Having reviewed the 200 and 500 from the Edge series, we thought we’d better step up and get one of the more up to date models. Garmin kindly sent us an Edge 1000 Bundle which contains:
– Edge 1000 unit
– Preloaded Garmin Cycle map of Europe
– Quarter turn mount
– Out-front mount
– Speed sensor
– Cadence sensor
– Premium heart rate monitor
– USB cable
– Quick Start manual
We’ve been using this for the past few weeks now and are happy to report that it lives up to the hype.
The unboxing process reminded me of unboxing Apple goods. The quality and attention to detail of the packaging is definitely something to behold. As outlined earlier, in the box you get a variety of little bits and pieces all individually wrapped in little cellophane packets. You can’t help but feel a bit special with all of these little individual extras within the main box.
Having already owned a few of the Edge series in the past, setup was fairly plain sailing. Startup was quick and even indoors it quickly acquired satellite coverage (one of my main problems with the older units was the inability to just switch on and go due to the 5-10 minutes it took to acquire satellites even in clear skies). From turn on to first ride shouldn’t take you more than 5-10 minutes even if you need to change the units and input your age etc.
The unit was already synced with the Cadence, Heart-rate Monitor and Speed sensors so there was no set up required there, just needed to turn them on and they were picked up and it began tracking! It’s those little things that make the experience that little bit easier.
The EDGE 1000 seems to have just picked off where the previous units left off. My only concern is for the battery life. One test ride involved a ~7 hour ride which resulted in the “Battery Low” warning appear at around the 6 hour mark. Since that ride, i’ve adjusted the settings to be a bit less battery intensive. (GPS rather than GPS+ and turning the brightness down a notch or two). Other than that, there have been no problems at all.
The touch screen is great (as they have been in previous models) and I’ve not had a single problem with it. It works through my gloves and to this date has survived a few drops of rain without any issues.
The size is obviously a big difference from previous models. When comparing it to the 200, it’s easily double the size. However, almost the entire front of the unit is the screen. Meaning more visuals on your ride which will help you assess how you’re getting on while in the saddle with less need to be pushing buttons while on the road. (Although they do offer a Remote Control which you can attach to the side of your handlebars to save you having to take a hand off!)
Overall this unit is a serious bit of kit and they seem to have outdone themselves. It’s a big upgrade from the previous models. It may be more expensive, but can you afford to not get one..?