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Old 06-20-24, 04:26 PM
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Coros dura solar computer

The new COROS DURA SOLAR COMPUTER is below half the price of competitors with the same features. It has outstanding battery and solar and may soon cause some change in how others build new models. I have looked at several video reviews and several non video reviews. Here is a non biased informative review. I am very interested in purchasing this in the near future. Tell me what you think.
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Old 06-20-24, 07:34 PM
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If it does what is says it will be a pretty neat machine. I am hoping to get one for testing but we shall see. If I do I will let folks know. Certainly going to be tough going up against Garmin a long established navigation tool and a long running cycling computer brand or Wahoo another long established cycling computer brand but if the price is right which it seems to be, it could be pretty neat.

However so many try to pack something full of everything and while it sounds good on paper in actual real life it can sometimes turn into crap. Yes it slices and dices and mops and chops and does your taxes and can recite the entire H.M.S. Pinafore but is it really going to do all of those things well and are the things that it does well going to make up for stuff it may not.

Obviously not attacking them because all I have seen is a couple articles but it would be cool if all the connectivity works and the solar charging does its thing and it can navigate decently. Beyond that I don't care as much as I am not a hugely data driven cyclist. It is fun to know it but my use of computers would be more electronic gearing, battery and navigation based with speed in there because I do sometimes like to know that and if the bike has a powermeter built in then I do sometimes like to see that but my non-electric stuff doesn't have it and it has never been the thing on my mind. It is just fun to see if I can put out 300 watts for a long period.
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veganbikes: Coros is already established in the sport watches. They are getting their bicycle computer out before perfect on the software. The reviews show that their battery life combined with their larger solar panel is already impressive. I am interested primarily in the Navigation and not needing to charge it. The price is also really good. They are supposed to roll out updates so the function is improved. It will be a couple of months before I purchase. If you acquire one please post details.
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GP Lama and DC Rainmaker both say it isn't anywhere close to being ready for prime time.

https://gplama.com/2024/06/18/coros-...-is-not-ready/

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2024/06/...-thoughts.html

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Originally Posted by Polaris OBark
GP Lama and DC Rainmaker both say it isn't anywhere close to being ready for prime time.

https://gplama.com/2024/06/18/coros-...-is-not-ready/

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2024/06/...-thoughts.html
You bet me to it ...

As to the 'reviews' I wonder how many of those are based on actual usage and not media materials. ONe of hte reasons I rely on DCRainmaker and GPLama. They actually use the stuff and report honestly on it.

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Interesting but it wouldn’t make much sense to buy now or soon.
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veganbikes: Coros is already established in the sport watches. They are getting their bicycle computer out before perfect on the software. The reviews show that their battery life combined with their larger solar panel is already impressive. I am interested primarily in the Navigation and not needing to charge it. The price is also really good. They are supposed to roll out updates so the function is improved. It will be a couple of months before I purchase. If you acquire one please post details.
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Never heard of Coros before I saw their sport watches when I looking at the computer. Still a tough sell when you have a lot of fitness watches already long established and well known.

If the actual battery life and solar panel do the job that would be cool but I would love to see long term reviews which are tough and also weed out some of the sponsored reviews and things like that. On paper it looks great but as DC Rainmaker pointed out it is not quite ready for primetime. The navigation seems a bit clunky and requires a phone for re-routing. But we shall see with updates and more maybe we will get a good computer eventually.

Hopefully I get a chance to try it. I am still intrigued by the claims.
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...requires a phone for re-routing...
Sounds like a deal breaker (for some). It's likely (certain) you'd need a phone for the initial routing too. These things should work by themselves. You can't generally rely on having cell coverage.

(3 minutes to load a route? Really?)


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OT: If the claims are true, that computer can run almost indefinitely in sunny weather, which could be useful for some riders and merely convenient for some others -- but only if everything else is up to the industry standards. It is encouraging, though, since it suggests that a company like Garmin might be able to build such solar charging into their own computers, which (in my experience with the 1040) do indeed work nicely.

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The Coros Dura has GPS so loaded offline maps should be fine. A black&white E ink phone along with it on a long trip will be easy to keep everything charged and updated. I read the negative and the actual reviews as to what it already does and don't have a problem waiting a couple of months so see what happens. Coros actually put a usable solar penal in their bicycle computer.
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E ink phone + Coros Dura >> $335 I just paid for a Garmin Edge 840.
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Originally Posted by Polaris OBark
E ink phone + Coros Dura >> $335 I just paid for a Garmin Edge 840.
For a $165 difference, people should really get which ever works better for them.

Anyway, the Dura is more comparable to the solar 840, which is about $100 more. So, the price is really kinda the same.

The only real advantage of the Dura would be much, much longer runtimes than the 840. Without that, the Dura might be better compared to Explore 2 (commonly on sale for $250).

It's much easier to look at and review maps on a phone than on a cycle computer (even one as large as the 1040).
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The only real advantage of the Dura would be much, much longer runtimes than the 840. Without that, the Dura might be better compared to Explore 2 (commonly on sale for $250).
DC Rainmaker says the claimed battery life is bogus. He estimates 25 hours in sunlight (as opposed to infinity in the specs).
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I wonder how long before the spin dial on the side starts to play up? That was my first thought on this. Second thought was about software development and support. Anyway I would read Rainmaker’s review before buying. He is legit and has seen them all.
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