Garmin announces the new GPSMAP 276Cx

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

  1. Garry H

    Garry H Been here awhile

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    This is a good demonstration of the poor performance on the 276cx I did a while ago now
    I sent 2 units back due to being very disappointed with the poor performance
    Would be interesting if someone had GB Discoverer with later firmware installed to see if things have improved if at all !!
    If you have post a vid up .....People just putting still shots up saying how gorgeous the screen looks is pointless
    Lets see the thing panning around with decent map detail and zoomed out to over .2 miles...That's a proper real world test
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  2. braindead0

    braindead0 Head Fisherman

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    +1, it seems like there's a lot of...suspect information in this thread (video of simulated routing?)..
  3. Garry H

    Garry H Been here awhile

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    Yep that's why I never put a video up of simulated routing...Pointless

    The other thing that was dreadful/unusable was next turn popup with city navigator
    Wonder if this was ever sorted...( not in simulation but driving in a city )
    It just overloaded the unit and it went into crawl mode
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  4. braindead0

    braindead0 Head Fisherman

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    I'm watching prices... it may get down to where I'm willing to take a shot. I ride 99% dirt, and a lot of that is slow moving so refresh speed maybe isn't a big deal for my snails pace.
  5. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    looks like it can keep up just fine (with no detail, no birdseye, no overlays, only one track showing, no waypoints, never excede 30mph) :
  6. Solito24

    Solito24 Forward is str8 ahead

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    No XM? I'll keep my 376c for now
  7. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    Price dropped $150 in Canada.

    Still too pricey for what it won't do as good as my old 478.
  8. braindead0

    braindead0 Head Fisherman

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    Anyone know how it performs with 1:24k U.S. routeable topo maps? That's all I need/use.....
  9. bigboyxl

    bigboyxl Been here awhile

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    ok so with the new FW ver. 3.6 finally bluetooth intercom is connected and through GPS simulation tested - turn-by-turn commands are nice and clear
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  10. nibby

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    I'm the same as above Mike, let me know what you find please. It's a lot of dosh to get it wrong.
  11. SteveAZ

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    I'm coming to the conclusion that for those that live by their smart phones and expect a device that works like them are disappointed... This is *not* a smart phone and it is not intended to operate in the same space or perform the same mission. Those simply looking for a good chart plotter to use solely as a navigator are very happy with the display (you ain't gonna find one big and bright like this on a smart phone!), content with the navigation capabilities, that slow refresh isn't a big deal and that processing "performance" is only an issue if it will not recompute routes quick enough...

    Once refurbs hit the market I will almost certainly get one... I'm pretty sure it will do the job for me much, much better than the montana which is a way better unit to contrast this device to than a phone...
  12. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    SteveAZ said... I'm coming to the conclusion that for those that live by their smart phones and expect a device that works like them are disappointed... This is *not* a smart phone and it is not intended to operate in the same space or perform the same mission. Those simply looking for a good chart plotter to use solely as a navigator are very happy with the display (you ain't gonna find one big and bright like this on a smart phone!), content with the navigation capabilities, that slow refresh isn't a big deal and that processing "performance" is only an issue if it will not recompute routes quick enough...

    Once refurbs hit the market I will almost certainly get one... I'm pretty sure it will do the job for me much, much better than the montana which is a way better unit to contrast this device to than a phone...


    hmm. welllllll, hmm. interesting.
  13. empedrado

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    I think he may have summed it up very well. I for one am very pleased with my 276cx. I have had many Garmin, Delorme and Magellan devices to compare against this device. Devices still in my inventory include the Zumo 665, 478, Montana and Monterra and this is my clear favorite.
  14. PoleRbear

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    There's no reason in 2017 for dedicated GPS to be missing turns because substandard hardware choices or using low detail maps on otherwise brilliant screen. What's the point?
    Maybe Garmin should focus on developing GPS solutions that work top notch in variety of ways as their customers expect instead of developing activity trackers for kids with Disney colored bands and app adventures (WTF are they thinking here?), dumb speakers with Amazon Alexa, and 50 other "smart" watches. I understand the diversification of the products but I think that's going a little too far when their current products don't meet the expectations. Put those engineers to work to solve real problems. Apple has a good model here, make few products and obsess about great customer experience. Maybe Garmin could adopt some of their work ethic?
    And one more thing, about the price again. 276cx is a product for a narrow market niche and I certainly expect that to be reflected in price, but top of the line, standalone car GPS unit from Garmin costs just above $300 and comes WITH free lifetime maps AND live traffic subscription. 276cx comes without maps and traffic subscription is extra. Do 10 buttons and a gasket (to make it waterproof) really cost $500?! How much difference in hardware can there be?
    Smartphones (Google maps) are faster, have more accurate information, free traffic, and we all already have them in our pockets. So why buy another device? These days stand alone GPS units are not common at all. I don't really see them any more so they also fall in the niche category and manufacturing costs are not spread over millions of units, so why such difference? Sure, car gps can't create or follow a track off road but that is software capability, not hardware. It doesn't warrant the price difference in my mind but I would be willing to pay the full price for 276cx regardless. But only if the real world usage experience matched it.
    To paraphrase another saying, extraordinary price should come with extraordinary features.
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  15. SteveAZ

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    My point is that the smart phone crowd [that clearly lack basic navigation, map and compass skills] keeps comparing apples to pomegranates... Perhaps compare the 276cx - which can best be described as a GNSS navigation chart plotter with on-road capabilities - to other units like it is far more appropriate... I don't know of any others with road capabilities and a screen like this so if we ignore the lack of road capabilities in units with similar screens the cost and performance is likely right on parity...

    I really don't understand all the folks that clearly have no interest in this unit are doing posting so much in this thread to be honest though.... What's the point?
  16. Jeff B

    Jeff B Socially Awkward

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    The direction that this thread has taken is clear to me. :nod

    A unit that many of us was looking forward to has fallen short of the mark.

    When your starter Quarterback keeps throwing interceptions this is what happens. :deal
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    If this thing simply matched the performance of my 478, they'd have my money soooooooo quick. : lol3
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  18. Drif10

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    As I was proof reading that last post, I realized that I was hoping that a high bucks, latest and greatest piece of tech, could match a unit that was the pride of the fleet 12 years ago.

    Yeah, 12 year old tech. That's the bar I've set for this thing.

    :baldy
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  19. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    Space and mission... I'm not really sure what to make of that. Sure the smartphone does more stuff, and obviously the 276 doesn't have all the antennas the phone does, but we're just talking about the gps specific capabilities for motorcycling, right ? What other space/mission did you mean that would specific to the 276 ?

    Not sure what to make of this. You're suggesting that the cx be compared to other units that don't have road capabilities... for what purpose ?
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  20. Got_Carbs?

    Got_Carbs? Been here awhile

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    Does Garmin have a track record of listening to and utilizing their buyer's feedback?