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Garmin eTrex Vista HCx Expandable Color Hand Held GPS Receiver

Garmin eTrex Vista HCx Expandable Color Hand Held GPS Receiver
Garmin eTrex Vista HCx Expandable Color Hand Held GPS ReceiverGarmin eTrex Vista HCx Expandable Color Hand Held GPS ReceiverGarmin eTrex Vista HCx Expandable Color Hand Held GPS ReceiverGarmin eTrex Vista HCx Expandable Color Hand Held GPS Receiver
Item No.010-00630-00
Retail Price:$299.99
Our Price:$249.99
ConditionNew Retail Box (NOT Refurbished)
ReturnableYes (See our Return Policy)
WarrantyTiger 30 Day, Manufacturer 1 Year


From the lushest canopies of the Amazon, to the banks of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, you'll never get lost again with a new Garmin eTrex Vista HCx from Tiger GPS. Its high-sensitivity receiver holds a GPS signal in the toughest environments. Similar to the Vista Cx, this handheld navigator also has a bright color screen, barometric altimeter, electronic compass, microSD card slot and automatic routing for wherever adventure takes you.

Not sure what maps you need? Check out our Garmin Software Guide (click here).

Enjoy Clear Reception

With its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver, eTrex Vista HCx locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons. The advantage is clear - whether you're in deep woods or just near tall buildings and trees, you can count on Vista HCx to help you find your way when you need it the most.

Get Your Bearings

The Vista HCx has a built-in electronic compass that provides bearing information even while you're standing still, and its barometric altimeter tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude. You can even use the altimeter to plot barometric pressure over time, which can help you keep an eye on changing weather conditions.

Expand Your Memory

Adding maps is easier than ever with Vista HCx's microSD card slot. Conveniently plug in optional preloaded microSD cards with MapSource data for your land and sea excursions. Just insert a MapSource card with detailed street maps, and Vista HCx provides turn-by-turn directions to your destination. The card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment, so you don't have to worry about getting it wet.

Take It Anywhere

Like the rest of the eTrex series, Vista HCx is lightweight and compact - the perfect size for all your travels.

Other Vista HCx features:

  • Waterproof, so it can withstand the elements or an accidental dunk in water.
  • Crisp 256-color, sunlight-readable display makes it easy to distinguish map details - plus, it looks fantastic
  • Fast USB computer connection so you can transfer waypoints and other data to your computer

eTrex Vista HCx: Lock onto the great outdoors.

WAAS BlueChart Geocaching

Garmin Color Mapping eTrex 2007 Feature Matrix

Legend HCx Vista HCx Venture HC Summit HC
Average battery life 25 Hours 25 Hours 14 Hours 14 Hours
Built-in memory: no no 23 MB 23 MB
Accepts data cards: microSD card (not included) microSD card (not included) no no
Waypoints: 1000 1000 500 500
Routes: 50 50 50 50
Track log: 10,000 points, 20 saved tracks 10,000 points, 20 saved tracks 10,000 points, 10 saved tracks 10,000 points, 10 saved tracks
Automatic routing (turn by turn routing on roads): Yes Yes no no
Electronic compass: no Yes no Yes
Barometric altimeter: no Yes no Yes
MSRP: $289.27 $321.41 $214.27 $267.84

Package Includes

Box Contents:
  • eTrex Vista HCx
  • Basemap: Americas Recreational
  • MapSource Trip & Waypoint Manager
  • USB cable
  • Wrist strap
  • Owner's manual
  • Quick reference guide

Tech Specs

Physical & Performance:

Unit dimensions, WxHxD: 4.2" x 2.2" x 1.2" (10.7 x 5.6 x 3.0 cm)
Display size, WxH: 1.3" x 1.7" (3.3 x 4.3 cm)
Display resolution, WxH: 176 x 220 pixels
Display type: 256 level color TFT
Weight: 5.5 oz (156 g) with batteries
Battery: 2 AA batteries (not included)
Battery life: 25 hours
Waterproof: yes (IPX7)
Floats: no
High-sensitivity receiver: yes
PC interface: USB
RoHS version available: yes

Maps & Memory:

Basemap: yes
Ability to add maps: yes
Built-in memory: no
Accepts data cards: microSD card (not included)

Routes: 50
Track log: 10,000 points, 20 saved tracks


Automatic routing (turn by turn routing on roads): yes
Electronic compass: yes
Barometric altimeter: yes
Geocaching mode: yes
Outdoor GPS games: yes
Hunt/fish calendar: yes
Sun and moon information: yes
Area calculation: yes
Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest): yes


Garmin eTrex Vista HCx, October 08, 2007
Tiger delivered the equipment as advertised with no problems or surprises. I have used many different GPS receivers since GPS became a reality and tend to buy one every year to benefit from new technology and the Vista HCx is very refined. The high sensitivity receiver is a real asset and acquires satellites in deep canyons, aboard aircraft, and inside two-story wooden houses. The display is very readable in all lighting conditions and a set of alkaline batteries easily powers the receiver for 25 hours. I have no hesitation recommending this unit to anyone looking for a capable, handheld receiver. Potential buyers should be aware that the USB port only supports Garmin's protocol so PC software that expects NEMA data over a serial port will not work. I got around the problem by purchasing a driver from Franson GpsGate. My only criticism is Garmin's user manual which is understandable but lacks lots of information. One is forced to play with the menus to see what the software supports. Otherwise, great job Tiger and GPS.

good, October 06, 2007
Well worth extra money for the long battery life, Plus I got within 6' of point and that pretty good for a mt. area

The best yet, September 25, 2007
I own several Garmin GPS hand helds, and this latest is the best so far. The best feature has to be the strong antenna. It will pick up satellites where no other GPS I own will. It will pick up satellites as quick as 10 seconds; even indoors. There are many useful features for geocashes and map searching and navigating as well. A must own if you like GPS navigation.

satisfied GPSr Owner, September 06, 2007
Ron in Maine
This unit really delivers beyond your expectations! Already after owning the Garmin e-Trex Vista HCx for on a month now, it has shown me all the features that I have been missing for years; I am very impressed with this unit's ability to track & maintain satellite reception under a pretty heavy tree cover, and, the color screen is beautiful.

Definite improvement, but still needs work., August 20, 2007
More sensitive as advertised. Has some issues with WAAS. A firmware update has corrected one, but more remain. Hopefully Garmin will get another update out soon to take care of the remaining issues.

Garmin eTrex Vista HCx, August 01, 2007
TigerGPS provided good efficient service and shipment was very timely. I am very pleased with the Garmin eTrex Vista HCx. It is easy to load and works well with MapSource. It has a lot of functions and tracking information and the compass is a great tool. You are limited to having to use the Garmin software and although Garmin Topo US 2008 was just released, a lot of mapping information is outdated. If you get a 1gb or larger SD card you can put a lot of data on it. With different cards you can load Street info, Topo info, water way data, etc. or purchase different cards for different needs. I would like to have more trail and updated information on the Topo maps.

Great High-sensivity !, November 19, 2007
The GPS sensor of this unit is greatly improved compared to the Vista/Legend Cx. Even inside a house, a train, and an aircraft it can catch the GPS waves. It's the perfect GPS unit !!! Great!!

ETrex Vista HCX, November 22, 2007
Pat Patterson
The ETrex Vista is loaded with features that are easy to use, small, light and very versatile. It quickly finds satellites even under the canopy of dense woods.The color screen is very easy to see and is a must. No outdoors man should be with out one...

eTrex Vista HCx, December 04, 2007
I use this gps in my work as a wildland firefighter and foud it to be the best gps I have used yet. The HCx does maintain signal in thick tree canopy which I find myself in often. If first getting the unit to acquire in this type of environment it does take longer but it usually will still work. If you take time to load on the map software it can definately make your life easier. Be prepared if you will be out in the woods a long time running your gps, it can eat through batteries, but it still holds enough life to get you a long way down to the trail. Downside: you really do need the supplemental software as the basemap is not for off the beaten path. If you are loading on map software It takes up alot of memory. On mine I have the western United States and It takes up nearly all the one gig card I put in it. If you take time to manually select only the places you would go you could save alot of memory, but my work does not allow for such things. If you want a map of the whole country or maps of Europe, be prepared for at least 3gig+ of removable memory. Hope someone finds this useful.

great system, January 06, 2008
system is great just not much documentation on how most of it works.... Called customer support and they admit not much documentation. They said just play with it and you will figure it out

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