Garmin Edge 510 GPS Bike Computer Review

Garmin Edge 510 GPS Bike Computer Review

The Edge 510 GPS by Garmin is a bike computer that displays the distance, speed, temperature, altitude and time during a ride, and it does so on a brightly lit full color screen. This device sends the data to your smartphone via Bluetooth connection, then the smartphone pushes data to the Garmin website. With this type of wireless approach, you don’t have to worry about manually uploading your data.

Garmin Edge 510 GPS Bike Computer Overview: Specs and Features

After you finish a bike ride you can log onto the Garmin website to take a look at your route on a map, in addition to your distance, time and speed. The website also features a social network element and is integrated with Facebook and Twitter. If you share your ride stats on Facebook your friends can comment on it or like it.

This device is compatible with ANT sensors that can detect pedal power, pedal cadence and heart rate which means you can monitor these important training metrics while you ride. The ANT is a close distance wireless technology that works like a more power efficient version of Bluetooth. The ANT sensors and the data that’s collected is also transferred to your smartphone using Bluetooth connections. After a ride, you can take a look at your metrics displayed alongside the map of your ride and other basic ride data.

When it comes to design, this model truly shines. This mini-computer features a brightly lit display screen that’s easy to read compared to the display screens found on other bike computers.

The touchscreen on this device has been described as both intuitive and simple, and it functions perfectly in the rain of even if you’re wearing bike gloves because the screen is pressure based. This touchscreen is not as responsive as the touchscreen on your smartphone because of the fact that it’s pressure based. But this type of sensitivity is perfect for a bike computer when a more sensitive screen can pose a problem.

Consumer Feedback for this Bike Computer by Garmin

Pros: The easy to use two by two inch brightly lit touchscreen works well in all types of weather conditions. The screen’s sensitivity is perfect for glove use and the menu interface is quite easy to navigate through even for individuals with no prior bike computer experience. The lightweight two-pound small design of this device means that you can easily stow it in your pocket when not in use. The stats provided are considered highly accurate and allow you to truly push yourself during a training session.

Cons: The 510 lacks the map and turn by turn navigation feature that you’ll find on some of the pricier models by Garmin.

Conclusion and Rating for the Edge 510

Consumers gave this model a rating of four out of five stars for ease of use, pricing and highly intuitive user’s menu.  With twenty hours of battery life, this is a device that’s designed strenuous training sessions and it’s a bike computer that can definitely take a beating. The accuracy of the readings is nothing short of impressive making this bike computer a must-have for the training cyclist.

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