Accessories

March 2000 Issue

Garmin’s 295

Vivid color, intelligent operating logic and an improved GPS engine make this one a winner. But don’t plan to run it long on batteries.

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Is there anybody alive who doesn’t have a portable GPS moving map yet? Okay, so maybe you’re a Ralph Kramden fan and you’re waiting for the 3D model with accompanying decoder ring.

Garmin hasn’t announced that model yet but we sometimes get the impression they’re about to. In the meantime, the company is finally shipping something that comes close: A portable moving map GPS with color that rivals Garmin’s GNS 430 panel mount.

At a glance, the GPSMAP 295 looks like an inflated version of the GPS III Pilot, another popular Garmin product. Like the Pilot, the 295’s screen orientation is horizontal or “landscape,” the buttons are on the right and the antenna pokes up from...

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