Xplova X5 Evo bike computer review

The Xplova X5 bike computer has a lot of neat features, including a built-in action camera

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Xplova X5 Evo is easy to set up and use. It has a clear, effective touch screen and a lot of behind-the-scenes functionality. It couples quickly with ANT+ peripherals, although it would be nice to see Bluetooth support too. Video and still quality from the built in camera is good. But computer functionality and ease of use are disappointing. Ride and video data can be downloaded to the phone app reasonably easily. You can do a quick edit of short videos and add data fields from your ride. But anything more major will require copying the file from the unit’s memory to a separate app.

Reasons to buy
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    Neat unit

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    Built in action camera works well

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    Good touch screen

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    Lots of functionality in GPS unit

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Reasons to avoid
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    Awkward to use analysis apps and interfaces

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    Imprecise GPS trace

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Computer company Acer is behind the Xplova X5 Evo. It’s reworked the unit’s software from the older Xplova X5 for the new X5 Evo version. Acer also makes smartphones, so there’s a lot of potential to cross-use its expertise.

When we reviewed the original Xplova X5, we liked the touchscreen and ease of use. But we were less enamoured with the GPS navigation and the unit’s tendency to occasionally slip into Chinese.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.