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Garmin Oregon 750t Review

This touchscreen unit strikes a nice balance between straightforward functionality and high-end capabilities
Garmin Oregon 750t
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Price:  $550 List
Pros:  Straight-forward touchscreen interface, preloaded topo maps, camera for easy geo-tagging and sharing
Cons:  Touchscreen performance when wet, potential battery issues, expensive
Manufacturer:   Garmin
By Aaron Rice ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jun 25, 2021
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  • Reception - 20% 8
  • Ease of Use - 20% 8
  • Display Quality - 20% 8
  • Speed - 15% 8
  • Weight and Size - 15% 8
  • Versatility - 10% 8

Our Verdict

With capabilities that rival the highest-end models, yet with a user-friendly interface of entry-level options, the Oregon 750t strikes a nice balance of functionality and ease-of-use. A dual-orientation touchscreen functions similarly to a smartphone, and has the ability to adjust touch sensitivity to enhance operation while wearing gloves This feature is a huge improvement for wintertime users looking for an packable GPS unit for ski touring, snow shoeing, or hunting. The downside of the sizable touchscreen is that it eats away quickly at the rather limited 16-hour battery life — this is likely not the unit to choose if planning an expedition. But for those seeking a high-performance GPS that doesn't involve all of the fuss of more complicated units, an array of preset profiles for common activities like hiking, biking, fishing, and climbing allow you to power-up, and quickly get on with your adventure.

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Pros Straight-forward touchscreen interface, preloaded topo maps, camera for easy geo-tagging and sharingExcellent reception, large buttons, big screen, smart notifications and connectivityReasonably priced, includes barometric altimeter and electronic compass, small and lightweight, long battery lifeLow-cost, miniature-sized, reliable durability, accurateLightest touchscreen, Responsive, Preloaded with Geocaches, Bluetooth connectivity, Intuitive touchscreen controls
Cons Touchscreen performance when wet, potential battery issues, expensiveExpensive, bulky, complicated connectivity between devicesSmall screen, lack of connectivity, tedious user interfaceNearly non-existent basemap, lack of mapping capability, insufficient internal memoryMinimal base maps, Battery life shorter than some, No preloaded topos,
Bottom Line This touchscreen unit strikes a nice balance between straightforward functionality and high-end capabilitiesOur favorite model, this reliable and accurate GPS unit is full of featuresThe addition of an altimeter and electronic compass make this lightweight unit one of the most cost-effective options on the marketPerfect for geocaching or tracking your next adventure, but not designed with mapping in mindThe Garmin eTrex Touch 35 introduces a nice touch screen and features to the lightweight eTrex line
Rating Categories Garmin Oregon 750t Garmin GPSMAP 66st Garmin eTrex 32x Garmin eTrex 10 Garmin eTrex Touch 35
Reception (20%)
8.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
Ease Of Use (20%)
8.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
Display Quality (20%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
Speed (15%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Weight And Size (15%)
8.0
8.0
10.0
10.0
9.0
Versatility (10%)
8.0
8.0
7.0
4.0
7.0
Specs Garmin Oregon 750t Garmin GPSMAP 66st Garmin eTrex 32x Garmin eTrex 10 Garmin eTrex Touch 35
Battery Life 16 hours GPS Mode: 16 hours
Expedition Mode: 170 hours
25 hours 25 hours 16 hours
Water Resistant? Yes, IPX7 Yes, IPX7 Yes, IPX7 Yes, IPX7 Yes, IPX7
No. of Waypoints 10,000 10,000 2,000 1,000 10,000
Saved Tracks / Points per Track 250 / 20,000 250 / 20,000 200 / 10,000 100 / 10,000 200 / 10,000
Preloaded Maps Topo 100k, US Topo 100k, US and Canada Garmin TopoActive;
Routable (OpenStreetMap)
Simple Basemap Simple Basemap
Dimensions (in.) 2.4 x 4.5 x 1.3 2.5 x 6.4 x 1.4 2.1 x 4.0 x 1.3 2.1 x 4.0 x 1.3 2.3 x 4.0 x 1.3
Weight w/ Batteries (oz.) 7.4 7.5 5 4.6 5.7
Display Size (in.) 1.5 x 2.5 1.5 x 2.5 1.4 x 1.7 1.4 x 1.7 1.43 x 2.15
Display Resolution (pixels) 241 x 400 240 x 400 240 x 320 128 x 160 160 x 240
Built-in Memory 4 GB 16 GB 8 GB 6 MB 4 GB
Accepts Data Cards microSD microSD microSD No microSD
Touchsceen or Buttons? Touchscreen Buttons Buttons Buttons Touchscreen
Electronic or Differential Compass? Electronic Electronic Electronic Differential Electronic
Barometric Altimeter Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Wireless Communication? Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ANT+ Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ANT+ ANT+ No Bluetooth, ANT+
Satellite Systems GPS, GLONASS GPS, GLONASS, Galileo GPS, GLONASS GPS, GLONASS GPS, GLONASS
Ability to Add Maps? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support Satellite Imagery? Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Automatic Routing Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Vertical Profiling Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Camera/Video Yes, 8MP Camera No No No No
Picture Viewer Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Geocaching (paperless) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hunt/Fish Calendar Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Sun and Moon Information Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Area Calculator Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Battery Information 2 AA Batteries; Rechargeable NiMH pack (optional) 2 AA Batteries 2 AA Batteries 2 AA Batteries 2 AA Batteries
Online Connect Communities Yes Garmin Connect No No Garmin Connect
Screen Info Transflective color TFT Transflective color TFT Transflective, 65K color TFT Transflective, monochrome Transflective, 65K color TFT
Interface Information High-speed micro USB; NMEA 0183 High-speed micro USB; NMEA 0183 mini USB mini USB mini USB
What Comes in the Box? -BirdsEye Satellite Imagery 1-year subscription included
  • Rechargable battery pack
  • USB Cable
  • Wall charger, w/ AC adapter
  • Carabiner Clip
  • Documentation
-BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription included
  • USB cable
  • Carabiner clip
  • Documentation
-USB cable
  • Documentation
-USB cable
  • Documentation
-USB cable
  • Documentation

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Garmin Oregon 750t is familiar because its handling size and touchscreen are reminiscent of your smartphone. Preloaded Topo 100K maps for the US, and pre-established user profiles for activities like hiking, bike touring, and geocaching make this unit easy to power up and go. An 8MP camera — which automatically geotags photos — plus its connectivity to Garmin Connect via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth improves sharing capability. The purchase price of the Oregon 750t also includes a 1-year subscription to Garmin's BirdsEye Satellite Imagery to improve mapping capability.

Performance Comparison


With a functional user interface that is practically as...
With a functional user interface that is practically as straightforward as a smartphone, the Oregon 750t is easy to navigate, even if your trail is not.
Photo: Jill Rice

Reception


The reception of the Oregon 750t is outstanding, especially when considered side-by-side with the capability of other comparably sized handheld units. Like all of Garmin's units, this one has the ability to access both GPS and GLONASS satellites, as well as the option to toggle WAAS/EGNOS signal correction on/off for improved position accuracy — though with the tradeoff of battery usage, of course. With GPS and GLONASS connections, but without WAAS enabled, we are able to regularly achieve accuracy down to 8 feet. The only time this unit seems to waver in terms of signal strength is in narrow canyons — but even then, as long as it has a clear sky view, it will only occasionally drop into 4/5 bars.

With a combination of GPS and GLONASS sensors, this unit has...
With a combination of GPS and GLONASS sensors, this unit has phenomenal satellite coverage even under thick forest coverage.
Photo: Jill Rice

Ease of Use


Garmin is kind enough to include a TOPO 100K basemap — or a 1:100,000 topographic map — for the country of purchase (in our case, this unit came with a US basemap.) This addition is a huge improvement over previous models, which didn't come with any preloaded maps. Although this is still less than 1/4 of the resolution offered on your standard USGS topographic map — which is 1: 24,000 resolution — the ability to zoom into a 20-foot resolution on the map is more than ample accuracy for easily navigating along a bearing or contour line.

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Likely the most appealing part of the Oregon 750t is the touchscreen, which is intuitive to use for all of us who are accustomed to the interface of our smartphones. Although the touchscreen draws heavily on the more limited 16-hour battery life, the ease of use is well worth the tradeoff for all but those looking for an expedition GPS. Upon boot-up, it launches to an activity-select screen, which offers pre-set profiles and special overlays for activities like hiking, mountain biking, hunting, climbing, and geocaching. For example, selecting the "tour cycle" preset provides a map overlay of speed, direction, distance to destination, and a trip odometer. While other units provide many of the same options, often, they are buried under a series of menus rather than offering the user-friendly experience of this unit. The Oregon 750t can also link to your smartphone via Wi-fi and/or Bluetooth for improved capability when you have internet access.

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Display Quality


Smaller than your average smartphone but larger than any of the options in the eTrex series, this offers a nice balance of size and display quality. The design of the Oregon 750t maximizes screen space, with a 3.75 square-inch, 241 x 400 resolution screen — directly comparable to the screen size and quality on the award-winning Garmin GPSMAP 66st — but on a unit that is 2 inches shorter. The brightness can be adjusted, and the transflective screen is easily readable even in direct sunlight. Although the screen is dual-orientation — it can be set to lock or self-orient between portrait and landscape mode — and ample relative to the size of the unit, it is still a bit too small to choose over a smartphone for turn-by-turn driving navigation.

Even in the bright desert sun, it is easy to see and navigate topo...
Even in the bright desert sun, it is easy to see and navigate topo maps on this unit.
Photo: Jill Rice

Speed


Like we've expressed before, this GPS strikes a nice balance between larger, more capable units and smaller, more stripped-back versions. On average, this unit achieves signal acquisition with enough accuracy for an approximate location in 1 minute, 11 seconds, which is more than respectable. But relative to processing speed, the Oregon 750t really stands out — the accelerometer-supported electronic compass and barometric altimeter allow for a quick position read. This unit actually processes smoother than other, otherwise more capable units. Particularly, the compass and map orientation update without any lag-time, offering a real-time experience which is particularly useful when navigating on a bearing.

More related to user-speed than processing speed is the...
More related to user-speed than processing speed is the multi-purpose button on the side of this unit, which is preprogrammed to be able to quickly mark waypoints.
Photo: Jill Rice

Weight and Size


The 10.8 square-inch Oregon 750t is smaller size-wise than your average smartphone. Although it is thicker because of a heftier battery pack, the shell-like design contours comfortably to your closed hand and feels sturdier to hold than a smartphone. Weighing in at just over 7 ounces (with batteries), it is a minuscule weight and size addition to any backpacking or ski-touring kit — even for an ultra-light crowd.

Though slightly bulkier than your average smartphone, this unit is...
Though slightly bulkier than your average smartphone, this unit is still small and lightweight enough to comfortably slip into a pocket.
Photo: Jill Rice

Versatility


As evidenced by the preset activity profiles, the Oregon 750t is an ideally-sized GPS capable of finding its place and purpose for many different types of adventure. It is small and lightweight enough for backpacking, hiking, or hunting. Its mounting capability, touchscreen, plus customizable profiles make it a nearly ideal unit for tour cycling or bikepacking. Previous models had issues with cold-weather functionality; you can adjust the screen sensitivity for improved use with gloves. While it is remarkably easy to use the touchscreen with gloves, the capability to deftly navigate screens quickly fades whenever this IPX7-rated unit gets wet — the unavoidable downside of any touchscreen.

The ability to adjust touchscreen sensitivity greatly improves the...
The ability to adjust touchscreen sensitivity greatly improves the practicality of using this device in the winter.
Photo: Aaron Rice

Value


The Oregon 750t performs well across the board. As a highly functional, highly versatile unit, you can expect this unit to carry a price tag worthy of its performance. More expensive units will offer more nuanced capability, and more price-point options won't afford the same intuitive design or comfortable feeling of using a smartphone.

Small, lightweight, and capable, the Oregon 750t offers a nice...
Small, lightweight, and capable, the Oregon 750t offers a nice balance of performance and practicality.
Photo: Jill Rice

Conclusion


The Oregon 750t packs much of the capability of pricier units into the compact shell of more affordable units — with the added benefit of a touchscreen. It is a high-performing, easy-to-use handheld GPS that works reliably in a variety of settings. For those seeking a user-friendly GPS unit, then this one is well worth the investment.

Aaron Rice