Garmin presents Edge 540 and Edge 840 as two new GPS bike computers with solar models and e-bike compatibility
While Garmin is known for its smartwatches, the company also offers a range of cycling accessories. Earlier this week, the company expanded the former with the Instinct 2X series, a larger alternative to Instinct 2 and Instinct 2S smartwatches. Additionally, the company has released the Edge 540 and Edge 840, two new bike computers.
In short, the Edge 540 and Edge 840 are similar devices, although their names would suggest otherwise. According to the manufacturer, the Edge 840 is essentially an Edge 540 with a touchscreen. Both devices are available with integrated solar cells though, albeit for a US$100 surcharge. For reference, the Edge 540 and Edge 840 are rated for up to 26 hours of use or 32 hours for solar models.
Moreover, the Edge 540 and Edge 840 have 16 GB and 32 GB of storage, respectively. Both units feature 2.6-inch displays that resolve at 246 x 322 pixels, as well as GNSS and GPS modules. Furthermore, the Edge 540 and Edge 840 are compatible with e-bikes and Varia radar systems. Please see Garmin's website for more details. At launch, the Edge 540 retails for US$349.99. In comparison, the Edge 840 costs US$449.99. Solar and sensor bundles cost US$100 more than their non-Solar counterparts, although Garmin does not sell Solar models with sensor bundles.