Bushnell Onix400 Waterproof Hiking GPS

Bushnell Onix400 Waterproof Hiking GPS

  • TruView Navigation w&#1110th Satellite Photography
  • Screen layering
  • Safe track battery conservation mode & Night mode
  • Custom User Profiles
  • XM Satellite Ride out &#1072n&#1281 Entertainment

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Price: $ 100.10

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  1. 78 of 81 people establish the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Bushnell Onix400 GPS XM Receiver, August 14, 2008
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    This review is from: Bushnell Onix400 Waterproof Hiking GPS (Electronics)
    This is one of those products that can either be a splendid thing or can be a splendid disappointment… All dependent on actual need / intended use.

    For me, it has been a splendid product that met my needs. I like to do a lot of camping and hiking in the middle of the woods and all I need from a portable GPS is just the basics. Let me mark locations, get me from the car to the camping site or manifest locations and get me back. For this, I don’t really need advanced features such as street routing, a POI database filled with restaurants, gas stations, etc. For that, I use the navigation system on my car.

    Having said that, sweet much, any of the portable GPS devices meet my requirements but what attracted me to the Onix 400 was the addition of the XM Ride out receiver. That extra feature, for me was worth the price as it does come in handy to be able to see when storms are coming, their severity and to be able to estimate roughly when it will be on top of you and how long it will be before it passes once is on top of you.

    While the GPS with the Ride out feature has been splendid on my outings, I do have a few complaints, which I did make sure Bushnell knew so that they can increase the product.

    1. While XM does seem to work during terrible ride out provided the device is out on the open, it is useless when one is stuck inside a tent while waiting for the rain to stop. The GPS does have a connector to allow peripheral devices to be connected, including an external antenna, but Bushnell does not offer such an antenna. The closest they have is a receiver with an antenna, but is not designed to take the role of a real external antenna. Cable is small and because of it being a receiver, I don’t believe it will be a excellent thought to leave it out on the rain for any extended periods of time.

    2. The cost of extra batteries. Only Bushnell batteries can be used due to their design. These batteries are not cheap to be able to buy a couple of spares, so one has to trade real time info for battery life. Sweet much, to extend battery life, once you get to where you need to be (Camping Ground),turn the unit off and if the sky shows signs of terrible ride out approaching, turn it on, wait for the XM signal to update the Ride out info, then turn it off again.

    For me, this has not been a major come forth, as turning the device off is what I would have done anyway with any other portable GPS without XM and turned it back on when on the go. Just thought other users may want to be attentive of this.

    In summary, if you are looking for a portable GPS specific to open-air activities and want to keep an eye on severe ride out, this is a GPS for you.

    If you want to use it as an MP3 player or for urban door to door navigation…

    Have you looked at Tom Tom or Garmin?

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  2. 39 of 39 people establish the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Capable unit with lots of uses, December 2, 2008
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    This review is from: Bushnell Onix400 Waterproof Hiking GPS (Electronics)

    Build
    The first time I picked up the unit, it felt very natural in my hand. The construction was solid. The rubberized back and dead flat front were a nice contrast. The first thing that popped into my head was that this was a services grade device. The bulbous head which houses the antennae and protruding battery pack were pronounced, but had a natural feel to it. After land it a few times, the unit fell into my hand with my trigger finger wrapping around the battery pack while my thumb held the unit securely in place. It is very simple to navigate with only one hand.
    Although I never plot on submerging it, I can see how the waterproofing can come in handy especially in navigating in the rain or getting to a favorite duck hunting spot. I have wiped it clean with a moist towel and here were no problems as expected.
    The top access panel houses the port to the external antennae. This is used to connect headphones or more commonly an auxiliary cable from your car radio. The bottom port is used to connect a mini usb port and to charge the unit. Unfortunately the bottom port does not have a swinging hinge like the top port so any day now I will lose the plastic connector that must be removed to recharge the unit.
    Grade: A-
    Observations:
    * It did feel very comfortable in my hand, but it is on the large side
    * Including a protective plastic screen cover would be nice. I can see the screen getting scratched with continuous use
    * The bottom port cover is easily lost

    Buttons and Function Navigation
    When navigating, the screen is far enough away from the controls, so here is no screen blocking when moving around the controls. I like how here aren’t too many buttons to get confused with. It took me a while to figure out that certain buttons looked-for to be held down to activate, but once I did, it was a breeze.
    Switching between topographical maps and aerial views was simple. The scrolling function on the map was too slow though. It should have an increasing rate of scroll as you hold the button down. This is vital if you’re semi lost or choosing between a Y in the road. If you want to see a mile to the east, it takes quite a while to scroll that way.
    All of the buttons feel excellent and are simple to reach.
    Grade: A
    Observations:
    * Simple to use
    * Not cluttered

    Satellites
    As the directions note, it takes one or two minutes to buy satellite locks. I commonly see 8-12 satellites once everything goes green and locks. It is very clear once the unit locks on as the satellites turn green and your exact location and altitude are showed.

    Geocaching
    I am a novice geocacher, but when I entered the coordinates of 3 caches, I was able to find one. What I didn’t realize is that besides entering the coordinates, you should also read the description and hints which would’ve made me three for three. Here is a geocaching mode or set of settings which I didn’t look too deep into. I believe that other GPS systems have a right geocaching mode with logging and reserve maintenance. I’m not sure how vital that would be for a casual cacher as myself.
    Grade: B
    Observations:
    * It seemed to work fine

    Off-Roading/Trails
    This was my most anticipated use for the GPS. I recently bought an off-road capable truck as well as a guide for off-road trails in my area. These trails were very detailed and also included GPS waypoints for each trail. Since many of these back country roads are poorly manifest, GPS waypoints are vital. I set the waypoints for each trail. It was nice to be able to have long names for these waypoints. For example, I can name 01 Switzerland Trail through 05 Switzerland Trail and then connect them all by using the route feature.
    The aerial maps were a huge help for off-roading as well. When here was a fork in the road, the aerial view showed me which way each trail went. I could then either follow to my waypoint or compare the coutours of the roads to the maps pinched in the book.
    I could have used a louder beep when the way point was reached, but here may be a setting that I missed.
    The downside was that my book listed coordinates in days, hours and minutes, while the Bushenell GPS companion required the coordinates to be input as decimal hours. I had to go online and exchange all of my waypoints into the appropriate format before I entered them into the GPS. This can be very time consuming. Here should be a feature to switch between the three coordinate types.
    Grade: B+
    Observations:
    * Making waypoints and linking them together was simple
    * I need to see if I can increase the number for waypoint arrival

    Car Driving
    Although this unit is not designed to be a driving direction assistant, it does have major roads on the base map. With the aerial view downloaded and overlaid, it can be helpful when driving in unfamiliar…

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  3. 35 of 37 people establish the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Clunky, cumbersome and eeds refinement, December 25, 2009
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    This review is from: Bushnell Onix400 Waterproof Hiking GPS (Electronics)

    Overall, the Onix 400 is a huge clunky GPS with user-unfriendly software and procedures. As a GPS it falls far in the rear Garmin. As a radio, you’d do better with a $4 Walmart special. Getting ride out at home is better with a Blackberry or Accuweather. In combination, but, the Onix 400 can provide a combination of information I haven’t seen anywhere else.

    I have some encounter with GPS as a pilot and as a biker. Plus I like to hike and ski and I have used my Garmin Edge 305 in all of these settings. (I have an ancient Garmin 150 in my plane that I still like.) I like Garmin for all of the varied purposes because it seems to adapt well, but I was intrigued by Bushnell’s integration of ride out through XM. Also, the thought of being able to hear satellite radio in the middle of nowhere was sweet appealing.

    Anyway, I bought the Bushnell Onix 400 as an Xmas gift to myself and started to play with it. Overall, it needs a lot of improvement. Compared to Garmin, some of the GPS functions and the software are back in the dinosaur period.

    First, the excellent stuff:

    I really like the collective navigation, direction, breadcrumbs, radio, ride out window. This is much like a “glass cockpit” where you can see a lot of information all at one time. The fact that ride out radar overlays on current location is splendid and a cost savings. The compass moves, keeping north at north. The GPS seems sensitive and holds onto the GPS signal. The ability to customize windows also helps. It feels rugged. It’s simple to charge and I’ve bought a car charger for the times I’m driving to nowhere. The graphics on the trails are excellent and clear.

    Problems: (Many)

    1. Setting up the system is horrible. Unlike a Garmin, this system isn’t very intuitive. You have to flip through a million windows and have to read the instructions ten times. Even then, if you forget, you have to go back and save the manual.

    2. Downloading maps is a pain, expensive and doesn’t seem to work until the 7th or 8th try. The website instructions are cumbersome and require a lot of dragging files. For every step, here are 10 possible mistakes and I reckon I made them all trying to find the right combination.

    3. When downloading, each mix takes you back to the start, meaning you have to start over from scratch, trying to locate a ten mile square on the map of the US. It’s even more cumbersome.

    4. Or then again, signing up for XM radio and XM ride out could be a trial by fire. I have XM in my car, and so I was “eligible” for discounts. But all I wanted was XM Ride out. I had to buy the stations, for $130 a year. Then I was told I would receive a discount for the ride out, making it only an extra $4 a month, but I had to go through another telephone number to really have it downloaded. I had to wait on line for half an hour (due to unusual number at Xmas). I couldn’t sign up on-line — which of course makes no sense if the only requirement is my credit car and sending a signal. Then I was told that it would really cost $10 a month and here was no discount. In other words, it all now costs me $250 a year to know if it’s vacant to rain where I am. I’m trying to get this straightened out with XM.

    5. The PC Companion is hard to use. It isn’t responsive; it also isn’t intuitive or user-friendly. Again, a mix requires you to go back to the beginning, which I’ve learned is in the Atlantic Ocean at longitude 0. Sometimes I establish when I pushed a trail, I finished up in the southern Atlantic Ocean. It’s curious.

    6. Once I really started using the Onix 400, I establish that while it was simple to follow the cursor, it was hard to flip back and forth to end trails and start new ones. Some disappeared. I establish myself pressing one window, then a sub-window, then the hot-button, then irrevocably anything that seemed right. I’m sure I made some mix, but I didn’t learn the mistakes until later, after I lost the very information I wanted to save. I couldn’t record my trail, as Garmin easily allows (so long as I don’t affirmative erase the information).

    7. While the unit is supposed to be somewhat waterproof, the cover on the internet access and charging port falls off with a gentle shake. I had two of them. Now the unit is no longer waterproof. I temporarily fixed the conundrum with duct tape, but it would be an simpler fix by Bushnell by doing (again) what Garmin every camera maker does: place on a permanent port. For something so clunky, the losable cover defeats all of the other efforts at making water resistant. I have a tough time believing that the engineers didn’t reckon this through better.

    8. Getting access to the radio is far more hard than I imagined. Outside, walking, it’s erratic at best. In the car, it’s also erratic. In the plane, it works only if I hold it to a window. The ride out function seems to do better. Bushnell needs to…

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