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Garmin Edge 800 review

Garmin Edge 800

Verdict

A responsive, useful touchscreen, fantastic performance and a reasonable price - this is an excellent cycle GPS.

Review Date: 21 Feb 2012

Reviewed By: Jonathan Bray

Price when reviewed: £225 (£270 inc VAT)

Buy it now for: £186
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Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

Features & Design
6 stars out of 6

Value for Money
5 stars out of 6

Performance
5 stars out of 6

PCPRO Recommended

The Edge 800 takes up no more room on your bike’s handlebars than a standard cycle computer, but unlike most of the devices you’ll find in Evans, it has a touchscreen that is flush with the edges of the unit.

The screen is very small, measuring a mere 2.6in diagonally, and the touch technology is resistive, but it works surprisingly well. Even in thick gloves we could flick through its various screens without have to stop and fiddle, and because it’s transflective we found it clearly readable in direct sunlight.

Garmin Edge 800

GPS performance is superb, with the unit locking on in around 15 to 20 seconds, and the list of what it can do is almost as long it is for the multi-talented Montana 650t. You can add heart-rate and cadence sensors if you really want to get serious and the Edge 800 also supports third-party ANT+ power meters.

For extra motivation the Virtual Partner option allows you to race against yourself on familiar routes. There’s also the option to load Ordnance Survey maps at 1:50,000 (Landranger equivalent) or 1:25,000 (Explorer equivalent), and it’ll even do turn-by-turn satnav.

And even if you don’t want to pay for the OS maps, there are plenty of websites offering Garmin-compatible Open Street Map and Open Cyclemap files for free. It’s a fantastic GPS and fitness device, and considering how much it does, the price is very reasonable.

Author: Jonathan Bray

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User comments

Battery?

What is battery life like? Given the size of the screen and the type I guess it’s not an issue but what did you find?

Can I second the recommendation for OpenStreetMap (OSM)? I use OSM on my Garmin eTrex.

They are a pain to select and format for your gps though so you might want to look at http://talkytoaster.info/ukmaps.htm where it has all been done for you. I have no connection with this web site. Bearing in mind that Garmin charge a ludicrous £200-ish for 50k OS maps and OSM is free, you might want to drop TT a few bob for his work.

Just be careful, it’s easy to get hooked on correcting and updating OSM!

John

By JohnHo1 on 21 Feb 2012

Wow, I really want to have it.. I must collect money first..

By jonathanspring on 22 Feb 2012

On my Christmas wishlist

I'm really impressed by the reviews I've read on the EDGE 800 and will definitely get one before the end of the year to go along with my power meter.

By KurtCobain on 24 Feb 2012

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