Based on the popular GPS 12XL, the GPS 12CX offers more than just a pretty picture. The LCD screen on Garmin's new GPS 12CX takes handheld navigation to another level. Characters, icons, numbers, and letters are crisply rendered in any of three bright colors: red, green, and blue. These colors don't wash out in bright sunlight and are perfect for sorting out map pages cluttered with waypoints and tangled track logs.
The 12CX's powerful 12 parallel channel receiver gives you continuous position updates whether you're cruising the placid surface of a lake or bushwhacking in the outback. It even boasts vastly improved battery life — up to 50 percent over the respectable 24 hours of its predecessor — in case your adventures take you farther afield than you planned.
Garmin handhelds are renowned for their ease of use, and the GPS 12CX is no different. The new keypad layout includes separate "Zoom In" and "Zoom Out" keys for simple manipulation of the moving map page, and the enhanced graphic interface organizes 1000 waypoints into an easily accessible tab-file system. This unit also comes with a full complement of advanced software features such as a point database of cities, TracBack navigation and graphic steering guidance.