“The new GPS 60 and GPSMAP 60 have many of the same features as our newer color units, yet they’re priced within the reach of a larger audience,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s director of marketing. “We expect these handheld units to be popular with anyone needing a reliable, rugged, and easy-to-use handheld GPS receiver - for recreational or professional applications.”
The GPS 60 and GPSMAP 60 both feature an ample 160 x 240 4-level grayscale display and a bright LED backlight. Battery life is among the best in the industry - offering 28 hours (typical use) on just two AA batteries. For fast and versatile data transfer, the units offer both USB and serial connections.
The GPSMAP 60 has a routable North and South American basemap and 24 MB of internal memory for use with Garmin’s extensive line of MapSource® cartography, including City Select®, U.S. Topo 24K™, U.S. Topo, Recreational Lakes with Fishing Hot Spots®, Minnesota LakeMaster, and BlueChart®. Using MapSource City Select, the GPSMAP 60 offers automatic turn-by-turn route calculation with tone prompts to addresses or points of interest - a feature normally found in higher-priced GPS navigators. The GPS 60 is a non-mapping unit that comes pre-loaded with a 1 MB city point database, and the unit is compatible with the MapSource Points of Interest CD.
Both the GPS 60 and the GPSMAP 60 can store up to 500 waypoints, 50 routes, and 10,000 track points. The units also offer a dedicated geocaching mode, indoor/outdoor GPS games, an alarm clock, sunrise/sunset and moon phase tables, and optimal hunting and fishing times.
Other features of the GPS 60/GPSMAP 60 units:
The GPS 60 and GPSMAP 60 are expected to be available in January 2005 at an MSRP of $192.85 and $321.42, respectively. Both units will ship standard with a lanyard, belt clip, USB interface cable, owner’s manual and quick-start guide.