New Garmin 530 Cycling Computer: Should you Upgrade your 520 or 520 Plus?

The Garmin Edge 520 is Garmin’s and possibly the world’s most popular cycling training computer. With the launch of the new Garmin Edge 530, Garmin have addressed the shortcomings in the 520 and 520 Plus while introducing a host of valuable new features.

Garmin Edge 530 Killer features

Here are the 4 biggest real world improvements in the Garmin Edge 530 versus the Garmin Edge 520 Plus.

  • 2 x Faster processor speed
  • Increased battery life from 15 to 20 hours (40 hours in battery saver mode)
  • 13% Increased display size from 2.3” to 2.6” diagonal
  • Bluetooth Smart sensor support

Should you upgrade your Garmin Edge 520 and 520 Plus to the new Garmin Edge 530?

When I reviewed the final selling price of used Garmin Edge 520 and 520 Plus computers almost all were the older 520 model and if you have one of these the upgrade makes a lot of sense as the older model seems to have held its price pretty well.

The Garmin Edge 520 Plus and has only been out for a year and is quite close in specification to the Edge 530 but even so the Garmin Edge 530 is a much better computer which I would rather own

(Note: the used values are the averages of the actual prices that pre owned Garmin Edge 520 units actually sold for NOT the advertised prices, I used ebay and other classified sites for the review)

The Garmin Edge 530 is due out any time now and the new prices are taken from the Garmin website.

Country Garmin 530 New Price Used Value of Garmin 520 Cost to Change
USA $299.99 $170 $129.99
Europe €299.99 €180 €119.99
UK £259.99 £125 £134.99

Garmin Edge 530 2.6 inch versus Garmin Edge 520/520 Plus 2.3 inch versus Screen Comparison

Here’s a full list of the Garmin Edge 530’s new features

Faster Processor Speed: route calculation speeds 2 times faster than previous models.

Increased Display Size: from 2.3” to 2.6” which is 13% larger.

Increased battery life: Increased from 15 to 20 hours, and to 40 hours in battery saver mode or with the optional Garmin Charge™ power pack.

Bluetooth Smart Sensor Support: Now you can use Bluetooth sensors like heart rate, power, and cadence in addition to Ant+.

ClimbPro Feature: Automatically shows the remaining ascent and grade when you’re climbing while following a route or course. This shows you how much you have left to suffer, helping you gauge your effort over the remainder of your ride.

New Mountain Biking Metrics: such as jump count, jump distance and hang time.

ForkSight:  Forksight mode automatically displays upcoming forks in the trail and gives you context by showing where you are within a trail network.

Heat & Altitude Acclimation: See how your body is holding up in different environments with heat and altitude acclimation.

Hydration/Nutrition Smart Alerts: Gives in-ride notifications when it’s time to hydrate or eat.

Performance Power Curve: When paired with compatible sensors, Edge 530 now displays your power curve, comparing your ride effort to your previous weeks and months.

Dynamic Performance Insights: Shows if your most recent training was balanced in terms of endurance, threshold and high-intensity efforts. Displays your power curve and compares your ride effort to your previous weeks and months.

PIN-Protected Bike Alarm: Notifies you on your smart phone if your bike is moved or tampered with.

Find My Edge: Locates your lost Edge 530 that is paired with your smartphone and currently within range.

Weather Updates: Sends real-time weather conditions and alerts to your device.

SHIMANO STEPS eBike System: Lets you view information from SHIMANO STEPS E6100 and E7000 directly on their Edge 530 screen.

Garmin Edge 530 Versus 520 and 520 Plus Full Feature Comparison

EDGE 520 EDGE 520 Plus EDGE 530

General

Physical dimensions 1.9” x 2.9” x 0.8” (49.0 x 73.0 x 21.0 mm) 1.9″ x 2.9″ x 0.8″ (49.0 x 73.0 x 21.0 mm) 1.9″ x 3.2″ x 0.8″ (50 x 82 x 20 mm)
Display size 1.4” x 1.9” (35.0 x 47.0 mm) 1.4” x 1.9” (35.0 x 47.0 mm); 2.3″ diagonal 1.4” x 1.9” (35.0 x 47.0 mm); 2.6″ diagonal
Display resolution 200 x 265 pixels 200 x 265 pixels 246 x 322 pixels
Weight 2.1 oz (60 g) 2.2 oz (62.5 g) 2.8 oz (78 g)
Battery rechargeable lithium-ion rechargeable lithium-ion rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life up to 15 hours up to 15 hours 20 hours (typical)
Water rating IPX7 IPX7 IPX7
Color display Yes Yes Yes
High-sensitivity receiver Yes Yes Yes
Maps & Memory Yes Yes Yes
Ability to add maps No Yes Yes
Basemap Yes Yes Yes
Waypoints/favorites/locations 200 200 200
Routes 0 100 100
History up to 180 hours up to 200 hours up to 200 hours

New Features

Faster Processor Speed No No Yes
Bluetooth Smart Sensor Support No No Yes
ClimbPro Feature No No Yes
New Mountain Biking Metrics No No Yes
ForkSight No No Yes
Heat & Altitude Acclimation No No Yes
Hydration/Nutrition Smart Alerts No No Yes
Performance Power Curve No No Yes
Dynamic Performance Insights No No Yes
PIN-Protected Bike Alarm No No Yes
Find My Edge No No Yes
Weather Updates No No Yes
SHIMANO STEPS eBike System No No Yes

Sensors

GPS Yes Yes Yes
GLONASS Yes Yes Yes
Barometric altimeter Yes Yes Yes
Daily Smart Features Yes Yes Yes
Smart notifications Yes Yes Yes
VIRB® Camera Remote No Yes Yes
Training, Planning and Analysis Features
Customizable data pages Yes Yes Yes
Auto Pause® Yes Yes Yes
Interval training Yes Yes Yes
Advanced workouts Yes Yes Yes
Auto Lap® Yes Yes Yes
V02 max No Yes Yes
Virtual Partner Yes Yes Yes
Auto scroll Yes Yes Yes

Cycling Features

Courses Yes Yes Yes
Time/distance alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goal) Yes Yes Yes
Cycle Map (routable cycling-specific street map) No Yes Yes
Compatible with Vector™ (power meter) Yes Yes Yes
Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible third-party ANT+™-enabled power meters) Yes Yes Yes
Garmin Connect™ Yes Yes Yes
Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data) Yes Yes Yes
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to Garmin Connect) Yes Yes Yes
Additional Features
Alerts (triggers alarm when you reach time, distance, HR, calories goals): yes No Yes Yes
Compatible with Varia™ bike radar and lights: yes Yes Yes Yes
LiveTrack: yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced performance and power analysis, including new Time in Zone, FTP tracking, cycling-specific VO2 and recovery and cycling dynamics Yes Yes Yes
Bike trainer profile for compatible Turbo trainer data display and control Yes Yes Yes
On-device segment compatibility for dynamic and engaging in-ride competition Yes Yes Yes
Operating temperature: -20°C to +55°C -20°C to +55°C -20°C to +55°C
Connected features via a smartphone: yes Yes Yes Yes
Integration with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting: yes Yes Yes Yes
Weather alerts: yes Yes Yes Yes

Download the Garmin Edge 530 User Manual

You can Download the Garmin Edge 530 User Manual Here

The Garmin Edge 530 is due to ship around Q2 2019, possibly as early as mid May. If you want to be notified when it ships in your Country please register here:

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