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Garmin Edge 520 Plus vs. Garmin Edge 820 | What's the difference?

April 18, 2018 / Team PlayBetter

Garmin Edge 520 Plus vs. Garmin Edge 820 | What's the difference?

Garmin just released it's newest cycling GPS computers - the Edge 520 PlusEdge 130. The Edge 130 is an obvious upgrade over the Edge 25, both being small, paired-down units with powerful functionality.

When compared to its predecessor, Edge 520, there a couple clear upgrades on the new Edge 520 Plus. Here are the highlights of the new unit:

  • Preloaded Garmin Cycle Maps feature turn-by-turn directions and rider alerts
  • Cyclists can plan and download routes from the Course Creator feature in Garmin Connect
  • Monitors cycling-specific VO2 max and recovery time when used with power and heart rate
  • Tracks Functional Threshold Power (FTP) and cycling dynamics when used with Vector power meters
  • Connected features: smart notifications, LiveTrack, GroupTrack, rider-to-rider messaging and built-in Incident Detection
  • Battery life: up to 15 hours

Now if you're stuck between the Edge 820 and this new Edge 520 Plus, here are the main features that Edge 820 HAS but the 520 Plus DOES NOT:

  • Touchscreen
  • Wifi connectivity
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Physiological Measurements – Training load, Training Status
  • Navigation - On Device Course Creation, On Device A-B navigation/POI+address Search, On Device Round Trip Course Creation
  • Battery Saving Mode


You can pre-order your Garmin Edge 520 Plus or Garmin Edge 130 right now. We're expected stock towards the middle of May 2018.