Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), recently announced they are going to launch a new and improved version of their best-selling eTrex handheld GPS device. Garmin’s eTrex is one of the most popular handheld GPS devices on the market.
The all-new eTrex GPS system will be redesigned and upgraded with new features – enhanced ergonomics, an improved interface, paperless geocaching and in certain models, a 65k color screen with expanded mapping capabilities.
The eTrex is an entry-level device that is designed especially for outdoor enthusists that enjoy activities such as hiking, biking and camping. The eTrex GPS system is very affordable, will fit in your pocket and is easy to use. It only has five buttons, making it easy to use with just one hand – the left hand, so lefties should be aware.
Although it isn’t the most feature rich GPS system on the market, it does have many great features for the price, such as its ability to calculate your current and average speed. This feature should really come in handy on extended hiking, camping, or cycling trips where planning your average speed and tracking the distance traveled is critical.
The eTrex GPS system offers the ability to track up to 12 satellites so you never lose contact with one. It is also waterproof, so exposure to a little water shouldn’t damage the unit.
Even though the device only has five buttons, the menus are logical and concise. Alphanumeric entry is via drop down menus, which let you quickly select numbers and letters for waypoint entry. You can quickly mark your present position as a waypoint by holding down one of the buttons for a second. Up to 500 waypoint entries are available and there are many icons to select from.
Garmin expects to release the new eTrex models sometime in the fall of 2011 for $119, $199, and $299, respectively.