+PeoriaBill Posted March 15 Share Posted March 15 GARMIN 67, 67i and Etrex SE Noticed that Garmin has introduced a new GPS, the 67 and 67i. They have also introduced an updated version of the basic yellow Etrex model. The new slogan is that Garmin takes you “deep into the woods” or words to that effect. Sounds great. I just hope Garmin brings me back out of the woods! Couple of observations on the new units: The 67i like the 66r is a fixed lithium battery rechargeable unit. It offers some very impressive run time of 180+hours in GPS mode and over 400hrs in expedition mode. Sounds great, but I still want to be able to plug in a battery. The need to be able to plug in a battery is hard wired into the DNA. The 67i has only five of the major satellite systems, while the 67 includes Glonass for a total of six. No reason given. No mention of loading compressed .ggz files, but I’m assuming they have the capability. Maps are TOPO. They offer various versions of Navigator, Marine, Hunting etc. at about $86 each. For $599.00 I think they should give you whatever maps you want. Now days, map data is no longer a proprietary commodity as the info is widely available. I have not heard why this GPSr is better than its predecessors? Is it faster, more reliable, antenna better or is the only change that it is now multi gnss (satellite systems)? Reach technology is not new anymore. Product support is a major part of any product release. How will Garmin take care of these units? Longer warranty, exchanges, refurbished units? The battery will eventually need to be replaced. Since this baby is locked up tight does that mean it is a throw away or is there a way to replace it and give it many more years of reliable service? The NUVI is a prime example of the battery failing in three or four years and the units practically being given away on Ebay. Next time they release a product that costs $600, they need to release the product support package/plans at the same time. What item would you buy and not know this information?? Last topic: The new Etrex SE. Same question as No 5. It has all six gnss systems, but still a non map background. It is still a basic Etrex or a featureless Etrex 22/32. I like Garmin and if I want to keep geocaching I don’t have a lot of choice. The above comments are my impressions after reading the new Garmin product advertisement. 1 Quote Link to comment
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