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Manufactures Description:
The touchscreen Edge 510 is designed for the competitive cyclist who seeks the most accurate and comprehensive ride data. It offers connected features¹ through your smartphone, including live tracking, weather and social media sharing. Whether you’re training, racing or touring, Edge 510 tracks the details of your ride, and you can view it later on a map at Garmin Connect™. Compatible with GPS and GLONASS satellites for faster satellite acquisition and improved signal lock, the 510 is suited for the most challenging conditions, such as canyons.

Overview:
I have been using the Garmin 510 now for quite some time, and got this one specifically for my MTB, as I did not want the Garmin 1000 on that especially if I come off. I figured better (cheaper) to break this one. I find that the size of this one is better suited as well to riding off-road.

Thoughts:
A colour touch screen and easy to use external buttons enhance the interface experience. The touch screen uses different technology than most smartphone touch screens, so it takes some getting used to. A more purposeful finger swipe is required to scroll through pages, and a firm touch to select or deselect. The advantage to the Garmin touch screen over other types is that it works in the rain and with gloves on, both critical for a cycling computer.

Starting up the Edge 510 is simple: a firm press of the power button and the unit is up and running. It takes about 20 seconds for the computer to connect with satellites, plenty of time to get yourself sorted on the bike. Before riding you will want to ensure that any ANT+ sensors you have paired are registering on the screen. Starting a ride requires you to select a bike from your loaded bike profiles and an activity profile. While riding, navigation between data pages is accomplished using a finger swipe and the Lap button is used to start/stop an interval or segment of the ride.

I found that the battery life is more than adequate, Garmin claims 20 hours of life, and so far I have not been able to flatten the unit while using it out riding. Charging can be accomplished using the included mini USB cable attached to either your computer or the included wall charger.

The Edge 510 has an IPX 7 rating, which denotes water resistance for 30min when immersed in 1 meter of water. I have had no issues with water resistance during using this, including getting totally soaked on the West Coast Cycle Trail on one of the sections we rode.

Pros:
Size, Cost, Ease of use.

Cons:
Size has increased much closer to the Garmin 810 without incorporating maps
LiveTrack – is it really that useful? (almost needs to support SIM card for mobile data)
Version – Garmin have a bad habit of bringing out all these new devices, 500, 510..

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