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    Quote Originally Posted by dersuuzala View Post
    You're wrong about the affordable price part, Giomen.
    It is only for reasons of comparison between professional devices and modern soap-dish. 276C was the legend at one time. I will be wonder if 276Cx would take this place And I am sure the product cost and technical ideas of 276C was above more than one order of magnitude of 276Cx...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Giomen View Post
    It is only for reasons of comparison between professional devices and modern soap-dish. 276C was the legend at one time. I will be wonder if 276Cx would take this place And I am sure the product cost and technical ideas of 276C was above more than one order of magnitude of 276Cx...

    Not quite sure what you are saying there, but the 276C wasn't revolutionary or an order of magnitude greater than anything else in its time. It was just an improvement of the earlier 176, and the main improvement, if not the only improvement, was switching to a color screen. In at least one important way the black and white 176 was better. It was readable in bright sunlight without the backlight whereas the 276 is not. I would have just stayed with the 176 except I dropped it and after that there was a big blemish on the screen.

    Here is the review of the Garmin 176, which came out in 2001, list price $571 PLUS speaker cable and maps etc.

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    Vip Master The legendary all-terrain navigation equipment is back: GPSMAP 276Cx
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    I have an 176 grayscale in good condition and I agree that the screen is very clear in sunlight and also quite nice in dark surroundings with the backlight on.
    The reason for my switch to 276c was that the 176 can not handle NT maps so the last version that could be used is 2009. And the cpu made it almost unusable with more complicated topo maps.
    Are there two versions of the 267c, the first with a less good display (like the 176c) and a later version with a moch improved display? My 276c works quite good also in bright sunlight, with TYP:ed map of course for maximum contrast :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smulan View Post
    I have an 176 grayscale in good condition and I agree that the screen is very clear in sunlight and also quite nice in dark surroundings with the backlight on.
    The reason for my switch to 276c was that the 176 can not handle NT maps so the last version that could be used is 2009. And the cpu made it almost unusable with more complicated topo maps.
    Are there two versions of the 267c, the first with a less good display (like the 176c) and a later version with a moch improved display? My 276c works quite good also in bright sunlight, with TYP:ed map of course for maximum contrast :-)
    Was the 176 unable to handle newer maps or was that just Garmin propaganda, like they tried to pull on me last year when they told me my 276C will no longer be able to download the new maps and I need to buy a new GPS? I forgot that part if that was the case. The 276 came with the very excellent color screen right from the start. The only hardware they changed was fixing the cable attachment on the back so that it didn't break every time you removed the cable. Yes the 276 works well in the sunlight only u need to leave the backlight on max. The 176 was good without the backlight.

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    "Lookiing at those links, there are no screenshots of how one enters text or coordinates on this unit. Evidently it doesn't have a touchscreen… my 2620 had buttons and a touchscreen. That makes it pretty useless as a replacement for a Nuvi… do you really want to pick letters from a little grid to search for addresses, etc?

    And no screenshots of what it looks like with City Navigator. Does it have lane assist? Does it show the speed limit? I assume there would be no junction view, since that isn't available with separate purchases of City Navigator. And there would also be no lifetime map option, since they have discontinued the DVD of City Navigator. Doesn't look like there would be any way to get traffic data either.

    It would be a fun toy if I had a thousand bucks to spend on a lark, but it doesn't look like an "all in one" navigation solution to me.

    This is where I think Garmin is missing a big market segment. Why not offer this as an app for iOS and Android? I'm never gonna spend $800 on the hardware. but I might spend $150 on an app. And once people have bought the app, it would be easy to sell them maps… just click on a button for an in-app purchase for an impulse buy."



    He's right, entering text and coordinates is a hassle on these models and the new one will probably be the same, and yes it does look like maps are extra. I hope they don't want to charge extra if you want to have sound, like they did with the 276. (did the 176 have any sound except beeps? I forgot.)

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    No, the 176 could not us NT maps, I tested and as I remember I got an error message or something like that. So I ended with an used 276C that has worked like a charm ever since.
    But entering address search is only done in an emergency situation and therefore I have a cheap nuvi200 also installed in my motorcycle when I just want to go to an address. And I suppose the new 276Cx will have the same problem as the old 276c.
    A feature I would like to see is the possibility to turn the unit upsidedown in order to have the buttons to the left side. When driving MC the right hand is occupied with the throttle and the left hand is used for the buttons... but I realize that it will not happen, Garmin would be laughed at having the text on the buttons upsidedown.
    Another "MC-feature" would be the possibility to use some kind of remote control of the in and out buttons so that one could zoom without taking the hand from the steering handle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smulan View Post
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    Another "MC-feature" would be the possibility to use some kind of remote control of the in and out buttons so that one could zoom without taking the hand from the steering handle.
    Yep, like the RC packed with the StreetPilot 2xx0 series. But i reckon you'll never see those again from Garmin for their products:

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    Quote Originally Posted by dersuuzala View Post
    Not quite sure what you are saying there, but the 276C wasn't revolutionary or an order of magnitude greater than anything else in its time. It was just an improvement of the earlier 176, and the main improvement, if not the only improvement, was switching to a color screen. In at least one important way the black and white 176 was better. It was readable in bright sunlight without the backlight whereas the 276 is not. I would have just stayed with the 176 except I dropped it and after that there was a big blemish on the screen.
    I had often used 276C on boats and I may say with great assurance that color screen give me another one or two meter of distance for reading map. The map is more readable in color mode too. Some additional fields is possible to see only on color screen.
    I had experience of 176 too But we compare not 276c and 176. I give conclusion about old Garmin proprietary FW and modern technology of one universal chip for all range of consumer devices.
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    More motorcyclist discussion of the 276CX:

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    Does it have built in speakers? Lots of unanswered questions. I'll wait for user reviews after it hits the market.
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    A new long video from Waypoint (Netherlands) that shows the 276cx in comparison with other large models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smulan View Post
    Another "MC-feature" would be the possibility to use some kind of remote control of the in and out buttons so that one could zoom without taking the hand from the steering handle.
    A remote would be very useful for a motorcycle rider, especially one that rides off-road where you need to pan and zoom the map more often. I don't know why no commercial company has not made one yet. Not even one for a smartphone app. Something like this guy's design would be awesome! He has a joystick to pan the map and a knob to zoom in and out. This is way better than buttons to zoom in and out.

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