Garmin Edge 830 Test & Experience

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Garmin Edge 830 Review! Edge 830 and Edge 530 – are the newest GPS bike nav and bike GPS training computers from Garmin.

The Edge 830* offers full bike navigation and an enormous feature set. Compared to Garmin’s top-of-the-line model, Edge 1030, the GPS bike computer even offers some new features.

Garmin Edge 830 Test - Hardware of the GPS bike navigator
Garmin Edge 830 Experience – The Garmin Edge 830 Home Screen

Find out what they are and all the important details about the Garmin bike navigator in this review. You will also find all the difference to the Garmin Edge 530 with button control. Let’s start with the Garmin Edge 830 review:

Quick overview – Garmin Edge 530 or 830 – the biggest differences

Garmin Edge 530 with button control: Full bike navigation with button control. This makes it easy to operate even in the rain and with gloves on.

Garmin Edge 830: Operable via touchscreen and with buttons. Bike navigation with a wider range of functions: Compact GPS bike computer with a full range of functions. Outperforms in terms of features even the Garmin flagship Edge 1030

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Garmin Edge 830 GPS Bike Computer*
  • Garmin Edge 830 bicycle navigation

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The Garmin Edge 830 is based on a control concept of button operation and inputs via touchscreen. Inputs are always precisely recognized and the operating concept is logically structured. Thus, even beginners quickly get along with the GPS bike computer and make directly good Garmin Edge 830 experience.

You want your GPS bike computer with pure button operation? Then take a close look at the Garmin Edge 530* (to Garmin Edge 530 review). The feature set is slightly smaller than the Edge 830 tested here. But it can also be operated perfectly with gloves and in heavy rain.

Garmin Edge 830 test road bike handlebars
Garmin Edge 830 experiences – The bike navigator cuts a fine figure on road bike handlebars

Garmin Edge 830 Highlights

What are the big features of the Garmin Edge 830?

The Edge 830 GPS bike computer offers a whole range of strengths. I will go into detail about all of them in the detailed practical review. Here are the main highlights:

strong package of hardware and technology
full bike navigation
Very long battery life: In practice 19 hours bike navigation possible
especially large range of functions: more functions than Garmin top model Edge 1030
✅ Good integration with online sports portals like Strava and komoot.
Expandable functionality through Garmin Connect IQ Apps
especially compact housing

During my extensive test I could collect almost only good Garmin Edge 830 experiences. The overall package of the GPS Radnavi is in any case very coherent.

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I particularly liked the large feature set and the long battery life (about 19 hours) and they are my personal highlights. I have the Fahrradavi therefore gladly particularly extensively tested and taken under the magnifying glass 🙂

Thanks to its versatility, the GPS bike navigator is equally suitable for road cyclists, touring cyclists and mountain bikers.

Technology – GPS Bike Navi

When it comes to technical features, the Garmin Edge 830 GPS bike computer is right up front: Garmin uses modern hardware such as a fast processor and a multitude of sensors. Demanding tasks such as route calculation on the device are thus carried out quickly and the map display is always very smooth.

Another important point: The touchscreen is colorful and even in difficult situations perfectly readable. Also, the built-in battery has some energy reserves and so long bike navigation with the Edge 830 is possible. You’ll learn right away what the technical functions mean in practice.

Garmin Edge 830 experience - GPS bike navigator on the handlebars
Top technology and best readable display – The Garmin Edge 830 delivers an attractive overall package – Garmin Edge 830 experiences.

Now let’s take a close look at the scope of delivery first and then the other features.

Edge 830 Unboxing & Scope of delivery

The new Garmin Edge devices are available for purchase with different sized accessory packages:

The accessory package with the mountain bike bundle is exciting but by no means necessary: Even with the pure GPS bike computer can be navigated off immediately. Nothing stands in the way of an alpine cross or a wild ride on the trails.

The following accessories are included with the Garmin Edge 830:

  • Garmin Edge 580 GPS bike computer
  • Garmin standard mount
  • Garmin Mountain Bike Mount
  • Silicone protective cover
  • Edge remote control for the handlebar
  • 2nd generation speed sensor
  • Fastening loop
  • Micro USB cable
  • Instruction
  • TrailForks maps and unlock code for Trail Navigation

The scope of delivery in the Garmin Edge 830 MTB Bundle is quite exciting. Garmin delivers here a bundle of additional hardware and useful software for TrailForks. In any case, it’s a good Garmin Edge 830 experience to be greeted by such a lavish equipment package right away 🙂

Most of the accessories can also be bought separately later which is worth it if you don’t need the complete accessory package. The very good Garmin mountain bike mount* also exists from third-party providers like kwmobile*. For example, compared to Garmin original accessories, this mount costs about half.

In my opinion, the MTB mount from kwmobile * is just as valuable and almost identicalto the official Garmin MTB mount. She is only missing the Garmin logo 🙂

A large package of mounts and accessories is already included in the Garmin Edge 830 MTB bundle. Many of the mounts can also be purchased separately at a later date. Let me introduce you to the accessories in detail:

Garmin MTB mount: The mountain bike mount positions the navigation device directly in front of your handlebar. At this position, the Edge 830 GPS bike computer is optimally in the field of view. The Garmin mountain bike mount is screwed to the bike handlebar. This ensures optimum stability– even on the trails. In addition, the Garmin silicone cover protects against scratches from branches or damage when dropped. This is also included in the MTB bundle. A safety loop is also included. Personally, however, I think these accessories are superfluous. After all, the MTB mount already holds the GPS bike computer reliably and securely on the bike.

Garmin Edge 830 Experience - GPS Bike Navi on Aero Mount
Garmin Edge 830 experience – the Aero mount of the Garmin Edge 830

You need another MTB mount? As described above, I can the kwmobile bracket* highly recommended. It is well made and functionally identical to the original Garmin mountain bike mount. Only the white Garmin logo is missing.

Garmin standard mounts: Two of them are included. These mounts are quite practical and also reliably and securely hold the bike navi. The standard mount is versatile and can be attached to either the stem or the bike handlebars. The Garmin Edge 830 GPS bike computer supports numerous bike profiles. For example, profiles for mountain bike, gravel, road bike and others are pre-installed. A profile for indoor cycling is also available and if desired, you can also create your own bike profiles. Thus, the Garmin standard mount ideal for the second or third bike. Support of hardware and software is given.

Garmin Edge remote control: The bike navigator can be operated with only one thumb and thus with both hands on the handlebar. The remote control thus ensures more safety and is especially suitable if you often ride in demanding terrain and want to operate your Garmin GPS bike computer safely.

Speed sensor of the 2nd generation: The sensor is suitable for navigation as well as for indoor training. In moments without GPS reception, the GPS bike navigator falls back on the speed determined by the sensor. This is the case, for example, with indoor training or road tunnels. The sensor is also compatible with devices other than the Edge 830.

Hardware and memory of the Edge 830

The bicycle navi has the dimensions 50 x 73 x 21 mm and weighs 79 grams (reweighed). Garmin very aggressively promotes the mountain biking features of the GPS bike navigator and I’ll detail those below as well. Thanks to the compact dimensions and the low weight, the GPS bike computer on the MTB and also on the road bike equally cuts a fine figure.

With the Edge 830, even rides in the rain are possible without hesitation: The housing is protected according to IP67. This means that the bike navigator is dustproof and protected against temporary immersion.

Garmin Edge 830 test button operation
The Garmin Edge 830 is perfectly manufactured all around: The operation is done with a combination of touch and buttons

For positioning, even three satellite standards can be used: GPS, GLONASS and Galileo. The systems can be set on the device as follows.

Positioning via:

  • GPS
  • GPS and Galileo

My Garmin Edge 830 positioning experience: In practice, I have extensively tested the various positioning combinations. The good news is that there was no noticeable difference in positioning performance in the GPS Navi test. No matter which satellite system or satellite system combination was selected. The current position was detected by the Garmin Edge 830 bike navigation mostly within a few seconds and I could thus always start very quickly with the bike navigation.

Even in difficult situations I could only very rarely notice interruptions of the satellite reception. I could navigate even in deep canyons, surrounded by mountains or in the forest with a dense tree canopy always reliably. Was the satellite reception then but times away, then the interruption usually lasted only a few seconds.

In the Memory 16 GB are permanently installed. A possibility of the Memory e.g. by microSD card to expand there is unfortunately not. In the scope of delivery with already installed map of Europe< / g>, are displayed in Windows Explorer 7.3 GB free memory on the bike Navi.

In the hand – keys and controls

The following controls are available on the GPS bike computer: I will now briefly describe the operation at a glance. Further below, the operation of the Garmin 830 is described in detail.

  • Power button on the left side of the housing
  • Two buttons at the bottom of the case: Lap button and Start/Stop button.
  • All other functions are controlled with the touch screen.
Garmin Edge 830 test buttons below
Garmin Edge 830 review – the buttons below

Edge 830 Display

The display of the GPS bike computer measures 2.6 inches and has a resolution of 246 x 322 pixels.

The size is ideal: On the one hand the housing of the Radnavi remains compact. Thus it fits from the aesthetics to MTBs as well as to a road bike. Second, the navigation instructions are very clear.

As usual from Garmin the display belongs to the best what the bike navi world has to offer: The screen is perfectly readable. Also when the sun shines directly on the display or when light conditions change frequently, e.g. in the forest.

The built-in brightness sensor is also a comfort gain. This automatically adjusts the display brightness to a reasonable level. This ensures good readability of the display and conserves battery life.

Garmin Edge 830 test battery life on the GPS bike computer
Garmin Edge 830 Experience – Battery life and readability on the GPS bike computer are optimized by automatic brightness control

Mounting and fastening

With Garmin Edge 830 MTB Bundle* are equal several useful mounts included: 1x Garmin mountain bike mount and 2x Garmin standard mount. I have already described the properties of the mounts above.

Garmin Edge 830 Test - GPS Bike Navi Mount
The Garmin Edge 830 handlebar mount in use

With both mounts, the Garmin Edge 830 bike computer absolutely securely sits on the bike. The Garmin Charge Power Pack can be connected to the Garmin mountain bike mount from below. This is an add-on battery from Garmin, which approximately doubles the battery life of the GPS bike navigator.

Sensors and Connections on the Edge 830

In terms of connectivity, all modern standards are offered: ANT+, Bluetooth as well as WLAN are built in.

ANT+ and Bluetooth are therefore used for the connection of sensors.

Garmin Edge 830 Experience Adding sensors to your GPS bike computer
Garmin Edge 830 Experience – Adding sensors to your GPS bike computer

The mobile phone connection via Bluetooth is used for: Route downloads, synchronization of activities and other data transfers. The Garmin Edge 830 connects directly to a Wi-Fi access point. This allows data to be downloaded even faster than via Bluetooth with a smartphone.

Setup and settings – Garmin Edge 830 field report

When you first turn on your Garmin Edge 830, the Setup Wizard starts automatically. A quick reference guide is provided. As is so often the case, this is rather superfluous: The setup is very simple and almost self-explanatory. For more in-depth detailed questions, there is a detailed manual available for download on the Garmin website. In addition, the setup wizard on the Edge 830 display provides clear instructions.

You do not necessarily need a smartphone to operate the Garmin Edge 830. Presumably, most users still want to pair their smartphone with the GPS bike navigator. Thus, for example, activities completed on the road can be uploaded directly to Strava. Also route planning with komoot is possible, for example. Including transmission of the planned route to the Garmin Edge 830. You can find out exactly how the sync works and how to set it up in the komoot Test article.

Garmin Edge 830 Test komoot Connect IQ App Bike Navigation
komoot & Strava compatible thanks to Connect IQ app – bike navigation with smartphone support

So most people will pair their smartphone with the Garmin Edge 830 in the second step. You are guided through the pairing process with clear instructions directly on your smartphone. The Garmin Connect app is available for iOS and Android. A Windows application is also available. For me, the Garmin Connect app let me connect directly on the first try. Just as I expect 🙂

Now the sensors can also be connected to the GPS bike navigator. You can do this either directly on the Edge 830 GPS bike computer or more conveniently with your smartphone. On the smartphone, you can then also directly change the name of the sensor as desired.

The data pages of the Edge 830 can of course also be customized. A maximum of 10 values can be displayed per data page. I think a maximum of 7 values is reasonable. For example, with 7 values, six are displayed small and one is displayed larger. This is ideal for keeping a closer eye on particularly important data such as speed or performance. The following screenshot shows examples of differently configured data pages:

Garmin Edge 830 Test Data Fields Bike Navigation
Garmin Edge 830 experiences – The data fields can be very individually adapted

If a value can be measured or otherwise meaningfully displayed, so can the Edge 830. The large selection can be confusing at first. Therefore, Garmin has introduced the “popular” values. The most frequently selected values are displayed there.

Here is a selection of the values that can be displayed:

  • Bike-related data: current speed, top speed, altitude covered, cadence, power, etc.
  • Sunrise and sunset
  • Di2 charge level
  • Compass
  • Ascent rate (measured by barometric altimeter).
  • and many more

A new function is the graphical display of certain value combinations as a bar chart. This function is available for certain values, such as heart rate, current speed, average speed, maximum speed and others.

The setup of the GPS bike navigator so quickly by hand. In addition, the Garmin Connect app displays useful setup instructions. The Edge 830 offers very extensive training and navigation functions. The basic functions are built in easy to understand. If you also want to use all the professional functions, you may have to spend a little more on the GPS bike navigator but that is of course in the nature of things.

Navigation with Garmin Edge 830

What is the Navi function? How fast is the calculation of the routes and how smooth is the moving of the navigation map as well as the zooming in and out?

Garmin Edge 830 review: How clear is the route guidance during bike navigation? What map material is provided and are there free map updates? You will also learn what information is displayed on the data pages and how useful this information is. I also share my Garmin Edge 830 experience with the new MTB navigation.

Record activity

If you just want to record an activity then a simple press of the Start/Stop button at the bottom of the case will do it: recording will then start immediately. You will then see your current position on the map and you will have access to your data pages, as well as other information on the display.

Once the activity is complete, simply press the Start/Stop button. The Edge 830 then shows you an overview screen with data about your activity. The same screen will appear when you reach your destination point after navigating.

Garmin Edge 830 experience goal achieved on GPS bike computer
Map view before destination, activity completed and overview – destination reached on GPS bike computer

Navigation & Maps

The Garmin Edge comes with a map package already installed. Depending on the region of the world in which the Edge 830 GPS bike computer is purchased, different maps are pre-installed.

A Garmin Edge 830 purchased from us in Europe has the Garmin Cycling Map Europe pre-installed i.e. cycling maps for Europe are installed on the internal memory.

You can count on at least two free map updates per year with Garmin. However, a computer with Garmin Express software installed is required to update the map. I find that nowadays not at all contemporary. Here would be a update via smartphone or directly on the GPS bike navi desirable.

Garmin Edge 830 experience: The range of functions corresponds to the Garmin flagship 1030. If we were to include the new MTB navigation, then the navigation scope of the Garmin Edge 830 even exceeds that of the 1030. Anyway, I have presented all the navigation features in the extensive Garmin Edge 1030 review. I’ll give an overview of the features again in this Garmin Edge 830 review.

At least the display is slightly different – due to the more compact display.

Garmin Edge 830 test - data fields altitude profile and map for bike navigation
Data fields, map and altitude profile for bicycle navigation

The following functions are available in the “Navigation” menu:

  • Enter destination: It is possible to enter the address, POI or coordinates directly on the bike navi. Then a route incl. Turning instructions calculated.
  • Back to start: When bike navigation is active, this item can be selected. The Edge 830 then navigates back to your starting point,
  • Search map: A destination on the map can be selected via touchscreen. The Edge 830 then calculates a route to that destination. For the calculation of the routes different routing settings can be selected to calculate e.g. the shortest way or the most popular way.
  • Tracks: Tracks downloaded from tour portals like Garmin Connect or komoot and transferred to the Edge 830 are displayed here. This can be, for example, gpx files downloaded from any source. Activities completed with the Edge can also be converted to routes. The navigation of routes work great with the Edge 830. There are also many settings that can be made: for example, turn-by-turn directions can be turned on and off, and the behavior when deviating from the route can also be controlled.
  • Mountain bike trail navigation: See above – there I have already presented the function in detail.
  • Favorites: A previously set favorite can be selected. As with Browse Map, you can set specific criteria to determine the route and the Edge 830 will calculate a route. Favorites are either locations previously saved directly with Edge 830 or waypoints transferred to Edge 830.
Garmin Edge 830 experience turn-by-turn directions for bike navigation
Turn-by-turn directions on bike navigation can be turned off and on – Garmin Edge 830 Experience.

Garmin Edge review – speed: Garmin promises twice as fast route calculation with the Edge 830. Compared with which device, Garmin unfortunately does not reveal. I suspect the Garmin Edge 820 is meant here. In comparison, he Garmin Edge 830 works in the route calculation actually about twice as fast. Also zooming and moving the image section on the map now works very quickly. The overall impression is very round and the operation is fun.

Quality of the route calculation

Quite outstandingly suitable it is Garmin Edge 830 for routes alreadyplanned in advance and transferred to the GPS bike computer. For example, a with the komoot Connect-IQ App transferred route. So if you plan your routes with komoot (on your smartphone or on the web on your computer) or a similar software and transfer the route to the Garmin 830 for navigation, then you can expect the best bike navigation. The routes can be transferred either with a USB cable or in the case of e.g. komoot also wireless.

As mentioned, destinations can also be entered directly on the Garmin Edge 830 GPS bike computer. The bike navigator then calculates the route directly and you can start navigating. Here the route quality is unfortunately rather mediocre and road-heavy. You can set some preferences for the route to be calculated, such as “routing by popularity”, but unfortunately this does not change much in the mediocre quality of the result.

Garmin Edge 830 review Conclusion on route calculation: I therefore recommend planning the route in advance or with another software. And then, ideally, transfer them wirelessly to the Edge 830.

Rerouting – Garmin Edge 830 Experience

If you leave the current route, the Edge 830 quickly announces itself. So you will be alerted to leave the route. Immediately the way back to your original route is calculated. The route calculation is lightning fast. As mentioned, a new processor is installed in the Garmin Edge 830. Thus the Edge 830 consistently works very quickly and the operation is fun – positive Garmin Edge 830 experiences thus.

Garmin Edge 830 test please turn references to GPS bike computer
Please turn references to GPS bike computer

Edge 830 Other features

A great innovation are the mountain bike features of the Edge 830. Now you can find out how good they are. I also explain some other useful features and innovations.

Mountain bike features

New with the Edge 830 and 530 GPS bike navigation is the mountain bike trail navigation with TrailForks and special for mountain bikers thought values. There is an extra data page where the mountain bike values Grit and Flow are displayed.

Below I explain the mountain bike functions and metrics in detail:

  • Grit: Difficulty of a MTB Tour
  • Flow: Fluid, personal driving.
  • Airtime: Spung data
  • ClimbPro: Visualization for climbs
  • and the route search based on TrailForks data

Unfortunately, the mountain bike navigation was not usable at the time of my GPS Navi test. Garmin has not yet correctly integrated the function into the firmware of the Garmin Edge 830. I’ll describe in detail below what to expect from TrailForks-based MTB navigation at this time. A hint in advance: Unfortunately not much :/

Grit – Difficulty of a MTB tour

Grit is intended to make the difficulty of a mountain bike tour comparable. The Grit value is influenced by the speed of up and downhill runs. In addition, the crank angle influences the Grit value. The higher the Grit value, the more difficult the tour. Garmin categorizes Grit as follows:

  • Simple: 0-20
  • Moderate: 20-40
  • Difficult: 40+

The Grit value is intended to compare the difficulty of different tours. If different people ride the same tour, the result should be a similar Grit value. The value is always output at the current time and grit mean values are calculated over different time periods.

If the activity is completed and synchronized to Garmin Connect then there are more evaluation options here: It is then the average Grit displayed, as well as Grit over time in a table. In addition, the Grit values can be displayed on an activity map. The more difficult a MTB tour the higher the Grit value should be.

Flow – fluidity of a MTB tour

Flow indicates how smooth your riding is on an MTB tour. The speed of the ascent and the descent are also taken into account here. In addition, the curve angle is also included in the value. Garmin interprets the flow value as follows:

  • Liquid: 0-1
  • Moderate: 1-20
  • Rough: 20+

Flow makes the fluidity of a MTB tour or a trail descent quantifiable. If you want to ride down a trail smoothly, i.e. without large fluctuations in speed, then a look at the flow value can be helpful. The Edge 830 GPS bike computer displays your current flow and the average flow for the last 60 seconds. In addition, the lap flow is displayed. If the activity is completed and synchronized to Garmin Connect then see there even more analysis options available: The average flow and the flow over time are then displayed in a table. Low flow values indicate tours with smooth descents and high flow values indicate activities with large speed fluctuations.

MTB data page in detail

The following values are displayed on the MTB data page and this is what they mean:

  • Flow: Measured value indicates how evenly the current activity is driven.
  • Grit: Assesses the difficulty of the current activity. Height, gradient and speed of directional changes are taken into account.
  • 60s Flow: Flow average of the last 60 seconds.
  • 60s Grit: Grit average of the last 60 seconds.
  • Lap Flow: Flow total value of the current lap (i.e., since the activity started or since the lap button was last pressed).
  • Round Grit: Grit total value of the current round.

ClimbPro – visualization of climbs

ClimbPro offers a detailed visualization of climbs on the current route. The function is not only fun, but also very useful and motivating. The overview of the current climb is thus greatly increased. There is a page with a list of all the boardings on the current route. Nourish yourself, then the ClimbPro page is displayed. There you will see a detailed elevation graph of the current slope. In addition, data on the current ascent is displayed: remaining ascent altitude meters, remaining distance of the ascent as well as remaining altitude meters and the current inclination.

TrailForks – MTB Navigation

This new feature uses the TrailForks database. At the time of my GPS bike navigation test, the MTB navigation unfortunately did not work yet. – and I have tested the function several times. Each time, the Garmin Edge 830 GPS bike computer displayed the following message “No routes found. Adjust the starting point of the search so that it is on a trail network and try again.” In doing so, I was sometimes right next to or even on trails that are in the TrailForks database. So at this point, unfortunately, the MTB navigation does not work. Presumably, the feature will be added with a firmware update. Here I would wish an open communication on the part of Garmin. As soon as the MTB navigation is subsequently delivered, I will of course test the function and complete the Garmin Edge 830 test here.


Specified recipients are sent a link when a tour starts. Via the link, your own position is then visible in real time. I have not yet tested this feature in my Garmin Edge 830 review.

Group Tracking

When riding together with several Garmin Edge owners, groups can be formed. The position of the other group members is then visible in the map view. The function can also be used with older Garmin Edge devices.

In short: Functionally, the Edge 530 offers almost everything road cyclists could wish for. In addition, there are the already known security features such as LiveTracking. Appropriately defined addressees receive a link at the start of a tour on which the driver’s position can be tracked in real time.

Curve warning

A curve warning is displayed in good time for particularly sharp curves. A useful feature, especially when you’re off-roading and on loose surfaces. Unbraked, you could easily lose control of the bike here. Security features like this are always a welcome feature. The warnings also only appear on really tight turns, so you’re then sensitized and also by no means annoyed too often.

Garmin Edge 830 experience sharp turn on GPS bike computer
Garmin Edge 830 experience sharp turn on GPS bike computer

Battery life of the Garmin Edge 830

The GPS bike computer uses a permanently installed Li-Ion battery to store energy.

Garmin claims a battery life of up to 20 hours.

In practice, I can use the bike navi reach values around 19 hours. A very good value and for almost all certainly more than sufficient. In the GPS bike navi test, I mostly had my smartphone paired with the Edge 830 GPS bike computer and the display brightness was automatically regulated.

With the above mentioned Garmin additional battery, the battery life can also be doubled, i.e. then around 40 hours of bicycle navigation are possible.

Garmin Edge 830 Experience Bracket
Contacts on the mount of the Garmin Edge 830 – Here you can dock the Garmin additional battery.

If the battery saving mode is activated, the battery life is also doubled. However, there are of course comfort losses and the display then turns off very quickly, for example.

The micro USB port is located on the bottom of the case. A sturdy rubber cover with seal protects the micro USB port from the weather.

Garmin Edge 830 test - Micro USB connection for GPS bike navigation system
Micro-USB port at the bottom of the case – USB Type-C would be more up-to-date

As a connection, USB Type-C should rather be standard for modern electrical devices by now. In any case, via the micro USB port, the Garmin Edge 830 can be be charged during operation. That is of course very exemplary 😉

Comparison and difference: Garmin Edge 530 or 830

Garmin Edge 530 and Edge 830: Both bike computers offer TOP hardware, as well as first-class navigation experience. In short: I have tested both intensively and can recommend both GPS bike computers.

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There are differences mainly in the operating concept, scope of navigation and price. The Garmin Edge 830 has more functions, especially in bicycle navigation, and is usually more intuitive to use thanks to the touchscreen. Now you can find out exactly where the differences lie:

Garmin Edge 530 vs 830:

  • Operation:The most noticeable and biggest difference is the operation. The Edge 830 is mainly operated via the touchscreen. In addition, the GPS bike computer has three buttons on the housing. The Garmin Edge 530, on the other hand, is operated completely with seven buttons. Touchscreen operation on the Edge 830 is more intuitive and often requires less input on the device. The Edge 530, on the other hand, can be operated safely at all times, even with gloves on and in the rain, thanks to the full button input.
  • User interface: The user interface of the GPS bike navis is adapted to the different operating concepts.
  • Weight: The weight of the Garmin Edge 830 is 79 grams. The Edge 530 weighs 76 grams. Thus, the Edge 830 is about 3 grams heavier.
  • Scope of navigation: The scope of navigation functions on the device is significantly larger on the Garmin Edge 830. For example, the Garmin Edge 830 can plan routes with intermediate destinations. Also only available on the Edge 830 is the Roundtrip Routing function and the search for POIs and addresses. The Edge 530 is not capable of these functions. The Garmin Edge 830 thus has the same navigation feature set as the Garmin Edge Explore and the top-of-the-line Edge 1030.
  • Price: For the Garmin Edge 830, you have to pay a premium of about 100 euros compared to the Edge 530.

Edge 830 Experience and Summary

The Garmin 1030 is officially the Garmin flagship. You think the 1030 is too big and too expensive? Then you can buy the new and compact Edge 830 with a clear conscience.

Leistung und Funktionsumfang sind ähnlich und übertreffen das Flaggschiff in einigen wichtigen Punkten sogar. Zum Beispiel hat der Touchscreen klar brillantere Farben, besitzt eine höhere maximale Helligkeit und ist dadurch leichter ablesbar.

The Edge 830 convinces with the core functions. The GPS signal is quickly detected and reliably maintained even in difficult situations. Here, the Edge 830 arguably benefits from multiple positioning technologies that can be combined for increased reliability.

In terms of navigation functions, the Edge 830 also offers the best features: Navigation can be started directly on the GPS bike navigator e.g. by entering an address or selecting a point on the map. Alternatively, apps such as komoot are used for navigation.

All current standards are offered in terms of connectivity: Bluetooth, ANT+ and WLAN are on board. This means that all current sensors can be connected. The smartphone can also be paired and thanks to Garmin Connect IQ Apps, the range of functions of the Edge 830 is expandable. This allows completed activities to be synced to Strava, for example, or routes to be conveniently planned on the smartphone with komoot and then sent wirelessly to the Edge 830.

In principle, the new Garmin Edge 830 is now the more compact further development of the flagship. Actually, the Edge 830 is a more compact and upgraded Edge 1030. So basically the new best Garmin bike navigator!

Buy Garmin Edge 830 – yes or no?

The Garmin 830 offers the best navigation, powerful technology including a fast processor and a very easy to read display. The GPS bike navigator also has a long battery life of about 19 hours in practice.

The range of functions and performance are on the same high level as the Garmin flagship 1030. In comparison, the housing is more compact and the bike navi is cheaper.

A useful new feature of the Garmin Edge 830 is the “ClimbPro” climbing function. Why the mountain bike navigation does not work yet and that is not communicated by Garmin, however, is incomprehensible to me. Presumably, this feature will be added with a future firmware update.

In summary, the Garmin Edge 830 is a top full-featured GPS bike computer and one of the best solutions on the market.

Garmin Edge 830 GPS Bike Computer*
  • Garmin Edge 830 bicycle navigation

* Werbung - Aktualisierung am 2024-06-24, Preis kann gestiegen sein, Als Amazon-Partner verdiene ich an qualifizierten Verkäufen, Bild:Amazon


strong package of hardware and technology: In particular fast processor and excellent display.
full equipment
Very long battery life: 19 hours in practice.
especially compact housing
Complete connectivity: ANT+, Bluetooth and WLAN on board
useful new features like ClimbPro
✅ Online portals like komoot and Strava well integrated.
✅ wide range of functions and expandable with Garmin Connect IQ Apps.


❌ Quality of the internal route calculation
❌ Memory not expandable
❌ MTB navigation (TrailForks) does not work yet

Alternatives to the Garmin Edge 830

Garmin Edge 530

You prefer a complete key operation? Then the Garmin Edge 530 GPS bike computer is certainly suitable for you. The range of functions is almost as large as that of the Garmin Edge 830 and the GPS bike navigator is even a little cheaper. The technical values like fast processor, excellent battery life as well as the comprehensive connectivity are also given in the Edge 530.

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The best Garmin Edge 830 alternative is the Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM. It is much easier to operate. This is achieved by a somewhat reduced range of functions as well as operation in tandem with the smartphone. Komoot and Strava are of course also on board here. The route guidance along planned routes works excellently and the color display is superior to all other bike navis in terms of readability.

Wahoo Fitness ELEMNT ROAM GPS Bike Computer, Black
  • Wahoo Fitness

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Sigma ROX 12.0 Sport

As a Garmin Edge 830 alternative, the operation of the Sigma ROX 12.0 Sport is particularly simple and based on the smartphone. When it comes to bike navigation, the Sigma ROX12.0 is superior to the Garmin Edge 830: There are several alternative route suggestions, the calculated routes are usually better and the bike navigator offers more overview during navigation. This is certainly due to the larger touchscreen.

Unfortunately, the battery life is significantly inferior to the Edge 830 at only 9 to 11 hours, and the case is also much larger.

* Werbung - Aktualisierung am 2024-06-25, Preis kann gestiegen sein, Als Amazon-Partner verdiene ich an qualifizierten Verkäufen, Bild:Amazon

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