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Garmin Edge 200 Review

Garmin Edge 200
Price:  $130 List
Pros:  Simple interface, ease of use
Cons:  Poor screen resolution, no ANT+, poor button placement
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Weight:  59g
Dimensions:  1.9 x 0.8 x 2.7 in
Display Size:  1.4 x 1.1 inches
Manufacturer:   Garmin

Our Verdict

The Garmin Edge 200 is an entry-level cycling computer with GPS. It is similar in size and shape to the Edge 500, winner of our Best Buy Award. The primary difference between it and the other computers we tested from Garmin is it's lack of ANT+ compatibility. All data collected by the Edge 200, such as speed and distance, is derived from the GPS tracking. You cannot pair the Edge 200 with ANT+ sensors, which limits it's functionality, especially for serious athletes.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
David Mackey and Curtis Smith

Last Updated:
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May 23, 2015

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The Garmin Edge 200 is a basic GPS enabled cycling computer that accurately tracks rides but does not allow for ANT+ connectivity to other sensors for additional data collection.

Performance Comparison


Scrolling through ride information on the Edge 200.
Scrolling through ride information on the Edge 200.

Ease of Use


The Garmin Edge 200 came with an empty battery, which meant putting it on the charger right out of the box. This gave us time to catch up on the manual.

Once charged, the Edge 200 went through a quick set-up with language, units, gender, height, and weight. It does not have a touch screen, but has four buttons, two on each side. The navigation through settings is quite simple, and it is easy to turn on, auto pause, and adjust the backlight to extend the battery life while riding.

The 200 took longer to acquire satellites than the three other GPS-enabled computers in our review, the 810, 500, and 510. We found that horizontal placement of the buttons interfered with each other. It helped to stabilize the computer from the opposite side when pushing a button, however this caused us to hit buttons we did not intend to, and had us pausing, setting laps, and scrolling through modes on accident. We got the hang of it after some practice.

Garmin Edge 200 mounted on stem.
Garmin Edge 200 mounted on stem.

Set-up


Set-up of the Garmin Edge 200 is similar to the other Garmin computers we tested. Attachment is easy, using the standard Garmin 1/4 turn mounts. Initial programing is quick and easy, with the computer guiding you through some basic personal data fields. Like the other Garmin computers we tested, you can import some of your personal settings from Garmin Connect, allowing you to input data such as heart rate zones using your PC.

Features


The Edge 200 tracks distance, time, elevation, and speed. Similar to the Edge 810, it will show your average, max, and current speeds, in addition to elevation ascent and elevation descent. The 200 also includes a lap feature, showing lap speed, current lap time, and lap distance.

Unlike the Edge 810, the Edge 200 is not ANT+ compatible. This means no way to track cadence, heart rate, or power. This greatly limits the functionality of the Edge 200 as a proper training tool.

The Edge 200 will upload to Garmin Connect, Garmin's equivalent to an app like STRAVA. The site will break down your details of timing, elevation, and temperature, including graphs for each. You can also see a detailed map of the ride. The Edge 200 does allow you to create Courses and upload them directly to the 200. You can create a course from a previous ride, upload a course from a friend or other Garmin Connect user, and load onto the 200. By comparison, the uploading process to STRAVA is just as easy.

The screen size is the same as the Planet Bike Protege 9.0 Wireless (1.4 x 1.1 inches), although the body is significantly bigger and bulkier.

Water Resistance


The Garmin Edge 200 has the IPX 7 water resistance rating as all of the other Garmin computers we tested. We had no issues with it's operation during inclement weather.

Versatility


The Garmin Edge 200 is versatile in the sense that you can move it from bike to bike easily. However, the lack of ANT+ sensor compatibility limits it's versatility for all but the most casual riders.

Garmin Edge 200 bike computer for size reference. This is the most basic GPS enabled bike computer we reviewed.
Garmin Edge 200 bike computer for size reference. This is the most basic GPS enabled bike computer we reviewed.


Best Applications


The Garmin Edge 200 is best for cyclists that want to see metrics while riding and want a map of the course after they finish.

Value


In our opinion, the Garmin Edge 200 does not offer enough features to make it worth the $129.99 price tag. For a bit more money you can get the Edge 500, which has much more to offer in terms of features.

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David Mackey and Curtis Smith

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   Oct 17, 2015 - 08:13am
lakawak · Road Biker · Binghamton, NY

One thing that I REALLY wish reviews like this mentioned before I made the mistake of buying a used Edge 200 on Ebay is the sampling rate. This makes this product USELESS for tracking your route. While the device itself clearly CALCULATES your position every second, as it updates speed in real time, Garmin has decided that they know more about what users want then the users. So they use "Smart interval" for RECORDING the data. And by "smart" I mean "REALLY stupid." To save space, it will record your data on average about once every 12 seconds or so. Think about how far you can travel in 12 seconds. And this device is basically going to draw straight lines between each point, even if you go around turns. (If you are a mountain biker, forget about even considering this.) If your ride is relatively straight, it will record your data every 25 seconds or so. And by relatively straight, I mean…even if there are some slight curves, don't expect it to know about it. So when you upload your log to Strava or other sites, it will have you riding through backyards, houses, or ever water. And forget about using things on Strava like "courses." I had a course that is a short slight uphill sprint. Takes about 30-40 seconds for a decent cyclist. On a test ride, I brought the Edge 200 along with a very heap, but MUCH better model (that is unfortunately starting to fail after 6 years and 16,000 miles) to see how bad the difference is. When I uploaded the better data to Strava, it said I did that course in 33 seconds. When I uploaded Garmin's data, it said it did it in 15 seconds! Why the discrepancy? Well, because of the ridiculous recording interval, there was exactly ONE data point within that course. So Strava had absolutely no idea when I actually started and when I ended.

This is most frustrating because, like I said, the device is taking the data at all times. So it is CAPABLE to being accurate. But Garmin thinks that cyclists would rather save space so they can have 2 months worth of useless inaccurate data stored on their device rather than 2 weeks of usable, accurate data. So, despite MANY requests by pretty much every single person who has ever bought one of these devices, they will not even consider writing a firmware update that would enable users to select 1 second interval recording like they offer on other models.

Bottom line…avoid this product at all costs. The unit I got in 2009 (that game out over 3 years before this Edge debuted) from a no-name company in Korea called Mainnav and that cost me just $40 is FAR and away more accurate. Sure, their software is horrible. But I sure wish I had bought the new Mainnav model instead of bidding on this piece of junk on Ebgay. And I sure wish someone had sniped me at the last second.

You may ask why I gave it a second star. Well…it actually works pretty well as a simple cycling computer. During the ride, the displayed speeds were actually pretty close to both my magnet/sensor speedometer and my other GPS unit. And the final distance was close to (but when it went by the recorded data, my distance was 12% shorter than the actual distance since it smoothed out all my turns.) So, if you want to spend $100+ on something that is no better than a $20 magnet sensor computer, then go for it. But if you want to actually use it as it claims it is made for, this is junk.



Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.


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