The reason I choose this model is mainly:-
- Garmin brand (thus more availability of compatible map format)
- High sensitivity chipset (good during hiking)
- Long batter life (25 hours)
- Durable (drop proof and semi water proof)
- Miscellaneous feature: Map, Routing, Compass, Barometer.
I bought my unit (RM 1300) from www.sltsb.com, a local Garmin Vendor (it’s in Seremban, and about RM 100-200 cheaper than KL vendors). Amazon had cheaper price (around RM 800), but they don’t deliver to Malaysia. I found www.thegpsstore.com who actually delivery to Malaysia for RM 1100, but the saving is too little as compared to worries like import duty and warranty issue.
www.malsingmaps.com forum, I concluded that the unit is faulty. Luckily there is a 14 days one to one exchange policy, but I have to fork out RM 20 to deliver the unit back to SLTSB. They did sent me a new unit and everything is okay now :)
What’s really good (or not good) about this unit?
- It’s required about 5-30 seconds to get the satellite signal (3 of them), and it could really work in some indoor places.
- It works with the free malsingmaps, which is really cool
- It could navigate decently using the maps, just that there is no voice to guide you while driving (but there did make some beeping sounds when near a junction and zoom in the map with big arrows)
- We have an electronic compass, with useful information such as speed, destination to next, ETA to next and etc
- There is a barometer to check your altitude, with plotted graph of the ascending and descending
- A Trip Computer to trace distance travelled, Max Speed, Moving Time, Stopping Time, Moving Average, Overall Average and etc
- Track saving up to 20 tracks with 10000 points each, and could be exported to Google Earth
- The malsingmaps comes with POI such as Food, Shopping, Lodging, etc
- Checking of sunrise and sunset time (as well as the moon)
Basically, it’s a cool gadget which work decently well :)