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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.
— Steve McNamara
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Most recent review: August 3, 2013
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