+raouljan Posted September 11, 2002 Share Posted September 11, 2002 I have received my new 76s and have gone and hunted a couple of benchmarks with it. Here are my observations on the unit after 1 days worth of use. Hopefully those who are considereing this unit will find this usefull. 1. Gosh .. this thing is BIG. I have a 12, a yellow eTrex and now the 76s. I knew this was going to be bigger than the other two .. but gosh...this thing is big. 2. Lots of data! The screens are full of information... all of them. I know that this can be modified..but I think I will leave this for some time when I have more time. The screen is HUGE compared to the eTres and the 12. You can almost read it from across the street! 3. The unit "feels" good in the hand. The form factor is totally different than the eTrex or the 12. It is more like using a handheld radio. 4. Lock is more sensitive than the eTrex or the 12. Right now, under a roof, in kind of a valley, I have a 3D Differential lock and am showing about 5 meters accuracy. I have lock on 9 birds and showing "D" on all. I have noticed that when I set the unit down next to a benchmark to take a picture the coords change slightly from those that were marked when holding vert. 5. The magnetic compass takes some getting used to as you have to change the position of the unit from vert to horz. When you are standing still and move the unit to horz to use the compass you loose some signal. I do find this very usefull and it is nice not to have to switch between GPS and regular compass. However .. the old compass will always be with me! 6. Barometer... this function does not appear to be as usefull as I though it was going to be... but give me a couple more days 7. 24 Megs of memory is a LOT of memory! I have downloaded about 50% of Arizona and Utah into the unit and the memory only shows about 10% used. Downloading all these maps into the unit took 45 minutes and the unit switched to 11.5 during the download... nice touch. However, at the end of the download the unit went "non-responsive" according to MapSource. However... I THINK all the maps made it down to the GPS... 8. The old "jam the GPS between the dash and the window" trick does not work with my car (a Subi)and this GPSr. It is just too big. Probably a plot to sell more clamps. In short... I find the 76s to be one heck of a unit! It is probably overkill for Geocaching, but since I use a GPSr for a lot of things, it fits my needs very well. >Personally Responsible for the Recovery of .00217% of the Benchmark Database!<--watch this number! Quote Link to comment
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