Garmin Edge 540 – child-like noises…is it just me?
I’ve been meaning to write this for a month or so as it’s been bugging me.
The last time I looked, it was 2023. My Apple Watch makes discrete noises or even uses haptics when sounds are inappropriate. My Google Assistant on my Google Home speakers now even makes a single, subtle beep to acknowledge that I’ve turned an accessory on/off in the current room.
Yet Garmin’s sound designer extraordinaire has taken it upon him/herself to add a somewhat retro, 1970s sound to the completion of a ClimbPro Freeride climb. Actually, that’s wrong as my use of the word ‘retro’ should imply an element of coolness or tastefulness. My Edge 540’s sounds have neither of those facets.
I thought at first that I was imagining its awfulness. But there have now been multiple fellow group riders who just laugh when it goes off usually saying “WTF was that“. My response is usually “Oh, it’s just my Garmin. I’m testing it. Just because I have to. I wouldn’t really choose this, honest” – of course, I’m lying when I say that as I have chosen the Edge 540 to be my main bike computer this year :-). I think I also heard GPLAMA make a similar comment
Turning the Device Tones On and Off: .
Once you add in beeps for Varia radar alerts, sharp bend warnings, high traffic road warnings, workout target alerts, CIQ alerts, turnaround alerts, reminders to start a ride, adding a lap or being directed to turn you’ll soon be audibly driving yourself crazy. Crazy enough to turn them all off which then kinda defeats the point of some of the truly useful ones.
Clearly, Garmin has to account for the possibility of noisy environments, so alerts need to be loud. My main criticism is that it’s obvious that no one has holistically thought through the audio experience; for that matter, they haven’t thought through the visual and button interface either but that’s another matter entirely.
What Do I want?
Sound themes and display themes/skins would be nice. But that’s not going to happen anytime soon.
I’ll just take a subtle ‘beep’ for the completion of a ClimbPro Freeride.
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