Garmin equipped its Edge 1040 GPS bike computer with solar glass for record autonomy

Garmin has introduced solar technology with its new top-of-the-range Edge 1040 Solar GPS, which announces more than double autonomy. Endurance with an ergonomic overhaul, new features and increased GPS accuracy.

First introduced by Fenix ​​and Instinct watches, then with the recently announced Forerunner 955 Solar running watch, Garmin Power Glass solar technology now comes with the high-end GPS Edge 1040 Solar. A long-awaited first for cyclists hoping to enjoy greater autonomy for their long-distance outings.

Twice is solar autonomy

From 24 hours of the Garmin Edge 1030 in intensive use and up to 48 hours in energy saving mode, we go respectively to 35 hours and 70 hours of the classic Edge 1040. The Edge 1040 Solar solar version is available even up to 45 hours of intensive use and up to 100 hours with simultaneous solar charging (in direct sunlight below 75,000 lux, according to Garmin).

According to Garmin, the solar glass will ensure a sufficiently efficient recharge to regain up to 42 minutes of autonomy with exposure to one hour in direct sunlight.

On the display side, no change, the Edge 1040 still benefits from a 3.5 “LCD touch panel that displays 282 x 470 px. The solar sensors in the Solar version primarily occupy the top and bottom on the screen, which draws instead of the edges of the classic 1040.

The touch screen is of course designed to withstand the weather – the Edge 1040 is IPX7 certified – and can be worn with gloves.

More accurate geolocation

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

The counter still includes a barometric altimeter, used specifically for the ClimbPro function that shows the difference in altitude and the distance that separates us from a summit on the course.

Ergonomic efforts and flexibility of use

Knowing that its Edge GPS could be easier to use, Garmin updated the user interface of the Edge 1040. The start of a race is simplified, a display of highlights is shown at the end of the event and The Garmin Connect application is used to manage profile settings more quickly.

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As for GPS navigation, it gains flexibility, as it is now possible to stop navigation for the duration of a detour, to resume it after an automatic route calculation.

Managing physical capacity and Stamina

Since the GPS counter is already used for navigation such as monitoring sports performance, Garmin also brings new functions to its Edge 1040. physical ability indices. It thus calculates anaerobic and aerobic capacity, as well as aerobic endurance. Indicators are then used to measure our ability to complete a course, to more easily select those tailored to our level.

Like the Garmin Fenix ​​and Epix, the Edge 1040 also includes a Stamina function that represents the user’s energy level, which varies during the race. An interesting help to control his effort.

In the same spirit, the Power guide function uses the parameters of distance and elevation of the course, then combines them with the capacities of the cyclist so that this one can adapt to the power he is distributing.

Prices in line with high-end positioning

Rich in features, the Garmin Edge 1040 doesn’t surprisingly get a relatively high price tag. The GPS meter actually sold alone for € 599.99. Count on € 100 more for the performance pack including speed and cadence sensors, an HRM-Dual chest strap and mounting brackets. As for the Edge 1040 Solar, it is shown to cost no less than € 749.99 and is therefore primarily reserved for distance enthusiasts.

This Edge 1040 and 1040 Solar is now available in Garmin’s online store and will soon be on sale at most web merchants.

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