If you like to be outdoors, cycling is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Just as we are continually getting more and more advancements in technology, this
has also trickled down in our outdoor activities. With cycling, it is in the form of cycle computers. Magellan has entered the ring with their Cyclo 505HC. Magellan is known for their GPS receivers, which is exactly what is built in to the Magellan Cyclo 505HC.
Features and specs:
The Magellan Cyclo 505HC is truly a premium device. and it is loaded with features! All of the standard cycle computer features can be found, like speed and distance. In addition it also has premium features such as Bluetooth. Add to that the cadence and heart rate monitors, and you can easily monitor your workout. So for training, the Magellan has you covered. The Magellan Cyclo 505HC has the features you would find in a premium cycle computer. But add the built-in GPS, and it has just taken things to a whole new level. And I love the color display!
Using it was a cinch. The user interface was really easy to figure out. Having the large buttons on the touch screen made using it easy. The touch screen was sufficiently sensitive. And it was bright enough to see well during the day. To save on battery life it also has sleep mode to turn off the display when not needed, and had different settings to choose from, such as 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 5 minutes, to always on. Pairing it to my smartphone was easy. Being able to see incoming texts and phone calls was very handy, especially on long rides. Being able to control your music without having to pull out your phone was also really cool!
Up to this point I would have to say I was very please with the performance. Magellan is one of those companies that continues to have me unsurprisingly impressed. They continue to deliver products that time and time again impress and perform as promised. Hence, being unsurprisingly impressed. If you are in the market for one of their products, they are a safe bet. Even though they are not a bicycle computer company at heir core, the standard bike computer features worked very well.
When it came to testing the GPS part of it's functionality, I was tickled pink! It was as easy as entering in the address of where I want to go. And then it gave me the option of using it for bike or car. So you could also use it in your car as well. I had the map on display, as well as a directional arrow of the direction, and distance to the next turn. There was also an audible beep when I came to my turn. There was also the menu, where you could select POI's along your way for pit stops, like a bike store. When it was time to go back home from your destination, that was as simple as a button. There was also a Home button, where you could program in your home address. So if you had multiple stops, and Home was not where you immediately came from.....getting home would just be a button away.
The GPS functionality of the Cyclo 505HC was not perfect however. It did turn out to not have quite the sophistication of a car GPS receiver. GPS receivers do not always give you the fastest routes. Being familiar with my area, I punched in a buddies address. When I took a different street than I was routed for, I was expecting to get the standard "recalculating" and have the directions change to the route I was taking. Instead, I got nothing. It gave me instructions to turn around for the route I was originally given. So while it seemed to lack the sophistication for recalculating and give you different route options when you deviate from the original route, it still worked. Staying on the original route given always got me to the correct destination. So in the end, I ended up getting to where I was needing to go.
This is a good example of a product that delivered a lot of synergy. The sum appeared to be more than the parts. The Magellan Cyclo 505HC ended up being a product that appears to have just about everything a cyclist would need. It is a well made product that performed in spades. With an MSRP of $499, it isn't cheap, but you do get what you pay for. And it's worth it. Based on it's design, features, quality, and performance, the Magellan Cyclo 505HC has earned our Editor's Choice Award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at www.magellangps.com.