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Edge 830 Bike Computer
Modern bike computers have fundamentally changed the way we ride. The ability to map, track, train, and interact have the ability to make riding easier, more effective, and potentially safer. The computer maestros at Garmin are at it again and its latest device, the Edge 830 Bike Computer, returns with some features we've loved in the past, along with some new ones that we're absolutely excited about using. With its impressive functionality and touchscreen operation, the Edge 830 is prepared to once again take the top step on the bike computer podium.
It performs all the basic computer functions—speed, trip time, trip distance, odometer—and the GPS and GLONASS compatibility keeps you located no matter where your ride takes you. It automatically uploads to Garmin Connect, syncs with smartphones for notifications, and through its myriad of available apps, can display information such as weather so you never miss a call or text or are surprised by changing conditions on your ride.
We love its touchscreen operation which is intuitive and doesn't leave us guessing what buttons do what when we are in a hypoxic state mid-interval. Equally cherished is its mapping function afforded by its preloaded Garmin Cycle Map that provides additional memory for adding more maps when needed. Its popularity routing, thanks to a huge database of rides that have been uploaded to Garmin Connect, even recommends the direction of travel based on how others ride it most. Furthermore, it provides on-device route creation, off-course recalculation, and can get you back to start if you have an emergency or mechanical.
When paired with ANT+ or Bluetooth sensors, the 830 provides dynamic performance monitoring insights on metrics such as your VO2 max, recommended recovery time, training load focus, heat and altitude acclimation, nutrition, hydration, and more. Additionally, it monitors gearing in other electronic shifting systems via ANT+ and pairs with ANT+ turbo trainers. It's also chock full of safety features including a new bike alarm, and returning ones like group messaging and tracking. So if the group takes a wrong turn or someone has a mechanical, if you're paired with GroupTrack, it's easy to regroup. It also receives assistance and compatibility with its Varia rearview radar and lights so you can see and be seen (when the device is paired with your compatible smartphone).
Final details include its WiFi connectivity allowing you to customize the 830 with free apps, widgets, and data fields from the Connect IQ Store. Its water resistance rating is an IPX7 meaning its more than enough should you get caught in a deluge or forget to take it off your bike that's on the roof rack in a thunderstorm. One area exceptionally impressive is its claimed 20-hour battery life and the ability to connect to the Garmin Charge power pack for up to 40 hours of additional battery life. Included with the computer is an Out-front mount, standard mount, USB cable, and manual.
- Garmin's latest with impressive functionality and customization
- Compiles ride info and metrics with touchscreen operation
- Integrated Garmin Cycle Map routing adds mapping and tracking
- Works with Varia rearview radar and lights so you can see and be seen
- Displays smartphone notifications and weather
- Wireless signals via Bluetooth, ANT+, and WiFi
- Dynamic performance monitoring provides biometric insight
- Claimed 20hrs battery life and compatible with Garmin Charge power pack for up to 40 hours of additional battery
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- Q & A
Definitely worth the upgrade
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fantastic upgrade from the 820. I feel like the Edge is finally where it needs to be. For starters, the battery life, touch screen, and navigation are SO much better. The touch screen responds crisply (no firm, slow finger gestures required like on the prior 820 and 510 models). If I want to navigate a menu, it's just a quick and responsive touch-touch-touch now, even with full-fingered gloves on. The screen is also bigger and more legible. I have not measured but the battery life *seems* like it's 3x or 4x better than my 820 -- I have done several rides now and still above 50% battery life on the first full charge. Even running the backlight full time does not seem to be a big drain on the battery, unlike prior models. The navigation responds and calculates very quickly. If I want to zoom in/out, it's also fast and responsive, very little delay any more. Yes, the two main buttons are still on low end by the stem clamp, but they are also angled upward a bit, which makes them easier to access (see photos). So far I have just been using the features I know from prior models (820 on back), but it seems like there is more stuff I will want to use once I have time to read about it. Gadgets like these are unavoidably firmware/software driven so there is always the *risk* of bugs -- but this unit has been extremely stable for me. No glitches encountered so far after 15-20 rides.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I simply cannot get the bluetooth to reconnect. I can pair without problem, but the next morning, when the 830 powers back on, the connection is lost. The blue tooth connectivity is actually worse than my old 520. It's not too bad... who really wants to be bothered by text messages on a ride anyway? Ahhh, but I do miss getting accurate weather (can't get weather forecast without phone connection). I'm just a little pissed it doesn't work well. Maybe at the next software update it will be fixed? On the other hand, the wifi connectivity is seamless. The bottom line is if I end my ride anywhere other than my house, I will need to wait until I get home to upload the ride. That, unfortunately, is a moderate to severe inconvenience. At these prices, I expected more from Garmin. I really don't like the fact that I have to give up functionality, even if it is not needed every time out.
I ride 5-6 times a week. I have really really really tried hard to make this work. I am also tech savvy, so... I'm pretty sure it is not me...
Touchscreen Works!!!!! Great Device
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I preordered this and it arrived about a week ago. The touchscreen works beautifully. I guess Garmin learned from their mistakes with the 820. It really works almost as well as a smart phone touchscreen. I tried it with heavy winter gloves and it seemed to work just about as well. Other than that I would say it's definitely a step up from the 520/820. A bunch of useful new features and much quicker chipset. I love the climbpro and the drink water feature. I'm good at not drinking and getting myself dehydrated, so being yelled at to drink water is a huge benefit for me. I would give this 5 stars except for a few bugs, which I'm sure will eventually be ironed out with updates. I had an issue with the power button that I think was a software issue (seems to be working fine after one hiccup) and rerouting tends to tell me to make a U-turn instead of actually finding a different route. Accuracy is about as good as it gets for a cycling GPS and battery life is adequate, better than the old 520/820. It also is compatible with Garmin's front mount battery in case you are going on any 200+ mile adventures or forgot to charge it at home. Overall I think it's a great unit and a big step up from the 820/520. Super happy with the upgrade.
Does this require sharing information online? I want a decent GPS with offline routing and personal tracking but don't want to share any of my information with anyone, Garmin included. Is it possible to use this without having to create an account and open my personal information up to be exploited by advertisers?
Sure, you could buy one of the standalone Garmin navigation units that mount to windshield and fabricate an adapter for bike use. Or, you could program your own replacement firmware and side-load it. If you have a little more time, you could crowd-fund the design and development of a GPS unit that is not account-based, and compete with Garmin and Wahoo. Just don't have them manufactured in China (where most crowd-source gadgets are made) as the Chinese would no doubt plant a spy chip in it anyway.