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Best Handheld Marine GPS – Unbiased Reviews

Choosing a handheld GPS for your boat, whether as a primary or back up navigation device, amounts to determining how you intend to use this tool and how much you are able and willing to spend to acquire hardware and software. Today’s handheld GPS units range from roughly $100 to

Magellan eXplorist 200 Review

The Magellan eXplorist 200 is on the smallish side at 4.5 inches tall and about 2 inches wide. Its lightweight too, at only 4 ounces including a pair of AA batteries. It carries the screen mid-case with pushbuttons below. Everything is downsized somewhat, the eXplorist screen measures 2.3 inches on

Garmin Oregon 450 Review

The Garmin Oregon 450 is a compact full-mapping handheld GPS with touchscreen control of its sophisticated functionality. This Garmin portable GPS is the latest iteration in the Oregon lineup; it adds significant memory capacity and doubles the maximum number storable waypoints. The 450 features a high-sensitivity GPS sensor, built-in base

Garmin Oregon 400c Review

The Garmin Oregon 400c is a compact sophisticated full-mapping handheld GPS with touchscreen control. Several original Oregon models are available, the hardware in each is the same, and only the onboard cartography in each unit varies. The Oregon 300 features a world base map, while each variant of the 400

Garmin MapSource CD Review

The Garmin MapSource CD is available in one of four versions, Americas, Atlantic, Atlantic Small, and Pacific. Retail prices range from $136 to $250 per CD. We reviewed the Bluechart Americas CD. It has marine chart data coverage for coastal waters of Alaska, Hawaii, the Continental U.S., Canada, South America,

Garmin eTrex Vista HCx Review

The Garmin eTrex Vista HCx portable GPS is one of the newer additions to the Garmin lineup. It’s a compact design and one of the smallest and lightest Garmin handheld GPS units on the market. The ‘HCx’ in the model designation means this unit has a removable memory card, high-sensitivity

Garmin eTrex Legend H Review

The Garmin eTrex Legend H portable GPS is the latest and greatest in the eTrex lineup. It’s a compact unit that measures only 4.4 inches high, 2.2 wide, and 1.2 thick or just about the size of a bar of soap. It weighs in at a paltry 5.4 ounces with

Garmin eTrex Review

The Garmin eTrex handheld GPS is the low price leader among units we’ve reviewed. This compact Garmin portable GPS measures only 4.4 inches high, 2.2 wide, and 1.2 thick or just about the size of a bar of soap> It weighs in at 5.3 ounces with a pair of AA

Garmin eTrex 30 Review

The Garmin eTrex 30 is one of three recent additions to the popular Garmin portable GPS eTrex series. This line is designed with multiple uses in mind including marine use by boaters. The eTrex 30, like its siblings, boasts a compact design and the capability of using a Garmin marine

Garmin eTrex 20 Review

The Garmin eTrex 20 is one of several recent additions to the Garmin portable GPS lineup with a design aimed for multiple uses including the marine environment. This unit features a compact design, the ability to use a Garmin marine chart card, and is one of the smallest and lightest

Garmin Colorado 400c Review

The Garmin Colorado 400c is a very sophisticated full-mapping marine handheld GPS. A variety of Colorado models are available, while the hardware remains the same in each variant, the onboard cartography in each unit is different. The Colorado 300 features a world base map, while each variant of the 400

Garmin 76 Review

The Garmin 76 has been around for several years and has a proven track record of reliability in the Garmin portable GPS lineup. Overall it is one of the larger handhelds we’ve tested, but we found it still fits well in one hand. It can be operated with the thumb

Garmin 76Cx Review

The Garmin 76Cx portable GPS is an upgraded version of the original mapping 76 model. It gets the ‘x’ designation for the addition of a removable memory card slot and a high-sensitivity GPS receiver. Its sister model has both an altimeter and electronic compass and carries the CSx model name.

Garmin 72H Review

The Garmin 72H is the latest version of this venerable Garmin portable GPS. Earlier versions of this handheld GPS have been around for a number of years and have a proven track record of reliability. The “H” designation added to the model number indicates this portable GPS now features a

Garmin 60 Review

The Garmin 60 uses a monochrome screen measuring 2.6 inches on the diagonal with 160 x 240 pixel resolution. The high resolution on this Garmin marine handheld made the edges of small fonts and circles smooth and easy to read. We found the night lighting on this Garmin portable GPS

Garmin 60CSx Review

The Garmin 60CSx portable is the latest incarnation in the 60-series handheld GPS lineup and our latest Garmin portable GPS review. The ‘x’ in the model designation adds a removable memory card and a high-sensitivity GPS receiver. It shares all the utility of earlier 60-series versions and has both a

Garmin 60CS Review

The Garmin 60CS handheld shares all the functionality of its 60C brethren plus has both a built-in electronic compass and barometric altimeter. These two added sensors get this handheld the “S” designation. Eight pushbuttons and a rocker switch are located below with function labels clearly marked on the case front

Furuno GP-33 Review

The Furuno GP-33 is a new release WAAS-enabled non-mapping GPS navigator that displays loads of useful navigation information on a high-resolution 4.3-inch color screen. The GP-33 package ships with the display unit, protective display front cover, tilt-only mounting bracket, GPS antenna with a 10-meter cable, operator’s manual, quick start guide,

DeLorme Earthmate PN-40

The DeLorme Earthmate PN-40 is a powerful full-mapping handheld GPS has a 32-channel WAAS-enabled GPS receiver, onboard electronic compass, and barometric altimeter. There is currently one other Earthmate model available, the two units are identical except the newer PN-30 model costs less and doesn’t have the electronic compass or altimeter.

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