Updating my etrex
The Garmin e Trex 10 is Garmin’s new entry-level unit in the recently updated e Trex series.It offers paperless geocaching, GPS+GLONASS and advanced track navigation, but has a monochrome screen, limited memory and cannot accept detailed maps (although you can see your track and waypoints, as pictured above).
One of the biggest changes is the USB connection instead of the old serial port, which caused a lot of people a great deal of pain.Generally speaking, I find monochrome displays harder to read in certain conditions, although it definitely isn’t a deal breaker.The device is still quite usable in a wide range of situations and I never really struggled with making out anything on the screen. The image below of the rear of the unit shows the mounting spine for a bike mount or carabiner clip (not included with the purchase of the e Trex 10, sad to say).Unlike the Oregon and 62 series, the spine is plastic, which could lead to some wear, and definitely makes it harder to slide in and out of those accessories. Here’s the battery compartment showing the mini-USB connector under the top rear flap…There is no memory expansion slot in the e Trex 10 and Garmin doesn’t publicize the amount of internal memory available for geocaches, etc.The e Trex 10 also adds paperless geocaching capabilities, so you can have cache descriptions, logs, hints, etc., in the field as you cache.
I was also happy to see advanced track navigation on the new model.
I’ll go into details on all of those features shortly.
There are six buttons on the e Trex, three on the left, two on the right and one on the front (see image at top of page): The e Trex 10 has a monochrome and lower resolution display than its color cousins.
My test unit, stripped of any files, had 2.3 MB available.
I can tell you that even a single pocket query of 500 caches can generate a low memory warning.
The e Trex 10 utilizes the same interface as the other models in this series. Even though the e Trex 10 is an entry level device, it offers several nice features: Theoretically, this will give you better reception, especially in northerly latitudes and (natural and urban) canyons.