Garmin eTrex Venture HC Handheld
About this product
- DescriptionExplore the great outdoors with the help of the Garmin eTrex Venture HC handheld GPS unit. Designed for explorers, this tough little IPX7-rated device features a high-sensitivity GPS receiver that maintains location lock even in deep canyons or under heavy cover. The GPS receiver is enhanced with WAAS, a system of satellites and ground stations that provide signal corrections, resulting in even higher positional accuracy. The result is a much lower chance of losing your way. This compact receiver features 24 MB of internal memory that includes a useful base map of the Americas, Europe, and the Pacific. However, users are free to add map details of different areas as needed. Whatever it displays, the bright 256-color, 176x220 pixel display does it clearly, remaining readable even in bright sunlight. The eTrex Venture is powered by two standard AA batteries that can keep it going for up to 14 hours, giving users plenty of time to reach their destinations in safety.
- ModeleTrex Venture HC
- System TypeHandheld
- Map CapabilitiesInternal
- Screen Size2"
- User InterfaceThumb Stick
- WAAS FeaturesWAAS enabled
- Display Size1.3 in. x 1.7 in.
- Display Type256 Color LCD TFT Display
- Resolutions176 x 220
- FeaturesGeocaching Mode
- Trip calculatorElevation Computer,Points-of-Interest (POI),Time of sunrise/sunset,Track Log
- Battery Type and Quantity2 x AA Batteries
- Battery Life14 Hours
- Height4.2 in.
- Width2.2 in.
- Depth1.2 in.
- Weight0.34 lb.
- PC InterfaceUSB
- Installed Memory24 MB
- Environmental ProtectionIPX7 Waterproof Standard
Most relevant reviews
- fuel2burnJul 08, 2006by
I purchased this unit to track my routes on a recent motorcycle trip. With the ability to load the data into programs such as google earth, i was able to visually see all the area i had travelled. the memory was quite large for recording my individual tracks,on average about 200 miles before the memory was nearly full. then i would save the track and start over again. i had not even used all of the memory available for the 10 track logs that could be saved. the interface took a little to get used to, but after playing with the unit i only read the book to see if there was anything i missed, that easy to use. i have yet to try any of the mapsource software and i am looking forward to it. i would like the ability to program coordinates into it before a trip and i am hoping the mapsource software will do that. the only real drawback is the data cable that comes with the unit. it is a serial cable,and you would need to purchase an additional adapter cable to convert to usb if your computer is of the newer variaty that does not have a serial port. double check the website before purchasing the adapter cable tho. some cable manufactures do not have compatable software for serial to usb adapter.
one of the things i found as an unexpected plus was the way the memory saves your data. when the batteries do go dead, you do not lose any of your saved data. although i will be purchasing the power adapter for automobiles tho worth the cost in the long run. if you can find one here on ebay for a decent price it is worth it. i shopped around for about a month, found a product, researched them on the manufactures website, read reviews, and shopped more. this unit did exactly what i needed it to do, and i had gotten a great deal on it.Read full review
- benjaminhowarthApr 10, 2006by
Good value handset, but lacking a few features
Having only used the device for measuring how fast (and, more importantly how far... or should that be how lazy) my running is, I've found the Garmin eTrex Venture to be of considerable use.
The screen is easily laid out and accessible, with large, clear print on the measurements pages, and a crisp, bright backlight for low-light use that doesn't require squinting to decipher the text on screen. The included route features and waypoint mapping are relatively straightforward (although entering names for custom points of interest is a little time-consuming), and the 4-way joypad in the top left of the screen is responsive and accurate. The device operates best in clear weather conditions and can reach an impressive accuracy of up to approx 3m (10ft). Battery life is also relatively good too, with my device sustaining up to around a day's usage on rechargable Li-Ion AA batteries (Garmin state 20hrs continuous usage, on batter-saving mode), so their estimates aren't too far off. Furthermore, cities and towns (to populations approx 30,000 in size) are pre-installed on the device's limited 8mb memory.
However, for an entry-level device, I was surprised at a lack of a few basic features. There is no dashboard clip included for attaching the unit to the inside of a vehicle. More importantly, the device will not operate within the confines of any vehicle that I have travelled in - signal will drop to zero once the device is moved within 4 walls and a ceiling. The interface for entering waypoints is a little confusing, and difficult to find under the various settings menus. A USB data cable is not included, for downloading additional waypoints from CDs that the manufacturer sells at an additional charge. And sometimes the operating system is sluggish to respond to commands to move around the mapping pages (this may just be a graphics drawing delay, yet still noticeable).
Overall, a good entry-level, value-for-money device for people who enjoy the outdoors on a Sunday afternoon, whether it's on foot or water, but I wouldn't rely on it to trek through sub-tropical Amazonian rainforest, hiking across the Himalayas or, for that matter, finding my way to my best friend's house when he's just moved 20 miles away and I've never driven the route before.Read full review
- bgmcl70Dec 08, 2015Verified purchase - NEWby
etrex venture hc
This unit was a replacement for one I had a number of years and lost. I use this unit for marking fishing spots and it is dead on every time. couldn't ask for a better unit. very user friendly. only thing is I use google earth for marking waypoints and they have to be converted to kml before converting to gpx to load in garmin etrex. if it would load kml straight from google earth it would be easier. no a complaint just wishing.
- cliptwings09Jun 05, 2009by
Best Value in Mapping GPS!
You just can't go wrong with this little gem of a GPS receiver! I have bought and sold over a hundred different receivers, and I would put this one in my top three, along with the Garmin Vista HCX and Delorme PN-20. This one does everything well - Intuitive controls, quick satellite acquisition, clear, bright display, and superior mapping capability. The 24mb of memory is enough room for a state's worth of maps. Antenna sensitivity is excellent - you won't have trouble losing satellite lock under trees or in canyons or in cities. What don't I like about it? That's tough! I guess I would like a bigger screen, that's it. But if you don't have the extra $50 to $100 for a legend or vista HCX, the venture (for about $100 on eBay) is an outstanding value.
- vivian280363Feb 29, 2016Verified purchase - USEDby
very helpfull, but need more memory
only 64M of memory. you can not ad more maps.