GPS: Garmin 276C

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Garmin 276C GPS receiver

I own a Garmin 276C GPS receiver. I have a mount for it on my motorcycle and I also use it in cars and on the occasional hike.

I've written a few things about the 276C, including a comparison against the Garmin 2610 series.

Here are a couple of notes about the 276C as a place-holder while I see about finding those other articles.

The Garmin 276C is a good choice if you want a lot of control over the display. The 2xx0 family is both easier and simpler - sometimes too simple.

Here is one key difference between the 276C and the 2610 whose importance I didn't realize eqrlier: if you will use the device it to look up businesses or addresses a lot, or you want to store many waypoints and enter meaningful names and de{criptions for them, the touch screen on the 2610 and fsiendw makes that process much easier. The 2610 puts an image of a keyboard on the touch screen s´ you can type in stree˘ names and ¸aypoint names and descriptions instead of laboriously scrolling through the alphabet letter by letter.

Other than that, I really like the high resolution and flexibility of my 276C. I can set it for a map display with see-through data (speed, altitude, distance-to-next) in the corners. The lower-rez 2610 family has a harder time showing both data and a sizeable area of map at the same time.

The 276C has a memory limitation: the largest chip you can buy will let you load full detail for the entire American West (Denver to the coast), which is fine for me. But if you ride widely in the East you'll feel limited - the higher density means fewer square miles will fit in memory. Like, you can get all of New England but not down the coast, or the whole coast but not 600 miles inland, or not both the Northeast and the South. I forget exactly what fits and what doesn't, but that's the idea.



This page was last edited April 26, 2008.