Pros * GPS / route recording is superb
* HR monitoring and stat tracking are superb
* Bezel interface is easy to use, intuitive and well integrated
Cons A minor complaint, but probably specific to me is that alerts are hard to read on the screen during a workout. Also, while the touch operated bezel sets this device apart from its competiition, it is sometimes oversensitive during a workout.
Summary Please note I don't often write product reviews. Also, I tend to take ratings by other consumers with a grain of salt because the majority of them tend to be thumbs up (5 stars) or thumbs down (1 star) with little comparitive nuance. Having said that, I'm giving 5 stars to the Garmin 405CX, but not because it's an absoultely perfect product with no room for improvement. in fact, it definitely has some flaws (see Cons). Rather, it merits a top rating because for me it provided a revolutionary experience, much like the iPhone 3G did a year ago.
For me it's been rare experience that a an electronic device functions precisely the way it is advertised to. When I'd seen Garmin ads describing how you need only to leave the 405CX near your computer after a workout and presto your full workout stats- pace, heart rate, elevation, calories burned, etc. including split data, and a map of the GPS captured route you took will be waiting for you when you return, I thought "yeah right". Yet it did exactly that- and more. Not enough room here or time to break down all the features, but I will say that logging onto GarminConnect a few minutes after my workout and seeing my route and stats on a Google Map (which can be shared/exported, by the way) it was one of those moments you rarely experience as a consumer. The ease of use and integration of features is extremely impressive. Unlike most devices (some of which I had been considering as an alternative like Suunto, Polar, etc.) the 405CX seems to be more "you" centric rather than you needing to spend days reading a manual to figure out how to make the gadget do what you want- and then falling short of that in the end. For instance, creating your own custom workouts with the downloadable Garmin software is easy and intuitive, and doesn't suffer from being inflexible as I've come to expect from other products. For these reasons, I have a feeling I'll get lots of regular use from this device, instead of it being forgotten in a closet or drawer somewhere after the novelty and has worn off or I can't remember how to use it without a refresher.
Pros - Gps works well and finds satellites quickly
- Watch connects to heart rate monitor quickly
- Relatively accurate
- Easy to use
- ANT agent (when working) is awesome
Cons - Cannot withstand any form of water (mine malfunctioned because of sweat!) which is very inconvenient for a sports watch;
- (Lack of) Quality is shocking considering the price;
- After sales service is non-existing (in Australia at least)
Summary I bought the watch a while ago and after at first being very impressed with the features the watch has and the fact the GPS "unit" is included in the watch (no separate pods required), I soon realized the build quality was nothing special.
To my surprise moist built up inside the watch after a few runs and after a while the start and stop buttons stopped working occasionally. A few months after the warranty period expired the watch seized working altogether.
When I contacted Garmin I was advised I could get a refurbished unit for $185 as they don't repair this faulty watch considering it was out of warranty. I was very surprised to find out Garmin offered no service at all for a watch that broke down due to contact with sweat / water a little over a year after I first bought. I find this especially strange as it is a sports watch costing close to AUD 500 (in Australia). I wrote to Garmin how disappointed I was about the lack of quality, the fact they haven't resolved a well known issue (google it, lots of garmin watches feature the same issue!!) and the fact I was expected to pay another $185 to get the issue (temporarily) resolved. Garmin responded offering me the refurbished watch for $90 instead which I accepted as the alternative (buying a watch from a competitor) would be considerably costlier.
Once the watch arrived it seemed to work fine at first, it did have the same issues with the water proofing (note I never went swimming or even running in the rain with the watch, it just cannot withstand sweat) but not as frequently as the previous one.
Probably about a year later however the heart rate monitor stopped working altogether. After having replaced the batteries multiple times, undertaking hard and soft resets and testing the ANT connection I thin it's either the monitor itself that's faulty or there's another error with the watch.
It's probably no surprise I will not spend a cent on this watch (or any other Garmin product) anymore and will be looking to replace it with a Polar / Suunto sports watch.
All in all I find it very unfortunate the quality and service are the way they are as the Garmin products themselves do provide awesome functionalities....... unfortunately not for very long in my experience.
Pros The biggest pro is Garmin Connect, the portal that lets you geek out over the workout data. It's quite addictive if you like to see how your body (heart rate) responds over time, distance, and elevation. I found it light for it's size and relatively eas
Cons Made cheap. Upon purchasing, I used it for about 70 days over a 3 month period - basically every day. One day I put it on and the band snapped off. Worst part was that it snapped off at the pin. The pin slot broke off the watch itself so I could just u
Summary I loved the way it worked. I loved geeking out over the data. It was comfortable. The only problem is that the physical design is flawed and if you use is enough it's going to break. In my case (using it almost every day), it broke in just 3 months. Maybe I could send it back to Garmin but what's the point. I'd just get used to it and then it would break again only to repeat the process again. My suggestion, go with Garmin but get a different model that has a more reliable watchcase/band linkage.
"Dissapointed"on by sparkycolts91
Pros Great size, nice features. Great customer service, and friendly and helpful staff. Reps were upfornt that if the current watch didnt work with the newest update, then returning it for another one wouldn't resolve the issues.
Cons The GPS was never correct. It was always .10 off. It worked best when I was in wide open spaces, but running about a housing development it continues to be off.
Summary I am really dissapointed with the inability for it to be more prescise.
Pros Sensitive GPS
More data than I will ever use
Easy to use
Extremely quick HR monitor pairing
Garmin Training Center computer software easy to use
Virtual Partner is cool!
Cons Can't set up pace alerts without Garmin Training Center Advanced Workout upload to watch
Too computer dependent
Summary This is a great watch. I had enough satellites for 25% GPS accuracy within a minute WHILE I WAS STILL INSIDE. I haven't tried it yet, but I could probably use the GPS on the indoor track at the Y. I've got a Nuvi 750 for the car, and this this is definitely more sensitive.
The heart rate training is great, and the Virtual Partner makes it really easy to stay on pace.