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Garmin GPSmap 60CSx review | Operation

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

Garmin 60CSx GPS receiver

Garmin 60CSx GPS receiver

Garmin GPS operating buttons

The Garmin GPSmap 60CSx has been equipped with some ten rubber operating buttons. The small button on top of the 60CSx serves to turn the device on and off. Once activated, this button lets you adjust the backlight of the TFT monitor in small steps. To save energy this light turns off automatically after a while until a button is pressed again. This time span can also be adjusted through the menu option: 'Settings'. The other nine buttons are found below the monitor with a large round navigation button placed in the centre. To the left and right of the latter, an 'in' and 'out' button is found to zoom in or out on maps. The 'Mark' button can be used at all times to insert a so-called 'waypoint'. Application of these so-called 'waypoints' offers you the possibility to store geographic locations in the Garmin GPS's memory. Did you spot something interesting en route? Create a waypoint and you will be able to find this location flawlessly afterwards. You can also find the exact spot of the location on Google Earth.

Garmin navigation operation

Garmin navigation operation

Garmin GPSmap 60CSx Main pages

Pressing the 'Find' button will make a menu appear with some six icons that serve to insert waypoints and allow you to find cities or other geographical points. Furthermore; the buttons 'Enter' and 'Quit' let you open a page, close it and confirm or cancel an action. Each page offers a number of setting possibilities; which become available upon pressing the 'Menu' button. Pressing the menu button twice will make the main menu appear. That leaves one button to evaluate; the 'Page' button. It lets you switch between the main pages. Standard some six main pages are set; Satellite, Trip computer, Map, Compass, Altimeter and Main menu. These main pages can be adjusted to preference, and if there is a page among them that you hardly use or not at all, you can deactivate it, to get quicker access to the pages you do use.

 

External GPS antenna

External GPS antenna

Garmin USB connection

Garmin USB connection

External data port connection

External data port connection

 

Garmin GPS Satellite status

Garmin GPS Satellite status

Satellite page

The first main page is 'Satellite'; this page offers reproduction (2D or 3D, to be set manually) of satellite locations and the power of the signal. Connecting is an automatic process and in general it takes only a few seconds. If the GPS receiver does not find enough satellites, a menu appears automatically with the choices; GPS off, New position, Restart search, Maintain search. These choices are accompanied by some help texts. Indoors the Garmin GPSmap 60CSx encountered some difficulties locating a sufficient amount of satellites but as soon as I went outdoors the signal got stronger and my position was calculated. As soon as there is a connection with a satellite, it is given a specific colour. The power of the signal is rendered right below it by a vertical bar of the same colour. It's a nice extra to colour the various satellites, it offers a clear view on each satellite's reception status. No confusion whatsoever on the monitor; just a well-structured graph.

Garmin 60CSx Trip computer

Garmin 60CSx Trip computer

Trip computer page

You can obtain a lot of information about your route through the 'Trip computer' page. For example; distance to your destination, direction, direction deviation, average speed, maximum speed, altitude, stopped time, moving average, overall average, total time, time of sunrise/ sunset and more. Standard some eight areas can be adjusted and you have the choice from a large scale of possibilities. A pity however that there is no help text available here; especially in the beginning you will have to experiment to find out the purpose of the various options. The Menu button offers access to extra functionalities on all the main pages, which makes things easier. You could say it works like a submenu.

 
 
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