Product Comparison: Garmin Edge 510 vs Garmin Edge 500

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General Specifications
About the Product
Bike Computer for Performance and Navigation. Connected features such as live tracking, send/receive courses, social media sharing and weather. Compatible with GPS and GLONASS satellites for faster satellite acquisition. Distance, speed, ascent/descent and GPS position. Optional heart rate, speed/cadence and power. Wireless data transfers to Garmin Connect. Activity profiles store preferences for different cycling activities.
Sharpen your cycling performance with Edge 500, a lightweight GPS-based bike computer for performance-driven cyclists. Loaded with data, Edge 500 tracks your distance, speed, location and elevation with high sensitivity GPS. Add an ANT+® compatible heart rate monitor, speed/cadence sensor or compatible power meter for a finely-tuned analysis of your ride.
Edge 510
Edge 500
Key Specs
Barometric altimeter
Barometric altimeter
Type Of Tracking
Tracking Details
Time, Distance, Speed, Location, Calories, Heart rate, Cadence
Time, Distance, Speed, Calories, Heart rate, Location
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Garmin Edge 510 GPS Bike Computer
  • The GPS seems accurate and acquires a signal quickly. I love Garmin connect, especially compared to the Sigma data center.
  • It's easy to modify what fields you would like to see on the fly. Switching between bikes is a flash.
  • GPS fix is really fast with the GPS + Glonass configuration.
  • Altimeter works great and the altimetry shown during your ride is really accurate.
  • There is currently a known issue in which all ANT+ sensors randomly drop out and both show and record bad data making this useless.
Garmin Edge 500 Cycling GPS
  • The unit finds satellites quickly, has great battery life and, thanks to the easy handlebar mounting system, transfers between my bikes with a simple 90 degree twist.
  • The compact size of the Edge 500 is what attracted me to the unit.
  • Completely customizable screens with a ton of selections. Very intuitive once you use it a couple of times. The buttons are solid and no way to hit them by mistake.
  • This unit is perfect. Gives me all data I need to see how, how fast, grade, etc.
  • The only problem I had with the Edge 500 is one of the tabs on the rear of the computer snapped off while riding and sent my computer flying off into the bushes.
Size & Weight
3.4 in.
2.7 in.
2.0 in.
1.9 in.
0.9 in.
0.9 in.
2.8 oz.
2.0 oz.
Display Size
1.7" x 1.4"
1.2" x 1.4"
176 x 220 pixels
128 x 160 pixels
3D-Map View
What customers say about "Display"
Garmin Edge 510 GPS Bike Computer
  • I like the screens that can be displayed and without my glasses I can read it quite easily.
  • The display is great and I have no trouble reading it even in sunlight.
  • Screen can display up to 10 different real-time data points simultaneously.
  • I do like the screen size and the backlight is nice for indoor or night/low light rides.
  • I finally went with the 510 because I finally realized it screen size was much bigger and much better.
Garmin Edge 500 Cycling GPS
  • Screen could be better and bigger, display is a little small for a quick glance down if your running 30+.
  • The one thing it lacks is a gear ration display.
  • The screen is very easy to read when on my bike, and with one button I can easily switch between the three views.
  • It worked, but the screen was very small when riding on my bike.
  • The 500 should be acceptable for those with better close up vision or who don't mind the screen glare.
Maps & Memory
Waypoints/favorites/locations 200, Riding history up to 180 hours
Riding history up to 180 hours
Realtime Map Updates
Smartphone Compatible
USB, Bluetooth
Environmental Protections
Customizable data pages, Auto Pause, Interval training, Advanced workouts, Auto Lap, Virtual Partner, Auto scroll, Foot pod capable, Cycling Courses, Time/distance alerts, Power meter compatible
Customizable data pages, Auto Pause, Interval training, Advanced workouts, Auto Lap, Virtual Partner, Auto scroll, Foot pod capable, Cycling Courses, Time/distance alerts, Power meter compatible, Garmin Connect
What customers say about "Features"
Garmin Edge 510 GPS Bike Computer
  • Virtual Racer, especially, is cool lets you use a stationary trainer like a pre-programmed exercise bike.
  • One my favorite things about this device is the virtual partner, so when you are doing training by yourself it will give a boost of confidence to challenge yourself.
  • The Garmin drivers for my Mac are cool, in that Strava's website can get direct access to the GPS and post my latest ride.
  • My phone (Galaxy S2) doesn't have ANT+ support and most cadence/speed monitors do not work with bluetooth.
  • The weather alerts are absolutely ridiculous.
Garmin Edge 500 Cycling GPS
  • Synchronizing with Garmin on line to measure distance, heart rate, elevation, speed and so on is great.
  • The download feature to the Garmin site works very well.
  • Very pleased with it. It is very configurable in what information is displayed - took me a few tries to arrange all the information as I wanted it, but it is very easy to set up.
  • The software also shows your route in Google Maps or Google Earth -- a very cool way to view your ride. And, you can send a link of your rides to your friends.
  • This unit is perfect. Gives me all data I need to see how, how fast, grade, etc. Easy hookup to Garmin Connect webpage which is great centralized location to see all of biking activity.
Battery Life
20 hours
18 hours
Battery Type
Rechargeable lithium-ion
Rechargeable lithium-ion
What customers say about "Battery"
Garmin Edge 510 GPS Bike Computer
  • Battery life is pretty good and re-charging is fast.
  • Battery life is more than ample for the longest rides.
  • The battery life is much better than my 305.
  • Battery life is not great, not anywhere near what the 500 was, maybe 50% of it.
  • Battery life could have been better!
Garmin Edge 500 Cycling GPS
  • I charge it and download it once a week - no issues on battery life or storing multiple files.
  • Good battery life, easy to download data.
  • Good battery life for rides over 10 hrs in duration.
  • Battery life is good, lasting about 15 hours between charges though I rarely let the battery run that low.
  • I have done rides as long as 10 hours and never had any battery life issues.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
199.99 $

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