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?
hack1of2 WGA Member
Location: Wauwatosa, WI
Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:55 am
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?
beccaday WGA Secretary
Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:38 pm
Well, never look a gift horse in the mouth, I guess.
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