A longtime GPS favourite has been updated inside and out: Garmin’s eTrex range has been given its most comprehensive makeover since its launch a decade ago.
New for 2011:
• Better ergonomics;
• Styling update;
• Improved user interface;
• Paperless geocaching support;
• Either super-bright monochrome or enhanced color display, both of them readable in sunlight.
The 3-model range consists of the eTrex 10, 20 and 30. High-end units include features such as 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass (it shows your heading even when you’re standing still), barometric altimeter, and wireless unit-to-unit data transfer with compatible devices. Battery life, using two AAs cells, is about 25 hours.
The eTrex currently retails for between R1 000 and about R2 200, which includes a worldwide basemap. However, detailed regional maps cost extra.