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Garmin eTrex Legend Handheld

Garmin eTrex Legend Handheld

The Garmin eTrex Legend is a reliable WAAS-capable receiver that rapidly and easily finds your position and lets you easily reach your... Read More
The Garmin eTrex Legend is a reliable WAAS-capable receiver that rapidly and easily finds your position and lets you easily reach your destination. With a full basemap of America, the Atlantic, or the Pacific, this Garmin GPS receiver takes you to your desired location quickly. The decent capacity internal memory of this Garmin GPS device store all your maps and routes. The Garmin eTrex Legend GPS receiver has 1000 waypoints, 10 navigation tracks, 2048 tracklog points, and more, which lets you rapidly find your landmarks through an easiest route. You can navigate for an entire day, with ease, as this Garmin GPS receiver that has a battery life of up to 18 hours. The 160 x 288 pixels LCD screen of this Garmin GPS device provides a clear view of your menu and maps. Minimize
Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars
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By:   sdleo
Feb 21, 2002
Garmin eTrex Legend Handheld

An amazing piece of technology

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Amazing array of features. Small, light, and durable. Superb for road trips and flying.

Cons: Only Garmin brand software can be used to load maps.

The Bottom Line: 
Outstanding device! If it had expandable memory, it would be the only GPS unit you'd ever need.

Author's Review
I recently upgraded from a plain-vanilla Etrex because I wanted something that had mapping features. What an amazing device!

This unit is incredibly useful whether you use it for hiking, driving or flying. I've used it for all three activities and it's performed magnificently.

It's small, light and tough as nails. It shakes off weather (it's submersible to three feet of water for 30 minutes), temperature (I used it all day in 105 degree heat), and shock (I've accidently dropped it on to the pavement a couple of times - oops!).

The map that is factory loaded into the unit includes all of the major freeways, the minor highways, and most larger streets. You will never again have to wonder how you're going to get back on to the freeway.

One of the most useful features when when you're using it on a road trip is the freeway exit information. The unit will tell you which freeway exits have gas, food, lodging, rest stops, etc.
But, this is not just generic information. If you want to find an exit that has an Arco station and a Taco Bell, it'll tell ya. An exit with a Shell station and a Days Inn? No problem!

All of this comes pre-loaded into the unit and requires no additional software.

The unit really comes alive however, when you use the Mapsource software (about $120.00). I purchased the Metroguide USA software, but there are other flavors available like topographic maps, and the less-detailed Roads and Recreation CD.

With the serial cable (which is included with the unit) you can upload/download waypoints, maps and a cool array of interesting places.
I load maps for the areas which I'm going to be visiting and I am astounded with the amount of detail even in small residential areas in tiny little towns.

The only gripe with the downloaded maps is that the accuracy suffers when your zoomed in at 200 feet or less. Not a big deal, but you get jaded by the otherwise amazing accuracy.

It has almost every conceivable data display available, and all of the screens can be modified to suit your tastes.

If you're thinking of buying a small, light, multipurpose GPS unit that shines at a multitude of tasks, get one of these! At less than $250.00 you won't be sorry.


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