The Garmin Edge 830 Is Three Years Previous – Is It Nonetheless Price Shopping for in 2023? (My Evaluation)


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

However it launched in 2019. Different bike pc youngsters have joined the GPS block. Is it nonetheless price 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 wished to see whether or not going button-free (or not 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 machine, adopted by an ill-informed evaluation of what I like and dislike about it, after which brainfart across the examination query: must you 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 pc. It data the place you trip. And, as you go about your driving enterprise, it shows numerous screens of information, mapping and climb info. All in considerably wonderful technicolour.

The design is much like the Edge 530, actually when it comes to machine and display screen measurement.

Nevertheless, 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’s because, girls and lycra-men, the Edge 830 has a touchscreen [record scratch]. And the usage of stated touchscreen replaces, or not less than reduces, the necessity for the bodily buttons.

The Edge 830 connects to all the info 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 charge strap, numerous velocity 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 manage the resistance for my exercises. It’s completely succesful although.

Whenever you add a brand new sensor – an influence meter, say – the Edge 830 will routinely add a knowledge display screen suited to displaying the data from that sensor. Which is good.

Lastly, the Edge 830 has full onboard navigation. You may add routes to the machine and it’ll recalculate in the event you take a incorrect flip. You can even use the Edge 830 to calculate the route within the first place. Which can be good.

The place Does The 830 Sit In The Edge Vary?

Straightforward 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 high
  • 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 pc within the Garmin vary and doubtless within the GPS market as an entire (actually within the premium compact touchscreen class, if such a class exists).

The Setup

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

Present sensors that I used with the Edge 530 had been ported throughout, as had been my rider profiles (I feel they’re known as). As a part of this, it transferred throughout some current exercise knowledge to assist Garmin calculate a health degree estimate on the brand new machine

All very straightforward.

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 potential with out). However these days, it’s troublesome to make use of any health machine with out opening your e mail kimono so that you’ll have to simply accept this as a mandatory 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

In contrast to different tech arenas, bike pc producers don’t journey over themselves to explain the internal cybergubbins of their units. So I can’t inform you which chipset powers the Edge 830 (or if ‘chipset’ is even the correct time period).

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

There’s extra of a delay in the event you’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 when it comes to core trip recording and knowledge displaying performance. The Edge 830 matches the present era V2 BOLT, which is sweet as a result of the latter has easier performance and doesn’t must 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 precise touchscreen on this machine.

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 selecting 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 referring to it, so let’s go there, albeit briefly.

We’ve already established that the touchscreen lends itself nicely to a optimistic navigation expertise. I’ll go todo el cerdo and say that I just like the navigation characteristic on the Edge 830 punto closing.

It’s fast. Straightforward 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 characteristic that has benefited from a few years within the palms of shoppers as a way to iron out all of the kinks.

ClimbPro

Though I’ve waxed lyrical in regards to the equal characteristic on the Karoo 2, I nonetheless very very similar to ClimbPro on the Edge 830.

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

Whenever you hit the climbs themselves, the Edge shows the devoted ClimbPro display screen with colour-coded elevation chart and a few climb stats, probably the most important of which is, ‘how a lot is there fugging left’. I feel 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 trip, ClimbPro is, for me, one of many Edge 830’s high options.


And now for some elements of the Edge 830 the place I’m not a large 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 correct phrase).

Additionally, for some purpose, you may’t enhance the font past a sure measurement, even once you cut back the info 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.

Consumer 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 by way of menus.

For me, the Wahoo method of offloading plenty 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 stated, the Edge 830 has rather a lot of options, so possibly that is one other weevil wriggling within the ‘mandatory’ bucket.

And, I do know, you’re a intelligent lot. You’ll get the hold of issues – it’d 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 here are the pungent issues that I’ve plopped in my ‘Sure you can purchase one now’ cistern:

  • You need a bike pc now. You need it to be a Garmin. And also you need it to be a compact touchscreen bike pc. That’s premium.
  • It’s been round lengthy sufficient that every one the firmware bugs have been ironed out.
  • It’s accessible at a great worth.
  • It doesn’t look dated, to those middle-aged eyes, nor feels dated to make use of.
  • It’s troublesome to see what gamechanging characteristic that the 830 lacks. For those who have a look at the 1040 as a touch, possibly the subsequent model could have photo voltaic and due to this fact some kind of infinite charging loop. However most Edge 830 homeowners will not be complaining about their lack of battery life at the moment.
  • And eventually, while the machine {hardware} was launched in 2019, the software program has continued to be up to date and improved. [CHECK THIS] Options which have arrived with newer units have typically additionally discovered there approach onto the Edge 830 (examples).

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

  • You need the brand new new factor. With none inside data in any respect, 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 finally cease offering firmware updates for the Edge 830. If a alternative does come, the countdown begins to when this occurs. That stated, even with a static firmware, the machine 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 various bike computer systems accessible for the same worth. You could possibly go for the Hammerhead Karoo 2 if touchscreen is your bagscreen or the Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT V2 in the event you’re pleased with buttons.

Suggestion

Clearly my toilet-themed evaluation can not cowl your whole 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 trip, regardless of the total girth of different choices in my bike pc quiver.

It’s dependable. It’s quick. The mapping is versatile and simple to make use of on the fly. Positive, there are a lot of menus, however after 43 laps on this planet, I can cope with a little bit of scrolling.

Not gunna lie, as my barely legible son would say, I’m wanting ahead to regardless of the subsequent era Edge 8 sequence will deliver. I’ll most likely purchase it, for clicks and giggles and YouTube views. However within the meantime, I’m more than pleased with my 830. For those who can choose one up at a great worth, I’d recommend you’ll be too.

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

Encore un tete!

Monty - Sportive Cyclist
Monty is an enthusiastic street bicycle owner with solely average expertise. He began Sportive Bike owner in 2013 to file the journey to his first 100 mile trip, the RideLondon 100. Over time the weblog has expanded to incorporate coaching recommendation, gear evaluations and street 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.