I bought Garmin and tried to download the maps following instructions in their sites. It was misleading and i got wrong maps that couldn't fit the tool. Tried to call them or email them and was appalled by the service. Still searching for a solution...
try yourself to call the service in australia and see for yourself how much time you are going to wait...
I have had two of these units in two years. The first stopped working after about four days. It was replaced under warranty. The second lasted about the same amount of time. Both failed to accure satelites after very short period of time. Garmin will not fix them. Even though I had these units for two years they spend most of there time in the box. Must be bad luck they say.
Good while it worked
Very expensive when they don't last and can't be repaired.
A warning about Garmin GPS
In late 2008 the Garmin 60 CSx looked like it would be a good choice of hand held for offshore open boat navigation and trekking so I bought one and for a while it was OK. Then about eight months ago it started to play up, with occasional screen freezes while out in the boat which required battery removal to reset. They have increased in frequency to the point last Friday where touching the find button resulted in a freeze. Today I managed to off load my marks upgrade the firmware and reset it to factory defaults. The find button still freezes the screen. Its basically a piece of junk now. $430 for around 250 hours use makes it a very expensive and disappointingly unreliable unit. A good friend had a similar experience with and eTrex in the mountains of NZ. We wont be buying Garmin again. Life's too valuable to rely on Garmin. Be warned and beware.
unreliable and expensive given its limited service life
It is one tough and accurate little device. Mine took a tumble from my mountainbike at 60km/h on a rocky mountain road. When I found it amongst the stones, it had a few scratches but is still in perfect working order. The battery also lasts very long provided you buy the most expensive batteries you can find.
It is incredibly accurate. User interface is very intuitive. It is as tough as nails. The software works well. It downloads onto Google Earth, and then you can do playback!
It does not come with Australian maps: You have to buy those extra at an expensive cost.
I have been using this unit for 10 years for enginneering work, mountainbiking, skiing, motorbiking, 4wd adventures, overseas travel. It is accurate, shockproof and weather proof. I hope new models with more modern interfaces live up to the the 60CSX.
Accuracy, Simplicity, usefulness across so many activities.
Searching for Waypoints and POI's could be a little better. Basemaps are aweful. Shame on Garmin for still using these basemaps. Recommend using with Tracks4Australia Maps or buying a routable mapset.
Great unit for bush and even city
I've had the previous 60CS for several years, then ca. 2 years ago I got myself 60CSx, mainly for extra memory and better chip. While an old cs required an external antenna under tree canopy, the new csx works fine without one - in hand or in a car. microsd card lets to load the whole Australia (Garmin) plus contours plus Shonky Map. The last two are FREE downloads and are excellent in the Outback. Not so good in city, so Garmin map is required.
It is faster to lock in, signal strength is very good. Alkaline batteries give at least 20 hrs, and I recommend switching electronic compass off. On rechargeable it is less, but one full day without a problem. In a car - connect to a lighter. Garmin City Navigator work very well and can you direct with beeps and arrows and info. No voice. You can search for features or addresses. If you load Garmin software and maps on your PC, you can plan and create a route with POIs, then transfer to the unit. Similarly, tracks can be transferred to PC and overlayed on topo maps (if you have one). Screens can be personalised. We used it in Kimberley and in Europe (Paris, Vienna.....) No need to carry sa street directory/city maps. And it's only ca. 420 sans Garmin maps.
Handy, sensitive, plenty of memory.... great piece of equipment
I do not like Garmin's licensing, updates etc.
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