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  • Mark

    Any word on if the 500 will be phased out?

    A quick satellite fix time would be a god send.

    • The 510/810 have GLONASS receiption (Russian GPS system) so they are supposed to lock quicker.

    • The 510/810 have GLONASS receiption (Russian GPS system) so they are supposed to lock quicker.

      • jules

        i heard they’re part owned by Vino and you can pay them off to shave time off your segments

      • 510 has GLONASS, but the 810 does not.

      • Mark

        Other than speed of reception, is one superior to the other?

    • Acidpants

      I had the 500 and upgraded to the 510 – the 510 locks on amazingly quick (e.g. 2 – 3 seconds), where the 500 would take 30 seconds or so.

  • Have to agree with this (& DC Rainmakers excellent) review. There isn’t enough of an improvement to justify an upgrade. No updated ANT+, no Bluetooth Smart.
    Auto upload: I can plug the unit in to my PC at the end of a ride to upload.
    Live Tracking:I can use Glympse to do the same kind of “letting someone know where I am” tracking.
    Weather: If I’m getting wet, I know it’s raining :)
    I’ll be waiting until my 500 dies and maybe by then maybe the Edge 520 will have appeared.

  • Have to agree with this (& DC Rainmakers excellent) review. There isn’t enough of an improvement to justify an upgrade. No updated ANT+, no Bluetooth Smart.
    Auto upload: I can plug the unit in to my PC at the end of a ride to upload.
    Live Tracking:I can use Glympse to do the same kind of “letting someone know where I am” tracking.
    Weather: If I’m getting wet, I know it’s raining :)
    I’ll be waiting until my 500 dies and maybe by then maybe the Edge 520 will have appeared.

    • Thanks for the tip on Glympse Neil. My only GPS is an iPhone 4, but like others might wait for the next version before dipping my feet in the Garmin waters…thanks for the informative review CT!

    • Thanks for the tip on Glympse Neil. My only GPS is an iPhone 4, but like others might wait for the next version before dipping my feet in the Garmin waters…thanks for the informative review CT!

    • Auto upload feature is useless for power meter users. Most PM users use WKO+ or Golden Cheetah, which require USB connectivity. If Garmin decided to improve Garmin Connect analysis tool, that would be a whole different story. At the end of the day, my 500 is still as reliable as ever.

  • DerHoggz

    But with LiveTrack everyone will see I spend way too much time at the Cafe.

  • Interestingly nobody ever reviews its data integrity. I raced Glenvale last Sunday and road with both an Edge 500 and Edge 510 connected to the SAME power meter. Both the 500 & 510 were setup to record every second.

    Average power as recorded by the Edge 500 = 283 Watts for the hour
    Average Power as recorded by the Edge 510 = 262 Watts for the same hour

    These averages were computed by analysis software on my PC after the race form the raw FIT files.

    Why? Other tests I’ve run show the 510 mysteriously recording the wrong power for short durations (records about ½ the known power output). I uploaded the new firmware, same problem. Recording the wrong data makes any other feature pointless.

    Maybe I have a one-off bad unit, but I somehow doubt it.

    • Lama

      810 no different Harry. Seems to be a known issue on the forums too. I won’t be going anywhere near these new units until this issue is sorted.

      • FYI At first I thought it was my power meter, but I’ve since run this test using 2 different Quarqs. The 500 works fine, the 510 has little power dropouts.

    • same here 15w power diff in only an 5 min effort with new garmin 510. pretty disapointing and also ant+ drops out as does HR. turn it off then on again and it comes back. great concept but a few too many bugs at present even with the update

  • Al

    Just had my faulty 500 replaced under warranty and, since they were replacing it with a new unit, I asked if I could pay the difference and get a 510 instead. They said no. Looks like I might’ve dodged a bullet!

    • I wouldn’t say you dodged a bullet. You would have scored if you got a 510 as a replacement.

  • jules

    the LiveTrack function appears to use the Garmin device as a ‘thin client’ – i.e. just picks up the GPS trace and does everything else with your smartphone + app. given that there are alternative sources of a GPS signal, including your smart phone itself, the Garmin device doesn’t seem to adding a lot of value to, or is particularly needed for this feature (other than that’s how Garmin have developed it, as a hook for pushing sales of the 510).

  • You didn’t really talk about the auto sync to Garmin connect, you can combine that with a cloud service at Garminsync.com which will then auto sync from your Garmin Connect account to your Strava account.
    Which it does within 15mins if you log onto garmin connect and change the name, or within around 30mins with the default name. Te only bug is that you can’t do the rename yet on the garmin APP

    Now I only have to plug my Garmin in once or twice a week to charge. I can do my ore work ride, rush home get to work and look at my ride data with a coffee without having to stuff around plugging in and syncing. Love it!

    After a few weeks using it, the interface is a bit more fiddly and the touch screen is quite sensitive, I can also say using it offroad the new screen doesn’t seem to be good when dusty, it seems to stick to the screen more and smudge.

    The satellite connection speed is much better, and was a real bug for me on the edge500 taking up to five minutes usually.

    • Harvster

      Agree. I haven’t had a 500, but use a forerunner 210 watch for running, which is extremely frustrating waiting for satellites for 5+ minutes, when you are time poor. I recently purchased the 510 and loving the very quick glasnoss sat connection…some of the other features are a bit gimmicky, ie virtual partner – does anyone really need or use it? Courses are a bit clunky, and sometimes difficult to follow the on screen indicator. Improvements for mine would be better mapping, auto upload to strava.

      However if u need a gps computer, and tossing up 500 or 510, I would definitely go the 510 for no other reason that satellite connectivity, esp if there is little or no price difference.

  • brycerider

    I know its not an in depth review but there are a few questions most would be interested in. Does the touch screen function in winter gloves? What is the battery life like compared to a 500? Are there any features other than LiveTrack worth noting? Upsizing the form factor is a minus in my book. LiveTrack looks like novelty value and as noted a major battery drainer. Happy to hang on to my 500 till it dies.

  • Dan

    DC Rainmaker makes it seem that if you are looking at buying the 500 or the 510, it would be better to go with the 500. What are your thoughts? Live Track isn’t a feature I’m really interested in because the only one who is interested in where I am is the wife, and she can use “find my iPhone” without draining the battery doing a Bluetooth hookup.

    • Matt de Neef

      That was my first impression too, Dan. But even with the price reduction, the Edge 500 isn’t that much cheaper than the 510 (http://www.bikeforce.com.au/browse?query=garmin). In fact, if you get the head unit alone, the 510 is the same price as the 500 at Bike Force ($299). Might as well get the 510 if that’s the case.

      • Dan

        The 510 it is then. Thank you!

  • C59

    I have a real problem with this so called ‘improvement’. I don’t know of any cycling improvement where things get bigger and heavier. I know we are talking grams but doesn’t seem to make sense. As a relatively serious road rider my 500 is the perfect form factor. I don’t want a bigger unit on my bike, nor are the features compelling in the slightest to warrant an upgrade. It seems the marketing department of Garmin are getting too much say in the design process and the not athletes.

  • Hunter

    I currently own a 500 and I wouldn’t replace it with a 510. More expensive, a couple of extra features I don’t need, bigger which I don’t need or want and doesn’t record power as accurately. The only thing right they have done is make it all black.

  • Hunter

    I currently own a 500 and I wouldn’t replace it with a 510. More expensive, a couple of extra features I don’t need, bigger which I don’t need or want and doesn’t record power as accurately. The only thing right they have done is make it all black.

  • Hunter

    I currently own a 500 and I wouldn’t replace it with a 510. More expensive, a couple of extra features I don’t need, bigger which I don’t need or want and doesn’t record power as accurately. The only thing right they have done is make it all black.

  • You can already use an App that comes with your iphone to track others,like “find my friends” for example.
    I’m pretty sure at this stage I’d have no interest in that part of the 510.Locking onto satellites would be a positive over the 500 though.I have both the 500+800 and I love the 800 and see no need to upgrade.

  • MattClark

    The lag in picking up satellites for the 500 can be fixed if you upload all your activities, then delete the old ride files off your garmin. Speeds it up a heap

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