The large screen size allows for more data fields or a larger map area to be displayed, and the touch screen is handy for certain operations. In addition, it has an all-day battery life and usb-c charging. and I've found the on-device location search to be pretty handy.
It's the least expensive of all the Garmin Edge computers released over the last year, but the value is a little deceptive. Due to its larger size, I was unable to use it with the included mount. Instead, I had to purchase a separate out-front mount, which is included with the 540, 840, and 1040. The Explore 2 lacks the training features of the other Edge units, and will not display structured workouts or pacing during a ride. However, all the data is recorded and can be analyzed with Garmin Connect. Overall, the Edge Explore 2 is a great device for navigation and ride tracking, but not as effective for training or racing.
I use the Garmin Edge Explore 2 mainly for bike touring and don't need the race-centric metrics the other Garmin computers provide. I like the fact that you can change and send courses from your phone to the Garmin. The touch screen is intuitive once you understand how swiping menus works. Some settings can be buried and hard to find, but once I set them I don't go back to that setting very often. I do wish it was smarter at rerouting a course. It often wants you to go back several miles to where you missed a turn instead of finding a new route ahead to connect with the course. Makes no sense. Battery life is good. I highly suggest pairing this with the Garmin RLT515 light/radar. It makes an awesome combination and much safer riding on roads with a lot of traffic. Good computer for the price.
I purchased this computer to make navigating longer routes useful. Later, I also paired it with a Garmin RCT715. It can be a little difficult to navigate all the screens at times. But it improves once you get familiar with the device and customize the screens to suit your needs. I've used it in the rain with no problems. I was a little concerned the screen might be too big and, but I am happy with the size.
Twice the speed, features, battery life and stability of the first generation Explore. This device seems to report on everything salient and is well beyond basic. It won't report on things like your friend's current metabolic rate while they are riding in different continent, for example (I made that up). If you do have that first generation give it to someone you really don't like then trade up to this one. Do read the manual twice if pairing with the Garmin RTLxxx rear light/radar thingy.
Got this on super sale at the end of 2022. Only 200 miles on it so I'm still learning all of the different tools. Big upgrade from 520 plus. Love being able to track wind while on my ride as well as having it synced with rear light for safety. Looking forward to some longer rides as the weather warms back up so I can use the course feature and climb pro.
I haven't had a bike computer before but I really like the detailed stats for ascent. The Connect Garmin app provides even more detail on the ride. I haven't used the navigation yet.
Great computer, super easy to use. My GARMIN watch crapped out on me and I needed a replacement. This was perfect and way less than a watch.