Garmin announces the new GPSMAP 276Cx

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

  1. Eltjo

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    Yes, with the automotive package it has lifetime, but not with just the download. In the Netherlands I was lucky to buy the 276Cx with the DVD.
  2. Drif10

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    @sblaylock Radio world in Toronto had them on sale two weeks ago, $699 Canuck for the auto bundle.

    So, I'd suggest to be patient, and watch there, as well as gpscity.ca and gpscentral.ca
  3. sblaylock

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    Thanks for the info. I'll call Garmin tomorrow to see if they offer a separate version of CNNA with lifetime updates. It was easy with the 478 - just buy the download CNNA with lifetime updates and download it to mygarmin.

    I see the base 276cx for $699 at Radio World. The Automotive Bundle version is $849 and up at the other .ca sites.

    This is for an Alaska trip in July so I can wait for a bit.

    Thanks for the help,
    Scott.
  4. khpossum

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    A while ago there was a question about downloading maps to your computer. I mentioned that you can do this with Garmin Express and selecting "map options". This worked for the CNNA maps I got with my 276CX automotive bundle. However, I bought and downloaded the Garmin CN Europe maps. Downloading to the computer would not work with Garmin Express and this map. I called and confirmed with Garmin that this is an option that is disabled for downloaded maps. I am sure it is for copyright reasons or could it be just outright stupidity.

    There is an easy way around it though. I found the Europe map files on the GPS SD card. There are 3 files, .GMA, .IMG and .UNL that are associated with the maps set. I copied these 3 files to an SD card I plugged into my computer and into the "SD-Card"\Garmin directory. Done. I suppose you can also just copy the GPS SD card onto another one. That copied SD card needs to be plugged into your computer.

    The map set is now available in BaseCamp. Unfortunately not in MapSource though, I am going to have to work on that one. I believe I need to unpack the .IMG file to individual tiles or something like that.

    Edit: to clarify, I don't believe this works with Garmin map preloaded sd cards. You may be able to use Garmin Express for them, don't know.
  5. bEnt_bars

    bEnt_bars Been here awhile

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    Anyone aware of a place in NA currently stocking this Touratech mount?

    I've been looking but no luck in finding any available...
  6. mcnut

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    Don't know about stocking but do check with ToureTech USA in Seattle as they are the US and perhaps NA importer. They sell retail.

    Bruce
  7. sblaylock

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    I talked to Garmin and according to them the preloaded maps version is the only version you can buy lifetime updates for. I say buy, as I was told it was ~$89 to buy the unlimited updates, over and above the already $100+ price of the preloaded version.

    bEnt_bars, I talked to Touratech USA and they said the first units haven't shipped yet. According to the person I talked to this is a new product and he said the first shipment to them was at least a month out.

    You can signup on the product page of TT USA for an email notification when they have them in stock: https://touratech-usa.com/store/Touratech-Locking-GPS-Mount-Garmin-GPSMAP-276CX

    Scott.
  8. bEnt_bars

    bEnt_bars Been here awhile

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    Done, thanks
  9. MJS

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    You do know TT is bankrupt and has a new owner? production may be a ways out.
  10. sblaylock

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    Seems like I didn't have to wait too long for the price drop. GPS Central has the automotive bundle for $699 CAN. They're out of stock at the moment but I don't need it right away.

    Scott.
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  11. Drif10

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    @sblaylock

    Radioworld.ca has stock on the automotive version (the one I'd get) right now, and on sale for $699 cdn.
  12. sblaylock

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    Thanks, I already ordered from gpscentral.ca as I have an account with them and the shipping is free. The two companies merged in 2014 so having the same Boxing week special makes sense.

    Thanks again,
    Scott.
  13. hipine

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    Just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone contributing to this thread, especially khpossum. I've been using a 276C in my overlanding trucks and on my motorcycles for....well, seems like forever.

    I wasn't in the market for a new GPS until I stumbled onto the 276CX the other day. It got me thinking it might be time to upgrade. But a little research made me uncertain as to whether the CX would be disappointing. More than anything else I read though, this thread and khp's comments brought me to some cold hard facts about what I was after.

    Flash back a week ago to visiting my father in law & riding in his car with factory nav system. I found it amazing the way this thing would show me which lane to enter a 4-lane 3-freeway interchange system to come out on the road I wanted. But I found it crazy annoying that my father in law would always keep the thing zoomed in so far that all the screen showed was a video version of what I was seeing out the windshield.

    For me, the nav unit is there to warn me in advance of what is coming up, not to let me watch on video the same thing that's currently happening out my windows. So in my normal use, I'll never know if the cursor is 100ft behind the vehicle's actual position on the road because the unit has told me (verbally) what I need to do here 30 seconds ago and now I'm using my eyes on the road and surroundings to navigate at that level, not eyes on a screen.

    I also needed to remember that the capability that "chart plotter" type units deliver is completely free of dependence on internet, cell service, or real-time 2-way data transmission of any kind and this is what I need.

    I guess it's in our nature to "want it all" because I did have a moment of wishing that the 276CX could "change modes" or something and be able to become a cell-based navigator showing traffic updates, multiple potential routes labeled with their travel times, etc etc. Those things are nice, for sure. But nav units that do that alone are $400, and a good chart plotter with 276-like capabilities is $600 on it's own, and oh yeah, I'd like it to monitor my motorcycle's tire pressures for me while I'm at it, another $150 worth. Some cry out, "my phone does it!!!" But we need to remember that these "phones" are $800 hardware units themselves that are only in our hands due to creative marketing and financing plans that will never apply to stand-alone nav units.

    I'd love it if someone offered all those things in a single nav unit, but I wouldn't be able to pay the money they'd need to ask for it (the necessary platforms are non-overlapping for the most part, hardware wise, so the costs would be nearly additive I think, not to mention driving larger, heavier single-piece units).

    At the end of the day khp's continued focus on "...what I want from a nav unit..." made me realize that I'd prefer to take real-time cell-based direction from my phone where it already exists with frequent capability updates and is always with me on my person. And I want great independent chart plotting capability from a stable platform like my 276C provides for off-pavement activities that I prepare for ahead of time. The only shortcoming in my current systems was that my 276C doesn't communicate to me verbally in my motorcycle helmet like it does in the speaker in my truck. I'll be addressing that with a $10 add-on bluetooth unit for the bike, and soldiering on with my old 276C.

    And I was so happy at NOT spending $600 on a new nav unit, that I bought a cheap TPMS to try on the bike. :)

    If I didn't HAVE the old 276C and was in the market for navigation to meet my needs today, I'd use the 276CX for what it is and I think it would fulfill that need perfectly. I'd still use my phone and separate TPMS happily (I also realize I want TPMS on the bike, even when I'm not using navigation, so it's right to have that in a separate component).

    In fairness, I think when I bought my 276C ten or twelve years ago, I think it cost about $4-500 at that time. Considering tech advance and inflation, the current street price of the 276CX, with the features it adds over the old 276C is pretty "right" I think. As a 2 and 4-wheeled overlander, I'm used to being in a demographic that doesn't really pay for big capable companies to market to. So I'm really thrilled that Garmin is offering a unit like this. One of these days I'll put my money where my appreciation is and buy a 276CX. My delay in doing so won't be out of dissatisfaction with the unit's current performance, but strictly one of fiscal responsibility within my current means. PITA that. :)

    Many thanks for a great thread that has achieved the most admirable purpose of such things. Making me think. Making me better understand my own position, wants, and needs, and informing my arrival at the best individual solution for me. I hope it does the same for others, and I hope I'm able to contribute something here or elsewhere that helps others do the same.

    All the best,

    -Dave G.
  14. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    Absolutely wonderful perspective, Dave. Thanks for the post
  15. advNZer?

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    buy one when they "end" them.
  16. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    $30 (that's thirty dollars, not $300!) phone brand new, no cellular service, no financing, just hop on Wi-Fi once at your to download the world of free maps. the application cost is $4. the mount is $2 to $14 depending on your preference. on the high end let's call it a $55 cost for a waterproof phone with glonass, no cellular service needed ever. no contracts. no basecamp. no hassles with authenticating maps. no waiting for the unit to catch up to where you are.

    and it's fast enough to show you where you are at any zoom level, not just the one that everyone recommends using so that the $800 unit can keep up.

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    portrait or landscape mode , too ;-)
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  17. ysrebob

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    Another informal impression. After a decade of happily using a trusty 276C which is now on its last legs, I finally broke down and bought a 276Cx a couple weeks ago.

    I had first tried using an android phone as a GPS. While unbelievably cheap (as pointed out above), I found it to be unsuited for my purposes:
    - phone's touchscreen interface is hopeless with gloves on (DEAL BREAKER)
    - phone's mini USB power connection is fragile
    - android bugginess and overcomplexity (annoying: I want to ride, not update apps)

    The 276Cx is refreshingly simple and purpose-built. It strikes me as a 276C with a better screen and more memory, but no meaningful improvement in other respects. Are you a technophile who likes to ride? Is your cell phone always the very newest model? Yep, you'll be disappointed. Are you a rider who likes GPS mapping, but otherwise indifferent to tech? Grudgingly switch to a newer phone only when absolutely needed? You'll probably be contented. If you were perfectly happy with your old 276C except it's getting old and the screen is dimming, you'll probably be very satisfied with a new 276Cx.

    + buttons again, WONDERFUL!
    + screen is a huge step up over 276C; WONDERFUL!
    + huge map storage: I have the whole USA openmaps loaded; old 276C could only swallow a state or two... WONDERFUL!
    + waypoint names aren't limited to 8 characters anymore; NICE!
    - in most other respects, no meaningful improvements for my simple purposes
    - as many have complained, it is laggy when panning high-detail maps. Certainly no faster than the 276C was, and maybe a bit slower given the bigger screen. ANNOYING but not a deal-breaker for me.
    - questionable value for the money: costs a little more than the 276C did back in its day a decade ago, and not really all that much improved other than screen and memory

    Not sorry finally I bought one, and expect to be using it for another 10 years just like the old 276C.
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  18. Drif10

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    They had one set up as a demo at the bike show yesterday. Much lust. Their show price was higher than their own website site price, so that tempered my lust a bit.

    Then, when I was just paging through the menu, it locked up. Wouldn't do anything.

    I think doG was looking out for me, because I was a step away from buying it.

    Anyone else have any freeze issues like that?
  19. khpossum

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    In the last 4 weeks it happened one time when the shutdown would not complete. It was 20F at the time, not sure if that had anything to do with it or if that was just a coincidence. Other then that no lockups.
  20. Max Kool

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    I’ve had freezes and lockups in any of the firmware versions except for the latest (3.60).