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Garmin EDGE 1000 review

Garmin EDGE 1000 Review

Garmin EDGE 1000

Bike computer – Garmin EDGE 1000

The Edge 1000 is Garmin’s “top line” of bike computers. With easy to follow navigation prompts,  detailed maps (required additional purchase  for some areas), GPS + GLONASS for more precise location service, and a comprehensive menu of ride metrics, the  Edge 1000 is a worth considering device for a cycling enthusiast.

The Edge 1000 goes way beyond just providing comprehensive cycling related metrics such as mapping and GPS, but also offers heart rate monitoring, a speed/cadence sensor, temperature readings, virtual partner, settings of advanced workouts and more. An upgrade to the Edge 810, the Garmin Edge 1000 is not positioned as a replacement, but rather a device with a handful of upgrades including a capacitive touchscreen, easier to read larger screen, and base mapping and routing.

Highlights of the Edge 1000

  • Preloaded with detailed map (in some areas) and provides ability to add more maps
  • Ability to set and select from up to 3 round-trip options after inputing distance
  • Connected mobile features include live tracking, weather, social media sharing, sending/receiving courses and incoming call and text alerts
  • Instantly upload your data to Garmin Connect app
  • In-ride competitions through Garmin Connect software

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Garmin GPS Bike Computer EDGE 20 Review

Garmin EDGE 20 Review

Garmin EDGE 20 - bike GPS

Garmin EDGE 20 – bike GPS

Garmin Part Number: 010-03709-00. Prices (at the time of writing this review): on Garmin – USD 129.99, On Amazon: USD 120.99 (for current price on Amazon click here), In Thailand: 4,990 THB (approximately USD 139) 

If you’re looking for an easy to use, compact GPS cycling computer to track your distance, speed and even share your rides with websites such as Strava the Garmin Edge 20 is a great choice. Weighing just 25 grams and measuring 4cm x 4cm, the Edge 20 boasts a compact footprint and is outfitted with a plethora of intuitive user settings including auto pauses to stop tracking when stopped at a red light, an indoor training setting when you don’t need GPS and an auto lap feature for designated times or distances. Continue reading

Garmin EDGE 510 review

Bike Computer Garmin EDGE 510 review (discontinued device)

 Check our reviews on EDGE 520, EDGE 20, EDGE 25

Garmin EDGE 510

Garmin EDGE 510

After 3 years of the initial release of the Garmin Edge 500, Garmin has introduced the Edge 510 GPS cycling computer, which stacks up well compared to its predecessor and other similar devices in its segment.

In the Box
The first thing you’ll notice after unboxing the Garmin Edge 510 is the device itself. The lower half of the box contains two mounts and a pile of rubber bands. These industrial grade rubber bands are tried, tested and proven, and have pretty much set the benchmark for bike GPS computer to handlebar connectivity. To add to this, the Edge 510 can also be paired with 3rd party mount accessories and is charged with the included mini-USB cable, which can either be plugged into a wall outlet or a computer USB port. Lastly, the Garmin Edge 510 arrives with a lanyard that connects just like a baggage tag, allowing users to comfortably tag it along.

Features and Design
The Edge 510 is exclusively designed to track and manage your cycling workouts and races. It is a bit more heft at 80g compared to the 500 Edge at 58g, and measures 85x52x24mm vs. 69x48x22mm. With more screen real estate, the Garmin 510 Edge showcases a stunning visual appeal complete with smooth squared off edges compared to the rounded design on its previous sibling.
The bulkier and heavier footprint of the Edge 510 allows it to accommodate a full color LCD screen that measures 57mm diagonally compared the Edge 500’s 45mm monochrome insert. Unlike your phone screen, this resistive touch screen allows the use of gloves, making it easier to access while working out. With regards to the screen, the Garmin Edge 510 does away with most of the physical buttons, retaining the start/stop and lap triggers placed at the lower end of the face and a power on button that also displays the brightness and screen lock functions located at the upper left side of the unit.

Garmin EDGE 510

Garmin EDGE 510

The rear of the Garmin Edge 510 features a mini USB port shielded by a rubber cover with a quarter turn mount interface. First introduced three years ago, this interface allows users to quickly connect a mount with the handlebars with two included rubber bands. Then, the device can be fixed with a quarter turn into the mount. Garmin also provides the option to buy additional mounts and bands, but it is unlikely you will need them considering the retail packaging comes with a ton of rubber bands in various sizes. The all new tether case is outfitted with a loop to ensure the Edge 510 stays on the mount even in the event of a crash.

The most notable characteristic of this screen is the ability for users to simply hold down a data field while in cycling mode to switch it on the go. As mentioned before, the touch screen of the Gamin Edge 510 is highly sensitive, but there may be instances where you wouldn’t want such a spontaneous response. For example, you may want to ride and record for later by placing the device in the pocket of your jogging pants. In this case, the Edge 510 supports lock functionality, where users can lock the device by simply tapping the power button and then selecting the lock icon. The device can be unlocked by repeating the process.

Garmin EDGE 510

Garmin EDGE 510

The biggest change to the latest Garmin Edge 510 is cell phone integration, and is unlike pairing a cell phone with their lineup of fitness and outdoor units such as the Garmin Fenix. Pairing a cell phone in the fitness and outdoor products limits users to download/upload routes, courses and activities to and from the phone. The Garmin Edge however steps it up a few notches and allows users view the current weather and adds fitness sensor tracking coupled with live location.
Garmin’s app is free to download and use and compatible with Android and iPhone OS cell phones. Once installed, the app – Garmin Connect can be configured with the users Garmin Connect Account, which is a crucial step to stream information back and forth from the app. After configuring the Garmin Connect account, the next step is to pair the Edge 510 with the cell phone. This is easily done by hovering to settings in the control panel and then the Bluetooth area.

Garmin EDGE 510

Garmin EDGE 510

Simultaneously, the same pairing process must be performed on the Garmin Edge 510, and take note that only one device can be paired with one cell phone. Once complete, the Edge 510 will connect with the configured cell phone automatically once turn on, and a notification appears a second later on the phone asking to connect to it.
The Live feature of the Garmin Edge 510 literally puts you on a map as a blue dot for other people to track in real time. Along with your location, other authorized people can view data such as average speed, ANT+ sensor data (Cadence/Heart Rate/Power/Speed) and overall activity. The feature can be enabled from the Garmin app on the cell phone, from where the name of your recipients as well the name of the activity can be configured.

Garmin EDGE 510

Garmin EDGE 510

Recipients can be added through your contact list or with their email addresses, and are saved automatically for future reference. For social media accounts such as Twitter and Facebook, the app will prompt you for the one you?d like to use. What?s impressive about the Live feature is that users can send invites ahead of their course, but the actual tracking will only start once the start button is pressed on the Garmin Edge 510.

Users can upload their workouts to Garmin Connect effortlessly by first configuring the cell phone app. Once Garmin Connect is configured to accommodate this feature, it will transmit the data via the cell phone data plan when you hit the save button. The cell phone will display a notification once the files have been uploaded. The weather feature is a new offering with the Edge 510, and can be configured through the Garmin Connect app. After it?s enabled, the Edge 510 displays a weather icon, which can be accessed at any time with the power button.

Pros:

  • New user interface compared to its predecessors
  • Live Tracking works great
  • Cell phone integration
  • Several data fields to choose from
  • Effortless uploading of saved data

Cons:

  • Bluetooth 2.1, not Bluetooth 4.0
  • Size may be bigger for some users

Final Thoughts
It is evident that the Garmin Edge 510 has received a major overhaul, and one most users were expecting. The device comes with a ton of useful features that are designed to cater to individual needs. Regardless of a few minor bugs, the Garmin Edge 510 is a must have device for fitness enthusiasts.