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Garmin 276cx thoughts

Discussion in 'GPS Stuff' started by Phil, Apr 11, 2018.

  1. Phil

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    Radioworld has a bundle for $699 withe 276cx, city navigator NA, powered mount etc. I was originally thinking to get the montana package but this seems like a more rugged and versatile setup.

    Would welcome thoughts and input on this model. Currently have an oregon 600, drive assist 50, and 62s.

    Maestro Bob what do you say?

    Phil
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    Further to this i see that the globerider chap now recommends it.

    Another question would be whether it has "motorcycling" as an activity type.

    Phil
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    Thanks Phil for posting this.. I've had a 276c for 10+ years and absolutely love it.. Especially when dual sporting and in a vehicle because of the buttons and the interface.. But don't like the 276c when riding the Ganny cause it looses signal to often..

    Got a Montana shortly after they came out and love it in the Ganny because it doesn't loose the signal.. But hate the touchscreen and the interface..

    May have to make a trip to Radio World and get a new toy.. Then sell both my Montana and my 276c and it's Touratech mounts.. And my 60cx and my eTrex Legend HCx and my Garmin V.. Thanks again and cheers.. :)
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    Picked up a 276CX about an hour ago.. But wanted to get back onto the 401 to avoid any traffic problems getting back to Guelph.. Just pulled over on Guelph Line and put in the battery.. Wow it had 5-6 satellites within seconds and locked in at maybe 30 seconds.. Started to press some buttons and wow it appears very similar to my 276C so far which is great.. As mentioned above I didn't like the Montana interface (hated it).. Wow just changed the Map Page Layout and Data Fields and just like 276C.. Pic with the 2 units side by side.. More later.. Cheers y'all..

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    I have one, Im packing to go to PA to ride so this will be short for now.

    Ive had my for over a year and am quite happy, lots have been hard on it online, but they must be much deeper users that I, display is awesome, I like buttons better too, huge memory and hold 250 tracks. I have the AMPS rugged mount with a ram mount set up on my bars, It lives there and on the sled all winter, no issues, seems very tough so far.


    Cheers Todd
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    Thanks for the input guys, much appreciated..

    Still vacillating on this one, but the sale is only on until the 15th.

    I guess I am showing my age now but $800+ is a lot of cash in my world _maybe I will hang on for a lightly used Montana ??

    Phil
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    I haven't been following GPS news for a while now as I'm not in the market for anymore motorcycle GPS.

    I'd be happy with Dan Townley's new "Approval" - he's extremely knowledgeable on GPS.

    You should go and see (and hold) an actual unit before you decide to buy one. It is BIG and HEAVY - you might need another big-bore mod on your KLX ;)

    Bob
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    I'd be interested to hear about your experience with the new GPS.

    Bob
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    wow, when this was first introduced it was well over a $1100 as I recall.

    nice to see that it has come down, but in the meantime I purchased a reconditioned Nuvi590 ~ $550(awesome price - lees than 1/2 new) that is awesome for both adventure riding and off-road (has track display capability)

    buttons would be nice... curvy roads on the 590 is a balance against no buttons.

    G
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    Hey Bob.. I've been too busy working, so I haven't used the 276CX much more driving or riding yet, so not much more to say than what I said above.. But I am confident enough to say that I will like it.. Unlike the Montana which I do not like using..

    But that will change next week.. We heading to New York City on Monday for a couple days and it will be nice not to have to load all maps needed for the trip (since it is preloaded for North America already).. Then to Sandaraska on Thursday to open up our trailer for the 2018 season.. Will be trail riding the Ganny on my Berg on the weekend so I will be able to give you insight on what I think about the 276CX on the road and also off road while trail riding..

    But a better idea would be "what does Bob think".. When we get back, if you want to borrow my 276CX for a few days to try just let me know.. Also if you want to borrow my 276C you can do a comparison of "276C versus Montana versus 276CX".. As mentioned just let me know if interested.. Cheers.. :)
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    Over the 276C a big benefit will be the amount of tracks and routes you can have on the device, not to mention to transfer stuff easily through Basecamp.

    I am okay with my Montana for the $350(on sale when CDN=US) I paid for it without buttons... the buttons sure would be nice except for the increased size of the unit.

    does it use the same cradle as the Montana family?
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    PM'd you.

    Bob
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    It seems to, according to this, but I would have guessed the answer would have been NO.

    Bob
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    Yup, same cradle as Montana
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    I haven't bothered keeping up-to-date with the Zumo's motorcycle GPS as they seem to be priced in line with blinged-out Harleys and Goldwings. I presume yours is a Zumo 590 and not a Nuvi. I've just been reading it's spec and it's impressive but definitely not a $1000+ impressive. Your's looks like a good deal.

    Today's e-mail shows that GPS Central currently has a deal on the Zumo 396 which also has a nice spec - but again, NO BUTTONS. For me, the 276Cx really gets it right by adding buttons.

    I'm on a 3-Day Bancroft Trip right now, except it's a drive not a ride, and even with my Montana in a windshield-mount cradle, I'm still having trouble getting the screen "buttons" to do what I want as the slightest movement is interprepted as rearranging the screen layout.

    Bob
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    yes, thanks Bob.. it is a Zumo.

    I agree on the buttons... on the Zumo one of my favorite features is the connection to data via my smartphone. With this connection I can see weather satellite real time, which I see the 276cx is able to provide as well... cool!

    too bad they did not place the buttons on the 276cx at the clutch hand, it's huge: 7.5" x 3.7" x 1.7" .... that's a long way to reach across it.

    and finally the price is better, as I said it was well over 1100 at release. I guess Garmin got a wake up call with low sales.
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    Earlier today BobM picked up my 276C and 276CX.. Just sent Bob a text saying "So Bob what is your opinion after driving back to Burlington"??

    FWIW myself #1= high efficiency antenna (gps signal in the Ganaraska Forest).. #2 = buttons (no touchscreen).. #3 = size of screen (I've had 3 eye surgeries).. #4 = the quality in colours (resolution, dpi etc).. #5 = the interface from screen to screen is the same as 276C (Bob may have different opinion because there is no "GOTO" button).. #6 =maps for all North America (no need to load different areas on cross country trip).. #7 = number of tracks.. #8 = number of routes.. #9 = weather (more important on long cross country trips).. #10 = messages from smartphone (haven't tried yet.. this may go up in importance once I try it).. Other users of course will have different opinions.. Cheers y'all.. :)
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    As Tony said, he loaned me his 276's to check out for a few days. I hooked up the new 276CX to drive home and was very impressed with the display - it's huge and seems to be very high resolution. Even though I never had the old 276, I found it quite easy to find all the settings, etc without seeing the Manual.

    The buttons seemed like a long lost friend after using a Montana for many years :)

    I'll post my impressions after some serious testing.

    Bob
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    Come on BobM!! It's RTFM!! Not STFM!! Hehee Hahaa Hahaha!! :D :D :D
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    I've used Tony's 276Cx several times now, and haven't really found anything negative about it's performance. My only objection is to it's size and weight - and that's a personal observation, as many riders will be choosing it mainly because of it's size.

    It seems to have every feature that a DS or ADV rider would want, and I would have thought it'd be too large/heavy for a trail bike, but that's exactly why Tony bought it.

    I don't want to rehash it's spec's and features as they are covered so well by Dan Townley on the GlobeRiders website, so I'll stick to my observations.

    The most striking feature is the high-resolution screen - at 800 x 480 it has approx 3 times as many pixels as a Montana. Compare these GPS screens:

    Screen-res.jpg

    This high resolution has a slight downside in that the pixels are so small that the backroads (those visible up to 1.2Km zoom) are so finely drawn that I felt I had to zoom into to 500m to see them and then the amount of map coverage is about the same as the Montana at 1.2Km zoom.

    It's difficult to show screen comparisons because of this different pixel density. If you look at the screen shots (taken by the GPS software) the 276Cx looks huge compared to the Montana, but an actual photograph of the devices shows how they actually compare:

    GPSmap 62s (same size as 64S and 60CSx)
    62s-1.2KM.jpg

    Montana 600
    Montana-1-2Km.jpg

    276Cx
    276CX-Screen.jpg
    The minor roads seem OK in this screen shot, but when it's reduced to actual size (5" diag) they are a lot less visible.

    Actual GPS's
    GPS-Size-Comp.JPG

    Perhaps Garmin are planning a future update in screen size because the physical space far exceeds the actual screen display.

    One feature the 276Cx does not have that I find useful is the switchable landscape and portrait modes. I like to use portrait on the bike and landscape in the car. In fact, my reason for accepting Tony's offer to check out his 276Cx was as a GPS for use on MX-5 Club Tours when they provide a route and a tracklog, even though their events are follow-the-leader type drives.

    The Iron Bridges Tour Pre-Ride/Drive
    Mont-276-MX-5.JPG

    P1010557 - Copy.JPG

    On my bike, I don't think the 276Cx "fits" as well as the Montana:

    Montana-62s-DR350.JPG

    276Cx and 62s

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