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Garmin Edge 200 for cyclists

Last week Garmin introduced a budget friendly version of Edge 500 bike GPS computer. Edge 500 is currently listed at $250 but the new model, Garmin Edge 200 will be listed at $150.

Edge 200 is completely GPS based so it requires no calibration, and it is good whatever weather you can throw at it. Edge 200 can store 130 hours of cycling data, lasts up to 14 hours, and offers a USB interface for easy data transfer.

Garmin Edge 200 weighs about 2 ounces, uses HotFix satellite prediction, and allows you to set alarms for distance, time, and even calories. Wait until the third quarter of this year to get your hands on the Edge 200.

Here is a demo video:

garmin edge 800

Garmin just announced a new touchscreen device for cyclists called Edge 800.

It provides BirdsEye Satellite Imagery, has a bigger 2.6″ display compared to older Edge models. It can track all of your performance data, on and off road and always helps you find your way back to the start. Edge 800 tracks speed, distance, time, GPS position, elevation, calories burned, climb and descent. It syncs wirelessly through ANT+ technology with heart rate monitors and speed/cadence sensors. For even more data Edge 800 incorporates a barometric altimeter to pinpoint changes in elevation.

Edge 800 can displays temperature readings, changes time zones automatically, lasts up to 15 hours on one charge and alerts riders if they’re moving but the timer has not been started. Nice little feature.

Edge 800 costs $450 and Edge 800 Performance and Navigation Bundle costs $ 650.

two new colors for Garmin Edge 500

Garmin just announced two new color schemes for their Garmin Edge 500 devices - a highly popular device among pro cyclists. The two new colors are called argyle Edge 500 and the neutral Edge 500, both of which will be officially launched at the Tour of California, this coming mid-May.

Garmin Edge 500 first came out last September and has been selling for around $350. Some of the features of the Edge 500 includes ANT+ wireless, tracking things like speed, distance, time, elevation, and even calories. Since elevation data from the GPS signals isn’t all that accurate Garmin Edge 500 actually uses an barometric altimeter.

Garmin Edge also pairs wirelessly with Garmin speed/cadence sensors and features advanced heart rate-based calorie computation when used with a Garmin heart rate monitor. Edge 500 also displays temperature readings, changes time zones automatically and alerts riders if they’re moving but the timer is not running. With up to 18 hours of battery life, Edge 500 features a low-profile, quarter-turn mount that fits easily on the stem or handlebars. The new argyle Edge 500 is packaged with Garmin’s premium soft-strap heart rate monitor, speed/cadence sensor, bike mount, AC charger and USB cable. The neutral Edge 500 comes with the bike mount, AC charger and USB cable, and it can be paired with the other optional accessories when purchased separately to best suit each specific cyclist’s needs.

Garmin Edge 500

Garmin Edge 500 is the latest GPS device for cyclists.

It can track speed, distance, time, GPS coordinates, elevation, calories burned, climb and descent. For the last part - the climb and descent - Edge 500 actually uses a barometric altimeter which is a lot more accurate compared to GPS data alone. Of course the Garmin Edge 500 has wireless sync capabilities via the ANT+, and can also work with speed/cadence sensors. Provided you have a Garmin heart rate monitor, it can even give you very precise calorie consumption data.

Garmin Edge 500 will cost $250 by itself. If you decide to go for the heart rate monitor and speed/cadence sensor bundle expect to pay an extra $100.

We hope your workouts last less than 18 hours. That’s how long the battery will last.

Team Garmin Edge 705

Garmin is making their ‘exclusive to Team Garmin’ special edition Edge 705 available to public; but only for a limited time. Called Team Garmin Edge 705, the device comes bundled with a heart-rate monitor, speed/cadence sensor and detailed street maps with turn-by-turn directions and lots of POIs.

This special edition cycling computer / GPS navigation handheld device is inspired by the iconic orange and blue argyle pattern and apparently is already available for purchase. However we couldn’t find any online stores that offer this version just yet.

Either way, the Edge 705 has a suggested retail price of $500 but expect to pay more since this one also includes all the maps, heart-rate monitor, and speed/cadence sensor. It costs $580 on Amazon for the older color.

Garmin Edge 605

In addition to Edge 705 which we just mentioned Garmin also announced Edge 605 today. Edge 605 has the same for factor and features as with its more expensive version for the most part but it just lacks the heart rate monitor and the speed/cadence sensor. You’ll also miss out on the barometric altimeter, unit-to-unit wireless transfer and the ability to attach a power meter to it. However you’ll save some money since Edge 605 costs $430. Of course you’ll still need to buy maps if you want turn by turn directions.

Edge 605 has great training features for cyclists such as:

  • virtual partner lets you race a virtual competitor over a specified distance and speed
  • courses let you race against a previously recorded workout, so you can compare your current and past performances over the same ride
  • auto pause pauses the timer when you slow down or stop and resumes when you speed up again, so you can focus on your ride
  • auto Lap automatically starts a new lap each time you pass a specified location or travel a preset distance

Garmin Edge 705

Garmin today made available a new device - Edge 705 - both a trainer and a navigator designed mostly for cyclists. It can get heart rate, cadence, turn-by-turn directions, and power data (needs third-party power meters). You can also share your data with other Edge 705 users who are within 3 meters.

Edge 705 offers 3 different versions with three different prices:

  • Edge 705, Heart Rate: $540
  • Edge 705, Heart Rate & Speed/Cadence: $595
  • Edge 705, Heart Rate, Speed/Cadence & Data Card with Street Maps: $710

Edge 705 can provide with information such as your speed, distance, time, calories burned, altitude, climb and descent, and thanks to the barometric altimeter you can get extra-precise climb and descent data - all on a 2.2″ color screen.

Edge 705 accepts microSD cards but if you choose not to pay for any additional maps you can just rely on a basemap which is already installed on the device. Edge 705 will store data on 1000 laps, 100 waypoints, and 50 routes.

garmin edge 305 review

A lengthy review came out about the Garmin Edge 305 on pocketgpsworld where they consider everything from installation to the analysis software that comes with it. Not much to say here but it got the thumbs up from them and got a lot of positive comments from the people in the field such as a tri-athlete, a cycle commuter, a hiker, and so on…

Garmin buys MetriGear

Garmin just bought MetriGear, a Silicon Valley company that has created the pedal-based power solution for cycling for improving athletic performance in cycling and other sports.

Their product is the Vector which is a pedal-based power solution that integrates MetriGear’s custom force and motion sensor platform into the spindles of bicycle pedals to measure a cyclist’s performance. It even enables the independent measurement of pedal force for each leg.

It looks like the latest Edge 800 and Vector will be merged into a package soon, communicating using the ANT+ technology to track your speed, power, distance, time, elevation, calories burned and everything else in between.

No pricing or availability date information just yet. Stay tuned.

Garmin will quit smartphone business

Garmin will quit smartphone business.This is not certain yet, but we’re guessing it will be very soon. At an interview CFO Kevin Rauckman said they’d have to make some decisions about their smartphone business if they couldn’t turn it around within the next 6 months.

He acknowledged that GPS enabled smartphones were costing them business, up to 10 millions units per year thanks to Google Maps, Nokia’s Ovi Maps, both of which offer free GPS navigation… which got them in to smartphones in the first place.

Well at least they still dominate standalone GPS navigation market in the U.S… Read More …