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Garmin GPSMap 60csx Handheld GPS Navigator: REVIEW

Garmin GPS 60CSx Handheld GPS Navigator

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We thought we couldn’t like a handheld GPS more than the GPSMap 60cs, this unit’s predecessor, but with the GPSMap 60csx, Garmin shows us how it’s possible to turn great products into legendary ones. With effusive accolades from owners at Amazon, Epinions and elsewhere, it’s clear that Garmin has incorporated precisely the right enhancements into its “refresh” of the 60cs to make the 60csx a truly outstanding, best-in-class handheld unit, so much so that we’ve bestowed it our top rating of 5 stars.



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Our Rating: 5 Stars

Best Handheld
Best Mid-Range Geocaching

Note: The Garmin GPSMap 60cx is identical to the 60csx but omits the barometer/altimeter.

Editorial reviews have been glowing as well, earning it a “Top Choice” nod from Business Week and Outside Magazine’s highest honors as its “Gear of the Year 2006.”So, what’s new to take the 4.5-star 60cs to its new 5-star status as the 60csx? Lots. First and foremost, at its core the 60csx is equipped with the next-generation SiRF Star III chip set, meaning much higher sensitivity so you’ll have a much easier time getting your position deep within canyons or under thick forest canopies. You’ll also notice a much reduced time to fix your position, and because the SiRF Star III sips power, Garmin rates the unit’s battery life at 18 hours for typical use using two AA alkaline batteries. Also new is the addition of a microSD card slot (well-protected nside the battery compartment). Not only does this make the unit’s internal memory expandable for maps, routes and waypoints, but it also means it’s now much easier to go from sailing to hiking to commuting by simply


Feature-rich & exceptionally versatile, portable & rugged. Great single solution for the car, boat & trail

Sensitive SiRF III chip allows you to fix position under thick canopy, canyons

Expandable with microSD cards

Great battery life (18 hours)

No Cons!

swapping microSD cards. Finally, Garmin wraps the 60csx in a more rugged shell, making the unit waterproof like its predecessor. Oh, and the 7.5 ounce unit (including batteries) feels about perfect in the palm of your hand. Outside Magazine says, “The unit strikes the perfect balance between compact and capable.”

We are often asked by outdoor enthusiasts if there’s a single unit we can recommend that will provide turn-by-turn directions in the car, guide you to your favorite dive spot on the water using nautical charts (BlueChart) and will also guide you along the trails of the backcountry using topo maps. The 60csx covers all of these activities masterfully and others you may never have even heard of, like geocaching, the increasingly popular game of hunting for hidden “treasure” using GPS. The 60csx sports a dedicated geocaching mode. Simply stated, Garmin’s GPSMap 60csx is the most versatile GPS unit we’ve reviewed. (Note that although the 60csx does provide you with turn-by-turn directions in the car, it does not provide voice-guided directions, so if you’re looking for a unit for use primarily in your car, you might want to have a look at our Vehicle GPS page where you’ll find many units with the voice feature. Rounding out the rich set of features, the 60csx also incorporates a barometric altimeter for highly accurate elevation information along with an electronic compass that displays your heading while standing still, something a GPS alone can’t do.


The 60csx includes a built-in Geocaching feature

The 60csx includes a blank 64 MB microSD card and you can purchase additional microSD cards pre-loaded with MapSource® Topo and inland lake maps, BlueChart® marine cartography, and City Navigator™ street maps. Now you don’t need your computer every time you want to load a new map, just swap cards — a great convenience, especially in the middle of a trip.

As a marine GPS, the 60csx has all the features you’d expect, including, of course, the ability to load BlueChart nautical charts, anchor drag alarm, sun/moon rise/set calculator and real-time tide information. Its bright, sunlight-readable display (1.5” W x 2.2” H, 2.6”-diagonal, 256-color transflective TFT 160 x 240 pixels) is easy to see under virtually all conditions.

If you’re looking for a quality unit that you’ll be able to count on under the ever-varied and changeable conditions that span the trails, waves and highways, the 60csx is a 5-star winner that will provide years of happy and safe adventures.[Full Review: 22 August 2006 © 2006 Rated4Stars.com]

Note: The Garmin GPSMap 60cx is identical to the 60csx but omits the barometer/altimeter.


Additional Specifications
Weight 7.5 ounces with batteries (not included)
Dimensions 2.4” W x 6.1” H x 1.3” D
Screen 1.5” W x 2.2” H, 2.6”-diagonal, 256-color, transflective TFT (160 x 240 pixels)
Chipset SiRF Star III with 20-channel all-in-view; WAAS
In the Box 60CSx unit, 64 MB microSD card, belt clip, USB interface cable, MapSource Trip and Waypoint Manager CD, lanyard, owners manual, and quick-start guide.
Warranty One Year Limited Warranty


  1. PajamaMan says

    I bought it as I was traveling to Croatia and wanted a rugged, waterproof GPS.

    I discovered after buying it that the maps were very expensive ($300). And Garmin does all it can to prevent open source mapping applications from accessing the internals of their devices. So I used it without a map.

    It would at least help me get back to my hotel every night.

    The warranty on the unit is only 1 year. This is absurdly short for a premium priced product.

    The keypad failed on my unit shortly after the warranty expired. After a 25 minute wait on the phone for customer service (that’s service?) the woman on the phone informed me that the cost to swap my unit for a functional gps would be $150!!!!!

    That is WAY more than half the amount I payed for the the unit in the first place.

    I took meticulous care of this GPS. For example, the plastic is still attached to the LCD screen to prevent scratches! Yet it failed.

    I have never owned a Garmin product before and am now very dubious about their quality control.

    And I am extremely unhappy with their customer service. I plan on spending a great deal of time and effort getting out the word on their customer service.


  2. Got the Garmin GPSMap 60csx Handheld GPS Navigator at Amazon at a good price. However, to make it useful I would have to purchase at least 1 database for almost $100 and a larger memory card for $30. In my opinion, not such a great deal.


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