You slide the Garmin Edge 200 onto your bicycle mount and with just a quarter turn, it is firmly locked in place. You turn “on” the set and within 5 seconds the satellite acquisition is completed.
As you glide through the familiar avenue in your neighborhood you peek at your current speed, your total distance and your total time elapsed.
Ten minutes into the ride you reach the gas station and the Edge 200 GPS record this as your first marking. You cycle past the supermarket twenty minutes later, your second marking, and then you’re at midway of the route almost at the hour.
Soon it is back to your starting point and the Edge 200 GPS-enabled cycling computer has recorded all these without you pressing any button.
This is possible because you have configured the set to automatically record important waypoints (or laps if you prefer).
You continue on the route and then hear a loud ding sound from the Edge 200. This is to alert you that you have burned enough calories and hit the threshold you set . (You can also set alerts to remind you of the target time and distance). And that means you can take a break and consume the isotonic sports drink and chocolate bars you brought along.
After you’ve taken your nutrition and are ready to continue, the Edge 200 will remind you to start your bike computer. (It even has this Auto Pause function to start the timer when you go forward, and stop the timer when you stop). What a friendly and trusted companion! It really bring life to every ride.
These are just some of the interesting attributes of the newly released Garmin Edge 200 GPS. Now take a look at the other amazing features.
Garmin Edge 200 Features
It is almost identical to the Edge 500 in dimension and weight. It is so compact and handy you can easily hold it on your palm.
It is quite a breeze as you input the basic information like country, language, time and personal details including gender, weight, height and age so that it can make some calorie calculations.
The Edge 200 uses the same casing and display size as the Edge 500 but has a more aesthetic feel and look with its sleek gloss black face and chrome bezel.
Its dot matrix display has a backlight and the same resolution as the Edge 500 making reading easy to your eyes even under bright sunlight.
The Edge 200 tracks where you are going, how fast you ride, lap information and also providing directions on where you want to go. It stores about 130 hours of such data to motivate and inspire you to keep biking. You can review them to sort your last , fastest or longest ride.
The display has four main areas: courses, history, settings and ride. The main part of the screen shows your current speed, total distance, and your total time. The bottom part of the screen can to toggled to show either : average speed, ascent, calories or lap time and lap distance.
GPS Log Route
The Edge 200 has a big advantage over non-GPS based biking computer as it records your start and stop points and where you go in every ride. Unlike a generic cycling computer the Edge 200 doesn’t require any wires or sensors to measure distance. The recorded GPS data is easily displayed once you upload it to Garmin Connect. You can also download rides from other Garmin Connect users to virtually compete with them.
You may be happy to note that Edge 200 includes Courses. This feature allows you to create a predefined route to follow using sites like MapMyRide.com. You then copy the course into your Edge 200 as the route for the next ride. So you have the options to try different routes and never get bored with familiar scenes.
The Edge 200 is fully waterproofed (IPX7 standards) even though it has a USB port on the back. That means it can withstand water 1 meter deep for up to half an hour though it is inconceivable your bike submerge in water for so long.
With the Garmin Edge 200, biking at night will never be the same again. It’s LCD backlight is so bright it can almost double up as the headlight.
The backlight can even be configured to timeout automatically, a clever battery saving design. Since the battery can last for 14 hours before charging is required, you can leave it “on” indefinitely.
You can charge it via the rear USB port by plugging it into the wall with the charger or through your computer with the USB cable. Both the accessories come together with the Edge 200. The same USB port is used for connection to the PC for downloading and uploading.
What’s In the Box
- Edge 200
- Bike mounts
- AC charger
- USB cable
– Small compact and light.
– Easy to set-up and operate, almost idiot-proof. No manual needed.
– Affordable and good value for money.
– Great logging function let you see where you went, and for how long and how fast.
– Compatible with Garmin Connect and 3rd party applications.
– Very fast satellite acquisition times
– Suitable for other outdoor sports including skiing, hiking and backpacking.
– No wireless capability for heart rate, cadence, or power output.
– Calorie burn is only a close estimation
– GPS based altimeter instead of barometric.
– Unable to customize data fields.
Comparison With Edge 500 and Edge 800
|Edge 800||Edge 200|
|Unit dimensions, WxHxD:||1.9″ x 2.7″ x 0.9″ (4.8 x 6.9 x 2.2 cm)||2.0″ x 3.7″ x 1.0″ (5.1 x 9.3 x 2.5 cm)||1.9″ x 2.7″ x 0.8″ (4.8 x 6.9 x 2.1 cm)|
|Display size, WxH:||1.2″ x 1.4″ (3.0 x 3.7 cm)||1.4″ x 2.2″ (3.6 x 5.5 cm); 2.6″ diag (6.6 cm)||1.2″ x 1.4″ (3.0 x 3.7 cm)|
|Display resolution, WxH:||128 x 160 pixels||160 x 240 pixels, touchscreen||128 x 160 pixels|
|Weight:||2 oz (56.7 g)||3.5 oz (98.0 g)||2.1 oz (58.5 g)|
|Battery:||rechargeable lithium-ion||rechargeable lithium-ion||rechargeable lithium-ion|
|Battery life:||up to 18 hours||15 hours, typical||up to 14 hours|
|Water resistant:||yes (IPX7)||yes (IPX7)||yes (IPX7)|
|Ability to add maps:||no||yes||no|
|Accepts data cards:||no||microSD™ card (some versions include a CityNavigator microSD card)||no|
|Routes:||0||Limited by memory space available||0|
|Lap history:||1,000 laps (dependent on memory usage)||1000 laps||1,000 laps (dependent on memory usage)|
|Heart rate monitor:||yes (some versions)||yes (some versions)||no|
|Bike speed/cadence sensor:||yes (some versions)||yes (some versions)||no|
|Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data):||yes||yes||yes|
|Garmin Training Center® software compatible:||yes||yes||yes|
|Virtual Partner® (train against a digital person):||yes (within a course)||yes||yes (within a course)|
|Courses (compete against previous activities):||yes||yes||yes|
|Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed):||yes||yes||yes|
|Auto Lap® (automatically starts a new lap):||yes||yes||yes|
|Auto Scroll (cycles through data pages during workout):||yes||yes||yes|
|Multi-sport (changes sport mode with a press of a button):||no||no||no|
|Advanced workouts (create custom, goal-oriented workouts):||yes||yes||no|
|Simple workouts (input time, distance and calorie goals):||no||yes||no|
|Pace alert (triggers alarm if you vary from preset pace):||no||yes||no|
|Time/distance alert (triggers alarm when you reach goal):||yes||yes||yes|
|Vibration alert: (choose between alert tones and/or vibration alert):||no||no||no|
|Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals):||no||yes||no|
|Heart rate-based calorie computation:||yes||yes||no|
|Unit-to-unit transfer (shares data wirelessly with similar units):||no||no||no|
|Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible 3rd party ANT+™-enabled power meters):||yes (records data approx. 1 per second)||yes (records data approx. 1 per second)||no|
|Temperature (displays and records temperature while you ride):||yes||yes||no|
|Training effect (measures impact of an activity on your aerobic fitness):||no||no||no|
|Virtual racer™ (compete against other activities):||no||no||no|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price|
Summary and Conclusion
The Garmin Edge 200 is a remarkable and stylish easy-to-use GPS device suitable for budget conscious cyclists looking for the basics — speed, distance, time, calories and mapping capabilities. Take a look at the Garmin Edge 200 video below.
You will love to see how far and fast you ride whether for pleasure, fitness or competition and who don’t need the power, heart rate and cadence metrics.
If you are like most of us, just getting into cycling and not training for the Tour de Wherever then the Garmin Edge 200 is for you.
It is cheap, easy to set-up and operate, rugged and yet elegant.
Even if you are not biking, you can use it for other popular sports like skiing, hiking, hunting and backpacking.
This is probably the best starter GPS device for cycling enthusiasts.
If you want additional features like ANT+ sensors, intervals, advanced workouts and the soon to be released power meter, then go for the Edge 500.
For seasoned cyclists who needs mapping and navigational abilities, then check out the Edge 800 but be prepared to pay more.