Pros Super sensitive receiver with WAAS accuracy, easy to read screen, good battery life
Cons Only three screen views, difficult to read from a distance, poor manual
Summary I bought this unit for geocaching and was not disappointed. Besides the ultra sensitive receiver, the WAAS capability was getting me continuously close to to the cache. The color screen is easily read even in bright sunlight although adjusting the brightness is a little ackward. The battery life is so good you might pass on the auto battery cable. Another plus is the ease in downloading cache locations from the geocaching.com web side or from the Garmin web site. Unfortunatly, I also thought this purchase would allow me to sell my old Magellan 315 but I guess I need to keep it. After owning the 315 for ten years, I used to all the different navigation views including the "read from across the room" screen. Although the same information is available on the Garmin, one needs to be close to the screen to read it. Fine for hiking but more difficult in the car or boat. I geuss I am just spoiled with a all the other Magellan views. So, I am going to keep the Magellan for my boat. For the car, I use the Magellan 315 connected to a laptop running Delorne USA streets ($40 street) to yield a killer car navigation system. Lastly, the manual is almost useless unless you are challenged understanding how batteries are installed. Example; for the cumpass screen, it mentions that the pointer may be a bearing or a course BUT NO MENTION HOW TO SET THE UNIT TO EACH TYPE OF DIRECTION. I looked under the Interfaces to see if the unit had a NMEA output. NO MENTION. Yet the Garmin WEB page describes all the interfaces available. Most of the manual is devoted to using the MapSource data with the unit.
All in all, the Garmin Legend Hcx is super unit, great for geocaching but may not be the best choise for other applications.
Pros High sensitivity receiver, color display, SD cards, waterproof
Cons Wish it had a larger screen
Summary I had an Etrex Legend prior, but it was stolen from my car. Decided to replace it. The family and I are avid geocachers, so the ability to go to geocaching.com and directly upload waypoints is a big bonus. The color display is sharp and crisp, with optional backlighting if needed.
The menus are easy to navigate and smiliar enough to our old Legend to feel comfortable using it right out of the box and can grow into the new features.
The interface cable is USB(thank GOD!!) instead of serial.
The ability to have turn by turn directions in this unit is a bonus as we also do a lot of traveling. It didn't seem to make sense to buy two GPS units(one for geocaching and one for interstate travel).
The biggest thing, though that has me very happy with this GPS is teh "H" designation.
High sensitivity antenna - and man does it work. If I was even in a little bit of tree cover, right next to a building or under the eave of my house, the old Legend would lose satellite signal. But with the Legend HCx, I can sit in my living room and get a signal!
Pros Good sensitivity, reasonably easy to use
Cons Too expensive for what you get, miserable documentation, almost deceptive packaging.
Summary The unit works well and may be more than adequate for geocaching, but for general use in the car or for walking it leaves much to be desired.
Without knowing ahead of time what comes in the package, you may be surprised that the preloaded maps have only Interstates and possibly some major highways. There is no street level detail. You must then spend another $90 to get either a preloaded SD card or a DVD for map detail.
Even there you must be careful. The name of the map product is not clear, though you can finally track it down to "City Naviagator". However, don't purchase the DVD update product even though it says on the packaging "Update the preloaded maps in your Garmin product" It doesn't. It updates the City Navigator that you had already purchased. You can easily spend $80 to purchase that and then end up with a product that doesn't do anything and can't be returned since it is opened software.
Don't look for support from the Garmin web site. Everytime I tried to send an email using their web interface I got a 403 error telling me to contact my administrator. Since there is no proxy server between us, it must be their error. Another email link, not to their support group, generated a 404 error.
Their "look at the map first" applet was miserable. For each view I had to right click and do a "Display Picture". And even that didn't work without doing it several times.
The included manuals were worthless beyond, as one reviewer said, telling you how to put in the batteries.
After all is said, I've spent over $300 for a brick. I'm going to call the whole thing a bad deal and try to sell my 2 day old Legend for whatever I can get. Then I'm going to look (and look very closely) at other GPSes. Certainly I'll never buy a Garmin nor recommend it to anyone.
Pros Basic navigation is easy. I figured out where we were on a hiking trip last weekend without a manual. The Cx means the Legend HCx can get signals even under trees.
Cons Attempt to be everything to everyone, which can be confusing. 7 main screens with two of those screens full of menu icons. Practice will be needed to understand this GPS. Manuals are sketchy.
Summary This is my first GPS, so I like it, but the manuals don't help much.
Pros Easy to use, lots of features, high sensitivity, micros SD storage, color
Cons Battery life is a little low