Garmin eTrex Legend

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Garmin eTrex Legend

If you'd like to replace a bunch of state maps or a road atlas with a GPS receiver, then the Garmin eTrex Legend might be for you. It comes with a basemap of North and South America showing the main roads and other general details. It's perfect to take on those trips when you get out of town.

In addition to the basemap, the Garmin eTrex Legend has a marine database built in which has navigational aids for boaters. And for storing maps with greater detail, the receiver has 8 MB of internal memory. Garmin offers a selection of map data on CDs to choose from, and include city, topographic, fishing lake, marine, and world maps. The maps are transferred to the receiver using the included PC interface cable.

Unlike most GPS receivers, the eTrex Legend has five of its six buttons, on the side of its case. It was designed this way to make one-hand operation easier. And of the buttons on the side, usually only two are used with any frequency, the Page button and the Find button. So unless you prefer all the buttons where you can see them, this should be a comfortable arrangement. The "Click Stick" on the front, is a directional control button and functions similar to a computer mouse.

The Page button is used to select one of the five main screen displays of the Garmin eTrex Legend. The Main Menu Page directs you to subpages for initializing various functions, creating and managing waypoints and routes, finding points of interest, managing tracks, and using the accessory functions. On the Satellite Page is shown the position and signal strength for the GPS satellites in the area. As soon as three or more satellites are tracked, you can begin to navigate. Your location coordinates are shown, as is an estimate of the current accuracy of position calculations.

Once GPS navigation is ready, you use the Map Page, Navigation Page, and the Trip Computer Page to update your progress. The Map Page displays either the basemap or an additional map you downloaded to the eTrex Legend. Your position and route are marked on the map along with the scale. Two zoom buttons control the scale from 20 feet to 500 miles to adjust both the amount of detail and map area shown. The view can also be changed with the pan control. Two optional data fields can display various kinds of trip information which you've selected.

A compass image is shown on the Navigation Page with your heading and the bearing to your destination. At the top of the screen is the destination's name, distance, and time to arrival. The bottom of the screen can have two data fields of user-selectable navigation information. And when you want more than two data fields, there's the Trip Computer Page. The Garmin eTrex Legend lets you select 8 pieces of navigation information from a list of 32 items.

Since it's Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) enabled, the eTrex Legend can increase its base accuracy from under 15 meters, to less than 3 meters. Also contained within its waterproof case are the two AA batteries which power it for up to 18 hours. The receiver measures only 2.0" W x 4.4" H x 1.2" D and weighs 5.3 ounces. Its grayscale LCD screen has adjustable contrast to maintain a sharp image as light conditions vary. And backlighting lets you see the screen even in the dark.