I ordered the Garmin unit, and tried it out last weekend-- it's outstanding. Cost about $800 and no laptop is needed. A GPS + radar display in one product, and the XM mariner package is only $30 a month....very impressed...GF
Im up in the air.. Looks nice.. but is 3.8" diag. screen going to be large enough to see the detail we need to get on the right storm etc?
Really nice unit but is it really for chasers? Can you really extrapulate in a satisfactory manner the information your seeing? Its basically in my deduction a palm pilot with xm weather and gps that sits on the dash.
It is tempting though... Can you give a better review of it Geroge? Anyone?
I don't think I've ever used storm attributes/ cell tracking features while chasing, I keep it on "Nexrad" and "animate" mode.
Bottomline: works well and quite useful if you are like me and chase in different cars and don't like to be tethered to a laptop. For about $800 for the device, $30 month for data, I'm set! George Flickinger
Here's my current storm chase setup with the Garmin. Due to the camera flash, the display looks fuzzy and dark. The display is actually quite bright and easy to read. In the second picture, I've zoomed down to a storm with a TOR in West Texas
I can't figure out how to post pictures on the new forum, so the links are above.