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Pros: Lightweight, 25-hour battery life, reliable push buttons, bright display.
Cons: Small screen, buttons are harder to push than 62 series, less accurate than Oregon and 62 series.
Best Uses: Lightweight hiking and climbing, best value GPS.
The Garmin eTrex 30 handheld GPS device is the enhanced version of the Garmin eTrex 20, about which we did a full review. The main differences are that the eTrex 30 has a barometric altimeter, a 3-axis compass, wireless sharing and costs an additional $100 retail. The dimensions, weight, maps and memory are the same. The eTrex 30 has a grey rim around the face of its black body; the eTrex 20 has a red rim. Though the eTrex 30 is good for certain application our testers believe the 20 is a much better value. If you want more features we suggest coughing up the cash for the Garmin Oregon 600, which retails for around $100 more than the eTrex 300.
Check out the full review of the Garmin eTrex 20 and the Handheld GPS Review where we compare the top GPS devices.
Garmin eTrex 10, $110. The main differences are that the eTrex 10 does not have a color display or expandable memory and costs less. The dimensions, weight, and battery life are the same.
The Garmin eTrex 20, $200, is the best value. This is our favorite GPS for backpacking because it's the lightest GPS we've tested (up to 4.3 oz lighter than others) and it has great battery life.
— Steve McNamara
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Most recent review: August 2, 2013
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