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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:12 am Reply with quote Back to top

Someone gave me a Cobra GPS500 that they found in their parent's basement. I don't see any kind of chord to upload caches on to it but it looks like I could plug the coordinates in there manually. No idea how accurate it is or how easy it is to use. Anyone have any experience with one? Do I even bother trying to learn to use it?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:55 am Reply with quote Back to top

Holy cow I was stunned at the reviews for this unit. I looked at 4 websites for reviews of the Cobra GPS500 and they were all overwhelmingly negative. At Amazon's website http://www.amazon.com/Cobra-GPS-500-1-1-Inch-Navigator/dp/B00009B1VS the seven reviews on page one all were one star out of five. The other three sites were pretty much the same thing but without an actual star-based rating system.

Here's what CNET had to say:
The good: Accurate tracking; user-friendly menus.

The bad: Weak receiver; low-resolution display; inconvenient joystick placement; not waterproof.

The bottom line: While not as expensive as similar handheld units, the Cobra GPS 500 suffers from a weak receiver and a few design flaws.


Having said that, if you can find a cheap powercord for it, it might not be bad to use as a backup GPSr for guests or kids to see how it works. The reviews indicated it doesn't work well under cover of trees, but maybe in open areas?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:38 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Well, never look a gift horse in the mouth, I guess.

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