Garmin Edge 830 Specifications, Comparison to 530, 820, 1030 and Opinion

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The new Garmin Edge 830 bike computer is now available for pre-order for a likely delivery in May. The Garmin Edge 830 is a refinement of the Edge 820, perhaps even an evolution if I am being kind.

It represents the most featured medium-format GPS cycling ‘head unit’ and has even more features that you never knew could exist yet, being fair, some of them are patently useful. The 1030 is very similar…but bigger.

The announcement of the Edge 830 is complicated by the simultaneous launch of the Edge 530. The 530 is highly similar, minus the touchscreen. I’ll cover that separately.

In Brief
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  • Build Quality & Design - 88%
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  • Features, Including App - 99%
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  • Openness & Compatability - 98%
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Provisional Summary

Garmin Edge 830 Opinion

I will look a LOT closer at the 830 throughout 2019 to see if it really has what I need as a bike computer. It looks like the screen and processor issues have been addressed. But that still leaves the ‘Garmin menu’ and general usability issues that arise from the complexity of most Garmin devices.

I do like what I see and the price does seem justifable. Yet for a hundred bucks less there is the Edge 530 or a more user-friendly Wahoo and my own personal choice for 2019 is likely going to be there.

Even ‘normal’, power meter-related metrics, once the preserve only of Garmin, are available at lower price points from Bryton, MIO, Polar and serveral others. It’s the overall Garmin feature set that no-one else can compete with.

Personally, I do like my gadgets and features, and I buy things for lots of different reasons. Nevertheless, if you buy one, I you will be happy with it for 98% of the time.

It’s also future-proof as any new Garmin cycling feature for the next couple of years, or any new CIQ app, will almost certainly work with the Edge 830. But they’ll also work on the button-only Edge 530.

Garmin Edge 830 Specs – What’s New

Here are most of the new changes and it’s nods, boxes ticked and hand claps all round.

Much of this was broadly expected or leaked. But there are welcomed surprises.

 

 

Garmin Edge 530 ReviewForm Factor

On the outside it’s a nicely rounded unit, with a slightly bigger shell and a slightly bigger colour touchscreen than the previous 820. Optionally you can plug on a Garmin CHARGE battery pack to your Garmin 830 and charge in-ride.

Hardware

Again we see the new Sony GPS chip make its way into a new Garmin unit. For a bike device I’m NOT expecting any GPS issues to arise. So the resulting 5 extra hours of battery life is just a win-win.

We also see a new processor making its way into all new Garmin devices. Again this resolves some of the dire navigation performance on the underpowered earlier model (820).

  • BLE sensor support has been added.
  • Theft-alarm feature added

Garmin Edge 530 ReviewPhysiology

Firstbeat Analytics are spreading their physiological wings further into the Edge devices and we are seeing the heat and altitude refinements that better model some of the FB stats when in more extreme environmental and physical conditions. Yet the integration of these metrics into the flow of using the 830 has also changed. It just all now seems…better.

I know that some people love the FIrstbeat metrics so I will be going into the Edge 830’s 14 Firstbeat later, in more detail.

Hydration and nutrition tracking & alerts are covered by new functionality in the Edge 830. I’m guessing these might help some people but I remain to be convinced on usefulness over and above a basic timer feature.

Click to see all Firstbeat Features

New Features

Garmin Edge 530 ReviewWe see more of a nod towards MTB riders with new MTB Cycling Dynamics and MTB in-ride-routing options.

However the features that grabbed my attention were

  • CP Curve – your best CP curve & performances over 3, varied, time periods. This is ‘old hat’ sports maths on a new head. I was wondering only last week why this was not on Garmin Edge units and expect to see this relatively basic initial implementation expanded significantly over coming year. It’s useful info for a performance cyclist and Garmin do not provide any such analysis on CONNECT.
  • CLIMBPRO – Superficially, it’s another simple feature that has existed partly on Wahoo for a while and even Hammerhead Karoo implemented something similar recently. It’s an elevation plot of your upcoming hill with supporting metrics and is genuinely useful when doing proper climbing. The Edge 830 ‘knows’ the elevation profile only if you are following a pre-loaded course or navigating. However Garmin take this one step further and produce upcoming climb stats for the NEXT climb you are coming to.
  • POPULARITY ROUTING – has long been available on CONNECT but now the rather extensive routing and re-routing navigational engine within the Edge 830 includes it too. I like Garmin’s popularity routing…others don’t.

Price, Availability & Garmin Edge 830 Discount

The RRP for the Garmin EDGE 830 is US$399.99 / GBP349.99 with a likely delivery to you around mid-May for orders placed in April.

I’ll be producing a Garmin Edge 830 review later but for now you might want to check out the Garmin Edge 530 Review as it’s the same product but with buttons

Sources: garmin.com, dcrainmaker.com

Garmin 830 Specs & Garmin Edge 830 Comparisons

Source: Garmin (modified where known to be wrong)

Edge 530Edge 820Edge 830Edge 1030
$299.99 USD$349.99 USD$399.99 USD and Up$599.99 USD and Up
Performance GPS cycling computer with mapping and insights to help you improveAdvanced performance GPS bike computer with a 2.3″ color touchscreen displayPerformance GPS cycling computer with mapping and touchscreenUltimate connected GPS bike computer
General 
Physical dimensions?1.9″ x 3.2″ x 0.8″ (50 x 82 x 20 mm)1.9″ x 2.9″ x 0.8″ (49.0 x 73.0 x 21.0 mm)?1.9″ x 2.9″ x 0.8″ (49.0 x 73.0 x 21.0 mm)58 x 114 x 19
TouchscreenNoYesYesYes
Display size2.6″2.3″ (58.4 mm)2.6″3.5″ (88.9 mm)
Display resolution246 x 322 pixels200 x 265 pixels246 x 322 pixels282 x 470 pixels
Weight 2.8 oz (78 g)2.4 oz (67.7 g)?2.4 oz (67.7 g)123 g
Batteryrechargeable lithium-ionrechargeable lithium-ionrechargeable lithium-ionrechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life20 hours, more in other modes, less in some usage scenariosup to 15 hours GPS training mode20 hours, more in other modes, less in some usage scenariosup to 20 hours
Water ratingIPX7IPX7IPX7IPX7
Color displayYesYesYesYes
High-sensitivity receiverYesYesYes
Maps & Memory 
Ability to add mapsYesYesYesYes
BasemapYesYesYesYes
Storage and Power Capacity16 GB plus microSDª
Waypoints/favorites/locations200200200200
Routes100 Courses100 Courses100 Courses100 Courses
Historyup to 200 hoursup to 200 hoursup to 200 hoursup to 200 hours
Sensors 
GPSYesYesYesYes
GLONASSYesYesYesYes
Barometric altimeterYesYesYesYes
AccelerometerYes
GNSS ChipsetSonyMediaTekSonyMediaTek
Daily Smart Features
Smart notificationsYesYesYesYes
VIRB¨ Camera RemoteYesYesYesYes
Training, Planning and Analysis Features 
Customizable data pagesYesYesYesYes
Auto Pause¨YesYesYesYes
Interval trainingYesYesYesYes
Advanced workoutsYesYesYesYes
Auto Lap¨YesYesYesYes
V02 maxYesYesYesYes
Training Effect (aerobic)Yes (specs say no)Yes
Virtual PartnerYesYesYesYes
Race an ActivitySpecs say noSpecs say noSpecs say noYes
Auto scrollYesYesYesYes
Physio TrueUpYes (specs say no)YesSpecs say noYes
CoursesYesYesYesYes
Time/distance alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goal)YesYesYesYes
Cycle Map (routable cycling-specific street map)YesYesYesYes
Compatible with Vectorª (power meter)YesYesYesYes
Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible third-party ANT+ª-enabled power meters)YesYesYesYes
Garmin Connectª 
Garmin Connectª compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data)YesYesYesYes
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to Garmin Connect)YesYesYesYes
AdditionalAlerts (triggers alarm when you reach time, distance, HR, calories goals): yesSmart notifications displays texts and calls onlySmart notifications displays texts and calls onlyRecovery Advisor
Internal memory: 16 GBInternal memory: 16 GB
Personal cycling records: yesPersonal cycling records: yesPersonal cycling records: yesPersonal cycling records: yes
Compatible with Variaª bike radar and lights: yesCompatible with Variaª bike radar and lights: yesCompatible with Variaª bike radar and lights: yesIntegrated in-ride power capable
Bike trainer profile for compatible Turbo trainer data display and controlEdge¨ remote compatibility: yesEdge¨ remote compatibility: yesSet-up streamlined via app
On-device segment compatibility for dynamic and engaging in-ride competitionLiveTrack: yesLiveTrack: yesPhysiological measurements
LiveTrack: yesGroupTrack: yesGroupTrack: yesGroupTrack: yes
Advanced performance and power analysis, including new Time in Zone, FTP tracking, cycling-specific VO2 and recovery and cycling dynamicsAdvanced performance and power analysis, including VO2 max, Recovery Adviser, FTP/Watts/kg tracking, Performance condition/lactate threshold/stress score as well as advanced cycling dynamics and connected featuresAdvanced performance and power analysis, including VO2 max, Recovery Adviser, FTP/Watts/kg tracking, Performance condition/lactate threshold/stress score as well as advanced cycling dynamics and connected features.
Bike trainer profile for compatible Turbo trainer data display and controlBike trainer profile for compatible Turbo trainer data display and controlConnected capability: Upload, LiveTrack, weather, notifications, incident detection, GroupTrack, audio prompts, rider to rider messaging
On-device segment compatibility for dynamic and engaging in-ride competition: yesOn-device segment compatibility for dynamic and engaging in-ride competition: yes3rd-party app access: via Connect IQª, including preloaded Strava and Training Peaks
Operating temperature: -20°C to +55°COperating temperature: -20¡C to +55¡COperating temperature: -20¡C to +55¡CPreloaded Garmin Cycle Map
Connected features via a smartphone: yesConnected features via a smartphone: yesConnected features via a smartphone: yesConnected features via a smartphone: yes
Compatible with Garmin Connectª and Garmin Connectª Mobile: yesCompatible with Garmin Connectª and Garmin Connectª Mobile: yesTraining status/training load
Integration with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting: yesIntegration with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting: yesIntegration with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting: yesNavigation via device, apps, popularity routing and recalculation
Weather alerts: yesWeather alerts: yesWeather alerts: yesOpen API available with select partners
Wi-Fi¨ compatible: yesWi-Fi¨ compatible: yesConnectivity: Wi-Fi¨, ANT+ª, Bluetooth¨
Ambient light: yesAmbient light: yesAmbient light sensor
Round-trip routing: yesRound-trip routing: yesFTP / watts/kg tracking
Route planner: yesRoute planner: yesAdvanced power
Incident detection: yesIncident detection: yes.
Training plans/workouts: yesTraining plans/workouts: yes.
Connect IQª compatible: yesConnect IQª compatible: yes.
Audio prompts: yesAudio prompts: yes.
Auto start (timer starts automatically at custom speed): yesAuto start (timer starts automatically at custom speed): yes.
ANT+ª electronic shifting compatibility: yesANT+ª electronic shifting compatibility: yes.
ANT+ bike trainer compatible: yesANT+ bike trainer compatible: yes.
Strava Segments compatible: yesStrava Segments compatible: yesSegments: Strava
Stress score: yesStress score: yes.
Battery save mode: Extends battery life up to 50 percent while still tracking ride detailBattery save mode: Extends battery life up to 50 percent while still tracking ride detail.

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Liuyang W

The powermetercity code does not seem to work

tfk, the5krunner

not for a new garmin, sorry. garmn don’t allow it

Romain Walt

For Swiss customers, you can find the product here:
https://www.garmingps.ch/fr/gps-velo/5488-edge-830.html?ssa_query=edge%20830