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Garmin GPS 60CSx Handheld GPS Navigator Review

Garmin GPS 60SCx—a new and improved super sensitive handheld GPS unit

The Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx updated the now ancient Garmin 60CS with two important improvements. First, the 60CSx includes the SiRFSTARIII chipset, which has been getting rave reviews for its fast acquisition time and awesome coverage under canopy, in urban canyons and even indoors.

However, according to GPS Traklog: “In early 2009, it appears that Garmin stopped using the SiRFstar III chipet due to a patent dispute, substituting a MediaTek (MTK) chipset. While both are high-sensitivity chipsets, Garmin is still fine-tuning the MTK firmware. The switch to this chipset has reduced one of the advantages the 60/76 C(S)x series has enjoyed over newer Garmin models..”

Keeping that in mind, the 60CSx does still have other improved features. The 60CSX no longer utilizes the built in memory for MapSource maps, but rather loads them to a removable microSD card (it comes with a 64 MB card). This means you have nearly unlimited map storage capability.

According to the review on Amazon: “The venerable Garmin 60CS just got a whole lot better. The 7.5-ounce GPSMap 60CSx now features an insanely accurate, high-sensitivity GPS receiver by SiRF that tracks your position even in tree cover and canyons. Plus, you get a bright, sunlight-readable color TFT display and an included a 64 MB microSD card for storage of optional map detail. Add all that to the 60CSx’s integrated barometric altimeter and electronic compass, and you’ve got a unit that is ready to take you anywhere on land or sea.”

The Quick & Dirty:
Where you can get one:
Garmin GPS 60CSx Handheld GPS Navigator $229.99

Why it Rocks:

    • High-sensitivity GPS receiver
    • Bright, sunlight-readable color TFT display
    • Color-handheld mapping ideal for both marine and outdoor use
    • 64 MB microSD card for storage of optional map detail; NOTE: microSD card is located in the device, not as a separate, additional item
    • Fast USB connectivity makes loading charts and maps quick and easy

Looking to buy? Here’s where you can get one:
Garmin GPS 60CSx Handheld GPS Navigator $229.99