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GARMINGPSMAP® 78 Handheld GPS

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GPSMAP® 78 Handheld GPS

Model # 11553583Mfg # 010-00864-00

$199.99

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Product Description

Geocaching-friendly handheld GPS with wireless data sharing

Garmin has updated the popular GPSMAP 76 with the new GPSMAP 78 Series, powerful marine handheld units that now feature color mapping, a high-sensitivity GPS receiver and a built-in MicroSD card slot for loading additional maps. A whopping 1.7GB of built-in memory provides cutting-edge performance, and you can also add maps from Garmin’s wide array of detailed marine BlueChart g2, topographic and City Navigator road maps. Plus, the 78 Series supports BirdsEye Satellite Imagery, and is compatible with Custom Maps, free software that transforms paper and electronic maps into downloadable maps for your device.

Like earlier generations, these new handhelds feature the same soft-key interface but with a sleek easy-to-hold design with rubber side grips. The “s” models also add a three-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass, which shows your heading even when you're standing still. Each unit features a worldwide basemap, and the 78Cs comes with built-in BlueChart® g2 coastal charts for the U.S. And with the 78 Series, you can share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches wirelessly with other compatible devices. So whether you're kayaking, fishing or just cruising around, the 78 Series has everything a mariner needs. They’re completely submersible and float if dropped overboard.

  • Display Type: Transflective 65K color TFT
  • Screen Size: 2.6"diag.
  • Screen Resolution: 160 x 240
  • Cartography: BlueChart® g2 preloaded cards, City Navigator NT®; Supports BirdsEye™ Satellite Imagery (subscription required); Compatible with Custom Maps
  • Receiver Type: High-sensitivity
  • Battery Type: 2 AA batteries (not included); NiMH or Lithium recommended
  • Battery Life: 20 hours
  • Dimensions: 2.6"W x 6.0"H x 1.2"D
  • Weight: 7.7 oz.
  • Waterproof: Rated IPX7 Submersible, and it floats
  • Interfacing: High-speed USB and NMEA 0183. Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data). Unit-to-unit transfer (shares data wirelessly with similar units)
  • Included Equipment: Wrist strap, USB cable, manual
  • Warranty: One year

Specs

GPSMAP® 78 Handheld GPS

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GarminGPSMAP 78 Handheld GPS
 
3.4

(based on 11 reviews)

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64%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great reception (8)
  • Quick signal (7)
  • Easy to read (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Intuitive menu (3)

Cons

  • Difficult to set up (4)

Best Uses

  • Small boats (8)
  • At night (5)
  • Large boats (5)
  • Ocean (5)
  • Wet / rain (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (6), Casual user (4)

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Awkwarduser interface

By Dr Nautilus

from Maine

About Me Casual User

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Read
  • Quick Signal
  • Reliable Reception

Cons

  • Complicated Controls

Best Uses

  • Small Boats

Comments about GPSMAP 78 Handheld GPS:

I keep this handheld with me in the cockpit of my sailboat at all times. It aquires GPS signal quickly and the display is easily seen even in bright sunlight. But the user interface is awkward. Simple functions, like pick a route, reverse direction, and navigate require many more button clicks than the older GPSMAP76. Displaying tide tables or currents is not at all intuitive and requires unnecessary button clicks. Overall, the user interface is a step back from the very well thought out and simple GPSMAP 76.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good hand held GPS

By K

from Turkey

About Me Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Quick Signal
  • Reliable Reception

Cons

    Best Uses

    • At Night
    • Large Boats
    • Small Boats

    Comments about GPSMAP 78 Handheld GPS:

    Good hand held GPS. Hope it lasts longer than my old Garmin 76 which quit working for no apparent reason

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Did what I needed!

    By RonCo215

    from Philasdelphia, PA

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Intuitive Menu
    • Quick Signal
    • Reliable Reception

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fishing
      • Lakes
      • Small Boats

      Comments about GPSMAP 78 Handheld GPS:

      Very easy to start a route and to mark waypoints.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Delivery was prompt. I could not register unit online, though. First I had to download a program which I did and then it said searching for my device and it didn't find it eventhough I plugged it into the computer. Then it said I need some new version of something and I am not that computer savvy. I should have been able to plug it into m,y computer and register easily!!If I can't figure this out, I won't be able to use the unit to its' full potential!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GPSMAP 78 Is Great

      By Huck

      from Ga

      About Me Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Read
      • Easy To Use
      • Intuitive Menu
      • Quick Signal
      • Reliable Reception

      Cons

      • Poor Viewing In Sunlight

      Best Uses

      • At Night
      • Bad Weather
      • Fishing
      • Lakes
      • Large Boats
      • Ocean
      • Small Boats

      Comments about GPSMAP 78 Handheld GPS:

      It has never let me down no matter where ive been so far. Have taken it to the mountains and across the ocean to Bahamas. Does great at geocaching also.

      (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Not as described

      By Jim

      from Waddington, NY

      About Me Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about GPSMAP 78 Handheld GPS:

            Unit did not have any marine applications

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This GPS is for marine use.

            By ozakik

            from North Bergen NJ

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Read
            • Easy To Use
            • Intuitive Menu
            • Quick Signal
            • Reliable Reception

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • At Night
              • Bad Weather
              • Ocean
              • Small Boats

              Comments about GPSMAP 78 Handheld GPS:

              I got GPSMAP 78 before business trip to Hawaii. I tried several times to measure the positions in Hawaii. GPSMAP 78 has world map but it is not good for land use because of the accuracy. Using in Hawaii I reconfirmed GPSMAP 78 is for marine use. It is floatable and water resistant so I could use on the beach peacefully.
              Comparing my old Magellan GPS 15, GPSMAP 78 has beautiful color display and 20 hours of battery life in the almost same price. I confirmed the developing of the technology.

              (26 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Will be returning the 78 and card purcha

              By capran

              from Colbert Wa- but use in San Juan islands

              About Me Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Quick Signal

              Cons

              • Complicated Controls
              • Difficult To Set Up
              • Hard To Read

              Best Uses

              • Large Boats
              • Ocean

              Comments about GPSMAP 78 Handheld GPS:

              - the on line maual is not helpful. picture of the back saying the card slot it under the batteries, with no picture except for the cover, and no installtion picture. On the garmin site it actually says the G2 is NOT recommended for the 78! (wish I had read that before purchasing!) and the G2 US All & Canadian West Coast HXUS039R chart that west marine recommended looks as if it is a bigger card than the 78 accepts, so worthless. I looked at the map detail of the 78SC that has the chart of US preinstalled and even when set on the best detail, looking at a Sucia Chart in the San Juans didn't include soundings or the rocks off the entrance to Fossil bay, and only a very few soundings inside the bay, which is the only one I bothered to check when we picked up the card we had ordered. but still was hopefull the card would give me the detail I need for chart navigation. Am returning the unit today and will stick to my old 72 that gives me lat/lon and will stick with paper chart navigation.

              (19 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Good, but not great.

              By Bob

              from Santa Monica bay

              About Me Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Easy To Read
              • Reliable Reception

              Cons

              • Difficult To Set Up

              Best Uses

              • At Night
              • Bad Weather
              • Ocean
              • Small Boats

              Comments about GPSMAP 78 Handheld GPS:

              I use the 78 for night sailing. I choose to download free raster maps. My prior unit was an old Mystic black & white with smaller screen. The 78 fails in ability to recharge batteries - apparently I have to remove to recharge - always at an inconvenient time. Its less intuitive and either more clicky or need to surpress the occasional use features. Setup took hour. It has a marine mode but you need to set each feature to your liking. A couple of marine modes would solve it: usa, traditional, european.

              (30 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Product good Manual bad

              By LadyOdessey

              from Burlington,WA

              About Me Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Chartplotter capabilities
              • Has good potential
              • Uses chartplotter maps

              Cons

              • Inadequate Manual

              Best Uses

              • Dinghy

              Comments about GPSMAP 78 Handheld GPS:

              I use the GPS78 when taking the dinghy to places out of sight of our power boat. It also maps out potential anchorage and danger points we might take our trawler. Comparing actual readings using our handheld sonar and nearby tidal stations has been useful. Also using as an independent backup for our main chartplotter has good value. This unit will do all of that plus much more. VERY impressive. However, the manual is totally oblivious of describing how to access these capabilities. There isn't even a word called "tide" in the index of the manual. You have to call Garmin customer service to get the instructions of how to access all the features. It isn't intuitive and extremely frustrating to know those capabilities are there but no help from the manual. I wouldn't be without this unit doing what I do with my boat, but I am very unhappy with Garmin and their lack of effort putting together a manual.

              Service and delivery comments:

              The usual good service from West Marine.

              (26 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Too Many Features

              By Gene the Sailor

              from Lake Superior

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good ergonomics
              • Quick startup
              • Reliable Reception

              Cons

              • Difficult To Set Up

              Best Uses

              • Large Boats
              • Small Boats

              Comments about GPSMAP 78 Handheld GPS:

              I prefer my old Garmin over this one as it was simple to enter data. This one has too many features and takes some time to adjust to how to use just the features you want.

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