Archive for March, 2012

Garmin Forerunner 610 Review

March 8th, 2012

Pros

  • Small enough to wear all day as a watch
  • Intuitive touch screen
  • Weather resistant
  • Customizable
  • Robust features

 

Cons

  • Loses accuracy when you stop and start the watch during a run
  • Problems with turning the watch off
  • Heart rate monitor must be specifically activated
  • Charging cradle can be finicky
  • Limited battery life
  • Heart rate monitor strap can be uncomfortable

 

Review

Garmin Forerunner 610The Garmin Forerunner 610 was designed with the serious runner in mind. It provides accurate data for workouts including pace, distance, position, calories, heart rate, and much more. Some of its advanced features allow you to race against your personal best times or the pace you set for yourself.

The watch interface is easy to use with intuitive functionality. The touch screen is robust and is sensitive enough to allow users with gloves on to manipulate the screen. Features such as a backlight for the screen, vibration alerts, and weather resistance make it an attractive option for just about any runner.

Although anyone could enjoy this watch, it is especially useful for the serious runner with tons of features that allow users to customize their workout experience. Runners can track their pacing and do intervals and tempo runs, to name a few of the features.

The heart rate monitor allows users to customize their experience further and helps them train even better. With the heart rate monitor strap, users can train in several different heart rate zones and receive alerts when they are outside of their selected heart rate zone. Users can also track calories burned based on heart rate.

Once the workout is over, the Forerunner 610 connects wirelessly to your computer with ANT+ wireless technology and the USB stick that comes with the watch. This allows you to easily review your run, see it on a map, and explore your workout stats. Our Garmin Connect site works with both PC and Mac.

There are several advantages and benefits to this particular GPS watch and heart rate monitor.  Owners of this watch love the touch screen and its intuitive interface, making it easy to program while running. The touch screen is not too sensitive to touch, either. The watch is also weather resistant, which means you can sweat or be out in inclement weather and it will still function. Users also like the robust features, the fact that it is very customizable, and its compact size.

While it has its advantages, the Forerunner 610 also has some reported disadvantages as well. Some users say that the charging cradle doesn’t always work properly, and others have reported problems with the battery lasting long enough during workouts. Some owners mention that the heart rate monitor strap is uncomfortable, but others have reported the opposite. Other issues reported by one or more user include a loss of satellite accuracy when the watch is stopped during a workout and issues getting the watch turned off.

 

Bottom Line:  If you can afford the price tag, the Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS watch has no equal. It has just about every feature you could want, it connects quickly with the satellite and provides accurate data, and the watch itself is small and attractive enough to wear all day. Most users can’t say enough good about this touchscreen GPS watch. The casual runner may not want to spend the money on this one, but for the serious runner, the price is worth it.

Garmin Forerunner 410 Review

March 8th, 2012

Pros

  • Quickly connects to satellite
  • Accurate satellite data
  • Advanced workout support
  • Has auto-scroll and auto-pause
  • Compatible with Mac

 

Cons

  • Problems with touch bezel
  • Battery life not ideal
  • Watch not waterproof
  • Complex setup

 

Review

Garmin Forerunner 410The Garmin Forerunner 410 is a GPS-enabled watch that is designed for the pro runner as well as a beginner. This watch allows users to track multiple items simultaneously, including pace, time, distance, elevation, heart rate, and more. The features are customizable, so you can track the data in a way that works for you.

The Forerunner 410 allows you to program advanced workouts, such as the Virtual Partner setting, which allows you to race against a previous pace or race against your ideal pace. Some owners really enjoy this feature because it pushes you harder than you may have gone otherwise. Many owners also like the fact that you can use auto-scroll and auto-pause during workouts.

The heart rate monitor has a soft strap that allows you to display your heart rate during workouts. The watch comes with 5 preloaded heart rate zones that you can easily customize. You can also use the Forerunner 410 to provide more accurate calorie burning, based on your heart rate.

Once your workout is over, the watch uses ANT technology and the USB stick that comes with the watch to wirelessly connect to your computer and uploading workout data. Using Garmin Connect, you can analyze your workout data, create new running goals, see the route you ran, and track all kinds of useful data. And unlike some GPS watches, this one allows you to use either a Mac or a PC for analyzing data.

The Forerunner 410 uses HotFix satellite prediction, making satellite reception extremely accurate. Most owners agree that this watch picks up a satellite signal very quickly and provides highly accurate data. This is an important feature for a GPS watch. In fact, it can also pick up data indoors or when you aren’t working out, although the manufacturer doesn’t recommend leaving it on when you’re not working out.

Though the watch features some great features, it is not without flaws. Some owners have experienced a problem with the battery life of the watch, but most others say that battery life has been fine. Other owners say that the touch bezel is difficult to use while running. But still others say that the touch bezel is a good feature that works easily. One thing that many users mention is that the setup for the watch is not simple. If you are looking for a simple GPS watch without too many choices and easy setup, this one may not be for you. It’s more for someone who wants to track multiple items and is comfortable navigating a watch with many different features.

Bottom Line:  The Garmin Forerunner 410 is a very good piece of equipment with many easy-to-use features. Some people take issue with the touch bezel or the battery life, and still others have a problem with the setup and navigation. But not everyone experiences problems with the watch. Most users find it to be a great watch and one of the best GPS and heart rate monitors out on the market.

Garmin Forerunner 210 Review

March 8th, 2012

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Simple design
  • Can be used indoors or outdoors
  • Good size and comfortable to wear
  • Good battery life
  • Great satellite tracking reception

Cons

  • USB cable/Recharging cable has a 4-prong clip that must be aligned perfectly with the back of the watch in order to charge.
  • No auto-pause or auto-scroll
  • Heart rate monitor strap can cause chafing
  • Wrist band is not designed for a large person
  • Does not have an alarm feature

Review

Garmin Forerunner 210>Garmin’s Forerunner 210 is part of the Forerunner series of GPS enabled watches that allow users to easily track their running workouts. The watch tracks many different things while running and it allows users to compare data after running. This watch uses a simple interface that makes it easy for anyone to use.

The forerunner 210  allows you to track your mileage, speed, distance, and movement with 98% accuracy. You can measure your heart rate, track body fat, weight, and several other measurements with this monitor if used in conjunction with the Tanita BC-1000 scale. It also allows you to view your progress while exercising or running as well as provides a report for you after the fact.

The watch is a good size. Many owners mention that it is small enough to be worn all day as if it were a wrist watch, if desired. Some users feel that it is bulky, but most found the size was perfect.

The satellite tracking on this watch is extremely fast and accurate. Most users mention that it picks up a satellite signal immediately and much quicker than other devices they’ve ever used, working even with cloudy skies, near tall buildings, or even under trees. The satellite also works indoors, for anyone who does indoor workouts. Most owners are happy with the tracking results and software, although some feel that the tracking can be spotty or slightly inaccurate.

Once your workout is over, you can view and track your results with GarminConnect, which is a free Garmin site that allows for data analysis and other helpful features. Some users love this feature while others suggest it is not worth pursuing.

The Forerunner 210 has a rechargeable battery that can hold a charge for up a week or longer. Some owners mention that the charging cord is tricky to use. It’s a four-prong clip that must be aligned exactly right in order for it to charge correctly. Many users mention this as a problem, but some say that they have no issues with the cord.

This version of the Forerunner 210 also comes with a soft-strap heart rate monitor that straps to your chest for tracking your heart rate in beats per minute. You can program the monitor to let you know when you are below or above your target heart rate, and it comes with five heart rate zones built into the software. Some owners mention that the strap is not very comfortable and can cause chafing, although some users do not mention any problems with it.

The Garmin Forerunner 210 earns high marks from most reviewers. Many owners complain about the recharging cable being difficult to use, but other reviewers mention that it is not a problem. Most users say that it is highly accurate and useful to use during exercise.

Bottom Line: For an accurate, easy to use heart rate monitor and GPS device, the Garmin Forerunner 210 cannot be beat in terms of price and functionality. Users have some complaints but the overall consensus is that it is a good watch. The charging cable is not ideal, and it does have its flaws, but for the price, it’s an excellent tracking device that receives good marks from users.