Garmin Edge 500 Cycling GPS


Positives
  • Mounting the device is quite easy
  • It is very easy to operate
  • The battery lasts several hours on one recharge
  • The process of configuration is not difficult at all
  • The gadget provides plenty of useful information

Negatives
  • The interface is not as friendly as it should be
  • The buttons need to be pushed hard
  • There is not indicator to show if you are under or over the average
  • The app that comes with the gadget is not impressive
  • The device is privy


Amazon rating

garmin-edge-500-reviewOn Amazon, the product enjoys an excellent rating of 4.4 out 5, which speaks volumes about the reliability and popularity of the product.

If you want to hone your cycling performance, go for Garmin Edge 500, which is a GPS-supported cycling computer for cyclists. With its GPS, you can track your speed, distance, elevation and location. You have the liberty to connect an ANT+ compatible heart rate monitor for added features. Read through this Garmin Edge 500 review for more.

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Design

The device weighs very little and has a big, bright screen. It measures 0.9 x 1.9 x 2.7 inches, and the display size is 1.8 inches. Either side of the gadget has two buttons. For navigation, use the right side buttons. For activating or confirming menu items, use the left side buttons.
The bottom of the device has a rubber stopper with a mini-usb port for charging and data transfer.

Mounting it on the bike is a piece of cake. The battery gives you 18 hours of usage time and cannot be removed. The device can be recharged with the battery came with the purchase. Or you can choose to recharge it through your PC USB port.

The downside is that you cannot change the battery, but the company claims that the battery will last several years.

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Features

garmin-edge-500-priceThe unit has plenty of features. Based on the type of information required, you can divide the screen into three sections.

For better calorie count information, you may want to enter information about yourself, such as age, weight and height. Don’t forget to enter the weight figures of your bike.

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Usability

You will find it easier to use the unit while on the go. All you have to do is switch it on and wait a while to let it get GPS signals. In most cases, the gadget gets locked to a GPS in under 10 seconds. You don’t need to adjust the sensor or wheel size when on GPS mode.

The great thing about the gadget that it lets you take a look at your exercise data. While the unit doesn’t come with nay app but Garmin offers two utilities for free of cost. From Garmin’s site, you can download Garmin Training Center Software, which you can use for organizing and downloading/uploading.
The Maps of the gadget are enamic and the great part is you can easily transfer you data to the popular Google Earth, which will show your data on the map. For checking grade and elevation, you may want to pick Elevation Profile after clicking on the path.

For uploading your data, you can go to the Garmin Connect Website. The site is beautiful and have very useful analysis tools and improved graph. Apart from this, you can share your data with others too.

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Performance

garmin-edge-500-featuresBefore you use the device, I suggest that you connect it to your computer until fully charged. After it is recharged, go ahead and update its firmware from the Garmin website. The issues faced my most people will be resolved after these two steps. In my opinion, Garmin should already have updated the firmware.
Like most of GPS devices out there, Garmin Edge 500 works accurately. Of course, accuracy doesn’t remain the same all the time and varies with location. At times, the device is off by as much as 20 in a direction on ride of several miles.

When you are on an elevation of 200 ft, the difference can be as high as 20 feet. For exact elevation, you may have to take a lot of samples. On the other hand, what you need is just a record of changes in your miles long ride, you different won’t be a big annoyance. Apart from this, as far as my experience goes, this reading difference due to elevation is not a problem with this unit only. Almost every GPS unit out there has the same issue.

The temperature readings are not as accurate as they were expected. For instance, if you hold the device for, say, 30 seconds, you will feel that it has heated up. You will have similar experience if the device is exposed to direct sunlight for a while. Another problem is the gadget doesn’t’ refresh its temperature that frequently. I figure that the gadget heats up very fast but takes quite a bit of time to cool down.

It is true that the gadget is a bike computer and it synchronizes with Heart Rate Monitors, but that doesn’t mean you cannot use it for outdoor sports. All you have to do is make certain the gadget can receive GPS signals, and that is it.

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Value

At $199 price point, I think, for one, that the gadget is a bit pricy. For the average user, it may not be an affordable unit. However, for those who are made of gold, the price is not a problem and they can buy it with ease. But I guess the price shouldn’t be that high. Hopefully, the next model won’t be that expensive. You can go to Amazon for Garmin Edge 500 best price.

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So what do Other Think about the Garmin Edge 500 Cycling GPS

Amazon

Overall rating of 4.5 out of 5.0 based on 450 customer reviews.Go through these 133 questions answered about the product for more information. Here is a review by Thomas, a customer, which was found helpful by 450 people. The product ranks #3,966 in Electronics

Bestbuy

An overall rating of 4.5 out of 5.0 based on 2 customer reviews. 100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)

DCrainmaker

Read the product review on dcrainmaker if you want to have a deep insight into the device

Bikeradar

Bikeradar score: 4 out of 5

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Additional Resources

Watch this YouTube video that reviews the product in detail.

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Garmin Edge 500 Cycling GPS
If you are looking for a bike computer at a reasonable price, but you are not ready to spend an arm and a leg, you should go ahead and grab this device. The gadget provides all types of necessary information during or after a ride. So, the device is quite useful. But for some people, the price is still too high. But if you can afford it, there is no reason why you shouldn’t go for it.
9.5 Total Score
Conclusion

If you are looking for a bike computer at a reasonable price, but you are not ready to spend an arm and a leg, you should go ahead and grab this device. The gadget provides all types of necessary information during or after a ride. So, the device is quite useful. But for some people, the price is still too high. But if you can afford it, there is no reason why you shouldn’t go for it.

DESIGN
9.5
FEATURES
9.3
USABILITY
9
PERFORMANCE
9.5
VALUE
9.3
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