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I was thinking about getting a gps unit for my laptop to use while I'm driving to sites. Any opinions on which hardware/software works best? I know microsoft has the Streets and Trips one and Garmin has the GPS 18 but I'n not sure if either would work well for geocaching or if there is something better out there.

 

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Watch the newer Garmins as they are not NMEA compliant which means they won't work with most (any?) laptop navigation software that's expecting the NMEA standard.

 

Personally, I use a Garmin Vista Cx with City Select (and no laptop usually). For when I'm running with my laptop, I have a small USB GPSr sensor (you can get one bundled with Microsoft Streets and Trips for under $100). Benefit here is that I can leave the car set to find the routes to caches and use the handheld in "direct route" mode so I can quick grab it without disrupting the laptop upon arrival at a cache location.

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I was thinking about getting a gps unit for my laptop to use while I'm driving to sites. Any opinions on which hardware/software works best? I know microsoft has the Streets and Trips one and Garmin has the GPS 18 but I'n not sure if either would work well for geocaching or if there is something better out there.

 

Thanks

 

nRoute by Garmin works with the X series and with other helping software will work with MS S&T and others. Specifically speaking of GPSgate.

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The nice thing about the Garmin GPS 18 is that it comes with City Select maps. It is frankly pretty tough to cache with a laptop. It is just too bulky to carry around. You can try it, but chances are you will end up wanting a hand held GPS receiver. If you get the 18, and then later buy a Garmin receiver that allows you to upload maps (Legend or above), the you can use the City Select maps.

 

City Select maps can be loaded on 2 GPS receivers. The 18, even though it is just a dongle for your laptop, counts as one, but that still leaves you one more. And the 18 with maps costs about the same and the map software by itself.

 

Just my $.02.

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