Garmin Edge 500 Cycling Computer Is Friendly On The Wallet
Bringing a new level of function meets pricing, Garmin has announced that it will be introducing a new cycling computer into its Edge line. The high-sensitivity Garmin GPS-enabled Edge 500 features all of the performance indicators you've come to expect from Garmin: speed, location, distance, elevation and calories burned. The device is also compatible with ANT + enabled accessories including heart monitor, cadence sensor and power meter to provide an even fuller analysis of your ride.It also includes a barometric altimeter for more precise elevation-based data.
The Edge 500 mounts and dismounts from your handlebars with a mere quarter turn of the mounting hardware, making it easy to slip on and off. The device connects to your computer via included USB cable, allowing you to upload data and make use of Garmin's training website Garmin Connect. Though the pictures make it look large, it measures just 1.9" x 2.7" x 0.85" and weighs in at 2 ounces, slightly smaller than other Edge models. It gets 18 hours of run time per charge.
The Edge 500 is set to hit retailers in the fourth quarter of this year and is still awaiting FCC approval. It will cost $250 for the basic model and $350 for a model packaged with cadence sensor and heart rate monitor. Garmin's entry-level Edge 250 currently runs the same $250, but doesn't include some of the features of the 500 such as barometric altimeter and ANT + compatibility.(Buy here)