Xplova X3 GPS com­puter £159.99

Mountain Biking UK - - WRECKED & RATED -

Looks rea­son­ably good for the price on pa­per, but its set-up, screens and op­er­a­tion are re­ally frus­trat­ing

Xplova’s new GPS unit can store 700 hours of ride data and its 2.2in colour screen has a healthy 20 hours of bat­tery life with the back­light off. Four of the five data screens are cus­tomis­able, with up to 10 cells show­ing 80 dif­fer­ent data op­tions. These are re­li­ably col­lected from ANT+ sen­sors (Blue­tooth is only used for con­nec­tion to Xplova’s app), as well as GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou satel­lites. There’s a dial-style dash­board screen, and join-the-dots nav­i­ga­tion of routes up­loaded from the app. In the­ory, that makes the X3 com­pet­i­tive with Garmin’s Edge 130, although op­tions from Lezyne and Gi­ant are cheaper and/or have larger screens. At 90g, the X3 is heavy for its screen size. The O-ring mount rat­tled un­til we padded it with tape, so we’d ad­vise us­ing a Garmin-com­pat­i­ble re­place­ment (it will fit). That mul­ti­ple satel­lite sourc­ing doesn’t seem to make it any faster or more ac­cu­rate than other units, in the UK at least. The only sig­nif­i­cant use of colour is on the dash­board screen, which can’t be cus­tomised and is hard to see. Scrolling through the menu is idio­syn­cratic and in­fu­ri­at­ingly slow. There are all sorts of ir­ri­tat­ing glitches with rout­ing/ride/up­load func­tions too. Guy www.xplova.com

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