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On this publish I evaluate the Garmin Edge 830 and the Edge 1030 Plus and assist you determine which is finest for recording, and guiding, your magnificent feats of highway bike efficiency. Or one thing.

Each are excessive finish Garmin bike computer systems, full of coaching and TopBikeFun options. However each value a good chunka change. Understanding and evaluating what you get, and what you don’t, is vital to picking which to purchase. And that’s precisely what you’ll get from this publish.

I’m not knowledgeable reviewer – no matter that’s – I simply purchase a load of motorcycle computer systems, largely funded by my weblog, check them out and provide you with my ideas (on which word, right here’s my spherical up of one of the best touchscreen bike computer systems underneath £400/$500).

Garmin Edge 1030 Plus vs Egde 830

Regardless of being round for some time, the Edge 1030 Plus is a relative newcomer to the Sportive Bike owner check secure: the GPS Stud (not my nickname). I’ve had the 830 for ages. In some unspecified time in the future soonish, I’ll purchase the brand new Edge 1040 and add that to my record of comparisons.

However let’s cease wittering and get into the publish. Beginning with the vital issues…

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The place Does The ‘Plus’ Come From?

A superb query. With a solution that I’ll fudge cos I don’t know.

[Commence speculation mode]

From time to time, Garmin appears to launch a higher-powered or more-featured model of an current mannequin however with out redesigning the case.

The Edge 520 Plus added on-board navigation and different options to the prevailing 520, earlier than Garmin moved on to the 530, which changed each.

The Edge 1030 Plus is (clearly) the equal half replace of the Edge 1030. My large unhealthy guess is that when the 530 and 830 have been launched, two years after the 1030, it was very apparent they’d had a CPU improve. They instantly grew to become far more usable, exhibiting the Edge 1030 up.

However since Garmin wasn’t but prepared to maneuver to the subsequent era 10xx system with design adjustments to warrant a complete new quantity (which we now know is the Edge 1040), it launched the interim 1030 Plus.

[Speculation over]

Garmin Edge 830

A robust bike GPS with full on-board mapping. The touchscreen is responsive and works properly, each within the map display screen and for shifting across the menus. Glorious coaching and security options.

Should you click on this hyperlink and make a purchase order, I earn a fee at no further value to you.

Garmin Edge 1030 Plus

Excessive spec bike GPS with giant color touchscreen and tremendous quick processor. Comparable options to the 830 (i.e. a number of refined ones) – the bigger display screen makes them simpler to make use of.

Should you click on this hyperlink and make a purchase order, I earn a fee at no further value to you.

The place In The Vary?

This was once simple. The Edge 1030 Plus was beforehand the monkey on the high of the tree. Then the 1040 got here alongside, with two variations.

For the Edge 830, the waters have been a little bit muddied while Garmin was nonetheless promoting the 1030 (sans Plus). Was the quicker however cheaper Edge 830, with it’s smaller display screen, above or under it (it was definitely higher worth)?

With the 1030 lastly having departed this mortal coil the Garmin web site, and inserting the 2 new Edge 1040 fashions in HashtagTopSpot, it’s now clear that the Edge vary runs:

And we’ll politely ignore the Edge Discover 2 because it doesn’t observe the identical numbering conference and is clearly for absolute losers (I jest!).

When Had been They Launched?

(With the true query being, when will they get replaced?)

As talked about, the 1030 Plus is the newer of the 2 fashions, launching into the veloverse in June 2020. Regardless of this, it has been the primary to be outdated.

Outmoded somewhat than changed as a result of the 1030 Plus nonetheless on the market. It stays a wonderfully viable and engaging bike laptop buy, even when it now not occupies the tippity high slot within the Garmin vary. Notably because the 1040 launching has shifted the 1030 Plus down in value (not formally – but – however the 1030 Plus is now being discounted by some retailers).

Edge 1030 Plus vs 830 screen comparison

The 830 was launched in Might 2019.

Garmin tends to launch new Edge fashions each 3-4 years. And it hasn’t ever completed an ‘in-sync’ replace of the 10xx and 8xx mannequin households in the identical 12 months. Additionally, we’re in direction of the top of 2022 now and new bike laptop launch season has possible closed.

All of which factors to Garmin launching the subsequent 8xx sequence bike laptop in April / Might 2023.

(As is hopefully clear to you, I’m a random muppet writing weblog posts in his man-and-pain cave so I’ve no precise intelligence on this. Arguably in any sense of the phrase, ‘intelligence’).

Are They Nonetheless Up to date?

Sure. They’re each present, extremely illustrious, members on the Garmin Edge line up. Each obtain common firmware updates from Garmin, a few of which characteristic full blown new options.

On the time of writing (finish of September 2022), the newest firmware updates have been launched on 2 September 2022.

When it comes to the navigation and mapping software program, the Edge 830 and the 1030 Plus are the identical.

And the way in which you work together with the navigation options, which is actually the important thing distinction between the 830 (with the touchscreen) and the 530 (utilizing the buttons on the aspect), is similar.

Each the 1030 Plus and the 830 are touchscreen, which makes utilizing the maps with out repeatedly punching your self within the face a heck of loads simpler.

Edge 1030 Plus vs 830 map screen

In abstract, each units have full onboard navigation. You may plug in a vacation spot or choose a focal point from the record, and the Edge 1030+/830 will plot you a route.

You may add a route file to observe, or sync one from Strava or different route creation apps, and the system will flash up flip instructions and usually hold you on the straight and slender (stunning lanes in your supreme biking paradise… possibly).

Should you go astray, each the Edge 830 and 1030 Plus will provide you with a warning and try to recalculate a means again to your unique route (which admittedly is typically, “Do a U-turn”…).

Each have three totally different map codecs: the unique ’Traditional’ color scheme after which the just lately added Excessive Voltage Distinction and Mountain Biking themes (with latter higher denoting off-road routes).

So all in all very comparable. Aside from one key side. With the Edge 1030 Plus you’ll be able to see ‘extra map’ (technical time period)… as a result of it has an even bigger…


Shock horror. You in all probability already knew this.

Anyway, in pure dimensional phrases, the Edge 830 sports activities a 2.6″in display screen (or 246 x 322 pixels), while the 1030 Plus instructions 3.5″ of diagonally-measured display screen actual property (or 282 x 470 pixels).

So the bigger display screen clearly permits for the map display screen to indicate extra element. Or the identical space simply with excessive definition.

Extra is all the time nicer (not all the time nicer) however I assume it’s so that you can determine whether or not you want the extra display screen space and if it’s value the additional value.

Edge 830 vs 1030 Plus data screen

Earlier than shopping for the Edge 1030 Plus (and likewise the Hammerhead Karoo 2), I by no means yearned for a bigger display screen space than on my 830. If I need a large ol’ map interrogation session, I’ll whip out my iPhone.

That stated, I can’t deny that having a bit extra display screen actual property to play with on the 1030 Plus (within the zooming-in-and-out, swooping-around-the-map-screen sense) hasn’t been a Brucie-bonus on the bigger system.

Each computer systems have touchscreens and I’ve typically discovered current Garmin touchscreens to work properly. They work positive (for me – we’ve all obtained totally different fingers) within the rain and are a bit hit or miss with gloves on (and to be honest, my iPhone is totally miss with gloves on).

While they don’t have Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT V2 ranges of sharpness and definition (which I’m 99% sure isn’t the right technical time period), Garmin shows are, for me, completely readable. That stated, they’re reflective in vivid daylight in comparison with the aforementioned BOLT V2 and the Hammerhead Karoo 2 (I discuss in regards to the display screen A LOT in my overview of the Karoo 2).

For some motive Garmin limits the utmost font dimension, even once you scale back the variety of knowledge fields down to 1, leaving a great deal of white house (versus Wahoos which permit for wahoosive font sizes).

This is similar for each the 830 and the 1030 Plus although, so if we’re coming these two units (we’re), this can be a wash.

Measurement and Weight

With nice energy (bigger display screen) comes nice duty (a bigger system case).

The 1030 Plus is bigger than the Edge 830. By about 8mm in width and simply over 30mm in size (so an inch and a bit longer for the imperialists).

For the dimensionfans:

  • 1030: 58 x 114 x 19mm
  • 830: 50 x 83 x 19mm

Placing that into not-particularly-well-defined context, the 830 isn’t ‘mini’ however I’d nonetheless say it’s a ‘compact’ bike laptop.

Edge 1030 Plus compared to 830 and Karoo 2

This in flip implies that the 1030 Plus isn’t ‘jumbo’.

The 1030 Plus doesn’t appear like a behemoth, both in your hand or ‘pon your handlebars. In a 1030 Plus versus modest sized smartphone boxing match, the previous can be punching properly above its weight class.

Speaking about weight, extra plastic and no matter else they make these out of means the 1030 Plus is available in at 124g versus 79g for the 830.

If the 45g (about 3/4 of an power bar) distinction has a cloth influence in your using efficiency or enjoyment then I believe you may need come to the mistaken web site.

If it is vital to you then I doubt you’ll care an excessive amount of about having to cope with the 830’s smaller display screen from a navigation and route following perspective (as a result of the man in your staff automobile is there to assist with instructions).

During which case, go for the 830 and save the fraction of a pound in weight and the a number of kilos in cash (different currencies can be found).

Processor Energy

GPS makers typically don’t go round disclosing the inside specs of their units. However the 1030 Plus and the 830 carry out the identical so it’s protected to imagine their tech gubbins are additionally the identical or comparable.

When the 830 was launched, together with the 530, most of the new options have been added to the earlier 1030 (no plus). This highlighted that the 1030 was fairly sloooooooowwwww in comparison with the brand new mannequin.

So Garmin launched the 1030 Plus primarily to appropriate this lack of processing grunt in its prime quality system.

Battery Life

Each the 830 and the 1030 Plus have extra battery life than I may moderately use in a single mahoosive experience or a number of decent-sized ones. I’ve by no means felt irritated by the frequency with which I’ve needed to put both system on cost.

Nonetheless, for what it’s value, the Edge 830 bumf says as much as 20 hours. The 1030 Plus purports to have a further 4 (so a complete certainly one of your human earth days in whole).

If that’s inadequate in your burgeoning ultra-endurance profession, then may sir or madam contemplate investing in a Garmin Cost energy pack, which gives one other 24 hours of energy.

Edge 1030 Plus and 830 charging contacts

Each the Edge 830 and 1030 Plus are suitable, connecting with the ‘Cost’ by way of electrical contacts within the mount/cleat kind factor on the again of every system.


No distinction. Subsequent!

Each high finish Edges connect with the identical cornucopia of information sensors, indoor trainers and different random units that you just may wish to hyperlink along with your bike laptop (together with the not-so-random-and-in-fact-excellent Varia Radar – learn my overview right here).

So no good motive to choose between the units on this area.

Coaching And Different Options

And that theme continues.

Just about the entire software program options that Garmin builds into its Edge units are widespread to each the 830 and the 1030 Plus. With one exception (that feels fairly minor).

The entire security and monitoring options are the identical (stay monitoring – for members of the family which can be avid ‘dot watchers’; incident detection; bike alarm)… which I have to admit to not utilizing regularly.

I’m, nonetheless, an enormous fan of Garmin’s ClimbPro characteristic (particular and vibrant evaluation of the size and gradient of every climb in your route). It options on each the 1030 Plus and 830, so no worries there.

Edge 830 and 1030 Plus training features

Which brings us to coaching, the place the 1030 Plus has one teeny-tiny sub-feature that differentiates it from the Edge 830.

Don’t concern, the Edge 830 has completely every part the intense, semi-serious and (my class) rank novice bike owner may want from a coaching perspective:

  • Capability to add and observe refined exercises – primarily based on energy, coronary heart charge, time, distance, Haribos consumed
  • Dynamic efficiency monitoring and coaching standing – each options monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of your coaching and the way match you might be
  • Biking dynamics (in case you have pedal energy meters)
  • Feed and drink reminders.

And loads extra…

So the one distinction, [tiny fanfare on a mini-bugle] is that the Edge 1030 Plus has ‘Each day Prompt Exercises’ (and the 830 doesn’t).

Edge 1030 Plus daily suggested workout

Each day Prompt Exercises makes use of Garmin’s Firstbeat Analytics ‘engine’ to, er, recommend your subsequent coaching session primarily based in your present health, current coaching historical past and restoration degree. The characteristic was launched first on the 1030 Plus (in mid-2020) earlier than being applied on a much wider vary of Garmin watches later within the 12 months, the place I’m guessing it has extra widespread attraction.

One factor to notice: I’m fairly positive Each day Prompt Exercises on the Edge 1030 Plus requires you additionally to be utilizing an influence meter in your bike (it suggests structured exercises primarily based on energy knowledge). So it’s a little bit redundant should you don’t have an influence meter and also you don’t plan to purchase one.

Garmin Edge 830

A robust bike GPS with full on-board mapping. The touchscreen is responsive and works properly, each within the map display screen and for shifting across the menus. Glorious coaching and security options.

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Larger display screen, greater battery, greater value (unsurprisingly).

On a tool solely foundation, Garmin has the Edge 1030 Plus on its web site at £520/$600, which isn’t an insignificant chunk-a-change. *However* Garmin is clearly permitting retailers to promote it at discounted costs: it’s accessible on web sites like Wiggle at extra like £380 (or you’ll be able to try the worth on Amazon).

Edge 830 vs 1030 Plus handlebars

The Edge 830 is on the Garmin web site at £350/$400, and on the time of writing (Oct 2022), I can’t see it discounted round t’web.

So the official value distinction is £170 (in favour of the 830) however the actuality is that proper now (presumably because of the introduction of the Edge 1040), the Edge 1030 Plus is accessible at or simply under the identical value because the 830.

Which makes issues fascinating, as we contemplate…

Which Ought to You Purchase?

Ach, all of it comes all the way down to dimension.

If having higher display screen actual property, notably when utilizing the maps and navigating, is your precedence then the Edge 1030 Plus is the one to plump for. Assuming the additional moolah requirement doesn’t tip you in into everlasting penury.

The additional battery life can be helpful.

I’ve definitely seen commentary on this funky new YouTube web site that implies the bigger system is best for bike packing and touring, notably for multi-day journeys.

For everybody else, the Edge 830 is greater than enough. Navigation is completely usable (regardless of the smaller display screen). It’s a neat little (compact…) system that appears sufficiently ‘professional’ in your handlebars.

Edge 830 and 1030 Plus front buttons

Should you use an Edge as a coaching software (past measuring outputs), the 830 is to all intents and functions the identical because the 1030 Plus.

If the worth distinction was really £170, I’m unsure what number of riders are sufficiently enthusiastic about coaching efficiency to pay an uplift for the extra Each day Prompt Exercise characteristic that aren’t already sufficiently educated or motivated to observe an precise long run structured coaching programme (negating the necessity for each day dynamic strategies).

Possibly Garmin know otherwise (I’m positive they do – I’m simply an uninformed veloblogger, wittering into the void).

If the query is…

Which One Would I Purchase?

Properly, I purchased the Edge 830 first. Regardless of all my blogwealth (ahem), I couldn’t deliver myself to purchase the Edge 1030 Plus till it decreased from it’s unique launch value.

I clearly have an ulterior motive in that I write and make movies about this stuff to fund my habit to clarky cat, so I purchase a good variety of bike computer systems (and have obtained a number of without spending a dime to overview). Regardless of this, I nonetheless struggled to spend over £500 on a motorcycle laptop.

Bike GPS boxes

When the 1030 Plus fell to lower than £400, I snapped it up in order that I may see what all of the BigDeviceFuss was about (there isn’t any large system fuss).

And I prefer it. Rather a lot. The bigger display screen on the Edge 1030 Plus is objectively higher – it makes the system simpler to make use of. However the ensuing bigger general dimension of the 1030 Plus isn’t so large that it turns into unwieldy or appears to be like ugly on the bike.

Assuming there’s not an excessive amount of in it value smart, proper now I’d be guiding you in direction of the Edge 1030 Plus over the Edge 830.

With that, I’m away. Hyperlinks to the bike computer systems talked about on this publish are under (affiliate hyperlinks – should you purchase one thing I could get a fee).

Till subsequent time, protected biking.

Garmin Edge 830

A robust bike GPS with full on-board mapping. The touchscreen is responsive and works properly, each within the map display screen and for shifting across the menus. Glorious coaching and security options.

Should you click on this hyperlink and make a purchase order, I earn a fee at no further value to you.

Garmin Edge 1030 Plus

Excessive spec bike GPS with giant color touchscreen and tremendous quick processor. Comparable options to the 830 (i.e. a number of refined ones) – the bigger display screen makes them simpler to make use of.

Should you click on this hyperlink and make a purchase order, I earn a fee at no further value to you.

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Monty is an enthusiastic highway bike owner with solely average expertise. He began Sportive Bike owner in 2013 to document the journey to his first 100 mile experience, the RideLondon 100. Over time the weblog has expanded to incorporate coaching recommendation, gear critiques and highway biking tales, all from the angle of a not-very-fit MAMIL. Because you’re right here, Monty would additionally such as you to take a look at his YouTube channel. Additionally, Monty actually must cease referring to himself within the third particular person.



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