I used a Magellan SporTrak Pro for several years, and bought a Garmin
60CSx in June of '07.
I use a handheld GPSrs for geocaching only. I
have a Nuvi for navigation/autorouting. I can only compare the
60CSx to my cheaper, but now long discontinued Magellan SporTrak Pro.
The advantage over the SporTrak is mostly convenience features. I didnít
buy maps and thus donít use the autorouting.
Biggest advantage -- USB is *much* better than Serial Port for
sending/receiving data to the unit -- Serial Port on SporTrak is painful
Battery changeout is
easier than the SporTrak
The location updates
quickly and is more accurate (see same feature under Cons)
Batteries last much longer (See auto turn off under
I find the menus
easier to understand/use, but harder to make changes/enter data. The
table entry method is tedious/slow compared to the SportTrak's arrow
pad right/left increase/decrease method (repeated in Cons)
The popup menus are nice
Garmin's phone support is a lot better than
It holds twice as many caches
[a lot more if you use Points of Interest with the SD card, but these
are a little clumsy.]
If you're an FTFer (First to Find) Garmin's download from the
caching website directly into the unit is nice
If you use it for maps and navigation (I don't) the
color screen is easier to read
I haven't found it
significantly better than the SporTrak at basic cache finding (Probably
because the hiders coordinates become the major factor in location
It doesnít turn itself
off automatically like the SporTrak Ė this runs battery down again-and-again
It doesn't let cache
management software (GSAK, etc.) erase/flush the existing waypoints when refreshing
them -- you have to do that manually using the units menus. A pain.
If you try to update/reload the same caches;
instead of erasing/replacing the old version it
adds the same caches twice, thus wasting limited memory.
It doesn't start
coordinate averaging automatically when you stop moving like the
SporTrak. I find this inconvenient. By averaging while not
moving the SporTrak refines the location, and make it more stable.
The 60CSx keeps jumping around.
The table entry method of entering/changing data in
menus is tedious/slow compared to the SportTrak's arrow
pad right/left move around and up/down increase/decrease method
The location updates
immediately after sensing a change, even a spurious one, thus while
heading toward the cache the
location it points to jumps around a lot. The SporTrak kept a weighted
average (or it averaged more points) so one spurious reading didn't have much effect, thus the
location it pointed to was more stable. The downside to the weighted
average is you need to stop for up to a minute and let the SporTrak
settle after getting near the target location.
I'm guessing it's
because it doesn't start averaging automatically when you stop moving; but
while the unit is sitting still the 'bearing' value drifts around a
lot. The range of drift can be 100 degrees. After a minute
or so of sitting still the SporTrak would settle down to a range of
The electronic compass
is a pain to keep calibrated. I don't use it -- turned it off.
Even so, it occasionally turns itself on in the field and then the cache
direction pointer is useless -- very annoying. (Unless I had
some special need for the compass, if
I were buying now I would definitely get the model 60Cx without the
electronic compass and altimeter. Other than those two features,
which I don't use, the Cx and CSx are the same.)
Would I choose a 60Cx
over the SporTrak if I could get either free? Probably. Was the
difference worth $350? I
don't think so when you can now get a
SporTrak Pro on eBay for about $50 or less . But,
the USB is really
nice. For sure, if I were on a tight budget I'd get a used SporTrak
(be sure it comes with the PC cable). If you decide to buy a used
60Cx make sure it's a Cx not a C -- the "x" suffix indicates it has
the newer, more accurate chip.