We’ve just been sent details of a new GPS bike computer called the i-gotU (yes, the i-gotU) GT-820 that seems to offer a whole lot for just £69.99.
Essentially, for any latecomers, you have yer GPS computers that offer mapping, similar to a car satnav, such as the new Garmin Edge 810. And then you have yer GPS computers that don’t provide mapping but measure your speed, distance travelled and so on via satellite technology, such as Cateye’s soon-to-be-released Stealth 10. The i-gotU GT-820 falls into the latter category.
So, here’s what you get…
• Calorie consumption
• Slope meter (gradient)
The Pro version comes with a digital compass, barometric altimeter for £89.99 while the GT-820Pro HRM – with a heart rate monitor – is £109.99. The GT-820Pro-Deluxe comes with the HRM strap and a cadence sensor (prices include VAT). These use Bluetooth LE to communicate with the head unit.
The GT-820 measures 65 x 42 x 17.3mm and the screen is 1.4in. We’re told that it’s waterproof enough to handle being submerged a metre down for 30mins. It uses a rechargeable Li-ion battery, the manufacturer saying that the battery life is 24hrs with the backlight on, or 40hrs with it off.
You can download all your ride info via the USB port on your PC. That allows you to log your numbers and check everything out via the i-GotU software that comes as part of the package. This shows you where you have ridden and allows you to chart your performance.
The manufacturer tells us that the data can be exported as GPX and TCX files through their software although there's no Strava integration within the software itself.
We’ve not got our hands on one of these yet but we’ll try to get one in for review on road.cc.
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.