Garmin announces the new GPSMAP 276Cx

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by mattebox, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. kendoo

    kendoo Been here awhile

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    In route setup there is something called "waypoint transition" with Auto/manual/distance as options. Anybody know what this is all about?
  2. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    @kendoo This setting has to do with how your route transitions from Waypoint (ViaPoint) to the next segment of the route. If you set it to Auto, the route will alert you to the Waypoint at 3/4mi and start a zoom in on the turn (if Auto Zoom is set to Auto) and once you have made the Waypoint, the route will begin the next segment - this is seamless.

    If you set this to Manual, the route will stop at the Waypoints until you indicate for it to proceed. If you set this to Distance, you can set the distance away from the Waypoint at which the device will alert and then proceed to the next route segment.
  3. kendoo

    kendoo Been here awhile

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    Thanks. Sounds like Auto is what I want.

    One more quickie....under "plan route" there is a speed option. I changed it to 100mph and it didn't seem to change my ETA when I activated the route again. Any idea what this speed option is for?
  4. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    I've ordered a 2nd one-------got tired of switching it between my bikes.

    Mine has been perfect.
    Just finished a several day ride thru my local forest and switched between Navigator, Topo, road and Rec, and several map overlays and all worked perfect.

    Followed some routes I made-----followed some offroad tracklogs I have.
    It worked so well and does everything very fast.

    Even lit up my tent at night.

    Be off to Baja Mexico with it in 3 weeks or so. Have the E32 Mexico maps loaded into it also.
  5. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    So yours is not plagued by the redraw issues mentioned above?
  6. Garry H

    Garry H Been here awhile

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    Can i have some of whatever he's on :bubba
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  7. mcnut

    mcnut Long timer

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    I have to say that when you impune BigDog with such a statement, you are only casting doubt as to your credibility.

    BigDog has extensive experience using GPS as a riding tool/aid over the course of many years, trips and equipment.
    I believe this must be a case of "different horses for different courses".

    Bruce
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  8. JustRok

    JustRok Arctic & Antarctic Exploration

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    Perhaps his units are both hardware updated.

    The negatives we ALL face cannot be dismissed by one post stating otherwise; Pure Logic.

    So I remain in serious doubt of the post accuracy and validity.

    PS: I forwarded my report to the Quality Supervisor at GARMIN Europe yesterday. Spoke on the phone with him and emailed him direct. I am expecting a response (hopefully soon).

    ✌️
  9. JustRok

    JustRok Arctic & Antarctic Exploration

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    Dan,

    I have no words.

    I want to thank you for your time in helping me out by answering so accurately to my questions! I truly appreciate every second you spent in doing so and I hope these questions have provided answers to other users who may feel equally lost.

    I have noted some further questions that popped up from your answers and will post when time allows.

    For now is there details on what these file types do and how they interact with each other? Some maps come with them and some don't.

    .img (map data)
    .gma
    .unl
    .sum

    Thanks
  10. rider911

    rider911 Shortcut Navigator

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    @JustRok thanks for taking the time to detail your problems so professionally.

    Your post could have easily replicated my ordeal when I bought a new Zumo 590 more than 2.5 years ago after also reading positive posts and recommendations prior to buying.

    After all this time none of my issues have been rectified by Garmin yet strangely I find very few others that document the same problems on these forums.
    I have several mates that also use the 590 and their units also display the same faults as mine BUT if you ask them if the 590 is a good thing they would say yes because they just dont care too much or they are not geeky enough to even realise something went wrong. I guess this is why we have varying reports on the 276. In 2017 if I pay $1000 for a gps I expect it to work as advertised and as any reasonable person would expect.

    I finally received a return call from Garmin last week to look into my issues, the guy sounded interested so i'm hoping for just a little something. This only took 2.5 yrs of complaining so be prepared for a long fight :-)

    I guess Garmin have us over a barrel because there is no competition ATM, but smartphones should have them worried.
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  11. goletto

    goletto Adventurer

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  12. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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  13. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    May I ask what E32 maps are?
  14. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    The E32 maps are topo maps of all of Mexico and Baja that you load into your gps.
    I have used them for years----------not routable-------but great maps which are superb at showing some remote offroad stuff that no paper map would show. They show on your computer using either mapsource:photog or basecamp :topes so you can use them to plan your ride. I've loaded the E32's in my 276CX and Montana---going to let a friend borrow my Montana.

    I just ordered the updated ones as mine were several years old.
    To get them it's an internet download---and the Mexican fellow that puts this together is such a nice guy.

    Go to this link to get them. $105----------------so much better than any paper map you could buy. They are locked to one gps.

    http://cartografiagps.com/en/

    BigDog in Baja last year. Since one fellow on this thread doesn't think I know anything about a gps---------how the hell did I get here ?? I didn't use a compass----or hang a carrot in front of me.
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
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  15. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Here you go...
    • IMG: Garmin map files that are compiled from some number of Map Tiles of a region.
    • GMA: Garmin Map Authentication file. This coded data is used to enables the map to be used on the device if the UNL file is present. Only needed for Map Products that are licensed to a single device.
    • UNL: Garmin Unlock data. This data is used by the device to further authenticate that the installed map can be used on the device upon which is is installed. Interacts with the GMA data. Only needed for Map Products that are licensed to a single device.
    • SUM: This is a Check Sum file that just confirms for the device that the Map data (IMG) is properly installed and no data was lost during installation.
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  16. goletto

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    It does indeed look like the BVB 6000.
    Differences I noted are IP 67 vs 68 and display 5.15 vs 4.7 inches.
    Regards
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    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    @JustRok , @Garry H , @ohgood Regarding you skepticism of @BigDogAdventures experience with the 276Cx, keep in mind he is using maps that are significantly less data intensive than GB Discoverer or the other EU Country Topo's that contain a huge amount of Raster data AND vector data. As I suggested earlier, something equivalent for riders in North America/Mexico/South America would be to have City Navigator or OSM for the entire region AND 100k Topo for an entire region enabled together and then turn on Map Shaded Relief. That combination significantly slows down the 276Cx map redraw to the point of being unusable while riding. I think very few folks in NA would be using such a combination while riding - although, I want the performance improved significantly.

    You folks in the EU should be communicating directly with Garmin like @JustRok. :thumb
  18. Garry H

    Garry H Been here awhile

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    Maybe he knows how to use the GPS Just got confused with fast and slow ( the only person who has described it as very fast !! )

    Also to be honest you don't need to be a good navigator at all to use a modern GPS with accurate maps to navigate
    Take the GPS off some people...give them a map and a compass and see how long it takes them to get lost !!
    I still just use maps and a compass sometimes because it's a lot more challenging or because i have no detailed GPS maps for the area ( sometimes i use both )
    The good old 276c
    [​IMG]

    Yes Dan i realise about the mapping differences .....
    The 276cx is almost unusable with our GB Discoverer and some others ..But it is also slow with vector maps but not unusable
    When i swapped from the 276cx to the monterra in my comparison tests the other day using OSM i had not used the monterra for a week
    The difference in speed was dramatic to say the least...suddenly you can pan around as fast as you can move your finger and your finger is a lot faster than the pad on the 276cx
    Some times you really want to like something and you tend to be very forgiving to the point of being biased
    Then you wake up and smell the coffee...To be honest this is my take on the 276cx at the moment
  19. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    I certainly can understand why you use the Monterra as a comparison - one, you own it and two, it's graphics performance is well above any of Garmin's other devices but more specifically the "Handhelds." But, in doing so you're comparing the compute power of my Mac Pro with my iPad for 3D Video editing. As I noted in my prior post the Monterra is a much more powerful graphics compute platform. It's to bad Garmin decided to not bring the Monterra platform forward but they have not.
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  20. JustRok

    JustRok Arctic & Antarctic Exploration

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    Thank you Dan

    Once again TOP TOP!!