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iGPSport introduced a new bike computer called BSC300. They offered me the opportunity to review it, which I couldn’t refuse.
So, in this review, you’ll find out whether it’s worth it, how it compares to Garmin, Wahoo, and other bike computers, and things I don’t like about it.
In summary: The iGPSport BSC300 is a small, capable, yet affordable button-based bike computer, clearly inspired by the Garmin Edge 5xx series. I like its colorful display and ease of use. The buttons and menus are super intuitive. I was also surprised by the maps and great battery life. On the other hand, it has no ClimbPro-like feature and also lacks in a few more areas.
Still, it’s a great bike computer for those looking for an affordable head unit that does the basics well.
Feel free to buy it here or continue reading for more info.
iGPSport BSC300 Pros & Cons
These are the main pros & cons of BSC300 I found during its use.
- Customizable via a smartphone app
- Easy to use
- Features rich
- Fast startup time (~5s)
- Original (graphical) display of some data fields
- Easy-to-press buttons
- Auto sleep and battery saver features
- USB-C charging port
- Excellent price value
- Design copied from Garmin
- No ClimbPro-like feature
- GPS accuracy is not on the level of dual-band GNSS bike computers
- Out front mount is not included
- Maps cannot be updated via WiFi
- No charging cable and out front mount in the box
Unboxing & Setup
The package includes:
- iGPSport BSC300
- Stem mount
Unlike many other bike computers, a USB-C charging cable and out-front mount are not included. It is questionable whether manufacturers will include them in the future due to the efforts to reduce waste and growing popularity of integrated cockpits, which are usually not rounded and have custom tube profiles.
To set BSC300 up, you must download the iGPSport smartphone app and scan the QR code. This approach starts to be pretty much standard.
Then you pair the sensors*, and you are good to go. However, I always go through settings to learn more about the possibilities and adjust data fields.
*One of the things that surprised me was the speed with which the various sensors appeared on the menu. They appeared almost immediately.
I like the possibility of changing the data fields and their layout, but changing the layout is less intuitive than on Sigma ROX 12.1 EVO. Furthermore, this setting can only be done in the iGPSport app, not on the head unit itself.
I’ve been using iGPSport BSC300 for a few weeks now. Here are my main takes:
- The colorful display is easy to read but could be brighter.
- Using the bike computer is surprisingly easy despite not having a touchscreen.
- The GPS accuracy is surprisingly good regarding actual position but undercalculates elevation.
Let’s now talk about individual features in more detail.
The display size of the iGPSport BSC300 is 2.4 inches with a resolution of 240×320px.
So its size is between Garmin Edge x30 and x40 lineup and Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT v2. I like it because it’s compact enough without sacrificing readability too much.
Surprisingly, the screen resolution is better than on some of these bike computers. Everything looks a bit sharper.
The BSC300 is easy to read in direct sunlight, but its brightness is average. Its finish is glossier than Wahoo computers, so it reflects more glares. I could still read it easily in most situations but would appreciate higher brightness.
Unfortunately, it lacks an ambient sensor, so it can’t adjust the screen brightness automatically. I also didn’t notice any significant change in brightness between 10% and 100%. It could be brighter.
It can display up to 8 data fields on one page, just like the ELEMNT BOLT. However, it doesn’t have the zoom-in and out feature found in ELEMNT computers, which allows you to make the data fields larger or smaller. Instead, you have to change the entire data screen layout.
The claimed battery life of BSC300 is 20 hours. I tested it and got almost 17 hours during my testing. I had my HR monitor, power meter, bicycle radar, and phone connected to it and used 50% brightness.
This battery life pleasantly surprised me as it matches Wahoo computers and almost meets the claimed battery life.
Surprisingly, BSC300 also has a battery saver mode, like Garmin Edge bike computers, auto sleep feature, and you can recharge it via USB-C. These features are not as common yet. Thumbs up!
Control & User Friendliness
As a button-based bike computer, having an easy-to-understand and intuitive user interface is crucial.
When dealing with new bike computers, I always try to operate them without reading the manual. That’s how you can figure out how intuitive they are.
The BSC300 was no trouble at all. It doesn’t have many features, so the menu is clear. The action icons next to the buttons are a big help, making it hard to get confused.
Setting up data fields can be done using the mobile app, which is quite fast. However, changing the layout of the data pages is a bit confusing. It also often scatters individual fields when changing.
Remember that you won’t be able to use the bike computer to navigate the map to find places, for example.
Browsing between data screens, adjusting settings, saving rides, etc., felt easier than on Garmin Edge 530 or other buttons-based Garmin bike computers. I believe it’s because of the simplicity and much fewer features.
Maps & Navigation
I was naturally curious about the performance of the BSC300, especially since it prominently features ‘GPS’ in its brand name.
Syncing routes from the mobile app worked well. Sending routes from my phone to the device was easy; loading them only took a few seconds.
At first, I couldn’t figure out why the map wasn’t showing up on the head unit or where to get maps for my area.
Later, I discovered that the head unit didn’t have a strong enough GPS signal. Surprisingly, I didn’t need to download maps because the head unit already has preloaded maps for the entire world.
Clearly, this bike computer is not designed for sophisticated navigation; for that, you should look at the Sigma ROX 12.1 EVO.
Nevertheless, if needed, the BSC300 can still guide you. The turn-by-turn directions are displayed well, and following the arrow on the map is clear.
The head unit can find a new route if you go off course. One of the features I miss, though, is a ClimbPro-like feature that would summarize the upcoming climbs.
I really like this feature, especially on longer climbs. It helps me to distribute my energy. I asked iGPSport, and unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they plan to introduce it anytime soon.
The BSC300 supports GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BEIDOU, and QZSS. It doesn’t have Multi-band GNSS, though. So, is it accurate?
I tested it on my favorite segment in the forest, where I test all bike computers. Its accuracy was better than the Sigma ROX 12.1 EVO or cheaper non-multi-band GNSS bike computers.
However, it underestimates the elevation by about 10% compared to the Edge 1040 (at least in the area I live in).
iGPSport BSC300 has ANT+, Bluetooth, and WiFi connectivity.
I tested it with multiple sensor types and didn’t experience any signal or data dropouts.
It can automatically upload your activities to 3rd party apps like Strava or TrainingPeaks or control your smart trainer.
You can also connect it to your electronic shifting like SRAM eTap or Shimano Di2 to show your gears and other info.
Unfortunately, it won’t allow you to control cycling radars (not even the iGPSport SR30).
iGPSport BSC300 Alternatives
iGPSport BSC300 FAQ
iGPSport BSC300 Technical Specifications
Here is the summary of the main features and the technical specifications of the iGPSport BSC300.
- Battery life: 20 hours (USB-C charging)
- Screen size: 2.4in / 61mm
- Touchscreen: No
- Weight: 67g
- Strava live segments: Yes
- Smart trainers control: Yes
- Smart navigation (rerouting): Yes
- Connectivity: ANT+, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
- Waterproofing: IPX7
- Internal memory: 8 GB
- Sensors: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BEIDOU, QZSS
If you are thinking about getting an affordable yet capable bike computer, the iGPSport BSC300 is worth your attention.
I like its colorful display and user-friendliness, even though it’s a button-based bike computer.
I miss the ClimbPro-like feature, which would be helpful for long or unknown climbs.
But overall, it offers excellent value for the money, especially compared to Wahoo and Garmin bike computers.
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