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The Garmin Edge 830 is a compact touchscreen bike laptop with all of the options – navigation, coaching, security – that any self-respecting MAMIL (and most disrespectful ones) may wish.

Nevertheless it launched in 2019. Different bike laptop children have joined the GPS block. Is it nonetheless value shopping for in 2023?

On this submit, I’ll categorically reply that query. Okay, I’ll make a hamsfisted try at it.

I purchased the 830 after driving with the Edge 530, it’s non-touchscreen sibling, for a couple of years. I needed to see whether or not going button-free (or no less than button-fewer) would enhance my driving expertise. I’ve used it these previous 18 months, which I’d say meets the brink for a long run check.

On this assessment I’ll give an summary of the system, adopted by an ill-informed evaluation of what I like and dislike about it, after which brainfart across the examination query: do you have to purchase the Edge 830 now, maintain on to your money, or purchase one thing else?

Onwards.

So What Is It?

[Uncomfortable silence]

It’s a motorbike laptop. It data the place you experience. And, as you go about your driving enterprise, it shows numerous screens of information, mapping and climb data. All in considerably superb technicolour.

The design is much like the Edge 530, definitely by way of system and display screen measurement.

Nonetheless, the place the 530 has six buttons, the Edge 830 solely has three: one on the aspect (energy/sleep) and the 2 on the entrance, er, edge (begin/cease exercise and lap).

It is because, women and lycra-men, the Edge 830 has a touchscreen [record scratch]. And using mentioned touchscreen replaces, or no less than reduces, the necessity for the bodily buttons.

The Edge 830 connects to all the information sensors and different units you may consider (within the biking realm – it received’t hook up with your web of fridge). It’ll do each Bluetooth and ANT+. I join my coronary heart price strap, numerous pace and cadence sensors and my Garmin Varia radar-light thingummy.

have linked it to my Wahoo KICKR indoor coach (to see if it really works – it does) however I don’t typically use it to regulate the resistance for my exercises. It’s completely succesful although.

While you add a brand new sensor – an influence meter, say – the Edge 830 will robotically add an information display screen suited to displaying the knowledge from that sensor. Which is sweet.

Lastly, the Edge 830 has full onboard navigation. You’ll be able to add routes to the system and it’ll recalculate for those who take a incorrect flip. You may as well use the Edge 830 to calculate the route within the first place. Which can also be good.

The place Does The 830 Sit In The Edge Vary?

Simple city. The 830 sits third within the Garmin Edge line up, if we depend each variants of the 1040 as one.

So as:

  • Edge 1040 / 1040 Photo voltaic on the tippity prime
  • Edge 1030 Plus
  • Edge 830
  • Edge 530
  • Edge 130

The 1040 and 1030 Plus are each bigger units with an even bigger display screen space.

So this makes the Edge 830, proper now, the premium compact bike laptop within the Garmin vary and doubtless within the GPS market as an entire (definitely within the premium compact touchscreen class, if such a class exists).

The Setup

Arrange of the Edge 830 was easy and intuitive (if I can do not forget that far again). I simply opened the Garmin Join app and it guided me via the method.

Current sensors that I used with the Edge 530 have been ported throughout, as have been my rider profiles (I believe they’re known as). As a part of this, it transferred throughout some latest exercise knowledge to assist Garmin calculate a health stage estimate on the brand new system

All very simple.

You most likely do want a Garmin Join account to make use of the Edge 830 (I’ll admit, since I’ve an account, I haven’t checked if it’s doable with out). However at the present time, it’s tough to make use of any health system with out opening your electronic mail kimono so that you’ll have to simply accept this as a vital weevil.

Time For Some Evaluation

If we will name it that (we will’t). Let’s begin with some issues I like in regards to the Edge 830.

It’s Highly effective and Fast

Not like different tech arenas, bike laptop producers don’t journey over themselves to explain the internal cybergubbins of their units. So I can’t let you know which chipset powers the Edge 830 (or if ‘chipset’ is even the suitable time period).

I can, nonetheless, affirm that it has enough horsewattage to calculate routes rapidly and to scroll via menus and screens with none noticeable lag. Zooming out and in of the map is probably not latest-iPhone fast however it’s greater than enough.

There’s extra of a delay for those who’re zoomed proper out and fingersqueegeeing across the nation. However within the context of a pc hooked up to a human-powered journey machine, how a lot country-scale scrolling is basically required?

Anyway, the Edge 830 is faster than older generations of Garmin (as you’d count on) and present generations of Bryton.

It’s faster in locations than the Hammerhead Karoo 2, when the latter is loading menus, say, or booting up, however that is much less apparent by way of core experience recording and knowledge displaying performance. The Edge 830 matches the present technology V2 BOLT, which is nice as a result of the latter has easier performance and doesn’t should drive a touchscreen.

Speaking of which.

The Touchscreen

I just like the touchscreen. I like each the truth that it’s there – all else being equal, I desire touchscreen bike computer systems to button-only units – and I like the particular touchscreen on this system.

Utilizing the menus, of which Garmin bestows many upon us, is A LOT simpler whence utilizing the touchscreen versus the aspect buttons on the Edge 530.

On the map display screen, shifting round is so significantly better with a touchscreen. None of this choosing which operate you need the buttons to carry out. You simply faucet the plus and minus buttons, or squeeze collectively your fingers, or do the outdated wrist rotate fandango (you already know, the outdated wrist rotate fandango). All very intuitive.

And I assume we’re pertaining to it, so let’s go there, albeit briefly.

We’ve already established that the touchscreen lends itself properly to a constructive navigation expertise. I’ll go todo el cerdo and say that I just like the navigation function on the Edge 830 punto remaining.

It’s fast. Simple to make use of. Route calculation appears wise. Integration with numerous route creation apps simply appears to work.

Navigation on the 830 seems like a function that has benefited from a few years within the palms of shoppers as a way to iron out all of the kinks.

ClimbPro

Despite the fact that I’ve waxed lyrical in regards to the equal function on the Karoo 2, I nonetheless very very like ClimbPro on the Edge 830.

After importing a route, the 830 will determine all of the climbs on the experience, giving the low down on every.

While you hit the climbs themselves, the Edge shows the devoted ClimbPro display screen with colour-coded elevation chart and a few climb stats, essentially the most important of which is, ‘how a lot is there fugging left’. I believe they name it.

For a rider whose confidence is constructed on the crumbly foundations of figuring out how a lot effort remains to be required on a experience, ClimbPro is, for me, one of many Edge 830’s prime options.


And now for some points of the Edge 830 the place I’m not an enormous fan. Or, extra appropriately, the place different bike computer systems do a greater job.

Show

The shows on the Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT V2 (and I’d think about the brand new V2 ROAM) and on the Karoo 2 are each higher than on the Edge 830.

The Edge 830 display screen is considerably shiny and reflective in comparison with the matte shows of the ELEMNT(s) and the Karoo 2.

Colors aren’t as vibrant and the textual content is much less contrasty (unlikely to be the suitable phrase).

Additionally, for some cause, you may’t enhance the font past a sure measurement, even if you scale back the information fields being exhibited to absolutely the minimal. You simply find yourself with a load of unused white house. For people who need to see larger numbers along with kicking out larger numbers, Wahoo does it higher.

Person interface

As I’ve alluded to, Garmin makes in depth use of menus. And menus inside menus. The quickstart pulldown doolally holds a couple of incessantly used choices, however the majority of the setting setting is through scrolling via menus.

For me, the Wahoo method of offloading lots of the UI to a smartphone app, in addition to merely having fewer options, and the Karoo’s devoted smartphone-like UI are higher.

That mentioned, the Edge 830 has rather a lot of options, so possibly that is one other weevil wriggling within the ‘vital’ bucket.

And, I do know, you’re a intelligent lot. You’ll get the hold of issues – it would simply take longer than for the equal Wahoo-Karoo.


So these are the issues I like and dislike in regards to the Edge 830.

Now. Time for the lycra to hit the tarmac. To cease the whiffling and hashtag a solution to the all-important query:

Ought to You Purchase The Edge 830 In Early 2023?

Let’s hold this targeted.

Listed below are the pungent issues that I’ve plopped in my ‘Sure you can purchase one now’ cistern:

  • You need a bike laptop now. You need it to be a Garmin. And also you need it to be a compact touchscreen bike laptop. That’s premium.
  • It’s been round lengthy sufficient that each one the firmware bugs have been ironed out.
  • It’s obtainable at an excellent value.
  • It doesn’t look dated, to those middle-aged eyes, nor feels dated to make use of.
  • It’s tough to see what gamechanging function that the 830 lacks. In the event you take a look at the 1040 as a touch, possibly the subsequent model may have photo voltaic and subsequently some type of infinite charging loop. However most Edge 830 house owners will not be complaining about their lack of battery life at present.
  • And eventually, while the system {hardware} was launched in 2019, the software program has continued to be up to date and improved. Most of Garmin’s lately added options have additionally discovered their approach onto the Edge 830 (apart from the brand new stuff on the 1040).

And listed below are the negatives that I’ve crimped off into my ‘No, it is best to wait or purchase one thing completely different’ bidet:

  • You need the brand new new factor. With none inside data by any means, the chance of an Edge 830 alternative (let’s go billy goat gruff and name it the Edge 840) being launched within the subsequent 6 months feels pretty excessive.
  • Garmin will ultimately cease offering firmware updates for the Edge 830. If a alternative does come, the countdown begins to when this occurs. That mentioned, even with a static firmware, the system will proceed to be usable for a few years.
  • Assuming you’re not totally wedded to the Garmin household, there are a plethucopia of newer different bike computer systems obtainable for the same value. You can go for the Hammerhead Karoo 2 if touchscreen is your bagscreen or the Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT V2 for those who’re pleased with buttons.

Advice

Clearly my toilet-themed evaluation can not cowl your entire life, and life-style, circumstances.

All I can communicate is my very own ‘fact’. I’ve totally loved utilizing the Edge 830. I’ll incessantly apply it to a experience, regardless of the total girth of different choices in my bike laptop quiver.

It’s dependable. It’s quick. The mapping is versatile and straightforward to make use of on the fly. Certain, there are lots of menus, however after 43 laps on this planet, I can take care of a little bit of scrolling.

Not gunna lie, as my barely legible son would say, I’m trying ahead to regardless of the subsequent technology Edge 8 collection will deliver. I’ll most likely purchase it, for clicks and giggles and YouTube views. However within the meantime, I’m very happy with my 830. In the event you can decide one up at an excellent value, I’d recommend you’d be too.

With that I’m away. Protected driving, and I’ll see you subsequent time.

Encore un tete!

Monty - Sportive Cyclist
Monty is an enthusiastic street bike owner with solely average expertise. He began Sportive Bicycle owner in 2013 to file the journey to his first 100 mile experience, the RideLondon 100. Over time the weblog has expanded to incorporate coaching recommendation, gear critiques and street biking tales, all from the attitude 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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