On Tuesday, Garmin announced their release of two new midrange touch-screen GPS devices targeted at hikers who want to have a navigation system with them in the wilderness. The Oregon 450 for $399 and the Oregon 450t for $499 are perfect for anyone that will be adventuring to unknown places.
Both of the devices feature a 3-inch screen that Garmin says can be operated even with gloved hands. Each have improvements that include: a user-selectable “dashboard” interface, high-speed USB, photo navigation, a three axis electronic compass, and better track navigation that will even display upcoming changes in elevation. They also have barometric altimeters and have the capability to exchange tracks, waypoints, routes, and geocaches with a variety of newer Garmin GPS systems.
Now what differentiates the Oregon 450t from the regular Oregon 450 is the 450t’s built-in 100,000 to 1 scale topographic maps of the United States. These offer a 3D perspective to the viewer to better gauge terrain elevation. These maps will also show major trails, roads, lakes, coastlines, rivers, parks, and wilderness areas.
Both of these devices are said to be ready to ship in the very first quarter of 2010. The price may seem a little high for a hiking accessory, but if you are a person who spends quite a bit of time outside in unfamiliar territory, this could be a good investment.
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