Garmin Astro 430/T5 Review
If long hikes or hunting with your dog is your cup of tea then a wireless remote dog fence with GPS is something that will enhance your experience exponentially. After just trying out these devices once, you will be asking yourself how have you managed without them in the first place. GPS has been around for a while now, but it wasn't fully integrated into civilian use until a few years ago.
Today we are looking at a feature-packed device that comes from a well-reputed manufacturer that has been in the business for a while now. If you are interested in our list of top rated invisible dog fences with GPS, we got you covered in another article.
For now let's jump right into the review.
- Can tracks up to 20 dogs simultaneously
- One year free birdseye satellite imagery subscription
- Can cover a range of up to 9 miles
- Tracks dog performance, like distance traveled and timings.
- Collar is powered by rechargeable Li-Ion batteries
- Handheld device uses standard AA batteries or an optional rechargeable NiMH
The handheld device is well-built and has a bright orange design which makes it much more visible at night and harder to misplace. It comes with a large color LCD display and a pretty straightforward button layout. The menu is familiar and similar to other Garmin products, but if you're new to the brand it's pretty easy to get the hang of. The device allows you to track your dogs either by using the map or the tracking compass.
The collar has a sturdy-build but is cumbersome. It has a water resistance rating of 1 ATM which is suitable for small splashes and any kind of rough weather like rain or snow, but it is not completely submersible so make sure your dog doesn't go swimming with the collar around its neck.
To the delight of many users, the handheld is powered by standard AA batteries that are cheap and you can find pretty much anywhere. Also, there is an optional rechargeable battery unit that can be used but bear in mind that it's a NiMH type which is far less superior to lithium polymer for instance.
The collar has an internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery and comes with a charger. The battery life itself is pretty decent but there are a number of things you can do in order to extend it. If you are worried about your dog getting lost, there is a power saving mode that is activated from the handheld device which preserves battery life on the collar. Also, you can reduce screen brightness and the update rate in order to avoid running the battery down on the handheld device.
• Can establish a geofence
• Great range
• Very precise
• Lots of features
• Price and subscription fees
• Collar is too bulky
What We Liked about It
There is a lot to like when it comes to the Garmin Astro 430/T5 Dog Tracking Bundle. The range it covers is amazing, it's very precise and won't let you down thanks to the combination of GPS and GLONASS (Russian space-based satellite navigation system), and it comes with a plethora of great features like birds eye and hunt-metrics. Also, Garmin increased the number of dogs the system can track simultaneously from 10 to 20. It's so easy to use that you will be asking yourself why didn't you purchase it earlier.
What We didn’t Like
While this is, without a doubt, a great wireless dog tracking device with GPS, that doesn't dispute the fact that it still is an investment.
The total cost can be unattractive to users on a tighter budget, considering the initial price and the subscription fee if you plan to use the birds eye feature after your 1-year trial has passed. However, keeping in mind the set of features you get and the state of the art technology that comes with this device, it is kind of expected to fall into the category of premium priced products.
If you're on the lookout for a professional grade, reliable and precise GPS dog tracking device then, by all means, get the Garmin Astro 430 and you won't be disappointed. However, if you have a tight budget and just need a basic model to get the job done, consider shopping for a more affordable and simpler option.
This is a premium device that boasts a ton of features and is intended for demanding customers that want a top-of-the-line product and are willing to pay for it.