Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rideau Ferry, Ontario, Canada
Experience with 60 CSX
I have both a 60 CX and and 76 CSX unit for a few years. My experience with the 60 CX is a little more varied and less pleasant - the unit I have now was replaced with a refurbished unit after the screen went up in smoke - literally , about a year ago. The original unit was about 3 years old. I do believe however that not all 60's units are faulty but I may have gotten one of the units that slipped past quality control.
I always carried mine in a Gillson neoprene case, and that usually inside a pocket. I was disappointed to see that the case cracked in the narrow span between the screen and the bottom left hand corner - look at one and you'll immediately see it's the area of highest stress. Repeated attempts with Garmin in 2007 to get them to acknowledge a problem and help me with repairs on both the case and screen fault met with no success until I received out of the blue an email from Raytech in Mtrl offering a brand new unit at a very attractive replacement price. I had the 76CSX by then but did deal anyway since my significant other and I geocoache a lot and having two is great for that. You can search this site fo my ealrier smoking GPS post.
Function wise - each works well and the screen size is subjective - I find it fine but I don't route plan - i use trip mode to show upcoming turns.
On CX versus CSX - I don't use altimeter very much - I've tested it against land datums and it's not very accurate at all. The compass however is highly useful if you're a hiker or geocacher, if you're riding, really no advantage.
Like V-Tom says - battery life is pretty good. With fresh batteries and no fiddling - just leaving it on a single display function, I've gotten about 25 hours out of a set. Fiddling, like wihen using Topos or geocaching - figure on about 8-10 hours average, longer if you're not constantly using functions.
Last but not least - it's not uncommon for mass merchandizers like Cda TIre to sell units at deep discounts when they are about to be discontinued, I have several products acquired this way - although I can't find evidence in this case, surprises me that they could undersell some of the other Cdn suppliers .
As you can see I have a love/hate relationship with Garmin - they make a good product but IMO, their support is lacking - as it is with most consumer electronic / entertainment products. Still, for all round versatility, the 60 is a good unit that falls easy to hand if carrying around and overall although I personally prefer the 76 CSX, I like Garmin products more so that the two other GPS units I've owned and the 1/2 dozen others I've tested.
My two cents.
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