Garmin Oregon 450t and 450 touchscreen unveiled



Garmin, an old name when it comes to navigational devices, are back in the market with a couple of new devices – the Garmin Oregon 450t and 450 touchscreen. Both models will target the outdoor enthusiast, as they boast compatibility with the entire online community at Garmin Connect while supporting Garmin’s free Custom Maps utility that is useful for transferring paper or digital maps onto your compatible handheld. Sounds pretty neat, eh? With both models supporting touchscreen technology, you are able to navigate through a glove-friendly touchscreen interface. Don’t fret about keeping this safe and sound by being extra careful with it when outdoors – instead, Garmin won’t mind if you threw caution to the wind since the touchscreen display was built to be resistant to the rigors of nature, despite boasting 3″ of full color that can be read under most conditions with ease.

Key upgrades made to the Oregon 450t and Oregon 450 include user-selectable dashboards, enhanced track navigation, high-speed USB that makes it much faster to transfer maps to and from your computer, photo navigation capability and the 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass which is capable of showing which direction you are heading towards even when standing still – and this happens without having to hold it level. New dashboards introduced offer users the ability to customize the appearance of various pages on your Oregon, and among them include the geocaching, compass, stopwatch and elevation functions. Chances are if you fall under the hikers, cyclists and trail runners category, the enhanced track navigation will prove especially useful, as it prevents you from curling up under a rock and waiting for someone to rescue you should you get lost.

A couple of AA batteries are able to offer up to 16 hours of battery life on both models. Each of them will feature a high-sensitivity GPS receiver with HotFix, where it is capable of automatically calculating and storing critical satellite information, so that such information can be pulled and used in the future to calculate a position in a jiffy. Other features include 850MB internal memory and a microSD memory card slot that is good for holding photos and optional map data.

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