Garmin announces the new GPSMAP 276Cx

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

  1. empedrado

    empedrado Been here awhile

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    My views would probably be different if I road mostly pavement or used routes to navigate. My map set is City Nav with Custom Map overlays for NF and certain BLM MVUM's. The resolution and the size of the screen give me all I need to explore point A to point B. I am not listening to anything trough the 276, but I do like the pop up notifications for text messages from my wife. BTW, rarely do I even get one of these. In an average days ride, I may only have one notification appear and that one is usually from a friend who knows I am out riding. What I like most about the 276cx is the resolution and brightness of the screen along with the buttons vs touch screen. FWIW, I have owned a ton of Garmin devices going all the way back to the GPS II. Other devices I presently own include the Zumo 665, Montana 650T and 610 along with the Monterra.

    I cannot comment on how the 276 handles topo maps as I have little use for them with the ability to have MVUM overlays on the modern devices. My guess is that topo maps would not be its strong suite with the large data to process and display.
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  2. 70East

    70East Been here awhile

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    Has anyone successfully gotten the CN lifetime map upgrade from Garmin. I bought mine the day it came out and in turn bought CNNA. Just got off the phone with Garmin and they told me it cant be done.
  3. mcnut

    mcnut Long timer

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    I'm likely missing something but let's start with what form was the CN purchase: download (to GPS, Computer or both), or CD/DVD, or SD memory chip?
    The SD chip can't be updated.
    The download and DVD should be updatable unless something has changed. The DVD usually included one free update, otherwise pay for a 1 time update or buy lifetime updates.

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  4. pepebayeta

    pepebayeta Been here awhile

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    I asked garmin about this some time ago. They told me lifetime map updates were only available for zumo and nuvi series.

    There was no automotive bundle available at that time, so maybe things changed.
    My experience with garmin tells me if you didn't buy the bundle, they won't give the chance to get a lifetime update.
    I'd like to be wrong. Let us know how it worked.
  5. 70East

    70East Been here awhile

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    It was downloaded. I was under the impression Garmin was upgrading people to CNNA LM, that bought early.

    I think that's how it's going.
  6. mcnut

    mcnut Long timer

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    Then that is new as I have a 78 with a downloaded CN for which I later added Lifetime Updates.

    Bruce
  7. pepebayeta

    pepebayeta Been here awhile

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    Hi Bruce, I posted this when I asked garmin about it.
    I don't know if it works or if it doesn't, but I can tell you that's what garmin told me.
  8. mcnut

    mcnut Long timer

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    Well that sucks, another strike against the 276Cx.

    Bruce
  9. empedrado

    empedrado Been here awhile

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    If anyone out there is regretting their purchase of a 276cx, I would be willing to trade a Montana 610 and a 478 for their device. The 478 has a crack in the screen but is otherwise in good condition. The screen saver I have installed seems to have limited the damage of the crack, but I live in the desert SW and we just do not have much moisture. The 610 has CN North America (48 states) installed and has had very limited use since I purchased the 276. The 610 was purchased a year ago and the 276 in January.
  10. Bearded Hooligan

    Bearded Hooligan Moto Addict

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    Anxiously watching to see if how this unit pans out. I bought a 478 about 10 years ago, used. My last trip, http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/3-twins-head-to-deadhorse.1228229/, we had 3.5 days of rain in a row. At the end of it my 478 was a complete fish tank. The unit was completely filled with water and is now unusable. I used my iPhone for the rest of the trip. It worked, got the job done, but I really like having the phone separate from the GPS. Since one of the reasons to get out on the bike is to get away from the phone. The 478 was great, but needed some improvements. Saw this and was hoping as many have stated that this unit was the answer. Anyone selling a used one yet?
  11. ohgood

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  12. Bearded Hooligan

    Bearded Hooligan Moto Addict

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    I am aware...I work in technology. However, I prefer the GPS over the phone. I like the layouts better and having everything I want on the screen with the map, like elevation, speed, sunset, trip. All in the 4 corners like I had on the 478. I especially like the elevation and sunset time when looking for a place to camp in the evening. You only make that mistake once of camping in a high elevation without the right gear for the temps.
  13. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    I still have my 478. It works fine, although with only a 512kb data card, the map data can't really be updated.

    I bought a BMW Nav V two years ago. I don't particularly like its interface. Too Nuvi-ish and not enough 478-ish. But it works well enough.

    On my iPhone I carry the GPS app PocketEarth. It has most of the good data I like on the 478 (elevation, etc). Routes ok. Imports gpx (through iTunes, yeah a PITA).

    Only significant negative is that it must have cellular data to plan a route. Something about how it needs to connect with the Pocketearth server before the calculation is done.
  14. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    ya, I know what you mean about how helpful all that information on the screen is.
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    I usually have all that along with cadence, heart rate, calories, weather radar, and a few other fields of info, but even with a big 5 inch screen it starts to look more like the enterprise and less like a map, so I'll wipe it all away and just run a naked map with a track to follow.
  15. khpossum

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    If this happens to anyone I suggest you open the unit at the end of the day and put a hair dryer on it. It is easy to do. Get it dried out right away and you will have a fairly good chance it will recover. If the screen itself get water logged you can replace it for little money. I don't trust the water proofness of my 276C so I put a clear plastic bag around it when it rains, a royal pain, but until the CX gets to be what it needs to be I want to keep my 276C functional.
  16. Corona

    Corona Dreaming of Dreaming

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    I am one week into riding the TAT with the 276CX and I thought I would post some quick thoughts.

    Good things:
    • The screen is superb. Big, bright, crisp, just all around win on this point. Makes it super easy to read and ride.
    • Moving from my trusty 60CX, the mounting mechanism is much better. I have the cradle attached to a RAM base and it sits in the centre of my f800GS handle bars.
    • Power on and off via can bus on the f800gs is really handy and again a big improvement over my hard wired 60CX.
    • Buttons are easy to use while riding, I can't be doing with touch screens.
    • The US 100k topo maps are perfect for riding the TAT. Has almost every trail on there and makes finding alternative dirt routes easy.
    • I like the rechargeable battery.
    • Rode through the tail end of tropical depression Harvey and got so wet it felt like I was riding a submarine. GPS never skipped a beat and worked without issue.
    • It seems to have every freaking mode or option a Garmin GPS can posses e.g. heart rate indicator ?!
    Bad things:

    • So many bugs, just so many.
    • 50% chance the whole thing locks up calculating a road route. Device can't be recovered without removing the battery.
    • Map de clutter randomly turns itself on and off as it sees fit.
    • When de clutter is on it leaves all the cemeteries displayed for some reason ....
    • When trying to pan and zoom on the map with the pointer the map will randomly jump to locations far away from the pointer forcing you to start again
    • Finding and routing are only slightly faster than my 10 year old 60CX. This is bewildering for such a new and expensive unit.
    • No idea if the weather map thing is ever meant to work.
    • UI glitches where text falls outside of boxes and is overlaid on the map.
    I think it is ridiculous that Garmin are charging such money for such an un-finished product. Hopefully it will get better with more updates. If it worked properly it would be a great adventure GPS. At the moment, there is not much worth upgrading from my 60CX apart from the big screen and better mounting. As usual, good hardware let down by bad software.
  17. Corona

    Corona Dreaming of Dreaming

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    Couple of pics.

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  18. SpeedyR

    SpeedyR SE in the SE

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    Please make sure you go to the garmin website and express your findings and frustrations with the unit. I keep hoping that with the next set of updates things will get better but so far it's looking like the monterra with regards to garmin making improvements.

    Has anyone gotten better results with the latest updates?
  19. Tork

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    Corona thanks for taking time to post , safe travels .
  20. zym

    zym Adventurer

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    Hi,

    I have been using 276CX for 9 months. The device performance is getting better and better with the firmware updates. Now I can use the device with City Navigator Europe (Normal map detail, automative mode) without problem. When I used north up and most nap detail, performance dropped dramatically.

    I had a Garmin Monterra before and it also had such problems. But I am happy to upgrade from Monterra to 276cx. Because it is better in some aspects such as battery life and big screen.