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GPSr - Garmin Cx vs. HCx

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Is the high sensitivity receiver really better??

 

If it is, in what ways?

 

Thanks in advance!

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Yes, the high sensitivity is a distinct advantage in densely wooded areas.

 

It grabs the satellite signals faster anywhere. They often are able to "see" more satellites. They lose their lock less quickly.

 

The sensitive receiver chips will often collect signals indoors. I frequently keep my 60 CSx on while I go into restaurants to eat. (I think all gps units work better the longer they are on through the day and notice my reception improved even with my old plain Legend over the course of the day. I never like to use a gps "cold").

 

You might also consider the garmin 60 CSx or 60 Cx or the Garmin 76 CSx or 76Cx. Each of those units also has a high sensitivity chipset, the SiRFSTAR III. Units that use the SiRFSTAR III chipset have not had all the problems the HCx and similar units have had recently with drift, etc. that require so many updates to the software.

 

I use a 60 CSx and I'm completely satisfied with it. The 76 style has the same features in a much different body, for a lower price.

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60 and 76 series Cx units have a high-sensitivity chipset, as stated above.

 

The eTrex Cx units do not. For eTrex models you have to go to the HC(x) series.

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I just picked up a new Legend HCx. I previously used the Cx version. The difference between the two under trees is night and day. The old Cx had me bouncing around in even light tree/bush cover or next to tall buildings where it could only see half the sky. The newer HCx is rock solid in the same sorts of cover, and I can keep lock in many buildings). And it's usually got a lock on the satellites before I even get off the splash screen (not that waiting a few second with the older model was a problem).

 

I just bought the HCx at a Black Friday sale for $180. I think they are around $190 on Amazon.

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Thanks!

 

I bought a Legend HCx last night. I have the original Vista, the new Legend will do just fine. There are some great deals around right now.

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