Newer isn't always better (GPSMAP 276c)

 

I own (and have owned) a lot of navigators over the years - only the current ones (and not even all of them) I have on hand are listed in my signature.

Today I took out the GPSMAP 276c because there was an old waypoint I wanted - and after spending a few minutes reacquainting myself with the way it worked (waypoints are in internal memory, maps are on the memory card and yes, it DOES have a USB port) I am reminded just how amazing these navigators were/are.

First of all: Screen display resolution: I used this on my motorcycle. Beyond the RAZOR SHARP DISPLAY RESOLUTION that Garmin gets from the display, which puts the 3790 I have in my car and my Zumo 660 to shame because they uses a raster display generator where the 276c is dot addressable.

Next: SECONDARY STREETS ARE DISPLAYED IN THE 'MOST' DETAIL MODE TO 2 KM ZOOM LEVELS - this contrasted with the very anaemic 500 meters that the new devices display and even then 1.2 km that my Nuvi 760 displays.

Third: The display can be easily read even in direct, bright sunlight - My Zumos wash out and the Nuvis were never intended for that type of application.

Fourth: Bugs? I've never seen the 276c (or the Streetpilot III) ever freeze or go wild. At some point each and every navigator I've owned since the 276c has had SOMETHING go wrong.

Configurability: Read the manual. In this regard Garmin went downhill fast after the GPSMAP X76c series was introduced.

The only real drawbacks are that it doesn't have enough memory to put all of North America onboard at once, then again I never needed all of the continent at the same time and i travel with a laptop. The other is that it doesn't have lane assist or announce streets by name - an inconvenience, rather than a drawback in my opinion.

It is a shame that Garmin doesn't have current mapping for this very superior navigator any longer.

OK, I got my waypoint. I'm done reminiscing.

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Currently have: SP3, GPSMAP 276c, Nuvi 760T, Nuvi 3790LMT, Zumo 660T

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I purchased mine refurbished, and it's still fine.

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Michael (Nuvi 2639LMT)

My 276C is still chugging along

Only problem is updating the maps, tho I've managed so far, with a little help.

Price

I paid $499 for my first Garmin C340 and I paid $55 for my last Garmin Nuvi55 a decade later. Probably something to be said for that as well.

I paid $149.00

fkent484 wrote:

I paid $499 for my first Garmin C340 and I paid $55 for my last Garmin Nuvi55 a decade later. Probably something to be said for that as well.

for my first C330 at Wal-Mart back in the 90’s.

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Curious.

werewolf wrote:

Only problem is updating the maps, tho I've managed so far, with a little help.

I am curious about how you are accomplishing this since Garmin has now fully disabled map updates using MapUpdater. Have you found a way to update your 276C using Garmin Express?

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Alan - Android Auto, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra, Bosch Nyon

276C

alandb wrote:
werewolf wrote:

Only problem is updating the maps, tho I've managed so far, with a little help.

I am curious about how you are accomplishing this since Garmin has now fully disabled map updates using MapUpdater. Have you found a way to update your 276C using Garmin Express?

John at Garmin tried to help me, and Dropbear helped me:

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/48760?page=1