If you liked Garmin Legend Cx, you will like eTrex Venture Cx as well. Garmin has given you all the same benefits of Legend, but taken off the extra stuff from it. You will get the same great software and hardware that comes with Venture Cx, but you will not get the USB cable, MicroSD card, bike clip and Trip and Waypoint software.
But that’s actually a good thing- it is more affordable now. By making it all simple, it will be perfect for the one who is using GPS for the first time, or one who does not want a lot of extras and fuss. This device is ready to use right out of its box, so you don’t have to mess around with computer or disks.
But if you think you are being cut back on power, you are wrong- Venture Cx has features and power where you really want them. You have a full color brilliant TFT display along with 32 hours of battery life. It uses 2 AA batteries and gives you the maximum battery power you can get from them. All these cool features make Venture Cx a trusty companion for the next outdoor adventure or boating excursion.
It does come with a memory card slot and if you want some maps, you can get Garmin preprogrammed cards that offer nautical charts, city streets and topographic maps. This device is compatible with almost all MapSource products from Garmin, including City Navigator, BlueChart, U.S. Topo and U.S. Topo 24k. It also has a routable basemap of the country and allows for turn-by-turn automated directions with elective City Navigator preprogrammed cards. These will help you navigate safely to the place you want.
You will get an integrated journey computer that provides readings for overall average, moving average, stopped time, odometer, max speed, total time among others.
And just like the other eTrex devices, its controls are mainly located on the sides, so it can be operated using just one hand. It has a new rocker switch on the front that makes data inputting easier. It also allows you to easily pan the map or scroll through menus.
And if you want your Venture Cx to be integrated with your computer, all you need is a USB cable. This would allow you to load maps and charts on the optional memory card. This is really easy and takes hardly a couple of minutes.
Plus you can share the navigation data using plotters and repeaters, and autopilots working on NMEA protocols, using a dedicated serial port. Its case is water proof and complies with IEC 60529 IPX7 standard. You can dip it for 30 minutes in water 1m deep and it would still work.
You get inbuilt celestial tables to find the best time to hunt and fish. It will also calculate sun and moon movements. For a simple and basic GPS device, the eTrex Venture Cx offers you a lot. It has dual mode display and a number of options for easy viewing.
When you purchase the device, it comes with the basic unit, along with a wrist strap, basemap, owner’s manual and a quick reference guide.