Garmin Edge 830 vs 1030 Plus: Do You NEED To Go Prime Of The Vary?


On this publish I summarise the important thing variations between the Garmin Edge 830 and the Edge 1030 Plus and hopefully allow you to determine which is greatest to your wants.

I ought to level out that while I personal the Edge 830 (and the Edge 530; Edge 1030 Plus.

So it’s extra of an knowledgeable (and useful!) abstract, quite than an in-depth, hands-on comparability (not less than so far as the 1030 Plus is anxious).

The place Has This ‘Plus’ Come From?

A wonderful query. With a solution that I’ll fudge cos I don’t know.

[Commence speculation mode]

Now and again, Garmin appears to launch a higher-powered or more-featured model of an present mannequin however with out redesigning the case.

The Edge 520 Plus added on-board navigation and different options to the present 520, earlier than Garmin moved on to the 530, which changed each.

The Edge 1030 Plus is (clearly) the equal half replace of the Edge 1030. My massive dangerous guess is that when the 530 and 830 had been launched, two years after the 1030, it was very apparent they’d had a CPU improve. They instantly turned way more usable, displaying the Edge 1030 up.

However since Garmin wasn’t but prepared to maneuver to the subsequent technology 10xx gadget with a brand new shell (you’ve bought to think about this could be the 1040?), it launched the interim 1030 Plus.

[Speculation over]

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The place In The Vary?

Straightforward. The highest.

The Edge 1030 Plus is Garmin spand-branking top-of-the-range flag ship bike laptop. And the Edge 830 is second.

The waters had been a bit muddied while Garmin was nonetheless promoting the 1030 (sans Plus). Was the quicker however cheaper (and smaller) Edge 830 above or under it (it was definitely higher worth).

With the 1030 lastly having departed this mortal coil the Garmin web site, it’s now clear that the Edge vary runs:

And we’ll politely ignore the Edge Discover because it doesn’t have a quantity and is clearly for absolute losers (I jest!).

When Had been They Launched?

(With the true query being, when will they get replaced?)

As talked about, the 1030 Plus is the newer of the 2 fashions, launching into the veloverse in June 2020. The 830 was launched in Might 2019.

Garmin tends to launch new Edge fashions each 3-4 years. And it hasn’t ever accomplished an ‘in-sync’ replace of the 10xx and 8xx mannequin households in the identical yr.

As to when the replace occurs, I definitely don’t have any intel. Hypothesis gathers on the web. To hedge my bets, it’s possible that the “840” will substitute the Edge 830 both in Might/June 2022 or 2023 and the “1040” can be 12 months after whichever one in every of these Garmin picks.

Are They Nonetheless Up to date?

Sure. They’re each present, extremely illustrious, members on the Garmin Edge line up. Each obtain common firmware updates from Garmin, a few of which function full blown new options.

On the time of writing (early March 2022), the newest firmware replace was launched on 1 February 2022.

When it comes to the navigation and mapping software program, the Edge 830 and the 1030 Plus are the identical.

And the way in which you work together with the navigation options, which is de facto the important thing distinction between the 830 (with the touchscreen) and the 530 (utilizing the buttons on the facet), is identical.

Each the 1030 Plus and the 830 are touchscreen, which makes utilizing the maps with out repeatedly punching your self within the face a heck of so much simpler.

In abstract, each gadgets have full onboard navigation. You may plug in a vacation spot or choose a focal point from the listing, and the Edge 1030+/830 will plot you a route.

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You may add a route file to observe, or sync one from Strava or different route creation apps, and the gadget will flash up flip instructions and usually preserve you on the straight and slender (stunning lanes in your preferrred biking paradise… possibly).

Should you go off beam, each the Edge 830 and 1030 Plus will provide you with a warning and try to recalculate a method again to your authentic route (which admittedly is usually, “Do a U-turn”…).

Each have three completely different map codecs: the unique ’Traditional’ color scheme after which the just lately added Excessive Voltage Distinction and Mountain Biking themes (with latter higher denoting off-road routes).

So all in all very comparable. Apart from one key facet. With the Edge 1030 Plus you possibly can see ‘extra map’ (technical time period)… as a result of it has a much bigger…


Shock horror. You in all probability already knew this.

Anyway, in pure dimensional phrases, the Edge 830 sports activities a 2.6″in display screen (or 246 x 322 pixels), while the 1030 Plus instructions 3.5″ of diagonally-measured display screen actual property (or 282 x 470 pixels).

So the bigger display screen clearly permits for the map display screen to point out extra element. Or the identical space simply with excessive definition.

Extra is at all times nicer (not at all times nicer) however I suppose it’s so that you can determine whether or not you want the extra display screen space and if it’s price the additional price.

I’ve by no means yearned for a bigger display screen space than on my 830. If I need a massive ol’ map interrogation session, I’ll whip out my iPhone.

Each gadgets have touchscreens and I’ve typically discovered latest Garmin touchscreens to work properly. They work advantageous (for me – we’ve all bought completely different fingers) within the rain and are a bit hit or miss with gloves on (and to be honest, my iPhone is solely miss with gloves on).

While they don’t have Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT ranges of sharpness and definition (which I’m 99% sure isn’t the proper technical time period), I’ve discovered latest Garmin shows advantageous to learn in most (if not all) driving circumstances (although this latest remark on one other publish means that not everybody agrees!).

For some purpose Garmin limits the utmost font measurement, even once you cut back the variety of knowledge fields down to 1, leaving a great deal of white area (versus Wahoos which permit for wahoosive font sizes).

This is identical for each the 830 and the 1030 Plus although, so if we’re coming these two gadgets (we’re), it is a wash.

Dimension and Weight

With nice energy (bigger display screen) comes nice duty (a bigger gadget case).

The 1030 Plus is bigger than the Edge 830. By about 8mm in width and simply over 30mm in size (so an inch and a bit longer for the imperialists).

For the dimensionfans:

  • 1030: 58 x 114 x 19mm
  • 830: 50 x 83 x 19mm

Placing that into not-particularly-well-defined context, the 830 isn’t ‘mini’ however I’d nonetheless say it’s a ‘compact’ bike laptop.

This in flip signifies that the 1030 Plus isn’t ‘jumbo’.

The 1030 Plus doesn’t appear to be a behemoth, both in your hand or ‘pon your handlebars. In a 1030 Plus versus modest sized smartphone boxing match, the previous could be punching properly above its weight class.

Speaking about weight, extra plastic and no matter else they make these out of means the 1030 Plus is available in at 124g versus 79g for the 830.

If the 45g (about 3/4 of an power bar) distinction has a cloth affect in your driving efficiency or enjoyment then I feel you may need come to the fallacious web site.

If it is essential to you then I doubt you’ll care an excessive amount of about having to cope with the 830’s smaller display screen from a navigation and route following perspective (as a result of the man in your staff automotive is there to assist with instructions).

By which case, go for the 830 and save the fraction of a pound in weight and the a number of kilos in cash (different currencies can be found).

Processor Energy

GPS makers typically don’t go round disclosing the internal specs of their gadgets. However the 1030 Plus and the 830 carry out the identical so it’s secure to imagine their tech gubbins are additionally the identical or comparable.

When the 830 was launched, together with the 530, most of the new options had been added to the earlier 1030 (no plus). This highlighted that the 1030 was fairly sloooooooowwwww in comparison with the brand new mannequin.

So Garmin launched the 1030 Plus primarily to right this lack of processing grunt in its prime quality gadget.

Battery Life

Each the 830 and the 1030 Plus have a very good quantity of battery life. Definitely greater than I may moderately use in a single trip or in all probability a number of rides. I’ve by no means felt aggravated by the frequency with which I’ve needed to put latest Garmins on cost.

Nonetheless, for what it’s price, the Edge 830 bumf says as much as 20 hours. The 1030 Plus purports to have a further 4 (so an entire one in every of your human earth days).

If that’s inadequate to your burgeoning ultra-endurance profession, then may sir or madam take into account investing in a Garmin Cost energy pack, which offers one other 24 hours of energy.

Each the Edge 830 and 1030 Plus are suitable, connecting with the ‘Cost’ by way of electrical contacts within the mount/cleat sort factor on the again of every gadget.


No distinction. Subsequent!

Each prime finish Edges hook up with the identical cornucopia of information sensors, indoor trainers and different random gadgets that you just may wish to hyperlink together with your bike laptop (together with the not-so-random-and-in-fact-excellent Varia Radar – learn my evaluate right here).

So no good purpose to choose between the gadgets on this enviornment.

Coaching And Different Options

And that theme continues.

Just about all the software program options that Garmin builds into its Edge gadgets are frequent to each the 830 and the 1030 Plus. With one exception (that feels fairly minor).

All the security and monitoring options are the identical (stay monitoring – for relations which might be avid ‘dot watchers’; incident detection; bike alarm)… which I need to admit to not utilizing frequently.

I’m, nonetheless, an enormous fan of Garmin’s ClimbPro function (particular and vibrant evaluation of the size and gradient of every climb in your route). It options on each the 1030 Plus and 830, so no worries there.

Which brings us to coaching, the place the 1030 Plus has one teeny-tiny sub-feature that differentiates it from the Edge 830.

Don’t concern, the Edge 830 has completely every little thing the intense, semi-serious and (my class) rank beginner bike owner may want from a coaching perspective:

  • Capability to add and observe subtle exercises – primarily based on energy, coronary heart charge, time, distance, Haribos consumed
  • Dynamic efficiency monitoring and coaching standing – each options monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of your coaching and the way match you might be
  • Biking dynamics (in case you have pedal energy meters)
  • Feed and drink reminders.

And so much extra…

So the one distinction, [tiny fanfare on a mini-bugle] is that the Edge 1030 Plus has ‘Each day Instructed Exercises’ (and the 830 doesn’t).

Each day Instructed Exercises makes use of Garmin’s Firstbeat Analytics ‘engine’ to, er, recommend your subsequent coaching session primarily based in your present health, latest coaching historical past and restoration degree. The function was launched first on the 1030 Plus (in mid-2020) earlier than being carried out on a much wider vary of Garmin watches later within the yr, the place I’m guessing it has extra widespread attraction.

One factor to notice: I’m fairly certain Each day Instructed Exercises on the Edge 1030 Plus requires you additionally to be utilizing an influence meter in your bike (it suggests structured exercises primarily based on energy knowledge). So it’s a bit redundant should you don’t have an influence meter and also you don’t plan to purchase one.


Larger display screen, larger battery, larger value (unsurprisingly).

On a tool solely foundation, Garmin has the Edge 1030 Plus on its web site at £520/xxx, which isn’t an insignificant chunk-a-change.

With the Edge 830 on at £350/xxx, this makes the worth distinction presently at £170/xxx (maths followers…).

And you should purchase a good quantity of different bike stuff (good set of pedals, years provide of internal tubes, adequate muck off to wash in) for £170.

So, the all essential query…

Which Ought to You Purchase?

Ach, all of it comes all the way down to measurement.

If having higher display screen actual property, notably when utilizing the maps and navigating, is your precedence then the Edge 1030 Plus is the one to plump for. Assuming the additional moolah requirement doesn’t tip you in into everlasting penury.

The additional battery life can be useful.

I’ve definitely seen commentary on this funky new YouTube web site that means the bigger gadget is healthier for bike packing and touring, notably for multi-day journeys. If that’s your precedence, go for the Edge 1030 Plus.

For everybody else, the Edge 830 is greater than ample. Navigation is completely usable (regardless of the smaller display screen). It’s a neat little (compact…) gadget that appears sufficiently ‘professional’ in your handlebars.

Should you use an Edge as a coaching device (past measuring outputs), the 830 is to all intents and functions the identical because the 1030 Plus.

I’m unsure what number of riders there are which might be sufficiently occupied with coaching efficiency to pay £170 for the extra Each day Instructed Exercise function that aren’t already sufficiently educated or motivated to observe an precise long run structured coaching programme (negating the necessity for each day dynamic recommendations).

Perhaps Garmin know in a different way (I’m certain they do – I’m simply an uninformed veloblogger, wittering into the void).

If the query is…

Which One Would I Purchase?

Then the reply proper now’s easy. I have purchased the Edge 830. Regardless of all my blogwealth (ahem), I’ve not but purchased the Edge 1030 Plus.

I clearly have an ulterior motive in that I write and make movies about these items to fund my habit to clarky cat, so I purchase a good variety of bike computer systems (and obtain some without spending a dime to evaluate). However I nonetheless battle to spend over £500 on a motorcycle laptop.

Individuals do although (as my Amazon stats proof) and my sense is that 1030 Plus house owners are proud of their buy. Should you don’t have deep pockets and brief arms like me, and also you do put money into an Edge 1030 Plus, I’m certain you too can be glad by your buy.

With that muddled conclusion I’m away. Hyperlinks to the bike computer systems talked about on this publish are under (affiliate hyperlinks – should you purchase one thing I’ll get a fee).

Till subsequent time, secure biking.

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Monty - Sportive Cyclist
Monty is an enthusiastic highway bike owner with solely reasonable expertise. He began Sportive Bicycle owner in 2013 to file the journey to his first 100 mile trip, the RideLondon 100. Over time the weblog has expanded to incorporate coaching recommendation, gear opinions and highway biking tales, all from the angle of a not-very-fit MAMIL. Because you’re right here, Monty would additionally such as you to take a look at his YouTube channel. Additionally, Monty actually must cease referring to himself within the third particular person.

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