Holux GPSport 260 in the field test

The compact GPS receiver GPSport 260 offers itself as a bicycle computer, outdoor GPS and of course for geotagging. The practical test checks the suitability of the compact GPS receiver.

GPS navigation on the bike. For the Holux GPSport 260 should be particularly well suited. This and the suitability for geotagging clarifies the test.

First impression and functionality

Holux GPSport 260

Holux GPSport 260

In the case of the Holux GPSport 260 , a GPS receiver the size of a bar of soap, the first thing that stands out is the poisonous green color that underlines the outdoor character.

Underneath the square LCD screen are two buttons and a 5-way directional pad. More controls are not necessary despite the high functionality.

The hardware equipment includes a GPS receiver with MTK 3329 chipset, barometer and an electronic 3D compass. The housing is protected against water according to IPX7. To power a 1050 mAh lithium-ion battery is firmly installed.

The test device was provided to me by Holux Germany . At the time of testing, the firmware version 02.02.01 was up to date. The PC software ezTour Plus was used in version 3.2.

Technical data and delivery

In the pack next to the GPS receiver are still:

  • Bicycle mount with cable ties
  • power adapter
  • USB cable
  • tether
  • Software CD
  • Short instruction in German
GPS chipset MTK 3329
Memory internally 160,000 track points
display  
compass  
barometer  
Bluetooth  
Waypointtaste  
battery pack Fixed
Battery life 14 to 19 hours
depending on the lighting
connection Mini USB
size 82 x 54 x 22 mm
mass 72 grams

Display and operation

Bicycle mount on the handlebar

Before using the bike for the first time, the bike mount must be secured with cable ties. The GPS receiver is then simply pushed onto the holder and locked with the catch. Unfortunately, the attachment lever lacks tension. So the lever must be pulled up to secure the device. A press on this tab and the Holux is released again and can be deducted.

The display resolves to 128 x 128 pixels and can display text and graphics in four shades of gray. The backlight can be switched on permanently or at the touch of a button and ensures a good overview even at dusk.

After switching on, you end up in the main menu with eight menu items. Via the directional pad, it goes to the desired menu item and by pressing on this submenu on. While driving, this only works very limited. The pressure points for moving and confirming are too close to each other. The size of the menu is huge and so unfortunately the complexity of the service I feel not particularly intuitive.

A map view is not available on the Holux 260. The current position can be passed on to a smartphone via QR code and should be displayed there on the map. Unfortunately, the website where the position should be shown was not (anymore) available.

Geotagging with the Holux GPSport 260

The most important thing for track-based geotagging is the size of the memory. This can absorb 160,000 waypoints on the 260er. That’s enough for 22 days at a waypoint every 5 seconds for 10 hours of daily recording.

Reference image for geotagging

Reference image for geotagging

To compensate for a time difference between GPS time and camera clock, a reference picture with time is useful. The GPSsport 260 displays the current time in sports mode. With a photo of this view, the time synchronization in GeoSetter is quite easy.

In “Settings – Log” various adjustments can be made. The interval between two track points can be set automatically, time-controlled or distance-dependent. With activated autostart, the track recording starts immediately when GPS reception is available. To save memory and keep the track “clean”, a recording pause can be automatically inserted when the speed drops below a threshold.

My settings:
Interval – time – 5 seconds
Auto Start – On
Break – 1 km / h

software

Included on the CD is a software package consisting of drivers, ezTour Plus and ezTour Planner. The software is only for me to set, read and delete the logger. In the ezTour Planner routes can be planned on a Google map and sent to the GPS device.

The latest versions can be downloaded from the Holux support page . Incidentally, the product key is under the flap of the CD case – for anyone who, like me, uses the download version and searches for the key