Garmin introduces Edge 810 and Edge 510 GPS bike computers

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01/7/2013| 0 comments
by Mark Watson
Garmin Edge 810 and Garmin Edge 510 bike computers with mobile phone connectivity

Garmin introduces Edge 810 and Edge 510 GPS bike computers

Earlier today Garmin revealed the Edge 810 and Edge 510 GPS bike computer units as well as the new Garmin Connect Mobile app for cyclists who want to track their statistics and location while training and racing.

The Edge 810 and 510 are Garmin’s first dedicated cycling devices with real-time connectivity and combine the most popular aspects of the industry-leading Edge 800/500 while adding advanced connected features through a smartphone. The new user-friendly interface, along with live tracking, social media sharing and real-time weather updates make them perfect for training, touring and riding on the trail. The Edge 810 and 510 will debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES South Hall 4 - 35812), where they will be prominently displayed. They may be ordered online from the USA and Europe.

“With these new connected Edge devices, riders can continue to expect robust data, industry leading accuracy and durability that cyclists have come to know from Garmin,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “Using the connectivity through smartphones, we will enable cyclists to take advantage of features such as real-time tracking and instant uploads, while keeping their phones safe in their saddle bags and relying on the power of the Edge on their handlebars, to provide accurate data in all conditions.”

The Edge 810 is the perfect choice for the cyclist who wants the ultimate performance and navigation machine. This new Edge features a sleek 2.6” color display, up to 17-hours of battery life, and a newly redesigned and simplified touchscreen interface. The 810 is compatible with optional detailed street or TOPO maps including BirdsEye Satellite Imagery, so it can guide cyclists for touring, commuting or extended activities where they might need onboard maps and navigation. Because it’s GPS-enabled and its navigation capabilities require no data usage, the Edge 810 is a perfect choice anywhere in the world.

The Edge 510 was designed specifically for performance driven cyclists and is a light-weight (80g) compact option. The 510 features a similar user interface to the 810, boasts a new 2.2” sunlight readable touchscreen display and is compatible with both GPS and GLONASS satellites for faster satellite acquisition and improved signal lock. The 510 is suited for the most challenging conditions, such as canyons and adventures with heavy tree cover. According to Garmin, the Edge 510 is rugged, waterproof and has up to a 20-hour battery life. The touchscreen is easy to operate, even with a gloved finger and when wet. It also comes with a tether to ensure the device doesn't travel far in the event of a spill. The Garmin Edge 810 and 510 can be seen in action at www.garmin.com/edge.

Both the Edge 810 and 510 accurately track speed, distance, time, GPS position, elevation, calories burned, ascent and descent. For even more real-time data on display, the 810 and 510 sync wirelessly through ANT+™ technology with compatible third-party power meters as well as Garmin heart rate monitors and speed/cadence sensors. For extra-precise ascent and descent data, they incorporate a barometric altimeter to pinpoint changes in elevation. The new activity profiles feature allows cyclists to customize data fields and device settings based on their cycling activity, such as training, racing, or road and mountain biking. Switch profiles with a simple swipe of the touchscreen and

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