Garmin eTrex H Handheld GPS Navigator

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If you’re after a basic, entry level Sat Nav, great for hiking or geocaching and with a great value price tag, then the Garmin eTrex H will take a lot of beating.
The high sensitivity GPS receiver locates your position quickly (taking on average 39 seconds to get a satellite lock from a cold start) and maintains its signal far more reliably than earlier Garmin models, even in areas of poor reception such as amongst tree cover and between buildings. The unit is small and lightweight, yet sturdy enough to withstand being  dropped or bumped around, and can easily be operated with one hand using the 5 buttons located on either side within easy reach of your fingers.

It is waterproof , so can cope with even the most inclement weather, and the black and white screen is easy to read. Battery life is 17 hours, and when you do need to change the 2 AA batteries, any waypoints you have stored will not be lost.

The unit can store up to 500 waypoints – just enter the point you want to go to and the eTrex H will point you in the right direction. To get home again, the Trackback feature reverses your track log and helps you navigate back to your starting point.

The eTrex H is a great basic sat nav tool, representing great value for money. Just bear in mind it does not have the ability to use or store maps, and does not come with a cable to connect it to your PC. You can enter waypoints manually, but if you want to use mapping software, you will need to buy a serial interface cable (about £20) and a USB serial converter if you don’t have a serial plug on your PC (about £3).

All in all, it’s a reliable, and very easy to use basic GPS machine with a budget price tag. Great for a first handheld GPS buy.

Summary of key features

  • Lightweight, one handed operation, fits into palm of hand
  • Waterproof
  • High sensitivity GPS receiver- locks on to satellite signals quickly and maintains accuracy
  • Stores up to 500 waypoints
  • Trackback feature helps you retrace your route to find your way back home.
  • Easy to follow pointer shows you the direction to go.
  • 2 AA batteries – lasts approx. 17 hours

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Garmin eTrex H Handheld GPS Navigator
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