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Garmin eTrex 10 Review

Garmin eTrex 10
Price:  $110 List | $80.77 at Amazon
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Pros:  Good value, lightweight, 25-hour battery life, reliable push buttons, bright display.
Cons:  Small screen, no color, no electronic compass, buttons are harder to push than 62 series, less accurate than Oregon and 62 series.
Bottom line:  Reliable, easy to use with gloves and inexpensive, the eTrex 10 is a good starter unit.
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Manufacturer:   Garmin


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Review by:
Chris McNamara
Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Last Updated:
Wednesday
July 31, 2013

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The Garmin eTrex 10 handheld GPS device is the less-featured version of the Garmin eTrex 20, about which we did a full review. The main differences are that the eTrex 10 does not have a color display or expandable memory and costs $100 less retail. The dimensions, weight, and battery life are the same.

See the Handheld GPS Review where we compare the top GPS devices.

The eTrex 20, $200, has a color display and expandable memory. This is one of 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.

Chris McNamara


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   May 26, 2014 - 05:38pm
etrex10.ru · Skier · St.-Petersburg, Russia

No, seriously, Garmin Etrex 10 is an remarkable GPS device! Just look: a new high-sensitivity receiver with GLONASS support, low-power but high-performance processor, efficient sealing rubber - and all this features at a price comparable to noname car devixes!

But an epic fail of Garmin Etrex 10 is a few storage capacity. It seems unclear: today, when a flash memory costs even a dime, why the manufacturer have installed only 8MB of internal memory or simply have not provided a slot for SD card?

It is obviously: with greater storage capacity Garmin Etrex 10 would satisfy the requirements of the 99% of users and beat all other "advanced" (and more expensive!) devices. It is no wonder that the manufacturer, widely advertising useless basemap, insolently states that custom maps could not be downloaded in Garmin Etrex 10!

Nevertheless, loading topo map in a vector IMG format to Garmin Etrex 10 is not easy, but very easy! Simply connect your GPS device to your computer in а "Mass Storage" USB Mode and just replace the file of the base map gmapbmap.img by a topo map file with the same name.



Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.


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