Garmin has long been considered the authority in GPS units here at Sportsman’s News, but the new Rino 655t takes things to an entirely new level. It combines the newest and greatest technology available into a small, portable handheld GPS unit, with a 5 W FRS/GMRS radio.
The 2.6” glove-friendly color touchscreen GPS unit is preloaded with topo100K map, barometric altimeter, 3-axis electronic compass, NOAA weather radio and 5-megapixel camera.
With its high-sensitivity GPS receiver and quad helix antenna, Rino 655t quickly finds your position and maintains it – even in heavy cover. Plus, a built-in barometric altimeter and 3-axis compass make it easy to get your bearings without the need to hold it level. The device comes preloaded with TOPO 100K maps, which includes coverage of the full U.S. Adding more maps is easy with Garmin’s wide array of detailed topographic, marine and road maps. With its microSD card slot, Rino 655t lets you load TOPO U.S. 24K maps and hit the trail or plug in Bluechart G2 preloaded cards for a great day on the water. The device also supports BirsEye satellite Imagery (subscription required) that lets you download satellite images to your device and integrate them with your maps. In addition, Rino 655t is compatible with Custom Maps free software that transforms paper and electronic maps into downloadable maps for your device.
Rino 655t’s unique Position Reporting capability lets you send your exact location to other Rino users so they can see it on their map page. Plus, improved audio performance means it’s easy to communicate with any other conventional FRS/GMRS radio in the area. It can be useful in an emergency or just a handy way to keep tabs on your hunting party, hiking partner, family or friends. The Rino 655t also lets you send unit-to-unit text messages to other Rino users in your area – it’s ideal for loud or windy conditions or just when you don’t want to disturb the wildlife. It also lets you share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches wirelessly with other compatible Garmin handheld devices.
The built-in 5-megapixel autofocus camera is ideal for capturing the highlights of your outings. Each photo is automatically geotagged with the location of where it was taken, allowing you – or those you share your photos with – to easily navigate back to that spot in the future.
This Rino 655t is a GPS/radio unit you are going to wish you had years ago. It does everything as advertised, but better.