Garmin Introduces Solar Technology on its New Top-of-the-Range Edge 1040 Solar GPS Announces More Than Doubled Autonomy. Endurance that comes with an ergonomic overhaul, new features and more GPS accuracy.
First introduced on Fenix and Instinct watches, then on the recently announced Forerunner 955 Solar running watch, Garmin Power Glass solar cell technology now comes with the advanced GPS Edge 1040 Solar. A long awaited first time by cyclists hoping to enjoy greater autonomy for their long-distance rides.
Double autonomy with solar energy
From the 24 hours with the Garmin Edge 1030 in intensive use and up to 48 hours in energy saving mode, we go to 35 hours and 70 hours on the classic Edge 1040, respectively. The Edge 1040 Solar solar version can even reach 45 hours in intensive use and up to 100 hours of simultaneous solar charging (in direct sunlight below 75,000 lux according to Garmin).
Still, according to Garmin, the sunglasses would ensure a sufficiently efficient recharge to regain up to 42 minutes of autonomy with an exposure for one hour in direct sunlight.
On the screen side, no change, the Edge 1040 still benefits from a 3.5 “LCD touch panel showing 282 x 470 px. The solar sensors in the Solar version mainly occupy the top and bottom of the screen and instead record the edges of the screen the classic 1040.
The touch screen is of course designed to withstand the weather – the Edge 1040 has an IPX7 certification – and can be used with gloves.
More accurate geolocation
Emphasis is also placed on geolocation with a multi-GNSS and multi-band chip, more suitable for difficult environments (urban areas, forests, etc.).
The counter still contains a barometric altimeter used especially for the ClimbPro function, which indicates the altitude difference and the distance that separates us from a summit on the track.
Efforts on ergonomics and flexibility in use
Garmin realizes that its Edge GPS could be easier to use, and Garmin has revised the user interface on its Edge 1040. Starting a race is simplified, a highlight view is displayed at the end of the activity, and the Garmin Connect application is used to manage profile settings more easily.
As far as GPS navigation is concerned, it gains more flexibility, as it is now possible to pause navigation during a detour, to subsequently continue it with an automatic recalculation of the route.
Management of physical capacity and endurance
As the GPS counter is used as much for navigation as for sports performance monitoring, Garmin also brings new features to its Edge 1040. Thanks to performance analysis, possibly combined with readings from the various sensors connected to it, the Edge 1040 can now deliver physical ability indices. It thus calculates the anaerobic and aerobic capacities, as well as the aerobic endurance. Clues that are then used to measure our ability to complete a course, to more easily select those that are tailored to our level.
As with the Garmin Fenix and Epix, the Edge 1040 also incorporates the Stamina feature, which represents the user’s energy level, varying during the race. An interesting help in regulating his efforts.
In the same spirit, the Power guide function uses the parameters for distance and height of the track, and then combines them with the cyclist’s capacity so that he can adjust the force he uses.
Prices in accordance with high-end positioning
Rich in features, the Garmin Edge 1040 does not offer surprisingly high prices. The GPS meter is actually sold alone for € 599.99. Count € 100 more for the performance package including speed and cadence sensors, an HRM dual chest strap and mounting brackets. As for the Edge 1040 Solar, it is priced at no less than € 749.99 and will therefore primarily be reserved for long distance enthusiasts.
These Edge 1040 and 1040 Solar are available now in Garmin’s online store and will soon be marketed by most online retailers.