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Old 02-12-2012, 07:30 AM
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I'm updating the electronics on a boat I bought. I'm deciding between the Garmin 4212 (old button style) vs a 5212 touch screen. Price doesn't matter in this decision, reliability in all conditions does. I've used one and I'd rather have the Garmin touch for it's cleanliness but I keep thinking about other touch screens that seem to lock up. Usually, when you need them most. So my question is, setting aside ease of use, are the touch screens as stable as the buttons in extreme open water conditions? Thanks.
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:35 AM
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Never had an issue with mine. Using them 3 years now
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Never had an issue with mine. Using them 3 years now
Super clean installation. Really nice.

I'm so conservative I'm not networking them. I learned the hard way when a GPS antenna went out....
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man thats such a clean console.
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Good question. I had exactly the same decision last fall and I decided on the 4212 for reliability reasons. Also, I have come to accept the fact that 5 years is about all you're going to get out of most marine electronics and I might was well buy the cheapest unit that gets the job done and not pay for bells and whistles that I don't need.

I got a great price on the 4212 from Hodge Marine.
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If price doesn't matter - then neither is a better choice and pick bewteen a 6212 or 7212, which are a significantly faster processor.
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And if you get two, reliability is less of an issue.

It's just a matter of preference really, there isn't a problem with either model. Ideally Garmin would have a hybrid design, but they don't. So pick the one that you like better.

Agreed on the 6xxx/7xxx. If price isn't an issue, just get the newest and fastest. If the price diff is an issue, get the 6xxx, it's just slightly higher in price than a 5xxx.
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If reliability is your sole concern, I would say 4212. I've read a few posts on here recently about guys with 5212's who had issues with the touchscreen calibration not working, I don't remember specifics but the units had to be send to Garmin for flat rate repair.

As for buttons vs. touchscreens so far as being water impervious is concerned, all of the manufacturers pretty much have the "keeping the buttons waterproof thing" down, last units that had any major issues with that were the Northstar 6000i/6100i
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Originally Posted by BoulderGT3 View Post
I'm updating the electronics on a boat I bought. I'm deciding between the Garmin 4212 (old button style) vs a 5212 touch screen. Price doesn't matter in this decision, reliability in all conditions does. I've used one and I'd rather have the Garmin touch for it's cleanliness but I keep thinking about other touch screens that seem to lock up. Usually, when you need them most. So my question is, setting aside ease of use, are the touch screens as stable as the buttons in extreme open water conditions? Thanks.
Yes, they are. Reliability is the same in both units.
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Originally Posted by LI32 View Post
If price doesn't matter - then neither is a better choice and pick bewteen a 6212 or 7212, which are a significantly faster processor.
Price between the 4xxx and 5xxx isn't significant. It's a big jump to 6 or 7. Also, I view most of the value there in doing fast pan and 3d. Neither of which is a driver for me.

Leaning to 4212. in market and long time and to the point above, the stuff changes every 4 years anyways.
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:16 PM
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I'm installing new electronics on my 3700. I've got two 4210s (largest I can fit on my dash panel) and I have one GPS sensor on the N2k network and a second (leftover from my previous installation of a 3xxx network) GPS17 NMEA 0183 sensor separately switched, interfaced to one of the plotters. So I can lose either plotter or either sensor and still be in business.
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