Garmin Edge 520 Plus and Edge 530 compared

Which should you buy?

With the everlasting introduction of new products, the 5xx series now has seen the 500, 510, 520 (plus) and now the 530.
If you’re looking into which device is right for you, here are the differences between the 520 plus and the 530 and hopefully will help you make your decision.
At the end of this comparison I’ll list the prices. If you use these links I get a small kickback upon your purchase which I use to maintain this website.

Looks & Specs

You can definitely tell the difference between the two devices, the newer Edge 530 has a bit rounder design and sports a larger screen. The buttons look a bit nicer and the overall feel of the 530 is in my opinion not a ‘cheap’ feeling.

Since look and feel is mostly personal, I’ve put them next to each other in the following images. The first two are only the 530’s new MTB feature and the ClimbPro feature.

Specifications Compared

SpecEdge 520 PlusEdge 530
Screen2.3″ (5.8 4cm)2.6″ (6.6 cm)
Resolution200 x 265 px.246 x 322 px.
Dimensions1.9” x 2.9” x 0.8”
(49.0 x 73.0 x 21.0 mm)
1.9″ x 3.2″ x 0.8″
(50 x 82 x 20 mm)
Weight2.2 oz (62.5 g)2.7 oz (75.8 g)
Battery Life15 hrs.20 hrs.

New Features

So, to make your decision, this is probably the part you’re looking for. I’ve listed all differences I could find and added my thoughts if I believe there’s something to keep in mind or just to help you decide if the feature is worth it for you.

  • Bigger screen
  • WiFi – no need to sync via your phone (sweet!)
  • Bluetooth Smart sensor support – more options for more sensors.
  • Heat Acclimation – The Edge 530 takes heat & humidity into account for your  performance & recovery metrics (great!)
  • ClimbPro – When riding a route it will tell you how much longer your climb is, good feature when you’re in an unknown area.
  • Altitude Acclimation – Knows when you’re in high elevation and uses this for performance/recovery metrics (useful when you regularly go to mountains)
  • Bike Alarm Feature – You know when you stop for coffee and you leave your bike, nervously keeping an eye on it? The Edge 530 can let you know when it detects movement with an alarm!
  • Hydration & Nutrition Alerts: Riding a route or course it will let you know when to eat and drink. Great feature, I tend to forget!
  • Complete on-board turn by turn map database for your region no more custom maps!

Some features that are improvements, but I don’t see as real added value:

  • Better CPU – This is nice and noticeable when routing, but you don’t really need-need it unless you plan to change your mind often on where to go.
  • Better battery life – I personally don’t mind charging it – I charge my phone daily too…
  • Battery Pack Support – See my previous point.
  • Tack Nutrition & Hydration – add what you took during your ride to Connect using the Edge 530. I don’t use this, but if you use this in connect, you can add it easily now.
  • Performance Power Curve – See your mean maximal power, nice feature, but you can see this online too from the comfort of your sofa.

These features I have less experience with, but are added:

  • Mountainbike Metrics – Jump, Grit and Flow is shown on the Edge and in connect.
  • Trailforks maps – Trailforks data/maps embedded in the Edge 530
  • ForkSight – shows you the options when you stop at a trail fork.
  • Training Plan Gear & Weather Tips.
  • ‘Find my Edge’ – Allows you to view your edge’s location – not sure how this works when not connected to WiFi..
  • Use Training Plans – I’ve never used a training plan from a site, so I can’t judge.

In the box

The Bundles.

Both devices come int three flavours. ‘Just the unit’ which has, obviously, the device. Then you also get an aero holder, a stem holder, and a charging cable.

Then you have the MTB Bundles. Don’t be fooled by the MTB bundles. The bundle of the 530 is a bit more packed than the 520’s.
You’ll get a speed Sensor, rubber case, MTB holder and a remote with the 530 where the 520’s mbt bundle comes with only the mtb-steer holder. Quite the difference!
Then you also have the Speed/Cadence or “Performance” Bundle for both. Then they come with a Cadence Sensor, Speed Sensor and HRM chest strap on top of what you get with ‘just the device’.

Which one to buy?

Still undecided? For more information, prices, reviews and videos check out my productwatcher for the Edge 530 or the Edge 520 Plus.

Personally I always like the latest and greatest, but in this case I think the (current) price difference is worth going for the 530. It has the features which I’ve felt missing on the Edge 520 Plus.

Edge 520 prices
Find the lowest price for the Edge 520 Plus here

US $GB £EU €
Device Only$213 at Amazon£199.99 at Wiggle€192.95 at Wiggle
Speed/Cadence Bundle$285 at Amazon£219.99 at Wiggle€253.18 at Wiggle
MTB Bundle$249 at Amazon£199.99 at Wiggle€200.30 at Wiggle

Edge 530 prices
Find the lowest price for the Edge 530 here

US $GB £EU €
Device Only$300 at Rei
$293 at Amazon
£259.99 at Wiggle€258.58 at Wiggle
Speed/Cadence Bundle$400 at Rei
$390 at Amazon
£349.99 at Wiggle€382.80 at Wiggle
MTB Bundle$370 at Rei
$359 at Amazon
£319.99 at Wiggle€349.38 at Wiggle

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Just a note about the “links to buy” in this article, as they are sponsored. I do look for the lowest price I can find at the time of writing in a handful of stores, but by using the links I earn from qualifying purchases made through these links.

8 Comments on Garmin Edge 520 Plus and Edge 530 compared

  1. Fernando Ferreira // June 3, 2020 at 2:57 am // Reply

    Thank you for your help

  2. Thomas Schreiner // June 30, 2020 at 5:07 pm // Reply

    I like your structured fact comparison. Easy to read and to understand.
    Good job!

  3. Hi !
    Thank you

    Is there something equivalent to Climb Pro on the 520 Plus ? Something telling the distance to go of the current climb, the climb grade and profile ?

  4. Bon travail merci à vous

  5. What the hello is a MTB steer older and a speed sensor? I’m used to using Strava on my iPhone. Want something similar, begin easy to read during ride and easy to download to strava. II know 830 is touch screen. What’stjhje advantage with that? How does one use the 530 without a touch screen. Please explain to the uninitiated. Thanks.

  6. not to scale when doing a comparison and showing products where size matters. brilliant.

    • In this compare, it doesn’t matter. Because on your screen it’s not the actual size of the product. The compare is so you can see how exterior and the data looks different, mostly the map.
      Even if they were to scale, there’s no actual size reference, so how can you determine what’s the right size if it matters so much?

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