Garmin announces the new GPSMAP 276Cx

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

  1. socalluke

    socalluke Been here awhile

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    How do you get the MVUM overlay maps?
  2. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    I'm curious about this as well! :hmmmmm
  3. empedrado

    empedrado Been here awhile

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    I build them. Not too hard with the right software and assuming the forest your interested in has geo referenced pdf MVUM's available (most do).

    Which brings up another advantage of the 276cx vs the Montana. It holds a lot more tiles of Custom Maps than the Montana.
  4. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    get a smartphone and georeference them, then usb-otg it to the 276, or just display it on the phone. exploit the power in your pocket.
  5. socalluke

    socalluke Been here awhile

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    Okay, thanks guys. I currently use the Avenza app and most MVUM maps are free and download right into the app. Thus the phone GPS location (shows up and tells me where I'm at on the trail.) Super easy to use, with only a few clicks.

    It is just hard to see the iphone screen as I'm bouncing down the trail in direct sun light.
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  7. Wandrer

    Wandrer n00b

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    I have an old 376C and wondering if mapping software that is compatible with the 276Cx will work. I recently got maps from Backroad Mapbooks, a mapping company that is Garmin based, and it loaded to MapSource nicely. I want to update my TOPO and road maps on the 376C
  8. chris_sav

    chris_sav Adventurer

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    Almost a year has passed now since I bought the 276CX and promptly returned it due to its inability to render detailed maps fast enough to tell me to turn before the junction and not after it!

    How about an update from anyone who has stuck with the 276CX since the early days, has there been a significant improvement in rendering of detailed maps?

    I'll buy another sooner or later!
  9. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    I keep coming back here to see how things are going. My trusty 478 has started to develop some dead pixels so I'm afraid it's on it's way out. It had lost it's waterproofness some years back and now from riding in dusty conditions, the underside of the screen has collected some dust. I still have a 376c & two 276's. I wonder if the screens would be interchangeable?

    I've been forcing myself to use my Montan 680 more and getting better with it, but man I still hate a touch screen with gloves. I continually finding myself adding a pin on the map when I tried to click on something else on the screen. In that aspect I love the buttons of the 478 so much better.

    It sounds like the 276cx has gotten at least somewhat better and I think the way I use it, I'd be fine. Still on the fence though.
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  10. SteveAZ

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    Almost certainly. The weak part of the enclosure on these was the display bezel. I learned after my first 196 you can't put too much pressure on the front of the display bezel (no touch here!) or it will break the seal to the front.
    Touch is the lazy manufacturers UI. Sexy and easy to sell, but that's an emperor without clothes. Buttons are essential on vehicle navigation systems in my opinion.
    It might have good enough performance for me but until they at least knock down the bugs... :lurk
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  11. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    please don't tell the car manufacturers this, they'll start over and put all the buttons on the wiper stalk again....

    turning on the wipers will be a three part process, and deleting all the FM radio presets will be one button push sequence different.... meaning every time it rains (or you want to navigate) the radio will die.

    which will require turning the key off three times, then opening the glovebox twice, to reset the omgthatsanuglyradio security pin.
  12. SteveAZ

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    While I understand what you are saying is [or at least seems] rather tongue-in-cheek, a car on a smooth road is completely different than just about every other vehicle type out there when it comes to shock and vibe which is what presents the challenge to touch and I will still suggest that even the car navigation systems would be better with buttons but the present market space is enamored with touch and they are cheap so I don't see the auto market changing any time soon...
  13. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    If you find a button based system that doesn't suck, holler. for that matter, if you find a touch system that doesn't, holler. it's almost worthwhile to junk the OEM stuff completely and just Velcro an iPad to the dash.
  14. SteveAZ

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    The aviation and marine systems with buttons I've used have been great. The x76/x96 series were awesome for road, marine, x96 for aviation, and then some. I'm not sure I get your point. Every touch based system I've used were very difficult to use due to motion.

    I think this unit's buttons and their interface are prolly just fine. The biggest problem is likely the schlock firmware that garmin seems to be exclusively producing these days....
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  15. Jeff B

    Jeff B Socially Awkward

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    It's pointless to take a side between buttons or touch screen. They both have their advantages under different circumstances.

    Today's technology permits both to be incorporated together into the same unit.
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  16. chris_sav

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    Buttons and touch screen have been argued to death already,

    Can we get back to the fundamental question of whether the unit is now good enough to render detail maps fast enough to make it usable and not the heap of junk almost a year ago that could not even keep up with me even when walking in towns and I'm 70!!, let alone on a motorcycle.
  17. PoleRbear

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    Bean counters always get in the way. It looks like that's the major problem with 276Cx and I seriously doubt it can be fixed with a software patch. Garmin must have scooped up a truckload of useless CPUs that nobody wanted anymore and decided to use them in $800 GPS device. Result? It's slower then giveaway Android phones.
  18. paquo

    paquo Been here awhile

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    I keep coming to the same conclusion that 800 bucks is a complete rip off, i could see 500 because of the big screen,memory and buttons and the hope that in time it actually works correctly but 800 no way.
  19. PoleRbear

    PoleRbear Been here awhile

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    For $800 (and $100s more for maps) I want a single purpose gps device to be accurate and as fast and smooth as current smartphones. No matter if I have maxed out details in topo maps. It's 2017.
  20. Garry H

    Garry H Been here awhile

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    Spot on ... Thats what most of us want...Not a unit that belongs in a museum