In this post
- New Garmin Edge 830
- What about the Garmin Edge 1030?
- Price and availability
- Opinion Garmin Edge 530 and Garmin Edge 830
Today Garmin announced its new GPS cycle computers, the Garmin Edge 530 and Garmin Edge 830Well, actually there have been three products announced because there are also new speed and cadence sensors whose only new feature is that they are now dual ANT+/Bluetooth. There is nothing exciting about them.
But back to the Garmin Edge 530 and Garmin Edge 830, we have quite a few new features in both hardware and software.
New Garmin Edge 530
Both are the same in terms of aesthetics and size, with some differences in performance in favour of the more expensive model, the Edge 830. In other words, exactly the same as with the Edge 520 (even the Plus) and Edge 820.
The design has changed slightly being now a bit more rounded and above all leaving room for a bigger screen, going from 2.3″ to 2.6″. Inside there are important new features, now the GPS chipset is from Sony -the new fashion in all manufacturers given its good performance in terms of range- and has a more powerful processor that will help with route calculations (something that could be desperate in the Edge 520 Plus and Edge 820). These are all the new features in terms of the device itself and its specifications (I'll talk about the software later).
- Larger screenfrom 2.3″ to 2.6″
- New Sony chipset for greater autonomy
- Up to 20 hours of battery life (and 48 hours in battery saving mode)
- You now have WiFi for synchronization of all data such as routes, activities, etc. Previously it was reserved for higher models
- Add light sensor to vary the intensity of the screen light (and also for the use of Garmin Varia lights)
- Compatible with sensors Bluetooth in addition to the traditional ANT+
- Compatible with the external battery Garmin Edge
But that's just its new specifications, there are also many new features in its software, many of them specifically oriented to mountain biking, an important novelty since until now the Edge had focused mainly on its use on the road.
- MTB-specific metricsNow count the distance and duration of your jumps, the difficulty of the route and the fluidity of the descent.
- Complete maps for road and mountain that, as a novelty, includes data of Trailforks with information about the trails we're riding on
- When you make navigation routes and stop at a fork in the road, the display shows different options, which are presented below. This function is called ForkSight
- They now have ClimbPro, a function we first saw in the Fenix 5 Plus that separate the climbs individually, indicating the distance and elevation remaining to complete each one of them. It's a unique view of the climb we're suffering at that exact moment, not the overall route
- Dynamic Performance Monitoring, Now, given the heat, humidity and altitude for recovery and performance metrics
- Nutrition and hydration alerts are also dynamic. When you navigate a route and based on different values, the Edge will recommend how much you should be eating and drinking. It will also record what you have taken and you will be able to see it later in the Garmin Connect
- Find my Edge, in case the Edge is dropped, it will be marked at what point you lost the connection with the mobile, to try to find it when you know where it could be taken down
- Function of Alarm Once the function has been activated, and thanks to the internal accelerometers, an alarm will sound in case the bike moves. Ideal for when you stop at a bar or gas station to rehydrate
- Critical power curve, something similar to what you'll find in apps like TrainingPeaks, Golden Cheetah or similar
- Interface user redesignedA change of look to make it more modern, although everything will be very familiar
As you can see, it's a lot of little things, but when you put it all together, it becomes a pretty interesting unit.
New Garmin Edge 830
For its part, the Garmin Edge 830 has the same features as the Garmin Edge 530 but with some additional improvements.
The main difference you'll find is that the Edge 830's screen is touch-sensitive and has only 3 buttons (for the 7 typical buttons on the Edge 530), so the operation is different. What's better? Well, it depends, sometimes I prefer the immediacy of the touch screen and sometimes I appreciate the buttons that you know you've pressed and that don't fail under any circumstances.
As for the software, Edge 830 is the best option for navigation, allowing you to calculate routes from an exact address (e.g. to the Plaza Mayor in Madrid), while on Edge 530 you can only follow routes you have downloaded and cannot plot the route directly on the device.
It also has a database of points of interest (POIs) that will help you calculate a route to that point or simply know where they are
What about the Garmin Edge 1030?
All of the new software you've seen before will arrive at Edge 1030 via a firmware update, with the exception of the MTB-specific maps which for licensing reasons will not arrive (although I wouldn't be surprised if they can be loaded unofficially).
So if you own an Edge 1030 don't worry, all this goodies will get to your device too.
Price and availability
Both models will be available in a matter of weeks and will start at similar prices to the models they replace. The Edge 530 starts at £299 while the Edge 830 is £100 more, making it £399. In both cases it will be supplied with standard bracket and front handlebar support.
These are the prices for the device only versions, from there you can choose to buy the pack with sensors (heart rate, speed and cadence), which means 100 ? extra for the three sensors.
There is a second option, the so-called Mountain Bike Pack, which for 70 euros includes a specific mountain bike holder, silicone cover and the remote control.
You can buy them now, exclusively at Wiggle.
Buy Garmin Edge 530
Buy Garmin Edge 830
Opinion Garmin Edge 530 and Garmin Edge 830
I think Garmin has done an upgrade that has gone beyond the usual brand. The usual thing for Garmin is to renew the device by including one or two software features along with the hardware upgrade, and ready to introduce a new model.
But here they have gone much further. The specifications have improved in each and every point, standing out mainly in the power of the processor, something very necessary especially when performing route calculation which, in previous models such as the Edge 520 Plus and Edge 820 was painfully slow. And despite having a more powerful processor now the autonomy is greater thanks to the new chipset from Sony.
But where the Edge 530 and Edge 830 stand out most is in all the new software included. Firstly by giving mountain bike users a good number of functions intended exclusively for them; and secondly with things like ClimbPro, dynamic performance control or new hydration and nutrition possibilities.
All in all, I liked them very much, especially the Edge 530 because it's cheaper and, except for the touch screen and navigation options, offers the same possibilities as its big brother. What's more, except for the larger screen size, both models practically put the Edge 1030 out of action, which is priced higher than both.
I like them. I like them a lot. And I can't wait to get my hands on them for the full test and see what they're both capable of.
And with that... thanks for reading!