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Garmin GPSmap 60CSx review | Introduction

Published on: Thursday, April 10th 2008                   Written by: Ilse Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

Garmin 60CSx review

T he Garmin company produces navigation and communication products for consumers, aviation and marine. The company was founded in 1989 under the name ProNav. In 1991, the name was changed to Garmin which is a combination of the first three letters of the founder's Christian names: Gary Burell and Min Kao. Meanwhile, the company has put many GPS receivers on the market. This includes the Garmin GPSmap 60CSx, a GPS receiver that holds the top position in the Garmin handheld segment and is specifically designed for consumers. The Garmin features a waterproof housing and has been equipped with a built-in SiRF receiver, a barometric altimeter, a compass and a basic map. The GPSmap 60CSx also features a fairly large colour TFT monitor and a microSD card to store the routes.

Garmin GPSmap 60CSx review

 

Garmin outdoor GPS navigation test

Garmin outdoor GPS navigation test

About GPS; Global Positioning System

GPS stands for Global Positioning System and is no more than a navigation system that works through satellites. Originally, the GPS was meant solely for serving military purposes through a network of some 24 satellites. In the eighties the network became available to the public. The advantage of GPS is the fact that it works everywhere on earth, at all times and in all weather conditions. Each of these GPS satellites circles the globe, making two complete rotations twice a day whilst sending out signals to the earth. GPS receivers receive this information and are capable of calculating their own location and position with utmost precision. A 2D position can be calculated with the aid of three satellites. To enable deducing a 3D position, the GPS receiver has to connect to at least four satellites. Once a GPS receiver has calculated the exact current location, it is also capable of providing data such as speed, altitude, distance to destination, sunrise and sunset.

Garmin GPSmap 60CSx review

Garmin GPSmap 60CSx review

Garmin 60CSx Design & Package

As soon as you hold the Garmin GPSmap 60CSx you are aware of the fact that it is a high quality product. The waterproof and shockproof housing not only feels solid but also has a perfect hand-fit. The large 1.5 inch x 2.2 inch TFT monitor stands out and is a 256 colour high resolution reflective colour monitor. With its dimensions of 2.4 x 6.1 x1.3 inches, the Garmin GPS is a tad too big to carry around in your trouser pocket. However, Garmin offers a fine solution in the form of an included belt clip with an excellent click system that allows you to attach the GPS to your trousers. Personally I consider the belt clip a nice addition, since you will not be watching the GPS monitor continuously. I used the belt clip frequently also because I don't like carrying things around in my hands. Besides the belt clip, the Garmin 60CSx comes with a 64MB microSD flash memory card, a USB cable, owner's manual, quick start guide, MapSource Trip & Waypoint Manager software and a wrist strap. The only thing missing are two AA batteries. So; off I went to the nearest petrol station, which I was able to find without a working GPS system, to purchase some batteries so that I could start using the Garmin 60CSx…

 
 
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