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  • Matthew A
    I have a Garmin 60CSx that I have had since 2007. I am considering upgrading to one of these units: Oregon 450t, 550t, 600t, or 62stc I would like to hear all
    Message 1 of 8 , Apr 29, 2013
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      I have a Garmin 60CSx that I have had since 2007.

      I am considering upgrading to one of these units: Oregon 450t, 550t, 600t, or 62stc

      I would like to hear all likes and dislikes of these units from anyone. Things like easy of use, accuracy, loading geocaches, logging multiple finds, will it work with GSAK, etc....

      Matthew mda_taz
    • John Baker
      I have the 450 and have used it for a couple of years now. I really like it. The interface is simple. It does have quirks, but I m not sure what the culprit
      Message 2 of 8 , Apr 29, 2013
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        I have the 450 and have used it for a couple of years now. I really like it. The interface is simple. It does have quirks, but I'm not sure what the culprit is. My only real issue is when hooking it up to my computer, sometimes it wants to power up the device from the USB cable and sometimes it will actually connect it so I can transfer data between it. I have to disconnect it and reconnect hoping for the data connection to establish. Maybe someone knows a fix for that?!
         
        I've read the specs on the 600/650 and it should have lots more bells and whistles. Plus, the surface is supposed to be similar to a smart phone. Not the plasma type screen on the 450/550 that is pressure sensitive.
         
        John/thenkengrene


        On Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 10:07 AM, Matthew A <matthewa625@...> wrote:
         

        I have a Garmin 60CSx that I have had since 2007.

        I am considering upgrading to one of these units: Oregon 450t, 550t, 600t, or 62stc

        I would like to hear all likes and dislikes of these units from anyone. Things like easy of use, accuracy, loading geocaches, logging multiple finds, will it work with GSAK, etc....

        Matthew mda_taz


      • Matthew A
        Is anyone using a Magellan eXplorist 510? Matthew
        Message 3 of 8 , Apr 29, 2013
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          Is anyone using a Magellan eXplorist 510?

          Matthew

          --- In CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com, "Matthew A" <matthewa625@...> wrote:
          >
          > I have a Garmin 60CSx that I have had since 2007.
          >
          > I am considering upgrading to one of these units: Oregon 450t, 550t, 600t, or 62stc
          >
          > I would like to hear all likes and dislikes of these units from anyone. Things like easy of use, accuracy, loading geocaches, logging multiple finds, will it work with GSAK, etc....
          >
          > Matthew mda_taz
          >
        • Barbara Dukette
          Matthew, I love my 60csx. I m on #2. Could I buy yours if its still working? Barbara Gigi and JoJo
          Message 4 of 8 , Apr 29, 2013
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            Matthew, I love my 60csx.  I'm on #2.  Could I buy yours if its still working?

            Barbara Gigi and JoJo 

            On Apr 29, 2013, at 4:05 PM, "Matthew A" <matthewa625@...> wrote:

             

            Is anyone using a Magellan eXplorist 510?

            Matthew

            --- In CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com, "Matthew A" <matthewa625@...> wrote:
            >
            > I have a Garmin 60CSx that I have had since 2007.
            >
            > I am considering upgrading to one of these units: Oregon 450t, 550t, 600t, or 62stc
            >
            > I would like to hear all likes and dislikes of these units from anyone. Things like easy of use, accuracy, loading geocaches, logging multiple finds, will it work with GSAK, etc....
            >
            > Matthew mda_taz
            >

          • Bill Ellis
            I d have to second John s report on the Oregon 450. I have had mine for a close to a couple years. It works great with GSAK. (both loading caches on and
            Message 5 of 8 , Apr 29, 2013
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              I'd have to second John's report on the Oregon 450. I have had mine for a close to a couple years. 

              It works great with GSAK. (both loading caches on and logging caches after a run) It will hold well over 3000 caches. (i think they say 5k is the limit) IT will do wherigos and can do wireless transfer of waypoints including caches to similar units.

              Accuracy is pretty good.  some say may not be quite as good as the 60, but that may very depending on all the different variables in accuracy.





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            • Dave Read
              I will chime in with similar experiences. I have had a 450 (no t ) for ~2 years. Accuracy is acceptable, battery life fair. The screen is good but they did a
              Message 6 of 8 , Apr 29, 2013
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                I will chime in with similar experiences. I have had a 450 (no 't') for ~2 years. Accuracy is acceptable, battery life fair. The screen is good but they did a lousy job with UI usability, IMO. I have stuffed well over 4k caches onto it at a time, but it gets squirrelly when you do that, and I have had to perform a "field reset" of the unit more than once when it's loaded down like that. Now I never exceed 3k and try to keep it under 2k.

                Like thenkengrene I have seen some unstable behavior when connecting over the USB port. The unit seems to be very sensitive to quality of USB cable, so now I know which cable to use with it and mostly it's OK.

                The Wherigo player is unstable in the extreme, almost to the point of being unusable. I gather Groundspeak and Garmin are no longer on speaking terms, so I doubt this will ever get fixed. :(

                All in all, I'd rate it a 7 out of 10. It's good, but nowhere near perfect.

                D

                On Apr 29, 2013, at 5:00 PM, Bill Ellis <zionzr2@...> wrote:

                 

                I'd have to second John's report on the Oregon 450. I have had mine for a close to a couple years. 

                It works great with GSAK. (both loading caches on and logging caches after a run) It will hold well over 3000 caches. (i think they say 5k is the limit) IT will do wherigos and can do wireless transfer of waypoints including caches to similar units.

                Accuracy is pretty good.  some say may not be quite as good as the 60, but that may very depending on all the different variables in accuracy.





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              • electric_water_boy
                NUrHand in San Antonio has one.
                Message 7 of 8 , Apr 30, 2013
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                  NUrHand in San Antonio has one.

                  --- In CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com, "Matthew A" <matthewa625@...> wrote:
                  >
                  > Is anyone using a Magellan eXplorist 510?
                  >
                  > Matthew
                  >
                  > --- In CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com, "Matthew A" <matthewa625@> wrote:
                  > >
                  > > I have a Garmin 60CSx that I have had since 2007.
                  > >
                  > > I am considering upgrading to one of these units: Oregon 450t, 550t, 600t, or 62stc
                  > >
                  > > I would like to hear all likes and dislikes of these units from anyone. Things like easy of use, accuracy, loading geocaches, logging multiple finds, will it work with GSAK, etc....
                  > >
                  > > Matthew mda_taz
                  > >
                  >
                • gumbietygress@juno.com
                  I have an Oregon...550? I don t know, I don t track those #s.My first unit went back to the shop twice -- technology was but a year or so old -- but since they
                  Message 8 of 8 , Apr 30, 2013
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                    I have an Oregon...550? I don't know, I don't track those #s.
                    My first unit went back to the shop twice -- technology was but a year or so old -- but since they replaced it (the magical serial # change fix), it's been fine.
                    I've gotten used to its 'little ways' -- the interface is enough different from the 60 series that it takes some adjusting. But ultimately I like it better -- the touch screen is slightly quicker and more direct. Or feels that way.
                    It got a bit neurotic for a while, but then Melanie/ACCLanMan took it in hand and did that magic voodoo scrubbing thing she does, and it's been champion ever since.
                    My only error was not getting an invisishield installed on it -- the screen is slightly roughed up. On the other hand, the unit is in better shape than Waterweasel's year younger 62 (he may be particularly rough on units, however -- I think Mel's and Trey's 62s are holding up fine).
                    Battery power (non-rechargable -- I know, I'm awful) lasts about a full day of Power caching. I'd say about the same as the 62.
                     
                    The use of a GPS is so idiosyncratic, however, that your mileage would surely vary.
                    That said, I would probably replace it in kind when its end days do arrive.
                    I really do like the touch-screen navigation.
                     
                    (I do NOT, however, use it to take pictures. Sure, it does in a pinch, & they're fine -- but my phone is more familiar, I guess.)
                     
                    BarbJ/Tygress


                    ---------- Original Message ----------
                    From: Barbara Dukette <bjdukette@...>
                    To: "CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com" <CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com>
                    Subject: Re: [CentralTexasGeocachers] Re: Upgrading Garmin GPS Survey
                    Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:30:39 -0500

                    Matthew, I love my 60csx.  I'm on #2.  Could I buy yours if its still working?

                    Barbara Gigi and JoJo 

                    On Apr 29, 2013, at 4:05 PM, "Matthew A" <matthewa625@...> wrote:

                     

                    Is anyone using a Magellan eXplorist 510?

                    Matthew

                    --- In CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com, "Matthew A" <matthewa625@...> wrote:
                    >
                    > I have a Garmin 60CSx that I have had since 2007.
                    >
                    > I am considering upgrading to one of these units: Oregon 450t, 550t, 600t, or 62stc
                    >
                    > I would like to hear all likes and dislikes of these units from anyone. Things like easy of use, accuracy, loading geocaches, logging multiple finds, will it work with GSAK, etc....
                    >
                    > Matthew mda_taz
                    >

                     



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