Worth the Extra Money
Pros:- Large Display, Easy Reading - Routing, Re-routing - Long Battery Life- Tight Integration with Garmin Connect- Wireless syncing Cons:- Bigger, Bulkier might not be for you- Syncing is cumbersome sometimes a physical connection is necessary- Would like to see direct support for 3rd party map da
ta Garmin makes small changes to their Edge products over time. Most do not add much functionality over what has been available for years. It is the User Interface which sees the majority of change with some benefits to processing and battery life too. In this context, I’d been using Garmin Edge 800 for years and saw no benefit to changing. That changed when I updated my bike to electronic shifting and dynamic power pedals (Vector 3). No support for gearing data in the Edge 800. I initially went to Edge 530 to save a few bucks but found the display hard to read and the buttons awkward to use. Added the Edge 1030 Plus and so glad I did. The significantly larger screen is so much easier to read and touch display much easier to operate when riding. Furthermore, Garmin software is optimized for the 1030 in my opinion. Everything just works more seamlessly. Now I use both 1030 Plus on the out front arm and keep the 530 on the stem. The two displays let you monitor the usual details (speed, cadence, heart rate, grade, etc.) while also monitoring pedal dynamics, climb pro, or map simultaneously. Glad I updated ...
May 23, 2021