Garmin announces the new GPSMAP 276Cx

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  1. mattebox

    mattebox Been here awhile

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    Garmin has announced the GPSMAP 276Cx, an upgraded reinvention of the classic 276C.

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    Product page: https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/into-sports/handheld/gpsmap-276cx/prod539722.html

    Press release: http://newsroom.garmin.com/press-re...introducing-gpsmap-276cx-versatile-all-terrai

    Blog post: https://www.garmin.com/en-US/blog/featured-2/announcement-gpsmap-276cx/


    • Sunlight viewable 5" 800x480 screen
    • GPS, GLONASS and Hotfix
    • Barometric altimeter and 3-axis compass
    • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ANT+
    • Dual power option: Li-Ion or 3 AA
    • Battery life (Li-Ion/AA): 16/8 hrs
    • Supports "Bluetooth headsets" (maybe works with Sena?)
    • IPX7 water rating, but no mention of MIL-STD-810 shock and vibe
    • External power contacts and various powered mounts (includes powered AMPS mount)
    • $799.99
    No mention of a touchscreen in the press release or specs. Touchscreen and buttons would have been nice because sometimes one or the other is easier to use for a particular task. Also, a wired or wireless accessory remote control would have been awesome, but it doesn't seem like there is one. $800 is really steep. It's also pretty thick (1.7" deep) and heavy (15.9 oz with the lithium battery).
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  2. gundrted

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    Here is the list of features from the Garmin website:

    What is Active Weather????
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  3. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    Wow, the 478 was my favorite GPS by far. That looks like it could be a very nice unit as long as they don't use the dumbed down interface of many of their current units.

    But, now that I've explored the world of Android Phone as GPS, that thing is 5 years too late and $500 too expensive.

    Wish they hadn't abandoned the 275/478 line like they did.
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  4. Exurban

    Exurban Been here awhile

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    Does not come with street maps?
    6 gb memory so in all likelihood you'll need an sd card to store a map set. Why can't there be more memory?
    I agree buttons can be useful and doesn't say if also touch screen, which is also useful.
    Does it have the display customization like the old ones that's mostly lost on the $&@#%€ Zumo? If I zoom out past 0.3 mile, do most of the roads disappear like the #%€¥! Zumo?

    I really liked my little Quest and would probably still be using it if those bastards wouldn't have ended map support for them.
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  5. bobcat

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    I'm really glad to see this. Have been limping along with a 478, and a 276 in mothballs. I hope it's as good as it should be.
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  6. EmmEff

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    How much do you want to bet it'll have some artificially imposed limitations such as to not cut into Zumo and/or Montana sales? I don't trust Garmin not to fuck this up.


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  7. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    GPSMAP 276Cx…an excerpt from my review…

    The newly introduced GPSMAP® 276Cx is a portable Chartplotter/GPS for Marine and Automotive use - just like it's predecessor's.

    And even though the new GPSMAP® 276Cx has similar features, this is not a dusted-off 276C. Completely new hardware and software make this device familiar, yet all new: GNSS (GPS+GLONASS), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ANT+, expandable industry standard micro-SD Card storage and a brilliant non-touchscreen display. This device should make quite a few Moto-riders very happy.

    This time around the "Automotive" mode really means terrestrial since the Routing options include all sixteen Garmin Activity types from Walking to Mountaineering and Cycling to ATV/Off Road Driving. At 426g(15oz), I think this device might be a bit on the heavy side for use in some of the supported Routing Activities like Hiking and Cycling - but you never know.

    The 5-inch (800x480 pixels), very bright, back-lit display is one of the best sunlight-readable displays yet to come from Garmin. The GPSMAP® 276Cx has the same buttons-on-the-right layout and functions as it's predecessors. I know, having buttons-on-the-right is not exactly Moto-friendly placement but keep in mind, just like it's predecessors, this device wasn't designed just for Motorcyclists.

    For those who have only used a Garmin nüvi®, zūmo® or current handheld device, you'll have a small learning curve with the Menu structure but this certainly isn't the most complex User Interface among Garmin devices. The GPSMAP® 276Cx Owner's Manual will give you a reasonable start up the learning curve - although, like other Garmin consumer device Owner's Manual's it doesn't cover all features or process flows.

    If you use a Garmin Montana or Monterra you'll be happy to know, or maybe not, that the GPSMAP® 276Cx uses the same Garmin AMPS Rugged Mount - and, if you use a wired-headset, the 276Cx can be setup to pass Audio Out through the cable in the mount harness. The same battery compartment design used by the Montana/Monterra has been incorporated here as well: allowing the use of three AA Alkaline, NiMH or Lithium batteries in place of the standard 'brick' Lithium battery. That battery has a huge 5000mAh capacity and Garmin says you can get up to 15hrs from this battery. I think if you used the Battery Saver mode and allowed the display backlight to time-out after short peaks at the screen, it would easily last that long.

    One of the big shortcomings of the old Chartplotter's was limited storage - both internal and removable. The new GPSMAP® 276Cx has ~6GB of internal storage available to the user - not bad! In addition, just like the M&M's (that's Montana & Monterra), underneath that huge Lithium battery is a micro-SD Card holder. Garmin says they officially support storage sizes up to 32GB SDHC but the GPSMAP® 276Cx had no problem reading the 8GB of Maps from my 128GB SanDisk Ultra SDXC card! The only downside to all of that storage is that, currently, any data you create on the device can only be Saved to Internal Storage - no option to Save on the SD Card.

    If you’d like to read the rest of my review, the complete article is on our GlobeRiders.com website.
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  8. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Uhh...Havin' a bad day EmmEff? I think they've done a pretty good job so far. Now, there are still things I'd like to see supported as I've outlined in my review. But, out of the box, not bad!
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  9. bobcat

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    Great review, thanks for all the details and pics!
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  10. mcnut

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    Thanks for the information and review!
    I had all but given up on ever seeing a new, button based, big screen GPS. This is looking like the answer to my wishes.

    Bruce
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  11. Ronin120

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    Looks like Garmin got tired of hearing from upset former 176C/276C/376C users who loved their old units and really, really disliked the Montana unit. Like me...

    Unfortunately for me I have two Montanas to get rid of.
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  12. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    i may have to look into this one.
    i had a 276C that i sold when i got my Montana 600 a little over a year ago.
    :thumb
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  13. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Actually, this device was championed from within Garmin by a 'rider' and it took some creative selling to get it approved from what I understand.
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    DRTBYK, is your review correct in that the max points per route is only 50?
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  15. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    CURRENTLY....yes, that is the Route Point limit. I've lobbied for more and I've also lobbied for support of Garmin's Route Point Extension (RPE) data like the original x76 series supported. I'll check the release version of the software to make sure. If I find other wiser I'll note it here and in my review.
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  16. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Well, I just ran my test against the latest build I have and the GPSMAP 276Cx is taking more than 50 Route Points. Sooo, I'll run the rest of my test routes through to see what's going on. Maybe I got what I was asking for???? :dunno

    UPDATE: It would appear that 50 Route Points is it for now. Route with >50 Via Points are truncated when Activated.
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  17. pepebayeta

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    At first, I guess it works with basecamp, garmin express, poi loader, etc instead of the simple, functional mapsource.
    OTOH, looks like the only option I would change my ten years old 278
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  18. HTSRocker

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    Buttons :thumbup
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  19. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Mattebox mentioned the new gps is 3.7" thick------------that's the width------it's 1.7" inches thick.
    But it still is a big sucker---and heavy-----sure like the 10,000 waypoint storage.

    I will have one of these pronto as I've always hated the touch screen of the Montana I have.

    BigDog

    Now I've got to get busy selling the drawer full of 276C's I've horded. Yes I'm a 276 horder.
    I admit I have a problem :rofl:rofl
    I've got a flashlight problem too :fpalm:fpalm

    Edit:--Pre-ordered from GPS City with a Navigator SD card.
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  20. wbbnm

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    I had a couple of friends get big bucks for their old 276's a few years ago on ebay, almost enough to pay for a Montana. Apparently Russians wanted them real bad.
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