What the Garmin Edge 1000 does, it does well! But there are also a few flaws with its operations that Garmin should look into, particularly where its Garmin Connect software is concerned.
In terms of overall performance, we consider the Garmin Edge 1000 Color Touchscreen GPS as one of the best bike-specific tracking computers, especially considering its price range in comparison with its wide range of features, from computing speed, distance and time to pairing with ANT+ sensors. The latter is notable, too, because of the potential for more features that come with it, such as text notifications, GPS tracking, and automatic data upload.
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Features of the Garmin Edge 1000 Color Touchscreen GPS
Clear and crisp display
The large 3-inch display makes reading the information displayed on the screen easier, while still keeping your focus on the road. The full-color touchscreen has a 240 x 400-pixel display resolution, which isn’t the same as in smartphones, but it’s among the best of its kind.
The vivid display’s screen brightness can also be adjusted manually, although, it’s also equipped with dual orientation – the ambient light sensor makes automatic adjustments in screen brightness, depending on light conditions. The result: A high level of readability in both bright daylight and dim light (e.g., in tunnels) conditions.
Bikers usually wear gloves when on prolonged bike rides. The Edge 1000’s glove-friendly interface is then a plus, especially during rainy conditions, when changing the settings may be necessary.
The training pages on the display can also be customized with up to 10 data fields, while activity profiles can also be changed in accordance with changes in the type of biking activity, such as from touring to road biking.
This is a relatively large yet lightweight bike computer, at 4 inches tall and 4 ounces heavy, respectively. You may consider it a boon or a bane depending on your needs in a bike computer – a boon if you want readability, a bane if you’re shaving seconds off your time (i.e., aerodynamics).
Bike-specific navigation features
The Edge 1000 has several relatively sophisticated navigation and mapping features that make it suitable for serious riders. The pre-loaded Garmin Cycle Map, for example, comes with the Open Street Map (OSM) feature that contains routable bike and road paths, address search, points of interest, and even elevation data.
This is valuable information for serious bikers, who want to go out of their comfort zone yet still find their way back.
Even without cell and web coverage, the mapping data has already been stored the Edge 1000 computer. The quick and easy access to the navigation features and performance capabilities is always available, which bikers appreciate in rural areas.
The Edge 1000 also provides its users with on-road and off-road navigation, as well as turn-by-turn navigation, both of which are valuable for serious bikers.
We particularly liked the Live Track feature, which allows your family and friends to see your current location on a computer screen. As you move through a path, you will be represented as a moving dot on the screen, a safety feature when you’re in off-road conditions.
The Segments feature allows riders to turn their leisurely ride into a competitive race. When you’re riding a segment, which can be anywhere from 0.5 miles to 10 miles, you will get information about your pace performance and distance remaining, as well as where you are in the segment.
You can then make comparisons with other riders on the segment, since there are also leaderboard rankings provided.
Performance analysis features
The Edge 1000 has several performance analysis-related features that make it among the best in its class. This is due to its ANT+ sensors compatibility, so additional information can be displayed, which include speed, and cadence.
The Vector power meter, for example, provides accurate measurements of total power, cadence, and left and right balance, which serious riders have plenty of uses for.
You can also use the pre-loaded power-based workout, a tool for calculating your unique functional threshold power that, in turn, can be used as a basis for your customized power training zones. You can also schedule your advanced workouts and upload your results via the Garmin Connect.
The Edge 1000’s features can be expanded using your smartphone. The expanded features include incoming call and text alerts, although, you can’t take the calls and see the texts, live tracking, and social media sharing, as well as wireless uploads, among others.
You can upload your biking data via either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to your Garmin Connect, so your family and friends can monitor your progress.
Decent battery life
While the 15-hour rating on the battery life is decent, it doesn’t hold a candle to other bike trackers with battery lives of up to 24 hours, even more in many high-end models.
Each bundle consists of the Edge 1000 computer itself, as well as the standard mount, extended mount, USB cable, tether, preloaded maps, and manuals.
- Easy to set up and use
- With crisp display that makes automatic adjustments for light conditions
- Excellent mapping capabilities
- Wide range of connectivity-related features
- Intuitive touchscreen display
- Large size
- Short battery life unsuitable for prolonged tours
The Garmin Edge 1000 is the perfect tool for serious cyclists looking for top-of-the-line functionality in their GPS and performance tracker units.
This can also be connected to many types of sensors and a smartphone, thus, extending its current built-in capabilities. But it’s slightly clunky and heavy, due to its size, but it can be overlooked.