Garmin eTrex Venture 1 MB GPS with PC Cable

Garmin eTrex Venture 1 MB GPS with PC Cable

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Garmin's eTrex Venture GPS receiver offers a host of track- and path-related programs and is surprisingly easy to use. Its size and design make it comfortable to use one-handed, and its automatic tracking feature and ability to download maps from optional CD-ROMs make it an excellent navigation tool.

Roughly the size and shape of a cell phone, the Venture has six buttons that are easily accessible by thumb and forefinger. The Power, Page, Zoom In, Zoom Out, and Find buttons are along the side, with the big-daddy navigation button (a directional click-button akin to a thumb-operated joystick) on the front above the screen. The side buttons are stiff enough that it's nearly impossible to accidentally push one. However, we found the navigation button to be a bit too stiff, which caused us several errors in entering waypoints.

Text was very easy to read--highlights are discernible and menu bars and clickable objects are well-defined. The unit also has an excellent backlight, which illuminates the whole screen with a white light, giving excellent contrast and viewing capability at night.

The Venture's interface is split into five different pages, each providing different functions. The main menu page gives you access to your saved routes and tracks, as well as setup for using WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation Service) reception, unit measurement, time, and display. These are all quickly rotated through with the click of the Page button on the right-hand side of the unit.

The map page displays the basemap included with the Venture, and for outdoor excursions it provides all the basics you'll need. It automatically tracks your movements and you can save individual tracks for later viewing. The map is zoomable from 500 miles to 20 feet depending on your preferences. You can place waypoints and places of interest on the map and name and change the icons of each to create your own personalized maps. If you decide you want to go somewhere, press the Find button and you'll get quick access to waypoints, your favorites list, and nearby cities.

The Venture features 1 MB of memory for downloading points-of-interest data--including lodging, business services, banks, and more--from optional CD-ROMs via the included PC cable. Unfortunately, for more detailed mapping you'll need to look to the Garmin eTrex Legend or Vista, both of which have larger memory capacities and the ability to download detailed maps.

Reception was, of course, best outside on a clear day, but the Venture retained most of its functionality under limited cover like small buildings or thick trees.

All in all, the Garmin eTrex Venture is a nifty little GPS tool and is ready to roll for your outdoor adventure. However, if you're looking to use more detailed map data with your GPS, the Garmin eTrex Vista or Legend would be a better choice. --Matt Deffer

Pros:

  • Intuitive interface
  • Clear, easy-to-read display
  • Create waypoints at key locations for easy navigation
  • Included PC cable for downloading firmware upgrades and maps
Cons:
  • 1 MB memory only accepts points-of-interest data
Features: Global positioning system (GPS) receiver with database of world cities, 1 MB of internal memory for map and data storage; PC cable included, Rocker switch on front panel for quick and accurate map panning, High-resolution liquid-crystal display, Compatible with optional Garmin MapSource software for downloading trip and waypoint data

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Customer Rating: 4.62 of 5 (24 total reviews)

  • 4 starsGood compromise between price and functionality

    I like it, it's very simple to use (more like a calculator than a computer) and pretty rugged, waterproof to 10 feet (I found this out the hard way) and generally ready for the rough life.

    I only have a couple of real beefs with it -

    1: the unit eats batteries like candy if it's constantly on, _especially_ if you use the backlight. Invest in rechargeable batteries.

    2: the display plate is thin ABS plastic and I'm worried about a sharp object or a good crack shattering the glass;

    3: The LCD display is also hard to read in poor light (specifically by car dome light at night), but there is a backlight;

    4: It is complete BS that you can't enter your own data via a PC interface without buying that Garmin map software.

    None of these beefs are particularly troublesome. I chose the Venture because it seemed the best compromise between price and functionality. I would recommend it for anyone as a first GPS, I think the mapping functionality is great for travelers.

  • 4 starsGood choice for entry level GPS

    Garmin eTrex Venture is a good entry level choice for genreal purpose. It is not too pricy and is very easy to use. Good reception outdoor. The battery life is sufficient and it came with many good features such as recording tracks and sunrise sunset time as well as area calculation. It is also very accurate in terms of plotting your location and calculating your heading and speed. The only down side is poor reception when inside the car. You have to point it close to the window and possibly have to row it down if you have dark sunscreen. Or you have to sit in front seat and place the unit right under the windshield. The memory is also quite limited with 1MB. However, if your main purpose is not for driving navigation, I highly recommand this unit because its easy to use and fair price.

  • 4 starstoo advance for begenner

    much too advance for a begenner!