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Garmin Oregon 400t review | Rating & Conclusion

Published on: Friday, May 15th 2009                   Written by: Wim de Lange - Photography by: Mark Peters

Garmin 400t functions

T here's more to this Garmin Oregon handheld device and this review could easily be a lot more enhanced. A number of items haven't been reviewed yet, such as the 3D reproduction, wireless sharing of data with other Garmin devices, the maritime and fitness possibilities etc. I have restricted myself to the items I consider the most frequently used by most users. You do need a good manual, since the Garmin GPS device offers so many possibilities. An extensive manual in English is included. And digital versions are available on the website, which I prefer because the text offers shortcuts that bring you directly to the desired page. However, I still miss some details about several sub pages in the paper and digital version alike.

Garmin Oregon 400t review

 

Garmin Oregon 400t test

Garmin Oregon 400t test

Garmin Oregon GPS receiver design

At the start of this Garmin Oregon 400t review, I expressed my concern about the scarce edition of the device. During testing and using, most prejudices were proven wrong. Of all the buttons on my GPSmap, I only missed the Menu button on the Oregon. Other models let you go to the main menu quickly, while at the Oregon you have to scroll back several times to get back to the starting point. In my opinion, it should be possible through the software to dedicate two functions to the return button bottom left on the screen. Pressing the button somewhat longer should be the solution to activate the main menu. Perhaps a tip for a future software update.

Garmin Oregon review

Garmin Oregon review

Garmin 400t test conclusion

In the beginning, I also had my doubts about the monitor, but it turned out much better than that of the Colorado. Yet, still similar is the need to soon activate the background light. This slurps up more energy and the Oregon 400t will need to be recharged sooner. The advantage is that the device works on average AA penlights, available worldwide. All in all, the Garmin Oregon 400t is an excellent universal GPS device and in my opinion, a superb successor to the GPSmap 60 series.

 

Garmin Oregon GPS

Garmin Oregon GPS

Positive [+]

• Solid design
• Versatile device
• Touch screen
• Screen resolution
• Profiles
• Wherigo application

Garmin USB cable

Garmin USB cable

Negative [-]

• No Quick access button to main menu
• No sound at Wherigo
• No waterways or harbors in Topo map

Garmin 400t GPS receiver

Garmin 400t GPS receiver

Review score %

There are more plusses than minuses that I can think of. Considering the previous GPS reviews, I would like to reward the Garmin Oregon 400t with a 9 out of 10.

 
 
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