Garmin equips Edge 1040 GPS bike computer with a sun glass for record autonomy

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In its new best-in-class Edge 1040 Solar GPS, Garmin is introducing solar technology and declaring more than double the autonomy. The durability that comes with an ergonomic overhaul, new features and greater GPS accuracy.

Garmin Power Glass sunglass technology first introduced on the Fenix ​​and Instinct watches, followed by the recently announced Forerunner 955 Solar running watch, now comes to the high-end GPS Edge 1040 Solar. It’s a long-awaited first by cyclists hoping to have more autonomy for their long-distance trips.

Twice the autonomy with solar power

We go from the Garmin Edge 1030’s 24 hours in heavy use and up to 48 hours in energy-saving mode to 35 hours and 70 hours, respectively, on the classic Edge 1040. The Edge 1040 Solar solar version can go up to 45 hours with heavy use and up to 100 hours with simultaneous solar charging (in direct sunlight below 75,000 lux, according to Garmin).

Still, according to Garmin, the solar glass will provide a sufficiently efficient charge to regain autonomy for up to 42 minutes with an hour of direct sunlight exposure.

No change on the screen side, the Edge 1040 still benefits from a 3.5″ LCD touch panel displaying 282 x 470 pixels. The solar version’s sun sensors occupy mainly the top and bottom of the screen instead of the edges of the classic 1040.

The touchscreen is of course designed to withstand the weather – the Edge 1040 has an IPX7 certification – and can be used with gloves.

More precise geolocation

Emphasis is also placed on geolocation with multi-GNSS and multi-band chip, which is more suitable for harsh environments (urban areas, forests, etc.).

The meter still includes a barometric altimeter used specifically for the ClimbPro function, which displays the difference in elevation and the distance that separates us from a peak on the course.

Efforts towards ergonomics and flexibility of use

Aware that Edge GPS could be easier to use, Garmin has revised the Edge 1040’s user interface. Starting a race has been simplified, highlights are shown at the end of the event, and the Garmin Connect app is used to manage it. profile settings easier.

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As for GPS navigation, it gains flexibility, as it is now possible to pause navigation for a detour time and then continue with automatic recalculation of the route.

Physical capacity management and Endurance

It also brings new functionality to the Garmin Edge 1040, as the GPS meter is used for navigation as well as for tracking sports performance. Thanks to performance analysis, possibly combined with readings from the various sensors attached to it, the Edge 1040 can now provide physical capability indicators. Thus, it calculates anaerobic and aerobic capacities as well as aerobic endurance. Next are the tips used to measure our ability to complete a course to more easily choose those adapted to our level.

Like the Garmin Fenix ​​and Epix, the Edge 1040 includes the Stamina function, which represents the user’s energy level and changes during the race. An interesting aid to organize your efforts.

In the same spirit, the Power guide function uses the course’s distance and elevation parameters, then combines them with the rider’s capacities so that the rider can adapt the power used.

Prices suitable for high-end positioning

The feature-rich Garmin Edge 1040 is not surprisingly priced relatively high. The GPS meter actually retails for 599.99 € alone. Count on €100 more for the performance package, which includes speed and cadence sensors, an HRM-Double chest strap and mounting brackets. The Edge 1040 Solar, on the other hand, is on display for no less than €749.99 and will therefore be mainly reserved for long-distance enthusiasts.

These Edge 1040 and 1040 Solar are currently available on the Garmin online store and will soon be marketed by most web merchants.

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