Garmin Oregon 550t Handheld GPS Navigator video review



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Although the list price for the Garmin Oregon 550t is close to £500, we’ve already seen it available for nearer to £300 on a number of retail websites. This still doesn’t exactly make it a bargain, and it’s even more of a serious hiker’s GPS than the 300 was. But it does the intended job well, and the geotagging integration is extremely well executed.

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February 10, 2010, 7:18 pm

"The Man Overboard facility marks the current location then immediately starts navigating you back to it, so you can quickly pick up someone who has fallen from your boat."

For some reason I found that hilarious.

Anyway there's no way I'll pay 300 GBP (much less 500 GBP) for this functionality. Last time I was in the alps I used the TrekBuddy app on my 5800XM together with a scanned map of the area to get a GPS+topographic map. The paper maps are available for 10 EUR and are extremely detailed, and I wouldn't consider going on a serious hike without a paper map anyway. I'm not sure if maps of a similar quality are even available for the Oregon.

Apart from all that it does seem like a very nice device.


February 12, 2010, 7:15 pm

Are there accessories to put it on the handle bar of a mountain bike? Could you use it in a car as well if you wanted one device for all possibilities?


February 12, 2010, 9:23 pm

To use this as a car satnav you will need to get city navigator maps which are about £40 for Uk/Ireland. Discoverer OS Mapping for each UK region will cost a further £100ish. So you're looking at around £500 for an all-in-one device. Note these are all "standard" prices - may be cheaper if you searched around or went for free alternatives.


May 28, 2014, 11:18 pm

I can't keep batteries up to my 550, thereby making it rubbish once the last of my 6 batteries have gone flat. A pair only lasts a few hours. Pity there wasn't some way to run/charge through cigarette lighter.

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