Garmin Forerunner 210 Review

March 8th, 2012 by Craig Smith Leave a reply »

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.

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