Summary: I bought the Garmin Edge 500 because I wanted a bike computer with GPS that wouldn't break the bank. I wanted to use it for recording and tracking my routes. This was exactly what I needed. I had been using my iPhone but the tracking with Strava drained the battery rather quickly. The Garmin has enough battery life to track me for 3 or 4 long rides without charging and downloading.
Summary: I had a Garmin Edge 705 before. The 500 is much lighter and has all the features I use. The data files are much smaller also which makes uploading to Training Peaks and Strava quicker. I have been using it for a week now and everything works flawlessly.
Summary: When I decided to go GPS this year for my bike computer, it had to have HR function along with reliable readings. I first tried to go cheaper with a nearly identical in size, features and function computer that is probably made by the same manufacturer for that big-name company as makes the Garmin 500. It looked clunkier, but had identical screens, screen functions, modes and features as the Garmin, and the HR strap was included for less than the price for the 500 alone.
Summary: This GPS had tons of very good ratings. When the price dropped to $150 I decided to grab one, so I could stop using my cell phone and killing it's battery. I have now used it a few times and with the exception of the maiden voyage, it has worked flawlessly. I am unsure why, but the very first time I used it, it was off by 4.5 miles, over a 35 mile ride. Since, it has been spot on. I love the fact it is ANT+.
Great product, does what you would think and very well.
4 December 2014
Summary: Purchased this as a gift, and have one myself. These are awesome computers, that feed you great and accurate information. The menu/button layout is simple and intuitive. Garmin makes they Edge very solid, as I have used this in the pouring rain with not even considering harm to the device. The battery lasts forever, and then some in this thing. NOTE: I have not used any other brand of computer, so do consider that.
Summary: I love may Garmin Edge 500 - used it mainly for cycling (has a ton of excellent features and Garmin Connect is great) but also used with running. I'd just hold it in my hand or put it in my sports bra. Not the best way to carry but as I don't run too much it works perfectly fine. Battery life is excellent and the many different functions are great for personalizing what type of stats you want to track during your ride/work out.
Summary: This small device is great.. I especially enjoy the gradiance % during uphill climbing. I settled with edge 500 model since it offers everything that I'll ever need. other higher end models gives you more features but don't think I'll ever use it.. I like the buttons on the side which gives me good feedback when using it with full finger gloves. If you're recreational cyclist this is all you'll need.. it works great pairing up with Duotrap sensor on my Trek Domane..
Summary: Perfect unit and it does everything I need it to do. What I like about this one more than the more advanced and newer sibling devices is: - Small profile. It is not much larger or heavier than the old style head units, and much smaller than the touch screen machines - Great connectivity. I have had no trouble with Ant+ devices pairing with this at all - Mount system. You get two mounts so you can drop this on either bike without fuss - Rugged.