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Bushnell ONIX 200

Nov
27
2006

Bushnell has announced the Bushnell ONIX 200 marking their entry into the handheld GPS market. They have certainly hit the ground running with this device as it comes with a few features many handheld GPS owners have been wanting for many years… Yes indeed, you can load up satellite imagery and aerial photography onto this GPS and layer the map files onto other views.
Bushnell ONIX 200

You will be able to visit the Bushnell website and download satellite imagery, aerial photography, or topographic maps into your GPS device. With your purchase of the device Bushnell will allow you to download four images. Additional purchase options are available as well as a subscription model.

The device comes with a grayscale display which might still be okay since so much of the aerial photography and satellite imagery out there is also grayscale. There will also be a color model, the Bushnell ONIX 200 CR coming out in a few months which does feature a color screen. The ONIX 200 also features a “reverse video” mode to allow easier reading in low light conditions.

With a handheld GPS device, battery duration and type is often an important consideration. The ONIX 200 uses two AA batteries which could last up to 26 hours. I’ve always preferred traditional sized alkaline batteries in handheld devices for a couple of reasons. One, you can still put rechargeable batteries in most of these devices and two, if you run out of charge you can solve the problem at the nearest convenience store. With lithium ion battery packs finding a charge (and waiting for it!) in the middle of a trip can be very difficult.

Battery life in this GPS is aided by a new “SafeTrack” mode where the GPS chipset continues to monitor your location while putting other device operations into sleep mode. Even when in sleep mode you can still set audible alarms to alert you to course corrections or arrival notifications.

33 Responses


  1. Sending IT BACK! Seems you have to wait 48hrs to get your free dowmloads. Nowhere on the instructions or software doe’s it mention having to wait. Myself I like to play with my toys as soon as I get them. The software is terrible, hard to read letters “blurred” but it’s just my opinion.

    bob boyd - March 19th, 2007
  2. Awful, awful, awful. This unit needs to go back to the drawing board. You can’t down load the maps or photos. The built in maps are so small that they are not recognizable. There is no way to download instantly even when you purchase additional maps. Don’t waste your money or your time. Too frustraiting. Mine was sent back.

    Patt C - April 25th, 2007
  3. I’ve never been so sorry to spend $200.00 OF MY HARD EARNED MONEY ON ANYTHING in this lifetime or any to follow hopefully. I’m returning it as soon as possible, if it can find it’s way back to where it came from that it! I’m not going to take any chances on second thought I’ll just return it myself using my own navigational CPU called my brain. Something that was lacking in the brainstorming of this devise….DON’T DO IT!!!!!!!!!

    Gatortrout62 - July 28th, 2007
  4. I wish I could send it back! This is the most difficult, user unfriendly piece of equipment I have ever purchased or used, and I have a lot of them. Have four other gps brands and all are excellent and easy to use. This one is impossible. Downloads don’t work. Software is terrible. Instructions are awful. I hate to throw it out, but it is impossible to use.

    Gerald Cotton - October 4th, 2007
  5. when I try to download maps for my Bushnell Onix 200 with Internet explorer I get these error messages. Error type: Load XML
    Description: Incorrect XML

    Error type: Data structure
    Destination: XML refers to non existing parent.

    I’ve tried all types of settings but have not been able to viem maps other than the big general map or the U.S.

    When I try with Netscape I get: Were sorry the image you requested is not available because:the request used to generate an image is not valid. please request another image. Does anyone know what this means? Bushnell customer service is no help at all they tell me it’s either my computer or my internet provider but can’t give me any usefull info. I’m about ready to take this unit back and get a garmin if I can’t solve this problem. Please Help.

    Jim - November 1st, 2007
  6. Get rid of the thing, if you have to throw it in the trash. I worked with mine for months, made many requests for help and got none. The unit stinks. The software is terrible. Company support is non-existant. I finally placed it for sale on e-bay with full description of the problems with it and my inability to get it to work, and somebody BOUGHT it for $112.00. Best loss I ever had. I then bought a Garmin eTrex Vista HCX. It is a marvelous little machine. The software is great, and the company support is good, too. The ONIX 200 should be taken off the market.

    Gerald Cotton - November 2nd, 2007
  7. Worked just fine last year when I bought it. Was useful. Can’t download any maps this year as they’ve “upgraded” the website and when I try to download a topo map, “error code 500″ appears on their website. Customer service not yet helpful. Still trying after three days. I’ll keep you posted if anything changes. Getting pretty frustrated.

    Tim - August 12th, 2008
    • I got the “error is 500″ problem everytime I tried to download anything from the bushnell site to the Bushnell PC Companion for my ONIX 400. XM Weather works great on the unit after activation, but I needed the promised satellite photos and topos more. I wish I had found out that you had to the bushell website to put anything on the unit. I may take it back and get the Magellan Triton 500 Adventure Pack with the Topo software included instead.

      Mike - January 16th, 2009
  8. Update. after one week and five phone calls to Bushnell (got to talk to live person on two occasions still no progress. The two I spoke to weren’t versed enough to help me and I got a call back from “Ladell” at 0730 the next morning who left a message for me. He wouldn’t/ couldn’t talk to me on my subsequent return calls. The call answerer took my info including unit SN and sign on access. Now I can’t even get onto the download site. I am very patient and polite, but in this case wholly disapointed. I’m going hunting this week without the benefit of the topo maps I paid for. What a rip off. Do not buy.

    Tim - August 16th, 2008
  9. Yeah this thing is junk. The first GPS I ever owned 10 years ago was more useful due to user friendliness. I spent two hours trying to figure out how to download the maps for my buddy last night. Really makes me appreciate my Etrex Vista that comes with maps for the whole country installed and has a user friendly format to the system.

    Jeremy - August 28th, 2008
  10. junk worst support ever sent it back

    john - November 13th, 2008
  11. I am at least happy (if that’s possible, that I am not the only one having problems with this unit. Software does not function properly, I have attempted to download maps and get error messages, yet I am charged credits for these downloads.

    Biggest piece of crap I have ever seen. Bushnell should be ashamed for putting out this junk.

    William - December 9th, 2008
  12. WOW! Wish I had read these coments before purchasing the unit. I’m impressed with the unit’s color screen (200CR), but am experiencing the same problems getting maps that seem to plague everyone else. It’s too bad Bushnell hasn’t decided to better support this unit as there are very few affordable handhelds on the market these days. I just wanted something without all the bells and whistles.

    Tim - December 25th, 2008
  13. I got this thing today “xmas”2008. I have never been within 10 feet of a gps before I got this lil crapper! It only took me 2 hours of flustration to realize this thing is junk!! Could not get anything to work, The CD would not work right out of the new box! I will be exchanging this tomorrow!!!!!!!

    greg - December 25th, 2008
  14. Pure garbage!!!! Not user friendly. Good luck ever getting any maps downloaded into it. This is nothing but junk. The software writers for this unit [deleted]! I will never buy anything from bushnell again.

    Eric - December 27th, 2008
  15. Bought new from [deleted] sales associate said it was good and easy to use… Complete junk want to throw it but it cost 200 bucks. worst thing that i have ever held in my hand. What a scam bettter results from a 5.00 compass. If you are in need of pure fustrastion BUY ONE if not get your money back and get an etrex….thanx bushnell

    jonathan mayer - January 3rd, 2009
  16. I bought this to use for my son’s science project. I’m new to the whole GPS thing. After reading this, I’m pretty bummed. Question. When you hit the hot button on these thing which is supposed to show you the coordinated of where you are, do these nummber (Long, lat and alt) ever stop changing? It’s hard to write down your coordinates when they keep fluctuating eventhough you haven’t moved. Also, who long does it normally take for these units to get a reading? I was out there for 15 minutes on a clear night just waiting. Thanks ahead of time for any feedback.

    ralph - January 16th, 2009
    • I noticed the same problem with the ONIX 400 I just bought. I tried out the Magellan Triton 500 this week and it appears to be more stable and does much better getting sat acquisition under heavy cover or in a building with windows. The compass is much better too and even works reliably when standing still.

      Mike - January 16th, 2009
  17. I have had several other GPS units, and this one is the most difficult to use of them all. A friend of mine purchased this and wanted me to help him get the maps installed. Even with a degree in info systems, it’s very hard to use. Bushnell-go back to the drawing board!!

    Mike - May 29th, 2009
  18. For the most part I’m happy with my onix 200 I’m able to download photo’s fine. The one thing I don’t like about it is I only get about four hrs out of a set of batteries

    Troy - August 11th, 2009
  19. You guys are right!! Somebody presented me with the Bushnell Onix200 and it worked for the first two days and now does’nt even come on!!I live in India and cannot even find a dealer here who could look at it. Tried everything for the last six months. Any suggestions? Can anyone help? Crappy peace of equipment And very expensive.

    Sid - September 2nd, 2009
  20. This is th worst pice of junk I have ever bougth, it worked for a day, I even got coordinates but even I was in Colombia, the numbers showed that I was in Africa. No support at all, no way to get maps for this, hours to get sattelite signal, I’m going back to Garmin.

    Juan Alvarez - December 16th, 2009
  21. Great!! I bought this unit new for $160. Took it out of the box and it took about 3 mins for it to find satellites the first time. Now only it takes only a few seconds. After that I upgraded my software (maybe this is why I had a good experience) I got my 4 free map downloads instantly. I had a few issues with my internet setup and downloading the maps(my own browser settings) but the IT guy from Bushnell helped me through it( ALL THE PEOPLE I TALKED TO SOUNDED 100% american and spoke perfect english which amazed me.) I got the one year unlimited downloads for $30 I have over 20 maps (aerials and topos). The quality depends on what level you save your image at you can get 1 huge picture with poor quality or 2 of the same area but better qaulity. The only thing I dont like is that I can’t seem to find a key or index for the topos to tell me what the lines equal. The buttons take a little pressure to press but its good for putting in back pack or pocket. If you want good battery life go wish litium. To all the bad hyp about this gps I say fooeee maybe it’s because of all the new updates (user interface, map, software and gps companion are all updated)I don’t know but I couldn’t be happier with the price/value.(also if you need to get through to bushnell call the Kansas office you will get through quicker)

    John - December 29th, 2009
  22. I can’t remember being more disappointed in something I purchased than the Onix 200cr. I have owned it now for 2 years and I keep thinking the software bugs will get fixed. I still have the same download problems I had on the first day. I was very excited when I purchased the GPS, thinking I was going to be able to stop purchasing topo and sat maps everytime I was going to hunt a new place. This turned out to be further from the truth than I could imagine. Bushnell not only have you convienced me you haven’t a clue about GPS and customer support, but ant product with Bushnell on it is worthless in my eyes. I hunt, fish, camp, and boat alot every year, bushnell will not be a part of my equipment.

    Michael - January 5th, 2010
  23. Piece of crap. first day we opened it up. can;t return it since i bought it through ebay even the compass didnt work right. well it in the trash in pieces cause thats what it should be in pieces glad we didnt learn the hard way on a backcountry backpacking trip…..how could they ask so much for a piece of crap

    sandy - January 10th, 2010
  24. I bought the Onix400, same problems as the 200. Piece of junk. Freezes, can’t find north. Won’t zoom, blurry, double images. Too many problems to relate. Wish I had my money back so I could buy a real gps.

    joe - January 22nd, 2010
  25. THIS IS A SCAM. MAPS DON’T WORK. NO CUSTOMER SUPPORT. YOU MUST CLICK TO GET THE CUSTOMER SERVICE NUMBER BUT IT GIVES A BROKEN LINK MESAGE. EVEN THE EMAIL ADDRESS WON’T SEND AN EMAIL TO CUSTOMER SUPPORT. RIP OFF

    PERRY WATKINS - June 21st, 2010
  26. I had some issues with the maps also but the customer support was awesome…\if you need to get through to bushnell call the Kansas office you will get through quicker\ search bushnell customer support

    John - June 22nd, 2010
  27. My unit worked for the first 2 times, stored it for next season. When I tried to turn on the light just comes on and nothing happens. These GPS unit must be just like their scopes, I use them for target pratice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    dave dc - July 17th, 2010
  28. i got my husband one for christmas this year . good thing i let him open it early , i have worked on getting maps on it for 3 weeks now , still no maps junk

    sandra - December 23rd, 2010
  29. Maps are easy to download if you have a issue call customer support (Kansas office)they will walk you through it.

    John - December 23rd, 2010
  30. To #23 Its not a magnetic compass you have be moving for it to work just like on most gps’.

    John - December 23rd, 2010
  31. All of the above!
    #1 hard to see in grayscale
    #2 difficult to navigate through options as you either need the guide or commit to memory(not recommended)
    #3 after owning for a few years, the maps do not download to my unit.
    #4 the USB cord is a generous 16″ long and must be plugged into the back of my PC.
    #5 the computer now does not recognize the unit when i plug it into my PC.

    Robert - October 8th, 2011



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