideal and close to ideal conditions.
This is typical of GPS units in general though and is not a flaw with this particular model. Even when it is not spot on, it is accurate enough for most uses. I know it is accurate because I have map skills. If someone tells you that this device is not accurate, it's probably a baseless statement as you need to be able to compare your known position on the landscape to a discernible spot on a map and then compare your GPS coordinates with that spot in order to evaluate accuracy objectively.
Overall, this is a great product and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. I even went back and bought a second unit. I highly recommend it! Hope this helps and have fun out there!
Price Paid: $109
Great unit!! Great accuracy and battery life.
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An improved interface and worldwide basemap, the Garmin eTrex is an entirely new device poised for new adventures.
The compact Garmin eTrex 10 GPS gives you quick and easy GPS functionality at a great value. It's perfect for geocaching and hiking. Includes a worldwide basemap so you can know where you are and where you're going. WAAS-enabled receiver locates your position quickly and maintains reception under heavy cover. Compatibility with Russian Glonass system allows about 20% faster and more reliable satellite acquisition, helpful in challenging spots such as deep canyons or tall buildings. Monochrome display is easily viewed in bright sunlight. Supports geocaching GPX files for downloading geocache locations and details straight to the unit using the high-speed USB connection. Stores and displays geocache location, terrain, difficulty, hints and descriptions-no more manually entering coordinates or toting around paper printouts! Operational buttons are located along the sides of the device for easy 1-hand operation. 2 AA batteries (sold separately) provide up to 25 hrs. of use of the Garmin eTrex 10 GPS. Waterproof design meets IEC 60529 lPX7 standards (can be submerged to 1m for up to 30 min.).
Stay on course whether you're hiking, camping, or geocaching with the eTrex 10 GPS from Garmin. This little device is equipped with a high-sensitivity GPS with HotFix satellite technology and a preloaded worldwide basemap so that you always know where you are, wherever you are.
- Mountain Gear
For those who live to explore new places, the benefits of a GPS are plainly obvious. Whether you're planning a route, or you just want to know where you are, the Garmin eTrex 10 GPS is a reliable unit that redefines our expectations of entry-level GPS systems. It's highly resistant to water, dirt, and impact, so a quick tumble into a stream won't phase it, and it's been updated for faster positioning no matter where you are on the planet. Factor in the easy to read 2.2 inch monochrome screen, and a new paperless geocaching feature, and you've got no more excuses for getting lost. That is, unless you leave it at home.Tucked into the durable body is the monochrome screen, which is easily visible in both high and low light. While it forgoes the topographic map capabilities of Garmin's top tier offerings, the 10's Basemap runs off of grid coordinates, making it a snap to locate your position. Waypoints can be selected off of the mapping feature, or by importing them from other devices. It's easy to save, modify, and index your routes for future trips. By downloading a geocaching .GPX file, you'll have access to hidden caches, for more options on your next outing. And you're able to select the profile of your trip, which helps you to organize your information between recreation, driving, boating, and training. By using both GPS and GLONASS satellites, the eTrex 10 is able to determine your location 20% faster than GPS alone, and maintain it with greater precision. To ensure that your information is presented in a way that works for you, the dashboard is customizable with a compass, altimeter, and configurable data fields, among other tools. The Garmin eTrex 10 GPS is available in the color Yellow, and includes a USB cable and startup guide.