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22 March 2006

The Garmin Venture Cx

Garmin Announced today the launch of a new personal GPS system: The Garmin eTrex Venture Cx.

Showing Garmin haven't forgot about their original market, in favour of in-car GPS units, the Venture Cx is built on the eTrex Venture hand-held unit. It's been described as the “Go-anywhere little navigator", and with its good old waterproof, rugged design packed with loads of new features, it seems a great little GPS for either an adventure on land, or at sea.

What I am most impressed with though is the amount of high-end features you get for your money- it is claiming to be, once released, the least expensive model of Garmin’s eTrex series.

Its new features worth noting include an expandable memory, advanced GPS auto-routing capabilities, and a pre-installed auto-route basemap with map data including highways, major roads, rivers, lakes and borders. As the GPS unit also has a micro SD card slot, users can purchase new microSD cards for greater mapping detail. The integrated USB connection can also allow users to quickly transfer routes and waypoints from their computer.

Other key features of the eTrex Venture Cx include:
  • Display: 1.3”W x 1.7”H, 256-color, high resolution, transflective TFT (176 x 220 pixels).
  • Weight: 5.6 ounces with batteries (not included).
  • Battery Life: Up to 32 hours with typical use using two AA alkaline batteries.
  • Waterproof: IEC 60529 IPX7 standards (submersible in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes).
  • Waypoints/Routes/Tracks: 500 user waypoints with name and graphic symbol; 20 reversible routes, 50 points per route. 10,000 point automatic track log; 20 saved tracks (500 points each) let you retrace your path in both directions.

So, the eTrex Venture Cx is expected to be available in March 2006, and has an estimated retail price of $249.99. Keep your eye out!


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