Garmin gave the Epix 2 the same five-button control as the Fenix series with a touchscreen included. It turns off by default when dealing with wrist activity, but can be turned on for ease of interaction if needed.
The OLED display on the Epix 2 is much brighter and easier to use in direct sunlight than other displays used on Garmin's Fenix series of watches.
The Garmin Epix looks a lot like the Fenix 5x, with its rugged design and stainless steel and titanium coverings, as it too is made from fiber-reinforced polymer. In fact you can see the screws at the lugs are an industrial look that gives both watches a strong presence either in business or outdoors environments.
Garmin’s official figures confirm that the Epix Gen 2 can run for up to 16 days as a smartwatch, six days when always on and 30 hours with it in ‘always-on’ mode (which tracks your position periodically rather than continuously). However, it can last up to 75 hours with GPS enabled.
When it comes to fitness tracking, the Garmin Fenix 7 is essentially the same as the Epix (Gen 2), with a sleeker appearance. In our tests, both devices performed equally in terms of heart rate monitor and GPS tracking capabilities.