Garmin announces the new GPSMAP 276Cx

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

  1. shu

    shu ...

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    I have had no lock-ups or freezes (v.3.6)....... but I have seen it turn itself off when I got into some complicated attempts at routing and went into and backed out of several menus before I figured out what I wanted to do. I guess it couldn't follow me. FWIW, I've seen similar behavior before on my Montana, so it did not surprise me. I turned it back on and re-did the routes, no problem.

    I'm still happy with mine. I use it daily, as much as I can- in the car or on the bike. I'm starting to get to know the menus well enough that I don't have to look at the device so much to operate it on the fly.

    .......shu
  2. hipine

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    Sounds like fun! Would you mind sharing the name of the ap and map source you're using for the above? I'd like to try it. Sounds like it touches a lot of bases.

    Thanks!

    -Dave G.
  3. hipine

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    Guilty as charged I'm afraid. (don't even actually own a phone, just carry the one work forces on me) :)

    I actually don't even care to LOOK at the nav ever, much less touch it while riding, and prefer it to just guide me with turn by turn speech in the helmet. If I had a Christmas Nav wish, I would LOVE it if I could manually inject turn instructions when I'm putting together routes constructed on Topo maps. Has anyone seen or developed a way to do that? (understanding its direction of travel dependent).

    You know the navigator that sits beside the driver and tells him what's coming in WRC competition? That's what I want the nav unit to do for me. It has an easier job because I ride MUCH slower than a WRC car. :)

    Don't forget to set your DVR to start capturing the Dakar today!

    -Dave G.
  4. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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    You should check out the Tripy II
  5. hipine

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    Thanks for sharing. That does look like a really nice product from a supplier dedicated to their craft. I didn't see anything about verbal coms though. Having to look at the thing would be a deal breaker for me, especially on the bike. Did I miss something?

    -Dave G.
  6. Max Kool

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    Nah it’s visual only, road book style
  7. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    the main reason locus is my goto is the track, waypoint, and map handling via a slick user interface and database. maps are downloaded in bulk from open street map sources (much like you can use with the Garmins, free) or Google , or strava heat map, bing, or quite a few Eastern hemisphere countries have their own specialized vector maps for free also. the route planning and editing is so easy, it makes sense to go through the trouble of swapping an sdcard to Garmin units that can't transfer maps /tracks/files wirelessly, instead of having to carry a laptop to do route planning.
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    I've found that just tracks (purple) and topos are cool for visually wrapping my head around the terrain, but the Strava Heat Map overlay (red line, off to the north east) can highlight some places to explore that are likely not on most of the maps.
  8. chris_sav

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    Please start another thread for smartphone discussion, I follow this thread because I want to know about the 276CX and am fed up with notifications arriving about smartphone discussion
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  9. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    :-)
  10. sblaylock

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    Just wanted to confirm the lifetime update info for the Automotive Bundled device (010-01607-05). The unit arrived today and I plugged it into the laptop and opened Garmin Express (I already had it loaded for my Garmin watch). I clicked on "Add a Device" and it found the 276Cx. It synced with Garmin and found the latest firmware - 3.60 and CNNA 2018.30. I installed the firmware, rebooted the GPS then installed the latest maps.

    The reason I mentioned this is I was under the assumption I'd need to buy lifetime maps to update the already installed CNNA that came with the unit. Looking back at the posts it was mentioned lifetime maps came with the Automotive Bundle but I missed that. There was also some mention that Lifetime Maps only comes with a DVD version. There is no DVD in the Automotive Bundle.

    One other note for people that may get the error trying to download the map update. I have a rather robust firewall - Sophos SG-125, which was blocking the map update from downloading. Once I bypassed it the map came down in a couple of minutes.

    Thanks for all the help and info.

    Scott.
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  11. khpossum

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    IIRC this was mentioned by a fellow from Europe, their packages may be different form the the automotive bundle sold in the US
  12. Eltjo

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  13. Eltjo

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    Got the Touratech mount today :-)
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  14. sblaylock

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    I checked with TT Canada and TT USA and neither of them can see when they'll be coming to North America. TT USA did say to check back in a couple of days as their stock update from Germany should happen Friday.

    Scott.
  15. sTE610vE

    sTE610vE First on the brakes, last on the gas...

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    I've scanned the thread and this unit is looking good, my main question is how far out can you zoom without the gravel roads disappearing? I like to explore without a turn by turn track loaded and like to see whats coming up ahead a few miles at least. Most Garmin products I'm aware of drop out the gravel roads when your zoomed out even under a mile I think, is this one better?
  16. khpossum

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    Beyond 0.8 mile scale or 14x8 mile screen size with cnna maps. With osm and 24 k topo maps here in colorado it is beyond 2 mile zoom level, or 17x33 mile screen size. That zoom level actually means dirt roads are starting to blend. The 0.8 mile scale works good for me in close quarterz. Either works very well for me for advance notice for dirt road. So it seems just as bad as previous units, but the large screen makes it very workable.
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  17. an13

    an13 Been here awhile

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    276cx also has thicker dirt road line in CityNavigator that can be seen better than old 276c which had only "1 pixel" dotted line.
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  18. DonM

    DonM Do-dah Do-dah

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    Cx mount works on another Garmin product as well?
  19. aviator

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    Yes on Montana and vice versa.
  20. chris_sav

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    If it works on the Montana it will also work on the Monterra