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Update 26 November - The Edge 530 is back in stock in Germany!
I'm sure many of you were looking forward to the arrival of Black Friday to make the purchase of a new cyclocomputer from GarminThe new models are available in two versions, either because the old one is already too worn out or simply because you want to enjoy all the functions that the new models have.
If "you're in the market", congratulations because I bring you MINIMUM priced offers on Garmin Edge 530, Garmin Edge 830, Garmin Edge 1030 Plus and Garmin Edge 130 Plus.
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Black Friday Garmin Edge 530
I remember when I reviewed the Garmin Edge 530 and I gave you my opinion and said that, for the first time, Garmin released a new product that I could even consider cheap for what it has to offer. And that is considering its retail price!
In fact, Garmin has placed it almost on par with its bigger brother, the Edge 830. The features offered by both models are almost the same, but the price of the Edge 530 is certainly much more interesting.
Garmin Edge 530: The best cyclocomputer at this price
If at the RRP price at its launch I considered it to be a good option, when they give it a discount of 90€ you can imagine what I think... an authentic CHOLLAZO.
If it's not your first Garmin and you've already been using one of its bike computers (for example, the Edge 520), the first thing you're going to realize is that it's much faster . The processing power is much higher than the model it replaces and is noticeable in all operations we do with it.
Of course we must remember that we now have full map navigation. While the Edge 520 had no map (the Edge 520 Plus does have it, but the lack of a processing power makes it an unpleasant experience) and only has trailcrumb navigation, on the Edge 530 you can see roads and paths that will tell you where to go, including turn by turn navigation suach as take the third exit on the roundabout, or turn right on Main Street.
The screen is larger without the device having overgrown. It still has a compact size and appearance thanks to its rounded shapes, but now you can see the data on the screen more clearly.
It's not the only thing it has over the Edge 520. The Edge 530 now also has WiFi, ambient light sensor to change the screen backlight automatically and supports Bluetooth sensors. None of these things were present in the Edge 520 as they were reserved only for the more expensive models.
The battery life has increased significantly thanks to the Sony GNSS chipset, the same that all brands are now using on their devices.
The software also received a lot of improvements. The one you will use most will be ClimbPro, a feature that separates the climbs individually and indicates distance and elevation remaining for each one of them. A quick view of the hill or pass you are currently on, and not the total of the route.
But there are many other features that I'm going to detail quickly and, if you want to know them in more detail, you can see them in the full Garmin Edge 530 review.
- MTB specific metrics
- Full road and mountain maps, with Trailforks function for trails
- Dynamic performance control considering heat, humidity and altitude acclimation
- Smart nutrition and hydration alerts
- Critical power curve
- Find my Edge
- Bike alarm feature
It is, in short, a great device that you will love to have on your handlebar. The only thing that didn't convince me on my test unit was the touch feedback of the buttons. The other objections were software issues that Garmin has been polishing to a greater or lesser extent.
If the question is whether the Garmin Edge 530 is recommended, my answer can be none other than: yes, totally recommended.
Black Friday Garmin Edge 830
If the Garmin Edge 530 is a piece of device, the Garmin Edge 830 is not left behind at any time. However, in this generation it lives in the shadow of the former, because the differences between the two are smaller than those we found between the Edge 520 and Edge 820.
Garmin Edge 830: 115 discount
The Garmin Edge 830 has never been cheaper. That's $115 off for a bike computer that's practically top of the line at Garmin.
The differences between the Edge 530 and Edge 830 are very small in this generation. Or, at least, much less than what was in the previous one.
Beyond the price difference between the two, there are only a handful of things that differentiate them:
- How you control them: While in the Garmin Edge 830 we control it thanks to the touch screen with a pretty good response, in the Edge 530 we do it through 7 buttons that I personally did not like much in their touch feedback (it is my only objection to the Edge 530)
- Navigation: Although both have full route maps navigation, on the Edge 830 we can enter our destination directly by street name or POI. On the Edge 530 you have to load the route in advance, although the mobile app is quite useful in that respect. When it comes to navigating and recalculating routes, both offer the same functionality
- Route altitud profile scaleOn the Edge 830 we can change the scale, but not on the Edge 530
Is it worth the extra payout? It depends on each and what their particular use will be. If you are going to navigate routes frequently, the touch screen will be of great help, both when creating the route and to make queries about it halfway through the exit. It's a much faster control method.
Similarly, if you want to check out different aspects and information halfway through the road, the use of the buttons can become uncomfortable.
On the other hand, if you're not going to navigate that much and once you start pedaling you don't need to change screens, the feedback of the buttons is not going to be very important because you won't use them too much.
How about the rest of the software features? Exactly the same, both Edge 530 and Edge 830 have ClimbPro, MTB dynamics, dynamic performance control, nutrition and hydration smart alerts, etc.
Black Friday Garmin Edge 1030 Plus
The Garmin Edge 1030 was one of the most sought after models on Black Friday. As it is no longer in stock now the replacement is the new Edge 1030 Plus, with the same essence but with more features.
Garmin Edge 1030 Plus: Historical minimum price
A 25% discount that leaves it at 449€. You can check the offers at other sellers to confirm that it is indeed a really good deal.
Obviously the first thing that stands out from the top of the range model is the screen, much larger than in the other models of the brand. This is appreciated both for route navigation and if you have any problems with your eyesight. But it is not the only important thing about this model.
Among the new features that the Edge 1030 Plus received, the most important one is the training suggestions. These are based on your training load of the last 7 days and your VO2Max, and will recommend you what to do each day to improve your physical condition: intervals, long soft run, etc.
Where Garmin has put a lot of emphasis is on the route navigation facet. First of all because there is now more memory available (32GB) that includes maps from all over the world. So if you were thinking of going gravel riding in Patagonia or the Cape Epic in South Africa you won't have any problem, it already includes the maps. In addition the navigation is improved being able to pause and recalculate the route later.
It already uses the Sony GPS chipset so its autonomy is greater, up to 24 hours of battery life. This is 4 hours more than in the previous model and considering that the processor is now faster, it is an important improvement.
Black Friday Garmin Edge 130 Plus
The little guy from Garmin also has a substantial rebate. It's small, but that doesn't mean it's basic or simple. With the model renewal Garmin took the opportunity to include some of the most desired features by all, such as ClimbPro or guided workouts.
Garmin Edge 130 Plus: 41% discount
For 139€ it is a very attractive cyclocomputer, especially if weight and size are important to you.
Another interesting aspect of the Garmin Edge 130 Plus is that it also allows you to control a smart trainer, not only to select the hardness of the same but because it allows you to load workouts, the podrainer will be asking the trainer the necessary resistance in each phase of training. And meanwhile your podrás be watching Netflix "quietly" on TV.
And I said it at the beginning, but ClimbPro is a fantastic feature because en route it will allow you to see what climbs are ahead, how hard they are, and how much longer you have to finish the climb.
Perhaps the question you have is whether it's better to go with this one or the Edge 530 we had at the beginning. Obviously the 530 is more complete, but that doesn't rule out the 130 Plus. In fact I have an 830 as a cyclocomputer, but I use a 130 for racing because it's much smaller and I have more than enough room on the screen for the data I'm interested in.
Bonus track: sensors
And if you need sensors for yourself or for your bike, there are also a few offers not to be missed
- Garmin Varia Radar RTL515 - For those who have not tried it, "it is an expensive light". For the one who has, it's a safety measure that you don't go out riding without. I have yet to meet someone who has bought it and regrets it.
- Potentiometer Garmin Vector 3 - The Garmin Rally is already out, but it is exactly the same with a small cosmetic change. Better to take advantage and save a 44% with this model.
- Speed and cadence sensor Garmin v2 - ANT+ and Bluetooh sensor pack for your bike
- Cadence sensor Garmin - If you do not need the speed
- Garmin HRM-Pro - The top pulse sensor from Garmin. Designed for triathlon because it has memory for swimming, but for cycling it stands out because in addition to ANT+ it also has dual Bluetooth connection (for example for Zwift and another device simultaneously).
- Garmin HRM-Dual - Same as the HRM-Pro (ANT+ plus 2x Bluetooth) but without the advanced running or memory functions, and significantly cheaper.
- Polar H9 - Similar to the HRM-Dual but only one Bluetooth channel. In return it is compatible with devices through the 5kHz analog band.
Don't forget to check the full reviews of the different models to see what exactly each of them can offer you, and also how its overall performance actually looks like. Here are the direct links:
- Garmin Edge 530 review
- Garmin Edge 830 review
- Garmin Edge 1030 Plus Analysis
- Garmin Edge 130 Plus Analysis
But don't delay your decision too long, because the offers won't last long.
And with that... thanks for reading!