Garmin eTrex Legend 8 MB GPS with PC Cable

Garmin eTrex Legend 8 MB GPS with PC Cable

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There are now enough handheld global positioning system (GPS) receivers on the market that you can be choosy when it comes to price, features, and design. Garmin--a leading manufacturer of car, boat, and personal GPS receivers--has a complete line of eTrex handheld receivers, with our Legend falling about midrange.

With WAAS support, the Legend offers extremely accurate readings (rated to within two to three meters). (For more on WAAS, see the Frequently Asked Questions section.) A good-sized screen--288 x 160 pixels--makes it easy to see location details, and the Legend redraws maps quickly when zooming in or out of a position.

Its 8 MB of memory means there is also plenty of room for waypoints, routes, and saved tracks. The Legend will hold up to 500 waypoints, complete with a name and graphical symbol, 20 routes with 50 waypoints each, and it contains slots for 10 saved tracks. You can also download maps from Garmin's MapSource CD-ROMs (thorough but expensive accessories for the GPS receiver) to see street-level or topographic detail (depending on the CD-ROM title).

But one of the most striking attributes of the Legend is its comfortable and efficient design. While it rests easily in the palm of either hand, it's most suited for the left hand, where its handy click-stick can be manipulated with the thumb. The click-stick works like the pencil-eraser nubbin on laptop PCs and is handy for moving through screen icons and menus. It also works as a button when pressed down.

The Legend is coated with a waterproof, rubberized plastic shell that grips nicely. Weighing in at only 5.3 ounces, it fits into a pocket or clips onto a belt loop, going almost unnoticed.

The internal trip computer of the Legend provided a range of data about our hikes and drives, including current speed, average speed, trip distance, and time traveled (both moving and stopped). For those interested in checking out their foot pace and distance traveled, it's a handy GPS to have in hand.

Our only major beef with the Legend is that the receiver sometimes seemed to grow weak. Even when it wasn't in WAAS mode (which can be tough to maintain a signal in), it dropped the signal from time to time. We even lost the signal once while walking along the streets of San Francisco--it seems that the medium-size buildings were enough to interfere with the reception.

But this only happened on a few occasions. Most of the time the well-designed Legend was able to keep us in touch with up to 12 GPS satellites for a strong-enough read to maintain a tight handle on our location. --J. Curtis

Pros:

  • Comfortable, compact design
  • Click-stick for interface navigation
  • Bright backlight
  • Handy distance-traveled feature
Cons:
  • Sporadic reception within urban areas
  • Can take several minutes for a cold fix
Features: Global positioning system (GPS) receiver with built-in Americas basemap, 8 MB of internal memory for map and data storage; PC cable included, Accuracy to less than 3 meters with WAAS correction data, Rocker switch on front panel for quick and accurate map panning, Compatible with optional Garmin MapSource software for downloading maps and waypoint data

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Customer Rating: 4.21 of 5 (90 total reviews)

  • 4 starsincredible piece of technology for the hiker

    The GPS etrex Legend from Garmin offers the amazing possibility to locate oneself on earth with an accuracy of 1-2meters, this for an affordable price and a compact design (cell phone size), a lot of achievements!
    The device is reasonably user friendly to use with a few menus and a tiny joystick. It is of course a bit tedious while driving and it is better to pull on the side, but when hiking in clear areas it is very usable. In the city the purpose of the etrex is sort of uncertain, better have the thomas guide, but the large paper pages would not fit in a pocket. A few luxury cars have now a GPS and nice display and probably in 10 years computer assisted driving will be very advanced.
    With the etrex it is not possible to get lost in wild nature, unless batteries die down! For battery duration i measured about 50mA just on, +50mA GPS activated and +50mA light on, so at night the conso of total 150mA is a bit high (but light autoturns off rapidly).
    I was unable to feel the WAAS mode so far, maybe the special satellite was not in view.
    My favorite feature is the bread crumb tracks that follow my hiking or driving around with quite some precision. I was able to retrace nearby surface streets. I also conducted some geeky repeatability tests on a big soccer field and saw some dither of waypoints at each corner, but come on: 1-2 meters is good! Think of ancient navigators in the oceans looking at the sun and some stars with a sextant and locating themeselves to miles....

    My main regret would be the screen, it is low resolution and no colors. The basemap of LA is super crowded of course. (Was it hard to insert one of today's fine color LCDs, like the back of digital cameras?). I could pay $50 more for this luxury. I will rank 4 stars then. Basically one needs to download the bread crumbs onto a PC which requires the rs232 cable (furnished) and i believe the mapsource CD (not furnished, add about $100. Note: maybe there are ways for the tech oriented person to have the PC interrogate the etrex without the CD, or for the digital photographer to take photos of the screen and stich them to recreate a big image...very tedious)

    I give 'coup de coeur' for this marvel of high tech

  • 4 starsA Good Start

    I bought my Legend and the topo MapSource software last fall at a great price. I've used it for deer and turkey hunting, hiking, biking, and fun in the car. This unit takes a bit of getting used to but its operation is reasonably intuitive. (I'm an engineer.) I have down and uploaded weigh points, tracks and routes using the MapSource software. Before I bought my unit, I read some complaints about lack of topo detail. I find it adequate for my purposes. Be advised that the base map (which comes hard-coded in the system) does not correctly list the recently renumbered Pennsylvania highway exit numbers. Hopefully, Garmin will correct this promptly. Also, the topos are a bit dated but then so are the paper topos I usually carry. My suggestion is, if you like electronic toys, go for it. If these GPS manufacturers were smart, they would put software on the Internet that allowed open sharing of routes, waypoints, etc. Every trail in America would wind up electronically documented and these little critters would sell like popcorn.

  • 4 starsBought one for the second time.

    My wife and I got into Geocaching last year. We had a blast and had great results using our eTrex Legend. We ended up getting other distractions that kept us from GeoCaching so we decided to sell our Legend.

    Well a year later we decided to get backing to caching because of some friends so we went looking again for GPSr units and after looking nothing seems to have topped the Legend in the value section.

    I have read complaints about people losing sats but honestly from my previous experience, this only happened to us when the tree cover was almost completely blocked out the sky. I often used the unit indoors (near a window of course) and never had a problem using it in the car.

    There are a few items that I buy a second time around, the only one that comes to mind off hand was a FujiFilm FinePix 1300. I tend to like value and items that retain a resale value, and from experience, the Legend fits both of those categories.

    If you are looking for a sub $200 unit to Geocache with, this is the unit for you. With EasyGPS you can easily store and download Geocache waypoints to your Legend.

    Also I don't think anyone mentioned it, but the Legend has a ton of different waypoint icons you can use, it even has GeoCache and GeoCache Found icons.

    If I don't get the same results of the 2nd unit that I just ordered I will post it, but until then I am happy I stuck with the Legend.