This thing is pretty big (59.3 x 117.6 x 20.0 mm) comparable in size to my I Phone SE. And with that it’s not super light –133g vs 68g for the super the popular Element Bolt) down to its large memory, unbelievably large battery capacity, solar charing panels units and large screen. Speaking of which, the screen itself is huge, taking up almost the entire unit, but for the aforementioned two strips of solar above and below.
The body of the device feels really well made and from high quality materials. It comes with a neat rubber case and the closure for the charging port at the bottom of the device is metal and solid. Having broken several rubber closures in the past, causing the death of at least one device, the solid closure is a particularly welcome condition considering the price of the unit.
Ok, £629.99 is no small amount of money, particularly when basic models are available under £100. So then, it really comes down to a matter of requirements. If you’re an ultra distance cyclist looking to really streamline your kit, the huge battery capacity and additional solar charging is a great way to mitigate extra battery requirements.
Rather than is it worth the money? the question the Edge 1040 Solar leaves me with is more along the lines of is it all necessary?
The 1040 is also available as a non-solar option which will save you a cool £109 and still boasts as much as 70 hours of battery. If you’re an athlete looking to get the most out of your performance and training but really long distance isn’t your thing, then this is a great option too!
While both units are definitely still among the very upper reaches of expensive bike tech, it’s likely in the coming years that this technology will trickle down to future versions of the Edge 830 and 530 respectively. For bikepackers who might be perhaps after more simple devices when it comes to tracking performance but with the benefit of far superior battery life – those are going to be units to look out for.