Saturday, March 16, 2013

Garmin Edge 810

After struggling with the fragile MotoActv, I decided to jump ship to Garmin...


The new Garmin Edge 810. Not widely available yet and not available at all in Asia. I bought it from the US. 

Unboxing...


Pretty simple package, the mini USB cable for charging and syncing with PC, universal (110V-240V) power adapter with US plug, quick user manual in multiple languages, the mounts and the Garmin Edge 810 main unit. One thing to note is Garmin is considerate enough to bundle 2 mounts in the package...


This is thoughtful as many users own more than a bike.

Comparing to my phone Motorola Razr Maxx and the MotoActv...


For those wieght-conscious riders, it's quite small and light (about 100g) so won't be adding much grams to your bike, just like its predecessor Edge 800.

Instead of writing up a technical review, I would rather recommend DC Rainmaker's in depth review for you to read on. This is the blog I always frequent for sport gadgets. I also bought the Edge from Clever Training via DCR site that gives 10% discount off the selling price. Read through the review and there's a link at the end of the review to direct you to this 10% entitlement. However, I must warn you that CT is NOT an online-shopper friendly site. I placed my order on Thursday, waited till Saturday without a single notification. I emailed and called up the customer service and got no response at all. The voice mailbox was full that I couldn't leave message. With the help from DCR's Ray, my order managed to get through and arrive on time before departure from US. The excuse given by CT was my transaction was flagged as fraud by the system. This really sounds fishy to me as I paid using Paypal and Paypal should be the one to verify whether it's a fraud. Further, Paypal and my credit card bank approved the transaction immediately. If CT suspects it's a fraud, it should have contacted me or Paypal but no action was taken to verify the authenticity. I would think CT would have bagged USD$500 bonus by not shipping the Edge 810 to me, if Ray did not help me (billion thanks to Ray!!). Anyway, CT waived the shipping cost and gave me additional 10% off to compensate my unpleasant experience. I appreciate that but I would prefer flawless shopping experience than going through such hassle in the future. So for international readers, you've been warned if you plan to buy stuff from CT.

I have yet to explore the new toy, I believe DCR should have covered most if not all features of this new gadget. Possibly I will write up a post or two for features/matters that interest Malaysia/Singapore readers, for instance, about loading custom maps to the device.