Garmin Edge 810 Bike Computer $499.95
The best just got better.
You're probably wondering what the Garmin Edge 810 Bike Computer has that the 800 doesn't. Well, in two words, simplified functionality. Don't expect a supernova of metrics and design, instead Garmin set the bar more at the level of a red dwarf. The 810 retains the touch-screen interface, access to every imaginable exercise metric, and GPS functionality. However, the usage and access to these features has been drastically improved. Garmin has also sprinkled in some impressive social media and smart phone connectivity. Simply put, the 810 is everything that you've been waiting for.
Starting at the screen, Garmin placed a focus on simplifying screen and metrics navigation. The initial start screen prompts you to select the CPU's functionality for your ride, either 'train' or 'race.' To avoid confusion, training mode is presented in Blue, whereas race mode is presented in Red. Additionally, this screen enables you to select the bike profile that you'll be riding -- mountain, road, cyclocross, or even unicycle if you're savvy. Once these selections have been made, you simply touch the ride button, and the screen moves to your race or training page. And of course, this page is customizable for every bike profile in your quiver. So, your ride page will only reflect the data that you deem pertinent to your ride or race. Even more impressive, and a jump away from the corner navigation fumbling of the 800, the 810 allows you to simply swipe the touch-screen from page to page. Also, Garmin designed the screen to operate seamlessly with gloved hands in the cold, in the heat, or even in wet weather.
And as long as we're on the subject of new features, you'll should be ecstatic to hear that the 810 is Bluetooth ready. So, while sport device communication is still handled by ANT+ (say, wireless data transfer from HRMs or powermeters), the Bluetooth technology communicates with your smartphone. And to make matters even easier, the 810 is fluent in either Android or iOS operating systems. So, once you're synced up with your phone, and you've downloaded the Garmin Connect Mobile App, the 810 really comes alive. Essentially, the 810 receives data from your smartphone, like live weather and activity upload. This means that you're able to receive real-time weather conditions, forecasts, and alerts while your phone stays protected. And for activity upload, this hastens the data transfer once you've finished your ride. From any location, this feature allows you to wirelessly upload your ride data to your smartphone, which then uploads it to your Garmin Connect profile online. Accordingly, you can view your profile from the Mobile App, almost eliminating the need to access Garmin Connect from a home computer.
Impressed? Believe us, that's just the tip of the iceberg. With the 810's Live Tracking feature, you have the ability to share your activities in real-time through either email or the social media of your choosing. All that you have to do is invite your coach, friends, or family to follow you on Garmin Connect, and then you're able to send email notifications reminding them to follow your real-time activity, stats, data, and location while you're on the bike. You also have the option to share this information via Facebook or Twitter. But, your adoring public aren't the only ones that can navigate your movements. With either the Mobile App or Garmin connect, you have the ability to peruse rides in your area. Once you find one to your liking, simply select the ride, and then the route is uploaded to the 810 with full GPS navigation capabilities. And whether you're on a designated route, or simply going wherever the road takes you, the map feature permits you to view the area in either topographical or detailed street views. No more getting lost.
Now for the guts. The 810 sees the return of Garmin's ever-popular, Virtual Partner and Virtual Racer training programs. The 810 accepts microSD data cards, and it's capable of storing up to 180 rides on its onboard history. It's rechargeable lithium-ion battery has a life that extends to around 17 hours. Garmin also ensured that the CPU is completely waterproof, and it's also compatible with virtually any ANT+ equipped device. So, mating the 810 to an HRM or powermeter will be a painless affair.
The Garmin Edge 810 Bike Computer is available in the color Black and includes a bike mount, USB cable, AC charger, and a user-manual.
What community has to say
All that and a bag of potato chips.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've been using a Garmin 500 for the past three years...it's been a great device, light, dependable, easy to use. Recently i've been doing more traveling, which is a drag without a bike and have found myself lost several times in unfamiliar lands far from the comforts of my local routes and pit-stops.
- Enter the Garmin 810 -
This device is everything I hoped it would be - essentially I was looking for an upgrade to the 500 with map usability. I don't really care about bluetooth connectivity and to be honest I'm a bit of a luddite. I buy a device to do a single job, in this case it's navigation, and to do it well. I have to say the 810 turn by turn directions with a GPX file from any of a host of on-line mapping sites takes the terror out of venturing onto unfamiliar roads and the courage to go left when you might normally go right. Or as Robert Frost might say..."I took the road less traveled by and that has made all the difference..." Thanks to the Garmin 810 I was able to do this.
Another bonus: now through May 31st 2014 Garmin is offering a $100 rebate on the 810, http://garmin.blogs.com/promotions/2014/03/Edge_810_Rebate.pdf - making this decision a whole lot easier
Only had it a few days. Nice improvement from the Edge 500. Far more user friendly. just wish it didn't cost so much.
Does the extra features will justify the...
Does the extra features will justify the upgrade from the Edge 800?
The only real difference between the 810 and the 800 is that the 810 is compatible with Garmin Connect Mobile. So if you are tethered to your smartphone like me then it might be worth getting the 810, otherwise it sounds like the 800 is your model.
Thanks Wayne, that it is what I though, I'll keep my 800.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have to say I am a Garmin junkie and love the units I have had over the years. I am on my 4th unit (different model) the 810 with HRM. As in past units this unit does more than most folks care to have analyzed for sure. But if you want an all inclusive unit to have the capability to do anything you care to do in cycling this unit can do it. The only complaint I have is the unit can at times be hard to read if the sunlight hits it at a certain angle. You also have to hit the buttons to move from screen to screen deliberately. Not a hard tap but it is not very sensitive. Maybe a good thing or not. The unit pairs well on Garmin Connect via Bluetooth and your phone to send your ride to those you wish to watch live! I do this routinely so my wife can monitor my rides if riding solo. This unit is lightweight as well so the weight weenies have nothing to fear. I do highly suggest getting the tacky rubber housing for the unit to protect it from drops and inadverdent impact. Also you can use course creator online and upload to the unit and enable turn by turn directions to ride unfamiliar roads. So if you want an al inclusive unit to record all pertinent information for hours of recap you need the Edge 810.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have used the Garmin Edge 800 for a little over 2 years. It developed a problem and being that it was out of warranty, I had to send back to get a refurbished unit for $100. I decided to upgrade to the Edge 810 while I waited for my refurb unit.
Easy to set up bike profiles (TT bike, road bike, MTB with different sensors on each)
Easy to set up activity profiles (training, race, even have a kayak profile)
Easy to set up custom screens displaying the data you want
Gets GPS lock even faster than the already fast Edge 800
Bluetooth connectivity to phone is the biggest upgrade. I can upload workouts immediately without connecting to computer. You can also stream your ride using the Garmin Connect app on your phone. A great way to let someone know where you are, especially in case of an accident.
The ability to create a course on the Garmin Connect site and then transfer it to the phone without hooking up to computer is also an excellent feature.
Battery life isn't what the Edge 800 was, although I have certainly had it last a lot longer than 5 hours mentioned in a previous review. I have used it up to 10 hours and it hadn't died but was in the low teens on charge percentage.
There are intermittent connection losses with my Ant+ power meters. All will be fine and then suddenly my power and cadence drops to 0 for 5 seconds or so. Then power shoots up really high (although my output has not changed) and it all starts working again. I think it pretty much averages itself out so it doesn't matter much unless you are doing short intervals. The Edge 800 did not have this issue.
Overall, I think this was a solid upgrade. I would not have done it if I hadn't had problems with my Edge 800. After 2.5 years of use in all conditions, I was willing to overlook the $100 to get a refurbished unit. If making a decision between the 800 and 810 I would chose the 810 based on bluetooth alone.
Unit works, lacking in many areas though
Good and bad. The speed in which this unit connects to speed, cadence and heart rate sensors is amazing compared to what I have used in the past to include other Garmin units. It connected to my phone via Bluetooth easily. The speed it connects to the satellites is pretty amazing as well. All in all, a fairly easy to use unit though I have not figured out if you can modified the data display screen yet in terms of adding or removing boxes of data which is annoying. Its not completely intuitive in my opinion.
The bad, the price and what you get. This is $500 which is as expensive as most high end phones you might buy without a contract. This unit isnt nearly as complicated or stuffed with as many features as a phone but, I will not ride with my phone mounted on my bike and my phone currently doesnt connect to the sensors. The screen is usable but there is a learning curve with it. Dont expect it to act like your phones screen. Also, while the screen does what it needs to, at this price I think it should be higher definition. Now for the REALLY bad, you wont get anywhere close to 13 hours out of the battery. Using it as you would in most outside situations, meaning Bluetooth on, screen at maximum brightness etc... youll get about 5 hours if you are lucky. Its probably fine for what most people will do but its the idea that Garmin would KNOWINGLY mislead people about this units battery life that annoys me. I want one GPS unit for all outside activities I do. Is it too much to ask to get a unit like this to work for hiking and golf for no additional cost? No its really not. Not when phones can do the same these days for less money. Also, 40 bucks for a piece of plastic to mount this unit the way it NEEDS to be mounted to make it the most useful it can be? Seriously Garmin, you are going to nickel and dime people like this? I wont be sorry to see you go when phones finally do everything.
In the picture there is a cadence sensor...
In the picture there is a cadence sensor and heart rate monitor...but in the sidebar it specifically says no HRM. Is this the bundle version?
Negative. Sorry for the confusion, I'll see about getting that image removed.