PN-20 vs Colorado, handhelds on ice

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

8 Responses

  1. Lure says:

    Since I have not seen much reports/tests/screenshots with Marine/BlueChart maps of Garmin Colorado it would be great if you can publish some screenshots of Colorado with marine maps (BlueChart g2 and 3-d view). I think this would help lots of interested people to evaluate Colorado for marine activity.

  2. MG12 says:

    You can go to the Garmin website for a look at the Colorado 400c. This unit comes preloaded with maps for the coastal waterways.
    There is also a 400i for inland lakes and waterways.
    If you click on the product image on the linked page, it will take you to several additional images and screenshots.

  3. Kees says:

    Nice, but ‘tie-unders’ are of course not the ‘real’ stuff. Over here, only these count:
    Now if we could actually get some _winter_ over here everyone would be happy!
    Greetings from (near) Amsterdam

  4. richardstephens says:

    When connected to a PC, the Colorado only connects as a USB mass-storage device. It does not support the normal Garmin communication protocols, which means it is not compatible with any third-party software. So if anybody wants to plan routes or waypoints on a PC, they have to buy the Garmin charts.

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I’m not sure about that, Richard. There’s a “Serial Interface” tab on the System menu, with choice of Garmin In/Out, NMEA In/Out, and Text Out. I’m going to take this Colorado 400c to Miami and hopefully give it a workout.

  6. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Well, I tryed the PC connection. Yes, the laptop treats the Colorado like a flash drive, but Garmin’s Trip & Waypoint Manager can move routes, tracks, and waypoints back and forth in the normal fashion. A charting program, though, apparently can’t see the USB connection as a com port, though.
    But that leaves one to wonder what that NMEA serial connection selection is for? There’s nothing in the manual about it, and it could well be that it’s meaningless until a future firmware upgrade.

  7. richardstephens says:

    It seems to change modes when you connect to the PC. I’m hoping it’s a bug they are going to fix.

  8. GPSNavX says:

    Garmin USB does not support NMEA (the standard for marine instrumentation), but using the Garmin ‘PC data cable’ can be purchased to extract NMEA from the Colorado..
    Of course you will want to combine that with a USB to serial adapter.
    I wish Garmin would provide NMEA data over their USB cable.

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