Buy Karoo 2 now?

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    Mark B.

    The best thing about Karoo was the large and frequent updates. .It is not worth buying Karoo nowadays, it runs slower and slower after each update.  Updates are less and less significant.  

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    Larey K

    A couple of thoughts

    - There are no grounded rumors of a K3, just us users guessing (hoping).

    - It kind of depends on how much riding you will be doing in Feb - Mar.  If you won't be riding a bunch, then maybe wait.

    - Hammerhead has a 45 day trial. If you buy a K2 and something official is announced for a K3 then you can send your K2 back.

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    Nicholas

    Even if the Karoo 3 gets released tomorrow the k2 is still a great computer and you can guarantee the K3 would be at least double the price.

    Yes the K2 is a little old in the tooth now but still works flawlessly and the current price make it a steal.

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    atleta

    I don't think the updates getting less significant is a valid argument against getting the device. If it was getting significant updates say a year ago, then it means it had worse software back then and those updates are already included at the moment you buy it.

    Otherwise is does have it's problems for sure. I just bought it recently (in November) and my main use case would be navigation but it has pretty limited functionality. On device planning basically doesn't work as address search doesn't work and getting a route on the device is slow and cumbersome especially if you try to plan an ad-hoc route while on the road and not in front of your computer. While it seems that it's not the main use case for most people, I think it's important to know as all the reviews rave about the navigation capabilities of the device. And, if those are valid, unbiased, honest opinions then it means the competition is even worse.

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    Richard Soltes

    I have a Karoo 1,and  it goes in and out with me.

    And with all of the updates, it works well consistently 

    It isn't quite the flashyist , It isn't the most sleek

    but damn if it don't do the things I do from week to week.

    It won't talk to the satellites , or sync with Peleton

    Or log my rectal temperature , like Garmin's 1-0-1,

    or relay data from the chip the vaxers put into my arm

    But I will stay on with it and enjoy it's rugged charm.

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    Jewl Kay

    Just my 2 cents, over the weekend I received the Wahoo Element Roam V2 to check how it compares to the K2. It took me less than 15 mins to repackage and send it back! The Wahoo, even though it got a major update, really feels like a bike computer from the 2000s. That really helped to value what I have with the K2. Of course, battery life is a thing and hopefully, at a certain point with the K3 (or how ever it is called), battery life will improve significantly... But for now, I do think the K2 still is one of the best bike computers available! 

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    Richard Soltes

    I am not holding my breath over the K3.        SRAM (and the whole industry) has hit a financial rock and is trying to get off the reef, financially, so managing and executing a new product is going to be tougher.  Layoffs and catalog reductions are happening all over. 

    They may had a limited inventory and supply chain issues that are aggravated by the above.

    It would be pretty typical in the  bad for everyone corporate world for a company to acquire a company , either for staff alone, eliminate a competitor, or find some poison pill, like no product (Frank/JPMC),  or bugs in upcoming product or operation.

    Format warring between AXS, e-tube, Airea, d-Fly, ANT+ and Garmin variANTs are going to make the challenge even more of a cluster f.

    Remember the longer you wait, the cheaper, more powerful  things will get, and you will more likely miss the deal you wanted.

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    Nicholas

    Format warring between AXS, e-tube, Airea, d-Fly, ANT+ and Garmin variANTs are going to make the challenge even more of a cluster f.

     

    The only ones being A-holes are Shimano everybody else supports open standards, so I wouldn't go fear mongering over this point

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