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Qstarz BT-Q2000 GPS Sports Recorder Explore 2000 review



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The personal sat-nav may have been the big consumer success story of GPS technology, but it's far from the only use of this empowering geo-location system. Even if you don't need to be told how to get where you're going, a GPS device can help record information about how the journey went, which has plenty of handy applications. One of these is for sporting activities and this is what the Qstarz BT-Q2000 GPS Sports Recorder Explore 2000 is aimed at.

The Explore 2000 is a simple device. It has just three controls - for powering the device on and off, for toggling the LED backlight behind the monochrome LCD, and a Tool button that performs a small selection of functions. The device itself really only does two main things. One is receiving the GPS signal and reading it out as latitude, longitude and elevation, as well as using this information to tell your current speed, average speed, and distance travelled. The other function is recording this information in its built-in memory when Log Mode has been enabled. Although there is just 4MB of memory built-in, that's enough for 260,000 waypoints, which should give you hours of recording. Qstarz also claims the battery will last as long as 20 hours on a single charge.

Logging mode is where the Explore 2000 starts becoming useful. To start logging, you need to press the power button for a short period each time you turn the device on. Then the odometer and averaging will be called into play. You can use this on its own, for example when out running or biking, to tell you how far you've travelled. To this end, the Qstarz comes with a strap and pouch for wearing on an arm, like an MP3 player. It also includes a mounting kit for a bike. However, this relies on two plastic ties for handlebar attachment, which probably won't last long if you keep moving the mount from bike to bike, so Qstarz has put two pairs in the box.

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January 26, 2009, 5:37 pm

Anyone using a GPS device to track running or cycling is best to use Sport Tracks. It's a cracking piece of free software. I use it instead of Garmin Training Centre which came with my new Forerunner 305.

iain coghill

January 26, 2009, 7:27 pm

Can this device display location in other coordinate systems and map datums, such as Ordnance Survey? Not doing so will limit it's usefulness for hiking etc IMHO.

James Morris

January 26, 2009, 8:47 pm

Unfortunately, it's only latitude, longitude and elevation. So, yes, it will have hiking limitations.


January 26, 2009, 9:04 pm

It only uses Lat/Long and WGS84 I'm afraid, which therefore limits its use to speed/distance calculations, and if no good for hiking. For hiking Garmin units are far better, which offer much more functionality for the same price. I often have to use obscure grid and map datum combinations when working/hiking abroad (usually involves lots of GR logging) as I still need to use the old fashioned map/compass method and find them to be more accurate than other units when I need to locate to within 10m on a large scale map and triangulation is difficult for whatever reason. Signal is a problem with many a GPS unit I have tried and the price of the unit does not seem to reflect an increase in performance in that respect; expensive units usually just come with bloated software and pre-installed maps which for me is useless.

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