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Old 05-16-2007, 04:22 PM   #1
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Default Cobra Handheld GPS - Anyone Have One?

It's a GPS 1000 DLX. Looks like I can pick one up, new, at what seems to be a very attractive price. This would have MUCH more features than my current GPS which is the basic yellow Garmin Etrex.

I look to primarily use it on my small boat on the DE River near the CBB, as well as for occasional use in the NJ Back Bays.

It's WAAS enabled (my Etrex is NOT) and:

Receiver12 parallel channel GPS continuously tracks and uses up to 18 satellites to compute and update user's position giving the quickest acquisition time of any handheld recreational GPS receiver available.

WaypointsStore up to 500 waypoints with names and symbols.

RoutesCreate up to 50 routes with up to 50 points (waypoints, points of interest, cities, addresses,intersections and/or exits).

Track LogAutomatically tracks your travel with up to 2,000 log points.

TracksSave up to 10 tracks from the track log with the ability to navigate the track path in both forward and reverse.

Worldwide Cities/Map DetailsAlready programmed with coordinates for hundreds of worldwide cities, continental U.S. state boundaries and U.S. highways, Canadian provincial boundaries and European country boundaries. PC InterfaceWith Rand McNally® StreetFinder® for Cobra and interface cable, user can exchange data and street level maps with powerful computer mapping programs and download points of interest to use in navigation or as map references.

Map DatumChoose from up to 100 map datums to compare with a paper map or other navigational reference.

Position FormatChoose from 18 position formats used to display the location coordinates.

Selectable Data FieldsLets the user display up to 10 fields about their position or navigation chosen from: Accuracy, Average Speed, Bearing, Compass, Date, Distance to Next Point, Distance to Destination, Elevation, ETA to Next Point, ETA to Destination, Location, Maximum Speed, Moving Average Speed, Moving Time, Odometer, Power, Speed, Stop Time, Total Time, Trip Odometer. LanguagesUnit, User Guide and Quick Reference Guide support 8 languages including Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.

Additional FeaturesCompass, Altimeter, Clock, Expandable Memory

WarrantyOne (1) year Limited Warranty
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Old 05-16-2007, 04:57 PM   #2
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Default Re: Cobra Handheld GPS - Anyone Have One?

It doesn't look like it's tailored to marine use, so the mapping features might be somewhat useless on the water.

It also uses an RS232 serial interface to connect to a computer. Newer computers often don't have old-school serial ports. If you ever intend to connect it to a computer, you might be stuck buying a serial-to-USB adapter and hoping it works.
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:07 AM   #3
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Default Re: Cobra Handheld GPS - Anyone Have One?

USB to Serial adapters can be fine, no real problem there with industry standard and reliable adapters, for sure some adapters are complete rubbish.

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....Receiver12 parallel channel GPS continuously tracks and uses up to 18 satellites to compute and update user's position giving the quickest acquisition time of any handheld recreational GPS receiver available.
Now if there was 18 satellites to use then maybe that statement is ok as far as acquisition time is concerned (but only just acceptable as a statement but more like PR BS) BUT there's is not 18 satellites in view anywhere in the world so really what's the point?

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Thanks for your replies.
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I'd stay away from Cobra GPS units. I have read many very negative reviews on several of their GPS units. I came across one at a great closeout price and read the specs on the box. Sounded fabulous and a great price to boot so I purchased it. When I got home I started to read the reviews and returned the unit before I even took it out of the box. Most of their hand held units rate about 1 to 2 stars out of 5 while comparable Garmin units rated about 4.5 out of 5 stars. After reading many reviews I decide to go with the Garmin Venture Cx which had all the features I wanted (color screen, able to use marine maps, turn by turn road navigation, and long battery life - 32 hours on 2 AA batteries!) I recently ordered it for total cost of $178.86 delivered to my house. My next choice was the Garmin Vista Cx that is nearly identical but includes a barometer and magnetic compass. It was about $222 but I figured I really didn't need the barometer and compass so I went with the Venture Cx. I couldn't find any other modest priced hand held units other than Garmin that consistenly had excellent user reviews.
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