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Garmin Geko 201

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  • easy to use
  • Small
  • battery life
  • mounting
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      11.05.2015 22:26
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      Advantages

      • "easy to use"
      • Small

      Disadvantages

      • mounting
      • "battery life"

      All round good GPS devise. Not good for the environment with use of AAA batteries

      The Gecko 201 is a small GPS system and easy to take anywhere. It has slightly better memory compared to the Garmin Etrex. There is WAAS error correction for better accuracy.

      Immediately when using this device I realised on-off button had a habit of operating while the unit was in your pocket meaning you didn't record your track or your batteries wasted. The newer models apparently don't have this issue. The button is not very pronounced and has a raised ring to protect it from being pressed accidentally.

      The battery life is a problem with all GPS. With tiny AAA batteries you would imagine that the Gecko wouldn't be great for this type of use however with a pair of 800mha NiMH you can get 6-8 hrs use if you have it in power save mode. It been known that battery life is affected in the cold. So you end up struggling to decide on if you should keep it warm or find good signal.

      Its great for specific trips as you can download what you need especially if there isn't maps in that area.

      Its hardy, good looking (if a bit green) and easy to use.

      There is a handlebar mount if you want to use it on your bike. This is good in theory however to replace the batteries you have to unscrew it so it can be quite annoying.

      This product has the basics you need in a GPS and can work with computer mapping software. The improved memory makes it a win over the similar Garmin Etrex, the only thing the Etrex brings is the possibility to use high capacity 2600mHa AA cells.

      Technical details from Amazon site:

      Compact 12-channel GPS receiver with high-contrast display (100 x 64 pixels)
      WAAS-enabled for 3-meter accuracy
      Stores 500 waypoints and 20 routes with 125 waypoints per route
      Easy operation: five buttons for one-hand use
      12-hour operation on 2 AAA batteries; includes serial PC interfaceCompact 12-channel GPS receiver with high-contrast display (100 x 64 pixels)
      WAAS-enabled for 3-meter accuracy
      Stores 500 waypoints and 20 routes with 125 waypoints per route
      Easy operation: five buttons for one-hand use
      12-hour operation on 2 AAA batteries; includes serial PC interface

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