June 1, 2007

New Garmin eTrex "H" Line - Vista HCx, Legend HCx, Summit HC, Venture HC

So Garmin let the new line of eTrex high sensitivity handheld GPS units go officially following the slip of some promotional materials last week. Looks like they won't be available until third quarter. The units are offering the standard fare of excellent eTrex capabilities, now wrapped around the high sensitivity receivers that we've been hoping for since last summer when I thought that they should clean up the eTrex line and bring high sensitivity receivers to the line.

The new line looks like this:

eTrex H - $99 - monochrome, no mapping
Venture HC - $199 - mapping and color, 14 hr batter life
Summit HC - $249 - Has barometer and compass, 14 hr battery life
Legend HCx - $269 - add data card capability, 25 hr battery life
Vista HCx - $299 - adds barometer and electronic compass, 25 hr battery life

Press Release Follows

More at Garmin

Garmin Adds High Sensitivity GPS Receiver to eTrex® Series
New myGarmin Feature Makes it Easier Than Ever to Download Geocaches

OLATHE, Kan./May 31, 2007/PR Newswire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced it has refreshed its eTrex series by adding a high sensitivity GPS receiver to this popular line of outdoor handheld devices. The new models include the eTrex Vista® HCx, eTrex Legend® HCx, eTrex Summit® HC, eTrex Venture® HC and eTrex® H. In addition, Garmin has unveiled a new way to load geocaches to the eTrex series and many other Garmin handhelds.

“The eTrex series is the ideal compact guide to the great outdoors, and now with the high sensitivity GPS receiver users will be able to acquire and maintain a GPS fix more easily,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “The eTrex series is also fully compatible with myGarmin’s new Go Geocaching feature that makes loading geocaches a snap.”

In conjunction with the eTrex products announcement, Garmin has also launched a new “Go Geocaching” feature on https://my.garmin.com. The Go Geocaching site simplifies downloading geocaches to Garmin devices and eliminates entering latitude and longitude coordinates manually. All geocaching data on the Go Geocaching site is from www.geocaching.com, the most comprehensive source of geocaching information and caches.

The eTrex series is recognized for its compact size, lightweight design and ease-of-use. Powered by two AA batteries, the eTrex is packaged in a small, sleek case with operating buttons located on either side of the unit. The case is waterproof and will withstand immersion in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. The newly added high sensitivity GPS receiver results in faster acquisition times and improved tracking performance in challenging outdoor environments, including heavy tree coverage and canyons.

Favorites among hikers, hunters and geocachers, the eTrex Vista HCx and Legend HCx include a built-in basemap of North America with the capability to perform automatic route generation, off-route recalculation and turn-by-turn directions with alert tones. To take advantage of these advanced routing features, customers will need to purchase a pre-programmed microSD card with City Navigator™ street maps. Customers may also select optional microSD cards with preloaded topographic maps, BluechartTM marine charts or detailed inland lake maps. Maps are displayed on a color TFT display that is easy to view during the day or night. The Vista HCx and Legend HCx store 500 waypoints and 50 routes. The Vista HCx also incorporates a barometric altimeter for extremely accurate elevation data and an electronic compass displays accurate heading while standing still.

The eTrex Summit HC and eTrex Venture HC are all new value oriented products that feature a bright color TFT display and come with a built-in basemap and 24 MB of built-in memory for adding additional map data using the optional MapSource® mapping software. Thanks to the color TFT display, map detail remains clean and crisp in bright sunlight. The Summit HC and Venture HC store 500 waypoints and 50 routes. Like the eTrex Vista HCx, the eTrex Summit HC offers an electronic compass to provide accurate bearing information and an altimeter to determine precise altitude.

For the budget savvy consumer looking for a basic GPS device, Garmin’s eTrex H provides tried-and-true GPS capability for under $100. The eTrex H has a monochrome screen and stores 500 waypoints and 20 routes. As with other members of the eTrex family, the eTrex H is WAAS enabled and provides outstanding accuracy of less than three meters (10 feet).

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Posted by Scott Martin at June 1, 2007 6:52 AM

Recent Comments

Warning Do not buy this product. I didn't have this GPS for more than one month. The second day of use while up moose hunting I left the unit on the counter over nite.
It was about 20 degrees F. I went to use the unit and noticed that the plastic faceplate had cracked. Not abused as accused by Raytech and Garmin.
They both voided the warranty and to find this out I had to call them 1 1/2 months later to find out the status of my claim.
They would not even contact me as to the status of the GPS. I will not purchase anything from a company which in my opinion does not stand behind their product.
Warning Do not buy this product.

Posted by: Lew Marut at December 10, 2008 4:05 PM

Does anyone know when the H series will be available? The Garmin site just says 3rd quarter 2007; would this mean June - Sept?

Posted by: sean at July 1, 2007 5:27 AM

OK, I've been shopping for months now, looking at every make & model GPS unit to take hiking, and I'm drooling over the Garmin eTrex Vista HCx. But the software appears very limited. I'm after the 1:24k (7.5 minute) topo maps, but all Garmin offers are a few national parks here & there, leaving out my regulars. Many other GPS makers offer the entire USGS suite, either by state or the whole US; but their GPS units don't seem to compare.

Can anyone link me to 1:24k topo software that can be uploaded to the Garmin Vista, or for that matter recommend an comparable GPS unit with such desired software?

Thanks so much to all who can advise!

Posted by: Dan at June 29, 2007 5:37 PM
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