Garmin Edge 1040 First Impressions: It’s on Another Level!

Garmin Edge 1040 review: Edge 1040 in my hand

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Just a few days ago, the brand new Garmin Edge 1040 and Edge 1040 Solar were introduced. 

Here are my first impressions and an introduction to the major changes and new features you can look forward to.

Let’s get to it.

Spoiler alert: The Edge 1040 series is the new best bike computer on the market.

Thanks to pulsmetry.cz for lending me Edge 1040 for this review.

What’s New Compared to the Edge 1030 Plus?

The Edge 1030 Plus has been Garmin’s flagship cycling navigation for about two years. Except for a few small things, it lacked basically nothing and satisfied even the most demanding users.

The Edge 1040 comes in two options:

  1. Garmin Edge 1040
  2. Garmin Edge 1040 Solar

As the name of the third variant suggests, it includes a built-in solar display for charging while you ride. 

The claimed battery life increased from 24 to 35 hours over the 1030 Plus. The Edge 1040 Solar should last up to 45 hours in ideal conditions. 

With the battery-saving mode switched on, we’re talking up to 70 and 100 hours, respectively. This battery life has no competition.

Other changes include:

  • More accurate GPS (GNSS)
  • Redesigned user interface
  • Customizable data fields via a smartphone app
  • Real-Time Stamina feature that tells you how long you can ride at a given pace (based on your power)
  • More sophisticated training features
  • Switch from MicroUSB port to USB-C
  • Power Guide that recommends power targets for a given route
  • Slight redesign (new metal mount, sleeker curves)
  • ClimbPro provides more gradient information

And many more that I am still discovering. 

In the Box

The box of Edge 1040 includes the standard contents we are used to.

  • Garmin Edge 1040
  • Out front and stem mounts
  • USB-C chagrin cable
  • Tether
  • Manual

The Solar version also includes a black silicone case.

Initial Setup

Pairing is the same as with previous Garmin bike computers. If you’ve used an Edge device before, your user settings (including data fields) can be automatically downloaded from your Garmin Connect account.

This detail saves you time and gets your unit ready to ride in minutes.

First Impressions from Garmin Edge 1040

Although I am still working on a detailed review of the Garmin Edge 1040, I summarized my first impressions below.

  1. The Edge 1040 is much faster (e.g., when turning it on, calculating routes, or finding POIs) than the 1030 Plus. 
  2. The new user interface looks more modern and is more intuitive.
  3. The device feels more premium, thanks to the slight redesign.
  4. The security strap hole is no longer under the charging port cover, but next to it.
  5. After the first ride lasting 3 hours and 18 minutes, the battery is 91% (heart rate sensor, power meter, RTL515 radar, and smartphone connected).

Feel free to order the Edge 1040 if you can’t wait to get your hands on it.

Here are a few comparison pictures of the Garmin Edge 1040 and 1030 Plus.

Garmin Edge 1040 Alternatives

Here are some Garmin Edge 1040 (Solar) alternatives worth considering.

  • Garmin Edge 1030 Plus is the previous generation Edge 1040 offering the same display size. But, it’s cheaper, doesn’t have as many features, and isn’t available in the ‘Solar’ version.
  • Garmin Edge 830 offers almost the same features as the 1030 Plus but is more affordable. On the other hand, it has a smaller (2.6″) display and lacks features such as training suggestions, POI navigation, and more.
  • Hammerhead Karoo 2 offers a smartphone-like experience. It’s more affordable but has shorter battery life and GPS accuracy.

Garmin Edge 1040 FAQ

Garmin Edge 1040 Technical Specifications

Below I summarized Garmin Edge 1040 (Solar) technical specifications.

Technical specifications

  • Battery life: 35 hours, 45 hours (Solar), USB-C charging port
  • Display: 3.5in / 88.9mm (282×470px)
  • Touchscreen: Yes
  • Weight: 126g (Solar 133g)
  • Dimensions: 118×59×20 mm
  • Strava live segments: Yes
  • Smart trainers control: Yes
  • Smart navigation (rerouting): Yes
  • Crash/incident detection: Yes
  • Connectivity: ANT+, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
  • Waterproofing: IPX7
  • Storage: 32GB (Solar 64GB)

Conclusion

With the introduction of the Edge 1040 and especially the Edge 1040 Solar, Garmin has taken another step towards dominating the bike computers market.

My first impressions are positive, but I am still working on a detailed review and comparison with the 1030 Plus.

As with the 1030 Plus, the Edge 1040 is not for everyone. This is mainly due to its high price and large form factor.

The Edge 1040 is ideal for cyclists who require long battery life, detailed maps, accurate and fast navigation, and those who know how to leverage their training data to improve their performance.

Recommended Accessories

Below are some recommended accessories for Garmin Edge 1040.

Garmin Varia RTL515 Radar

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… for your safety (read my Garmin Varia RTL515 radar review)

Garmin Varia RCT715 Radar with Camera

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… for your safety (read my Garmin Varia RCT715 radar review)

Two Bolt Out Front Mount

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… for integrated cockpits
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