Features and Capabilities
Now let’s get back on course with our review of the GPSMAP 60CSx. Here is a list of the features that make it the cream of the crop:
· A High-sensitivity GPS receiver and SiRF star III chipset which is received through a helix antenna locks on to those satellites in heavy tree cover, deep canyons, and heavy cloud cover with 12 channels.
· The electronic compass shows you your heading and direction, which is important but not always included on other models.
· The barometric altimeter allows you to feel proud of the elevation you gained or ashamed of the poor shape you are in when you have not climbed that high at all. Use this feature accordingly.
· The IPX7 waterproof (and dustproof) case can even be totally submerged in water. In addition, a quickly accessible button immediately marks the spot of a “man overboard."
· The display screen is large and in color, easily viewable no matter where the sun or moon happen to be.
· It has a roughly 18-hour battery (2 AA) life.
· Stores up to 1000 waypoints. Plenty of memory (with removable card) to download more maps and you can purchase cards with up to 1 GB of memory for more detailed maps.
· A blank 64-megabyte (MB) microSD card comes with the 60CSx, which enables you to store extra maps from optional MapSource® mapping software.
· Use the USB cable to hook your device to your computer and you can load map data, cache points, or transfer routes and waypoints.
· You can buy extra MicroSD cards that are preloaded MapSource maps if you want them. Garmin’s Topo maps are fantastic to have along with you.
This unit looks somewhat like a walky-talky with the antennae. Many folks find the user rather intuitive but navigating through the icons can take some getting used to especially if you have not owned a GPS device before. I highly recommend becoming familiar with your unit by reading the dreaded manual or via the Web before going on an expedition so you will know what to expect and how to make th e thing generate the specific information you are interested in. Once you know what Icon’s lead you to the vast stores of knowledge about a given feature. This unit will cost you roughly $350.