Testing out the Lezyne Mega XL GPS cycling computer

This is what Lezyne say: the Mega XL GPS cycling computer has a large, 2.7-inch 240×400 high-resolution screen with the option of vertical or horizontal viewing. It can simultaneously pair with Bluetooth Smart or ANT+™ enabled power meters, heart rate monitors and speed/cadence sensors, in addition to compatible electronic drivetrains. When paired with an iOS or Android handheld through the free Lezyne Ally V2 app, the device provides turn-by-turn navigation and phone notifications (incoming http://www.velosport.uk/product/lezyne-mega-xl-gps-cycling-computer/?v=79cba1185463calls, texts and message app notifications). It has on-screen preloaded maps, provides turn-by-turn navigation, off-line navigation and can be instantly customized. Live tracking (Lezyne Track) can be activated in the app to let friends and family follow rides in real-time. Furthermore, the device is equipped with GPS/GLONASS, a barometer and an accelerometer. Combined, these greatly improve accuracy and data recording. It also has best-in-class battery runtime of up to 48 hours. All this and a whole lot more.

So Kamil, one of Velosport’s mechanics, has been testing out this new GPS unit and the most remarkable point is probably that with over 700km of riding so far, he has only had to charge it twice so the best-in-class battery runtime does stand the test. If you aren’t using the navigation either, the battery life is extended further.

Also impressive is the speed at which a route will re-calibrate if you take a wrong turn. Once connected to the phone app it needs just seconds and that’s really useful when you haven’t got time to hang around and work out where you are meant to be going.

You can set up the device to show up to 10 data fields. With either vertical or horizontal viewing it’s easy to read the data and to see messages when they appear. It’s also weatherproof.

The software in the device is being continually updated and Lezyne are listening and responding to feedback from users and accordingly making improvements so it’s worth emailing in feedback and any ideas for tweaks or improvements as these are being integrated.

All in all, for just £180 for the unit you get first-rate functionality for your money.

To view and purchase the device online, click here.


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