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Garmin’s Touchscreen Oregon™ Series Gives Marine Enthusiasts the World at their Fingertips

20 November 2008

Garmin is proud to introduce the Oregon series of handheld GPS devices for marine, outdoor and fitness enthusiasts, combining an intuitive touchscreen interface, rugged, resilient design and a variety of preloaded mapping options.

“The Oregon’s vibrant screen is responsive to the touch of your finger, yet resistant to the forces of nature,” said Clive Taylor, Garmin’s Director of Product.

“Combining the touchscreen interface of our leading automotive devices with the preloaded features of our acclaimed recreation products makes this the ultimate outdoor handheld.”

Easy to learn and simple to use, the Oregon features a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, preloaded mapping and a high-resolution, colour 3-inch screen that reacts as users tap or drag through menus and options.

 On a mountain or an ocean, satellite reception is even faster than before thanks to Garmin’s new HotFixTM feature, which automatically calculates and stores critical satellite information and can use that information to quickly calculate a position without waiting for data collection from the satellites.

The Oregon is perfect for marine enthusiasts with small boats and dinghies as it is lightweight and waterproof to IPX7. It also includes points of interest and tide times to help you plan your water-based adventures.

The top of the range Oregon 400t gives hikers a preloaded European topographic map at approximately 1:100k scale*, with street-level detail and state-of-the-art 3D elevation perspective. The Oregon 300 features a worldwide basemap with shaded relief and the Oregon 200 provides a basemap that can be easily supplemented with additional mapping or charts for your adventures on land or at sea.

The Oregon series plays well with others, as the 400t and 300 allow for wireless exchange of tracks, waypoints and geocaches between other Oregon units and Colorado models.

The Oregon 300 and 400t models are equipped with a barometric altimeter and electronic compass and are compatible with Garmin’s heart-rate monitors and speed/cadence sensors giving you the ability to monitor your fitness and cycling speed whilst out and about.

Garmin knows its users have many interests, so the Oregon lets you customize five profiles — automotive, marine, recreation, fitness or paperless Geocaching — making the most beneficial features for each activity the easiest to access through quick shortcuts.

Weighing only 193g with up to 18 hours of life from two AA batteries, the Oregon has a microSD card slot that is ideal for loading additional MapSource detail including Bluechart mapping . For more about the Oregon’s features, pricing and availability, go to and

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