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Garmin GPSmap 60CSx review | Software & Battery

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

Garmin GPS software

Garmin GPS software

Garmin MapSource Trip & Waypoint Manager

The Garmin MapSource Trip & Waypoint Manager software comes standard with the Garmin GPS. This software helps you transfer waypoints, routes and tracks via USB from the Garmin 60CSx to a computer and vice versa. A USB cable is included for this purpose. Just like the GPS receiver itself, the software package offers many functionality possibilities. Personally, I found transferring the route to Google Earth the most beautiful function. Immediately after every route I used the software to project the route in Google Earth. Using Google Earth makes your route a lot more visual, certainly when you use the non-detailed standard map that comes with the 60CSx. After having used MapSource Trip & Waypoint Manager software for a while, I would call this software user-friendly.

Garmin GPSmap 60CSx manual

Garmin GPSmap 60CSx manual

User friendly GPS receiver

You will have to play with the GPS receiver for a while before you are familiar with its operation. And that's no wonder when we look at the many possibilities the device offers. The manual will help you with this, although there is no comprehensive explanation as to what every function does exactly. General items and where to find a certain function are described in the manual but specific field information is lacking. However, once you are used to the navigation possibilities the menu is quite user-friendly and you will find out that frequently used functions are accessible by pressing the button once or twice. Garmin deserves praise for keeping an enhanced device such as the GPS 60SCx, this user-friendly.

 

Garmin GPS receiver

Garmin GPS receiver

Garmin battery / memory compartment

Garmin battery / memory compartment

 

Varta batteries

Varta batteries

Garmin 60CSx AA batteries

The battery compartment is positioned on the back and can be opened and closed with a D-ring lock. This is a very handy system; it makes it easy to open/close the compartment without giving water a chance to get in. Two AA batteries suffice to get the Garmin 60CSx working. Unfortunately they are not included in the box. This is very surprising for a product in this price range; you'd expect batteries to be included. It would prevent disappointed consumers from having to go to the store to purchase batteries before being able to use the 60Csx. How long batteries last depend very much on the type of battery that is used. At first I purchased some generic batteries which lasted for just one weekend when I used the Garmin GPS receiver intensively. The second lot of batteries, Varta batteries, lasted twice as long. I'd recommend using rechargeable batteries especially when the device gets used on a frequent base.

SanDisk memory card

SanDisk memory card

microSD flash memory card

The Garmin GPSmap 60CSx comes with a 64MB microSD memory card for storing routes among other things. The memory can be enhanced with a higher capacity memory card which is an improvement compared to its predecessor, the GPSmap 60CS that did not offer this possibility. During the test period the 64MB card sufficed but if you want to download additional maps or when many routes are stored, it is wise to purchase an extra microSD card. Their prices have dropped drastically so that should not be a problem. microSD can be considered as the ultra compact version of the standard SD card. Thanks to the compact size - 1/4 of a standard SD card - it fits perfectly in the battery compartment right at the bottom. In addition, there are more accessories available for the Garmin 60CSx. First of all the detailed maps we mentioned before. On top of that Garmin offers; car and maritime navigation kits, adapters, antennas, mounting supports, cables, a carabiner keychain and various protection covers.

 
 
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