Hi folks and thank you for stopping by. In this review article we are going to be examining the Garmin Edge 500 or Garmin 500 (in short). This product is a full featured GPS based unit primarily targeted for people who are cycling and want to keep track of their stats.
It isn’t the latest or fanciest model Garmin has released but it does promise a lot of helpful features that will help the user immensely (I will get to that later).
Garmin Edge 500
It is the descendant of the well-known 305 model, which created a lot of buzz when it was released back in 2005. A little note here to internet purchasers: Always be sure to read customer reviews (just like you are doing now) before you decide on buying an electronic product because you simply don’t want to end up with something you will leave lying around in your basement.
There for I encourage you to check sites like Amazon.com or Newegg and see what previous customer’s impressions were.
You have to know that price ranges can be very large and it ultimately depends on where you purchase a product that will determine how much you pay for it. In my experience, Amazon has proven to offer the biggest discounts on the web since there are dozens of retailers fighting against each other to gain maximum exposure by offering low prices for the products they are attempting to sell.
Note that I promptly go over the specifications and features it comes with. After that I will devote a section to its weaknesses, followed by the positive aspects and finally my personal recommendation. So let us cut to the chase and find out whether the Garmin Edge 500 is worth the money.
Product Specs & Features:
- Product Dimension is 1.9 x 2.7 x 0.9 inches
- Screen Size: 1.2 x 1.4 inches
- Resolution: 128 x 160 pixels and no Touch Screen
- It has a weight of 2 oz (approx. 56.7 g)
- The indicated battery life say it should hold up to 18 hours
- It is water resistant and has a high-sensitivity receiver
- A “Heart rate monitor” is included
- You can measure the bike speed with its cadence sensor (optional)
- Comes with a “Calorie Bruner Meter” (very helpful)
- Additional Features: Customizable Screen, Barometric altimeter, Temperature can be recorded, Global Positioning System
- Package Content: Garmin Edge 500, light bike mount, a charger, a USB cable and manuals
Negative Aspects of the Garmin Edge 500:
Initially, I am going to be talking about the aspects I wasn’t so pleased with…
- The first annoying issue is that the Garmin Edge 500 that I used for the test wasn’t recognized by my computer in the beginning. Whatever I did it didn’t seem to work and I had to return it to the store and get a new one. I really do hope that it was only a defect with the one I received and not a general problem for all owners.
- Next up is the bike mount. I am not so happy when using it during my cycling session because I always get the feeling that if I apply a little too much pressure the unit might just drop off and get seriously damaged.
- The battery life doesn’t last as long as it should. In my test is managed to die after 13 hours of consistent usage and that even with all the settings turned down to “low”. I am not used to that because Garmin generally creates products that live up to the expectation when it comes to battery consumption.
- Lastly it can be quite difficult to read the data since the screen is fairly small compared to other Edge models. Especially, when riding in heavy sunlight you might get easily irritated by this inconvenience.
Other than that I don’t have more to complain about, so let us see what its plus points are…
Positive Aspects of Garmin Edge 500:
- The very first remark I would like to make is how “damn” easy the Garmin Edge 500 is to use. It is almost as easy as taking it out the box, mounting it your bike and voila! Ok, there are a few steps in between I left out but you get the point.
- You won’t even need to look at the manual once because everything is so easy to understand and pretty self-explanatory if you do encounter unknown stuff.
- The size is absolutely great. It really does weigh precisely 2 ounces and it is probably one of the lightest Garmin devices I have ever held in my hand.
- It captures a heck loads of valuable data that can later be reviewed on your desktop computer if you wish to do so. Even though I had this issue of my PC not recognizing the device at the beginning, using the Garmin Connect software are really does allow you to easily manage all your tracks & data with great report layouts.
- An obvious but still noteworthy point is that you have the choice between 2 different colors (either black & silver or blue)
- Features such as the “Heart Rate Monitor” and “Calorie Burn Meter” work like a charm and it is quite accurate as well. The nifty cadence sensor, which can be attacked to one of your wheels spoke provide additional accuracy in driving speed
Conclusion for the Garmin Edge 500:
All in all I definitely have to say that the pros outweigh the cons with the Garmin Edge 500 and it is perfect for anyone who primarily needs a GPS device when cycling.
It gives you all the features you require to keep track of all the relevant information if you are a passionate bike rider. It is one of the cheapest of its kind and Amazon.com is currently putting a major discount on the Garmin 500, so be sure to check it out there.
Note that I have also written a review about the Garmin Edge 800, which is a newer model with more features. Click here to read the review…
Thanks for reading my review on the Garmin Edge 500 and I hope you have gained more insight about this product. For more information on the Garmin Edge 500, you can also go to the official website @ Garmin.com!
Cheers, Michael Levins!