Garmin Edge 705 Review

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11/6/2008| 0 comments
by Dave Osborne
Garmin Edge 705 GPS bike computer.
Garmin Edge 705 GPS bike computer.

Garmin Edge 705 Review

Roadcycling.com reviews Garmin's top-of-the-line GPS cycling computer.

has so much to offer. It is simple to use but may take some time to decide which settings and features are best for you. It is useful for recreational riding or the serious pro racer. The unit comes with an extra set of mounting brackets. Switch it out between your road and mountain bike or your road and time trial bike. Roadcycling.com challenges anyone to find something this unit can’t do.

Ok, we actually beat you to it. There is no auto-off. One of our reviewers found out the hard way. He wasn’t used to turning off a GPS at the end of a ride and just walked away from the Edge 705 when he got off the bike. The next day, there was the shiny Garmin on his bike – but with a dead battery. Hopefully such a feature will be added to the next model. We would also like to see Garmin add the ability to associate the unit with wireless headsets to make it possible to receive voice instructions while riding. The ability to receive route instructions by voice would make it easier to choose the right route when the route instructions on the display are hard to see or you are busy focusing on moves from your fellow riders or competitors. Wireless headset-compatibility could also be used to develop a feature where you could receive pre-recorded heads-ups or instructions from your own coach while riding.

Overall, Roadcycling.com highly recommends the Garmin Edge 705. Combining bike computer and GPS features it is both extremely useful and motivating as well. You deserve the best - don’t you?

Visit Garmin online at www.garmin.com.

USA: Click here to buy the Garmin Edge 705.
Europe: Click here to buy the Garmin Edge 705.

Specs:

Physical & Performance:

Unit dimensions, WxHxD:

2" x 4.3" x 1" (5.1 x 10.9 x 2.5 cm)

Display size, WxH:

1.37" x 1.71" (3.48 x 4.36 cm); 2.2" diag (5.6 cm)

Display resolution, WxH:

176 x 220 pixels

Weight:

3.7 oz (104.9 g)

Battery:

rechargeable li-polymer

Battery life:

15 hours, typical

Water resistant:

yes (IPX7)

GPS-enabled:

yes

High-sensitivity receiver:

yes

RoHS version available:

yes

Maps & Memory:

Basemap:

yes

Ability to add maps:

yes

Accepts data cards:

microSD™ card (not included)

Lap history:

1000 laps

Waypoints/favorites/locations:

100

Routes:

Limited by memory space available

Features:

Heart rate monitor:

yes

Bike speed/cadence sensor:

yes (some versions)

Foot pod:

no

Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer):

no

Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data):

yes

Garmin Training Center® software compatible:

yes

Virtual Partner® (train against a digital person):

yes

Courses (compete against previous workouts):

yes

Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed):

yes

Auto Lap® (automatically starts a new lap):

yes

Auto Scroll (cycles through data pages during workout):

no

Multi-sport (changes sport mode with a press of a button):

no

Advanced workouts (create custom, goal-oriented workouts):

yes

Simple workouts (input time, distance and calorie goals):

yes

Pace alert (triggers alarm if you vary from preset pace):

yes

Time/distance alert (triggers

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