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.