Product Review eTrex 30x is a Global Positioning System (GPS) 2023

Introduction eTrex 30x

eTrex 30x is a Global Positioning System (GPS) navigator handheld for outdoor enthusiasts produced by an American multinational technology company, Garmin. With an array of compatible mounts, eTrex 30x is designed as a handheld or for use on ATVs, bicycles, in boats, cars even hot air balloons. Use the auto mount capability maps for turn-by-turn driving directions, or the rugged mount for your motorcycle or ATV. Wherever you think you might take eTrex, it has the mapping and mounts to get you there.

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With dimension of 5.4cm x 10.3cm, make it a compact size and easy to hold but still provide adequate screen display for easy reference with 3.5cm x 4.4 cm. Garmin eTrex 30x is providing user with 2.2-inch, 65K color, sunlight-readable display, high screen resolution of 240 x 320 pixels which will improve a lot in term of readability as compared to the older version of Garmin eTrex 30 with only 176 x 200 pixels.

Garmin eTrex 30x is an IPX7 device which means it is waterproof and dustproof. Very suitable for outdoor activities involving water. Because of rubber that coating the edge and the screen that is made up of plastic increase the durability of this device.

Mainly, the most useful feature of eTrex 30x is it comes with barometric altimeter and electronic compass. With the built in compass, user doesn’t have to bring a separate unit of compass anymore. Garmin eTrex 30x is having a long lasting battery life of 25 hours which totally a game changer.


It might be hard to be a first time user of Garmin eTrex 30x especially for a novice user. This is because the menu in combination with the thumbstick & button handling is quite annoying, getting used to all navigation features is time consuming. Even to some the screen size can be just enough, but to some others it might be too small and could be a hard work to read.

Alternative Products

For someone who wish to have almost similar function but short of budget, they can go for Garmin eTrex 30 which have not much different from eTrex 30x except for lower screen resolution, shorter battery life and no electronic compass. Meanwhile for someone who wish for more accurate GPS, they can opt for Garmin GPSMAP 64s.

However, if someone is going to use GPS in high speed or moving vehicle, it is not advisable to use a handheld GPS navigator but better to use a mobile phone instead.


I would totally recommend buying Garmin eTrex 30x, despite of some of downsides, the device comes with even more benefit that will be a big help during outdoor activities especially kayaking and hiking.