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Old 15 Apr 2008
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Exclamation 60 CsX via Zumo

Hello All,

Thinking to buy a GPS and two on the list as finalist:
Garmin 60 CSX and Zumo 550.

Looking for:
* Recording logs
* Accepting SD cards
* Long battery life
* Ease of use,
* Use with car possible, etc...

Which one do you think is more suitable?

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I've been using a 60c for a couple of years and except for the SD cards it does everything you look for plus it's size makes it easy to stick in a pocket and carry around. The 60csx will give you the benefit of the SD cards .
I've never used a Zumo but I think they talk to you - the 60csx doesn't, it just bleeps at you . I also thought that the track log on the Zumo was limited - it's good on the 60c I have so you should check this out in more detail.
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Hello All,

Thinking to buy a GPS and two on the list as finalist:
Garmin 60 CSX and Zumo 550.

Looking for:
* Recording logs
* Accepting SD cards
* Long battery life
* Ease of use,
* Use with car possible, etc...

Which one do you think is more suitable?

Thanks a lot
I like a unit that can fit on a road bike, a dirt bike, a car dashboard and in a pocket. The 60CSx does all four. The battery life is also very impressive compared to earlier units.

IMO, its only weakness is that the screen is poor in sunlight.

I've fiddled around with a friend's Zumo and apart from being too big for my requirements, I found the menu hard to use. That that was just my experience.

Anyway, I'd always recommend the 60 for its versatility of use.
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60 CsX

I have de 60 CsX too, and it's very good and easy to use, the Zumo it's more expensive, and I don't know if the over price you'll pay support the quality of the GPS.
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zumo vs 60csx!

Hi.
Well, I have the 60csx and my mate has the zumo!
The display is better on the zumo and a bit bigger and it will give voice commands over a bluetooth but in all round use the 60csx wins.
Easier to use off the bike, takes 2 x AA batteries or powers via a cable on the bike, more features (compass, altimeter, calculator) easier to put in your pocket ect.
It's expandable memory uses micro SD cards which you can put into an SD card convertor which basically turns them into a standard SD card..
I had a go with the zumo unit and found it to be a little too user friendly compared to a Tomtom rider (the one I ad before the 60) and off the bike it's a bit bulky and the battery is a rechargable only, but that's just my take on it.
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Thanks friends

I bought a 60 Csx.

It seems maps very expensive.

I don't know if 60 Csx accepts hi capacity micro SD cards like 2 GB.

Should I buy maps on dvd or already loade micro SD cards?

I think getting familiar with device will take a few months.

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It seems maps very expensive.

I don't know if 60 Csx accepts hi capacity micro SD cards like 2 GB.

Should I buy maps on dvd or already loade micro SD cards?
There are some quite good free maps also available for some countries.

60CSX accepts microSD cards up to 2 GB (not new SDHC type).

Pre-loaded memory cards with maps and DVD/CD version have one big difference: pre-loaded card can be used in several GPS units. DVD/CD version can only be installed to one GPS device, it is fixed to that certain device serial number and if you buy new device your map does not work any more. If you have pre-loaded memory card, then you can just put it into different GPS device and it will work. On the other hand DVD/CD version can also be easily used in your computer to view map (MapSource).
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The question i have about the 60 is how is to drive with? I understand it has a turn by turn nav ability. But the screen is a lot smaller than std vehicle based units. Is it easy and clear to follow while on the bike? is it a compromise in this use? or no problem at all
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The question i have about the 60 is how is to drive with? I understand it has a turn by turn nav ability. But the screen is a lot smaller than std vehicle based units. Is it easy and clear to follow while on the bike? is it a compromise in this use? or no problem at all
Steve,
I'm using until 2007 my 60, if you open lots of information on display, the map will be small, but if you let only the map and some information it's very good.
I believe Zumo has a big display, but itsn't necessary on trip.
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It seems maps very expensive.
Maps are the same cost for any of the models ..

I've used the 60 as a turn by turn autoroute device - I use a plan map, with 2 data displayed (speed and time) .. it is useable. The prompt comes up in red .. usually I see it .. but the distance it tells me well it is actually about half that distance by the time I see it .. figure out what it says and my options in the real world.


I'd like a bigger screeen .. buit I like the small case size for the storage and fall surviveability (sp! word even!!) ...

I find the screen ok in bright (desert) sunlight. You do need to orient the screen with respect to the sun light - RAM mounts are good that way.
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60CSx

60CSX gets another vote.
With a TT mount on a RAM ball.
Screen is small but when there are no proper road maps (as in Africa), I used the compass page and per-prepared POI's. with customised display .
This unit is very versatile
Power consumption is good on 2 AA batteries (have it also wired to bike)
Top unit IMHO

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The question i have about the 60 is how is to drive with? I understand it has a turn by turn nav ability. But the screen is a lot smaller than std vehicle based units. Is it easy and clear to follow while on the bike? is it a compromise in this use? or no problem at all
When using the turn by turn facility, instructions pop up and fill the screen until the turn/roundabout has been navigated (or you manually press the 'quit' button).

I use mine every day on a bike and have no difficulty either noticing the instruction (with its red arrow) or reading it.
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