I am considering buying a Garmin 60csx GPS. I see that the newer version is the Garmin 62s and the replacement for the 60csx. From what I have read about the 60csx, it is a solid device. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that some of the new units have, but it has and does what it’s suppose to do. It is known for speed in searching/finding satellites and for keeping its signal in tree canopies, canyons, city canyons (buildings), etc… Cabela’s has it on sale for $200 and it lists elsewhere from $290-350. The main downside I have read about is the extra cost for the maps.
I have tried other GPS units and they have failed. I am in South MS and we have lots of tree canopy on the local trails. I tried a Magellan 2000 unit and returned it. It worked great out in the open and went through regular batteries in a day if used all day. I also borrowed a Magellan Explorist, which was about the same as the 2000 unit.
I also have read that around mid 2008, Garmin started shipping these models with Mediatek receivers instead of the SirfStar III receiver chips. Is this something to be concerned about? Not sure. The Garmin website does not state which receiver is used in the specs. Further searching indicates that Mediatek receiver is more sensitive and a little more accurate. Another person indicated that the Mediatek receiver didn’t perform as well around tall buildings.
Anybody have any insight into this?