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Garmin Edge 705 HR review | GPS handheld

Published on: Wednesday, May 27th 2009                   Written by: Wim de Lange - Photography by: Mark Peters

Garmin Edge 705 design

Garmin Edge 705 design

Appearance of the Garmin Edge 705 HR

The fact that we are dealing with a sporty device is obvious. All superfluous items have been left out, the material feels solid and the Garmin Edge 705 HR has a beautiful and neat design. On the front, two buttons can be found along with a mini joystick right below the monitor. The buttons serve to start and end speed measurement and to calculate lap times. The red button serves as reset button. It's too bad that the 'reset' letters are in red too which makes it difficult to read. The so-called joystick is located between the buttons and is used to scroll through menus and as Enter button. Furthermore, there are two more buttons to zoom in on the map page and a button on the right side of the Garmin Edge to call up the main menu. The main menu can be called up at any time, so time is not wasted flipping screens.

Garmin Edge 705 GPS receiver

Garmin Edge 705 GPS receiver

Garmin Edge buttons and compartments

On the left side, the On/Off button can be found which also deactivates the display light. The Mode button is placed on the left, and serves as a switch between active pages and a scroll to go back in the menus. The back is designed to slide onto the mount with one simple move. Additionally the mini USB port is behind a rubber cover. The manual warns you about dampness in this spot. The cover is made of flexible material so it should be closed with care and full attention. The card slot is hidden behind a well-sealed plastic slide cover on the back. It offers space for the microSD memory card.

 

Garmin GPSmap 60CS vs Edge 705

Garmin GPSmap 60CS vs Edge 705

Garmin Edge 705 HR monitor

Despite its small dimensions, the Garmin Edge 705 still has a fairly large screen. Everything can be clearly read. The shiny surface causes reflections, however; the information is still clearly displayed. Although the Edge doesn’t have the very fine pixels like the Garmin Oregon, the maps are still fine to read. If you want, you can adjust the number of data fields. Less data fields means larger numbers and letters on the route computer. In Map mode, they can be left out altogether thus showing a larger area.

Garmin Edge navigation screen

Garmin Edge navigation screen

Sunlight on the LCD screen

Naturally I used the Edge during cycling trips. In order to be able to read the screen at all times, it is important to mount the unit carefully. Thankfully the zip ties make it easy to adjust the viewing angle. The display is easy to read. I even find this screen better than that of the Oregon. A matte screen does not provide optimal results because of the lower contrast. As you can see in the picture, I mounted the unit right next to my GPSmap 60. In the picture with the map, the devices were placed relatively flat so that the sky and, in this case, branches of trees reflected in the screen. For the picture with the tour data, I set them upright more, to aim at my body shadow.

 

Bike mount of the Garmin Edge 705 HR and Garmin GPSmap 60CS

Garmin Edge 705 HR review

 
 
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