Disclosure: This is a guest review by LovingOutdoors, a social retailer who sell the device. They state that their review is honest and factual.
The Oregon 450 is on the front-line of Garmin’s current walking GPS range. With a slick touchscreen interface and Hotfix predictive navigation (more on which later) it’s at the cutting edge of GPS technology whilst retaining and enhancing the ergonomic and usable feel of its more simplistic predecessors.
The 450’s screen has been the subject of much praise from our customers who have lauded its detailed, clear and bright presentation of maps, the accuracy of the touch screen interface and itsample size. Its anti-glare finish also makes it sunlight readable, although, given the Great British Weather it’s understandable if our customers don’t pick up on that.
Customers have also fawned over the 450’s satellite signal, which to those accustomed to the slow GPS devices of old can seem eerily reliable. As much as we like a bit of magic and mystery, there is a perfectly scientific explanation for the 450’s supernatural tracking ability in Garmin’s Hotfix technology. Hotfix works by storing your position allowing your GPS to quickly ‘remember’ where it is, giving the illusion of prescience. Not only does this save you the time waiting for your GPS to ‘find itself’ after being switched on but also the heartache of a signal blackout.
If you’re in North America, you can also benefit from the 450’s WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) capabilities. As most people aren’t I’ll spare the scientific details, suffice to say that it’s American innovation that corrects satellite signals to make GPS systems more accurate. Unfortunately for those of us on this (or any other) side of the pond WAAS, like so many things, doesn’t work outside of America. Bummer, dude.
If you’re not American don’t be too downhearted, the 450’s excellent 3-axis compass quicklyputs paid to any feelings of geographical disenfranchisement. Working on 3 axes rather than the 2 of traditional compasses means that the 450 doesn’t need to be held flat to give a true bearing, which allows it to be bike-mounted. Also a 14hr battery life means that whether your biking, walking or even, god forbid, driving you’ll be able to go the distance. The Oregon 450 is an all-round winner.
Loving Outdoors Team
GearWeAre.com Notes: We had a play with one of these last weekend (indoors). It’s got a great screen and supports Geocaching.com GPX files, which may be of interest to some of you. It’s easily upgradable (takes memory cards) and is waterproof, so whilst it’s not the cheaper end of the GPS market, it should last you a long time.
Price: £599 RRP (25% off at LovingOutdoors, PLUS £30 extra off for GWA readers – £419.10)
From: LovingOutdoors (use code Loving-GWA for £30 off)
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