Gear Review



Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: GPSMap 60CS

Manufacturer: Garmin

Your Opinion: 
 - 2 Votes


Page By: Alan Ellis

Created/Edited: Mar 3, 2004 / Mar 3, 2004

Object ID: 9704

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The GPSMAP® 60CS is a new all-purpose units—packed with exciting new features and delivering the kind of color that consumers want in their handheld GPS’s. This lightweight, rugged, waterproof units raise the bar to offer a 256-color, highly reflective display that provides easy viewing in almost any lighting condition. This transreflective TFT provides excellent viewing while maximizing your battery life (30 hours, typical use).

The GPSMAP 60CS is packed with extra features, including rapid automatic route calculation, an integrated outdoor calendar, a dedicated geocaching mode, and indoor/outdoor GPS games that turn the outdoors into a giant gameboard.

The GPSMAP 60CS offers an electronic compass and barometric altimeter for highland adventures. These sensors, when combined with GPS technology, provide enhanced bearing and elevation readings.


- Electronic compass displays accurate heading while standing still

- Barometric sensor with automatic pressure trend recording

- Sunlight-readable display with 256-color transreflective TFT display (1.5" W x 2.2" H; 2.6" diagonally); color operating system with new look-and-feel

- Faster processor, with auto routing, turn-by-turn directions, and audio alerts along city streets or trails when using MapSource® City Select® or 24K Topo software (optional software)

- 56 MB of internal memory for storing map detail

- Permanent user data storage

- Each day’s best hunting and fishing times—along with sunrise/sunset times—on the integrated Outdoor Calendar

- Special geocaching navigation mode

- Geolocation games, such Virtual Maze, Nibbons, Geko™ Smak, Memory Race, and Gekoids

- Fast map transfer, with support for both USB and serial port interfaces

- Detailed basemap with general map data, including highways, major roads, river, lakes, and borders

- Dedicated "mark", "page", "enter", "quit", "menu", "find", and "zoom out/in" buttons; four-position rocker pad

- 2.4" x 6.1" x 1.3" (W x H x D) unit dimensions

- Weighs 5.4 ounces (with batteries)

- WAAS GPS receiver with accuracy to 10 feet in North America; built-in quad-helix antenna for better satellite reception

- 20 hours of battery life under typical-use conditions (uses two "AA" batteries)

- Multi-platform navigation for easy navigation in a car, in a boat, or on foot

- Accepts data from MapSource products (City Select for driving, U.S. Topo and 24K Topo for hiking, Recreation Lakes for freshwater, and BlueChart® for saltwater applications)

- Waterproof to IEC 60529 IPX7 standards (can be submerged in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes)

- 50 reversible routes, 10,000 track points with TracBack® technology (navigate to any track point on the displayed map), and 1000 waypoints with additional graphical icons for location identification

- Proximity alerts for anchor drag, arrival, off-course, proximity waypoint; built-in alarm clock

- User-configurable track-line color, waypoint projection, display color scheme, large-numbers option, audio tones, and pages (turn on/off main pages or change the sequence in which they appear)

- Elevation computer provides current elevation, ascent/descent rate, minimum and maximum elevation, total ascent and descent, average and maximum ascent and descent rate

- Trip computer provides odometer, stopped time, moving average, overall average, total time, max speed, and more


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Joseph BulloughUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

After using an etrex Vista for 2 years I decided to step up to the new GPSMap 60CS. After several months of use I'm thoroughly pleased with the 60CS. Battery life is considerably increased over the Vista, and the button arrangement seems more logical as well as easier to operate than the rubber covered approach used on the Vista. The 4-way toggle button is a welcome improvement over the Vista click-stick, being both easier to operate and more precise. The color display is fantastic, easily readable in just about any lighting conditions.
Posted Jul 21, 2004 1:32 pm

Alan EllisUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

WOW! This unit is far superior than my old Garmin III+. It has so many features and goodies that you will never get tired of it. The color display is incredible and is easy to see in full sun. My favorite feature is the sun/moon data for anywhere in the world for any date or time you choose. Thanks, Santa!
Posted Dec 29, 2004 9:19 am

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