screen size

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by mqo233, Dec 17, 2007.

  1. mqo233

    mqo233 Been here awhile

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    I do not want to get crazy, but my eyesight is not like it use to be, so I find it hard to see the small screen on my Garmin street. So without going to extreme, I am looking for a larger viewing screen. Any ides, and it should work in the rain, heck, it would be nice to sirus radio as well, weather radar would even be better, can anyone help me. Thanks a lot,

    James
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  2. rjudge

    rjudge Texan from near Muskogee

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    The garmin 376c has one of if not the highest resolution of the small units. Larger units are difficult to mount on a MC. The 376c also has Sat Radio built in. Can be read in full sunlight also. Look at GPSCity.com for a comparo of screen sizes and resolutions.

    HTH,

    Rick
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  3. QualityAir

    QualityAir Been here awhile

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    Even if their more difficult to mount, what other large screen, weather proof units are out there besides the '76 or '78 Garmins
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  4. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    Hi James,

    What is the "Garmin street"? Can you tell us which model you currently have so we can recommend something which has a bigger screen and/or better resolution?

    Jamie
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  5. rwamf

    rwamf Follow me

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    What bike are you mounting it on??
    On my GS i use the Lowrance 600c, Has proven the best, Comes with Navteq street maps, and Tiger Topo maps built in
    Waterproof and no problems with vibration etc
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    5" screen 480x640 resolution can't be beat
    On sale here at Tiger GPS
    And unlike the Garmin Street units these will do tracks both saved and imported.
    Ram ball mounts direct to back and I use the Ram locking knob so I don't worry about someone doing a quick steal while I am in a restaurant or ???
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  6. atoms

    atoms drunk

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    Holy crap! "Maps can be updated through the internal USB port with Windows XP/ME/2000, Macintosh OS X, or Linux"

    Really? the lack of Mac support is the last great obstacle which is keeping me from getting a Zumo...
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  7. jstcrashnthru

    jstcrashnthru Livin' the dream

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    That 600c is a terrific unit. Fantastic screen and the user interface was (for me at least) much easier to use than the Zumo. I wish it was a tad lighter though.
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  8. mcnut

    mcnut Long timer

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    I looked at the Lowrance spec sheet. Looks to be a wonderful unit at a nice price!

    1) Maybe I missed it, but I didn't see anything about preloaded topos maps at that site though????
    2) Didn't see any reference to a battery so I assume it's external power only.
    3) I would worry about the durability of the mechanical micro hard drive off-road.

    MCNut
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  9. atoms

    atoms drunk

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    Part of my What to Get dilemma has been that I sorta want a hand-held size battery unit for hiking and stuff, but can't really see using that small of a screen on a bike*. But this Lowrance could solve that problem for me. It is cheap enough that I could get the Lowrance for the bike and a separate hand-held for hiking/urban exploration.

    *a bike with some "character", a tiny little windscreen and a rider with 45 year old eyes that is.
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  10. rwamf

    rwamf Follow me

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    1. Topographic contour lines are available when the "OFF ROAD" (Topographical & Inland lakes) map data sets are selected. To turn them on, you must press the MENU key, then press MENU 2 and select the CATEGORIES DRAWN button, and check the "Elevation" option.
    2. Yes ext power only
    3. It is a ruggedized drive but ? Have not had a problem yet with the 600, the earlier 500c's had problems on a few units, Not that many reports on the 600c, It is always a worry, at least for the first year you have a warranty.
    Great GPS:clap
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  11. BurnieM

    BurnieM Nipple boy

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    In the car the screen will typically sit 20 - 24 inches from yor eyes

    On the bike it will sit 12 - 15 inches away.

    Small screens are not the big problem they might appear to be.
    I am very short sighted and wear bifocals and have no problems reading my GPSmap 60Cx
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  12. QualityAir

    QualityAir Been here awhile

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    As anybody considered the GSMAP 5008, It looks like it will take SD cards, is waterproof, battery back-up, and XM nexrad and radio.
    Do any of you experts see any down sides to converting this to road work?
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  13. QualityAir

    QualityAir Been here awhile

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  14. jstcrashnthru

    jstcrashnthru Livin' the dream

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    You mean other than the fact that it's $2500? :huh
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  15. QualityAir

    QualityAir Been here awhile

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    As far as it's selling price, I'm more concerned of it's ability to provide me with the needed info in a easily seen format. Thru hard work and a little luck I've been able to not worry so much these days about money, and of course when it comes to Our farkles, all are justifiable. "If you have to ask how much it costs, you can't afford it "
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  16. Shippie

    Shippie Adventurer

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    I've got a Lowrance 540c. I love it. Mounted above the triple clamp with u bolts and nylocs. Rode the race course (not racing, just having fun) from Vegas to Reno, fairly harse conditions. It was a life saver. Highly recommend it.
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  17. Stinky

    Stinky Team Hematoma

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    The 540c looks like a great unit, but it appears to treat routes as point to point only. True? Also, does it have an internal antenna, or must you always use the external antenna? The manual isn't clear to me.
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  18. rwamf

    rwamf Follow me

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    Ext antenna only,
    you can import routes made on Mapcreate PC software but it does not "auto route". you can make route on the unit with a series of way points but it is not like the other GPS's that "Auto Route"
    It does do tracks lots of them
    You have to use Lowrance Topo which is older Data but it looks very good on the 540C with the 5" 480x480 screen.
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