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Kanamori2017

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Feb 7, 2017
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Hello

Looking to buy a Garmin 530. In the local shops they have a 530j version which I assume is the Japanese version.

Does any one know the differences between this and the us/intl model?

Can the Japanese version UI be change to English?

Thanks
 

Half-Fast Mike

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You can definitely swap the UI to English.

The main difference is the price ;), and what you're paying for is kanji-awareness, so you can use maps with Japanese labels.

Edge 530 comes with a map of the region where you buy it, built-in. The built-in map with 530J will be of Japan, and will be in Japanese. if you don't read Japanese well you'll probably want to download an English map set.

The new Garmin Edges look like very capable units. I use an Edge 1000 and am envious of the (claimed) 20 h battery life in Edge 530.
 

Kanamori2017

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Thanks for your reply
Looks like I should hunt further a field and buy a nonJ version

Cheers
 

saibot

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Sorry for butting in, but if I might ask, which local store is it that already have the 530 in stock? (I assumed they where still on pre-order everywhere)
And what is the Japanese price?
 

Kanamori2017

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I am beginning to think I misread a 520
Instead of 530 but I thought I saw bic camera selling for around 2万5000 - seems toooo cheap
 

bawbag

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Yeah 530 in Japan has a release date of "summer" on the official site. You can get the international version from Clever Training with a 10% discount.
 

LioLao

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Sep 17, 2019
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I have the 830J and the UI and all functionality works 100% in English. If you are planning on using the device primarily in Japan I would recommend getting the local version. The one thing to be aware of is that Garmin uses different Firmwares for their devices depending on region, and the ASIAN versions of 830 and 530 are far behind in terms of updates. They should catch up at some point though...
 

OreoCookie

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Another option is to get a Wahoo Elemnt (original/Bolt/Roam): you can download maps from Wahoo for free, so there is no need to buy a specific version optimized for Japan.
 

LioLao

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Sep 17, 2019
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Totally. Given the pace of update on the Garmin Asia devices I’m actually quite close to pulling the trigger on a Wahoo instead...
 

Kanamori2017

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Another option is to get a Wahoo Elemnt (original/Bolt/Roam): you can download maps from Wahoo for free, so there is no need to buy a specific version optimized for Japan.
Yep, just waiting for the Trainer Road Outdoor training capability.
 

LioLao

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Sep 17, 2019
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Just a quick update that the 4.10 version of the 830 ASIA firmware was released last week.
 
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