Excerpt: "...to be a trait with garmin products (have a GPS V now), it feels very solidly put together to start with, the buttons on the side which operate the zoom functions and menu selections are quite stiff however this is understandable due to the unit having to meet water resistant standards - I believe it can be submerged up to 1 meter for 30 mins without risk so it should stand up to a drop in a puddle and rain etc. There is also a nipple (don't laugh) ...
Pros: Well Built, Compact, screen resolution
Cons: Complex if you are a tecnohphobe, designed for right handed use (see review)
Summary: The Etrex series is obsolete and this is not what real GPS geeks will want. Examples of archaic features: it comes with an RS32 nine-pin serial pot cord which - useless with a laptop and it is incompatible with map data cards. I bought one used/cheap because I am familiar with using the Etrex and moreso because I only want the unit to do two things: 1) give you a position 2.) give you a heading. This is fine with the paper maps I still use. Yes, they still exist.
Summary: I've only used the Garmin eTrex Venture GPS unit for about a week or so, but it seems to work great. My sons like to geocache, and there have been several that they could not find over the years, but once we got this GPS system... they found their geocaches easily. The other good thing is that they're 12, and they figured out how to use it very quickly. Good buy!