Overview: The Garmin epix is a GPS/activity watch with full
color mapping on a 1.4" high-resolution touchscreen. The device can assist you
along the trail, or while participating in a wide variety of activities. The
built-in 8 GB memory lets you load optional satellite imagery, regional TOPO
maps, street maps, or marine charts. The Connect IQ platform used by epix gives
you access to multiple apps and widgets to let you personalize your watch, and
built-in Bluetooth for receiving notifications and connecting to others.
Touchscreen Display: The epix 1.4" full color touchscreen
display has a resolution of 205 x 148 pixels. The basic menu and clock appear as
a monochrome positive or negative display, however, you can download full color
apps, widgets, and watch faces (through Connect IQ). Maps and activity trackers
appear in full color.
GPS/GLONASS: With a new, high-senstivity EXO antenna, epix
can receive stronger GPS signals and faster position fixes. epix uses HotFix,
which accesses both GPS and GLONASS to give you much quicker positioning than
GPS alone. GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System) is a Russian
satellite-based navigation system that works alongside GPS (Global Positioning
System) to provide position information. With the additional 24 GLONASS
satellites to utilize, you can obtain a position fix up to 20% faster.
ABC: In addition to positioning information, epix has
built-in Altimeter, Barometer, and Compass. As you navigate the trail, the
altimeter provides elevation data to accurately monitor your ascent and descent.
The barometer shows short-term changes in air pressure to help you predict the
weather. The 3-axis electronic compass helps you keep your bearings.
Maps: The epix comes with a worldwide, shaded relief basemap.
Included with the device is a 1-year BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription
(via download) to get a true high-resolution representation of your
surroundings. Optional topography (TOPO 24K) maps, City Navigator street maps,
and BlueChart g2 marine maps are also available via download from Garmin's
website. The built-in 8 GB memory can be used for storing these optional maps.
Construction: The epix color mapping watch is designed to
withstand harsh environments. It has a mineral glass lens and rugged PVD-coated
surfaces. With a 5 ATM rating, epix can withstand water pressures equivalent to
a depth of 50 meters. Suitable activities include surface swimming, shallow
snorkeling, and similar activities.
epix Apps: Using the Connect IQ platform for third-party
apps, you can customize your epix with dozens of available apps, widgets, data
fields, and unique watch faces. All of these items are available for download
from the connect IQ store on the Garmin website.
Bluetooth Smart: If you have a Bluetooth-compatible
smartphone, it is most likely compatible with Bluetooth Smart, and can sync with
epix through the Garmin Connect Mobile app. Select
phones have been determined to be compatible to work with Bluetooth Smart
devices. Garmin Connect Mobile is not compatible with Windows OS phones.
Garmin Connect: As you participate in indoor, outdoor,
athletic, or fitness activities with epix, you can upload and share your
activities through your smartphone with Garmin Connect. You can download
training plans, track your progress, and get feedback and encouragement from
ANT+: The Garmin epix is compatible with optional ANT+
sensors, which help you track and analyze your training activities. You can use
epix with the optional
heart rate monitor,
Bike Cadence Sensor, Foot Pod,
wireless temperature sensor, and Vector power sensor.
Activities: You can use epix to enhance your experience with
- Skiing/Snowboarding: epix can use GPS data to track
where you go while cross-country skiing or downhill skiing or snowboarding.
Your entire path is recorded as you navigate through the various ski trails
or repetitively ski or snowboard down the slope. The auto run feature
automatically records new ski runs based on your movement, and pauses when
you stop moving or when you're on the chairlift.
- Hiking: As you hike you can use epix to track your
path. If you stop for a break, you can pause the device, which saves the
status of the hike and lowers the power consumption, until you're ready to
resume. An Auto Climb feature automatically detects the change in elevation
and transitions to a different data page.
- Running: When you go for a run, epix will track the
path, distance, and time of the run. You can also keep track of your laps,
if you are running on a track, or repeating your path. A built-in metronome
feature plays tones at a steady rhythm to improve your performance by
training at a faster, slower, or more consistent cadence.
- Biking: Use epix to track the route, distance, and time
of your ride. The built-in metronome can help you maintain a steady cadence
as you ride.
- Swimming: You can use epix to keep up with your swim by
keeping track of the number of laps you complete, distance, or time of your
swim. Before you begin, enter the pool size or a custom size to accurately
calculate the distance you swim. The device will automatically record the
number of strokes, swim intervals, and lengths. You can also pause the timer
while you rest. epix will also track an open water swim as well.
- Multi-sport: If you are participating in a triathlon or
other multi-sport activity, epix can help you transition between, and keep
track of each individual sport results, as well as an overall time and
- Indoor Activities: Even if your activity is indoors,
you can still use epix while you run on an indoor track or ride a stationary
bike. Because GPS is turned off during indoor activities, your speed,
distance, and cadence are calculated by the built-in accelerometer.
TracBack: While participating in a running, hiking, biking,
or walking activity that uses GPS, you can use the TracBack feature to help you
navigate back to the starting point of your activity along the path you
Training: You can use the epix color mapping watch as your
training assistant. After setting up a user profile (gender, birth year, height,
weight, heart rate zone, etc.), epix can help you set fitness goals, and track
your progress toward those goals. It can be a simple daily step goal to an
extensive training calendar. Using Garmin Connect, you can create a workout
schedule, along with training goals, and download them to epix. As you complete
a workout, your results are automatically uploaded to Garmin Connect. As you
complete your workouts, new personal records achieved during the workout are
Navigation: epix will help you to navigate to a destination
or follow a course. If you're using map data that includes points of interest,
you can select a POI and epix will provide directions to it. The Sight 'N Go
feature lets you point the device at an object in the distance, lock in the
direction, and then navigate to the object.
Sleep Tracking: During the Sleep Mode, epix monitors your
rest. Sleep statistics include total hours of sleep, periods of movement, and
periods of restful sleep. You must be wearing the device while you sleep in
order to track your sleep.
Clock Features: Not only will epix provide the time of day,
it also has a stopwatch and countdown timer. You can set the sunrise and sunset
alerts to sound a specific number of minutes or hours before the actual sunrise
or sunset occurs.
Power Requirements: The Garmin epix is powered by a built-in
Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. You can charge the battery on ordinary
household current (using the supplied AC adapter), or via USB on your computer
or a USB power port (using the supplied USB charging cable). The USB charging
cable has a hinged cradle that attaches to the side of the device. Battery life
varies depending on the enabled features:
|Battery Life ||Mode |
|Up to 20 hours ||GPS Mode with WAAS, EGNOS, or GLONASS enabled. |
|Up to 24 hours ||Normal GPS mode |
|Up to 50 hours ||UltraTrac GPS mode with a two-minute interval |
|Up to 3 weeks ||Smart watch mode with activity tracking, smart
notifications, and Connect IQ features enabled. |
|Up to 24 weeks ||Low power watch mode with all sensors, connected
features, and activity tracking disabled. |