Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Review
The new Garmin Oregon 7x0 series offers a lot of new features compared to the predecessors. All models include now Wi-FI, Bluetooth, ANT+ and USB for connectivity with smartphones (Bluetooth), wireless home networks (Wi-Fi), sensors (ANT+) or even desktop PCs (USB). You get:
- Active Weather for up-to-date forecasts and animated weather radar
- Geocaching Live for wireless integration with Geocaching.com
- Smart notifications (call, text, email), live tracking, automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, download EPO satellite prediction data
One of the best cool new features is the compatibility with the Garmin Connect IQ platform. Users can customize their devices with data fields, widgets and apps, which can be helpful while cycling or hiking. In Connect IQ you find a lot of gimmicks and nonsense apps, but also some highlights like routeCourse (downloading routes to your Oregon) or the highly recommended gimporter (importing FIT/GPX files from an Android device).
The Oregon series is an excellent all-round navigation device with plenty of space for maps, GPS / GLONASS / WAAS / EGNOS satellite systems, altimeter for accurate elevation data, barometer for weather predictions and all important navigation features (includes the new roundtrip routing). However, we think that Garmin should update the track navigation. It seems to be outdated compared to the fenix 5X with cool features like “off course” alerts.
Oregons 3.0″ capacitive touchscreen display is class-leading, you can read the brilliant display even in difficult light conditions. The touch screen interface allows an easy handling, even with thin biking cloves or in slightly wet conditions. With thick alpine gloves or in really wet conditions a device like the Garmin GPSmap 64s is the better choice.
We also like is the activity-based menu with its preconfigured profiles (which can be customized, see our comprehensive Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings Guide), but not the annoying pop-up menu which allows you e.g. to start the track recording. But you can avoid this menu by activating the classic mode (like Oregon 600 / 650). Another drawback – especially for novice users – is the confusing combination of “activity history” and “track manager”.
Garmin claims a battery life up to 16 hours. Using different eneloop AA batteries we get (Oregon 700):
- Power mode (display always on, max. backlight, GPS & GLONASS, track recording, active navigation): approx. 05:30 hh:mm (black eneloop PRO), approx. 04:45 hh:mm (white eneloop)
- Energy-saving mode (battery save on,, GPS, track recording, no active navigation): approx. 16:30 hh:mm (white eneloop)
In a second run with other white eneloops we get (Oregon 700 vs. Oregon 750t):
- Power mode:
- approx. 04:45 hh:mm (Oregon 700)
- approx. 04:25 hh:mm (Oregon 750t)
- Energy-saving mode:
- approx. 14:15 hh:mm (Oregon 700)
- approx. 12:25 hh:mm (Oregon 750t)
The Oregon 700 has always a 10 – 15% better battery life. Instead of AA batteries you can use the Garmin NiMH battery pack (2.000 mAh), which can be charged in the device. Summing up, Oregons battery life is not so good compared to the best devices in this class (e.g. Garmin eTrex 10 / 20x / 30x, Foretrex 601), but lets you go on a one or two day trip without restrictions (especially with powerful lithium batteries).
Our map provides some tracks recorded with various Garmin handhelds and wearables (Oregon 6x0, eTrex, GPSmap, fenix, epix). You can use this for GPS accuracy data comparisons and making up your own mind.
What did we find out?
- Oregon 700/750 exhibits a better GPS accuracy than its predecessors.
- The new Oregon series tends to a slight GPS drift, especially in steep-sided valleys.
- The accuracy of track logs is not so good compared to the GPSmap 64s.
- The GPS acquisition time is shorter than its predecessors.
Track Recording: * Auto normal, ** intelligent, *** Distance, every 10 m
Script: GPX-Viewer (J. Berkemeier)
We also tested the altimeter accuracy. Some examples from different trips show the accuracy of ascent / descent data compared to other Garmin devices.
(Trip 1, 2, 3, 5: auto calibration used; Trip 4a, 4b: manual calibration).
- Oregon 700: 611 / 605 m
- Oregon 600: 592 / 589 m
- fenix 3 HR: 596 / 591 m
- epix: 601 / 592 m
- Oregon 700: 1.177 / 1.184 m
- Oregon 600: 1.209 / 1.205 m
- GPSmap 64s: 1.258 / 1.230 m
- Oregon 700: 686 / 689 m
- Oregon 600: 707 / 682 m
- fenix 3 HR: 674 / 664 m
- GPSmap 64s: 712 / 693 m
- Oregon 750: 1.181 / 1.161 m
- Oregon 750t: 1.192 / 1.164 m
- GPSmap 64st: 1.201 / 1.169 m
- eTrex Touch 35: 1.188 / 1.157 m
- Oregon 700: 918 / 919 m
- Oregon 600: 885 / 888 m
- fenix 3 HR: 887 / 875 m
- GPSmap 64s: 987 / 937 m
- Oregon 700: 407 / 401 m
- Oregon 600: 421 / 412 m
- GPSmap 64s: 440 / 418 m
Weight, size: 210 g / 6.1 x 11.4 x 3.3 cm / 7.4 oz / 2.4″ x 4.5″ x 1.3″
Display: 3.0″, 1.5″W x 2.5″H / 3.8 x 6.3 cm, transflective color TFT touchscreen, 240 x 400 pixels
Battery: Two AA batteries, rechargeable NiMH pack
Battery life: up to 16 hours
Satellite systems: GPS / GLONASS / WAAS / EGNOS
Interface: ANT+ / Bluetooth LE / Wi-Fi / USB
Internal Memory: Oregon 700 – 4 GB (3,5 GB free for user data); Oregon 750t – 8 GB (2,6 GB free for user data)
External Memory: microSD card up to 32 GB
- 2.000 GPX files
- 10.000 waypoints
- 250 routes (250 waypoints each)
- 250 saved tracks
- 2.000 archive tracks
- 20.000 points per track
- unlimited geocaches (depending on the number of gpx files & general memory)
Sensors (build in): Barometric altimeter, 3-axis compass, accelerometer
Sensors (ANT+): Heart rate, bike speed, bike cadence, temperature, chirp
Wireless ANT+: Sending & receiving data from compatible devices (geocaches, waypoints, routes, tracks)
Wireless Bluetooth: Sending & receiving photos and custom maps from compatible devices
Smartphone / Wi-Fi: Smart notifications, live tracking / weather / geocaching
8 MP Digital Camera
Oregon 750t and Oregon 750 are equipped with a 8 megapixel autofocus camera. You can choose between 8 MP, 5 MP and 2 MP resolution, the settings allow to save the photos in the internal memory or on the microSD-card. The photos are automatically geotagged, you can use them as a navigation target or upload them to a community like Flickr. The camera is – in our opinion – best for occasional use or for scientists (e.g. geologists, biologists) to document a location.
The image below is an example for an unprocessed “out of the box” jpg image.
Oregon 750t, digital camera, no post-processing (“out of the camera”)
Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t
SUMMARY: The Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t are the best all-round navigation devices on the market. We are using an Oregon 700 as a standard to-go device since it came up and enjoy the brilliant display, its feature set, the connectivity options, the compatibility to Garmin’s Connect IQ platform and the extensive customization options.
The Oregon 7x0 series is highly recommended for different outdoor activities like hiking and cycling – equally for novice users and GPS experts.
Two customizable buttons
Full set of navigation features
Smartphone & Wi-Fi connectivity (live tracking etc.)
Availability of maps
Confusing combination of “activity history” and “track manager“
Annoying pop-up menu (in activity mode)
Bike mount not included
- GPS 80%
- Battery 60%
- Display 100%
- Handling 80%
- Navigation 80%
- Features 100%
- Maps 100%
- Final Verdict 90%