by Man DanfromDecent Barebones Fitness WatchI use this watch for run training. It provides decent, usable measurements for distance and pacing.
The heart monitor seems pretty inaccurate - about as reliable as treadmill HRs at the gym... sometimes right-on other times way off. 5 mile run today had my avg HR at 225... 180 bpm is a sprint for me. The software is completely unsophisticated relative to other apps - mapmyrun, trainingpeaks, etc. It groups runs by year & month. Each run shows google map route and includes pace, distance, heart rate, and altitude - it's super busy and annoying interface.
That said, it's not a bad entry level fitness watch. It provides enough accuracy to be usable for casual but dedicated and driven runners. It's as accurate as an iPhone but way easier to wear in all weather. Heart Rate is not the most significant metric for me at my level of fitness - I know when I'm pushing harder and when I should be pacing slower. This is a great product in that it provides ball-park numbers at sub-200 dollars.
Is comparable to the Timex - which has a better interface, but also has it's problems (battery life!). I'd recommend comparing the Timex and the NB watches. You might also consider skipping the HR monitor for a more accurate, more sophisticated GPS only watch.
Date published: 2014-02-10
Rated 4out of5
by Paul M 81fromOverall a good product, however...So far I've found the NB NX980 to be a very good product. The GPS works well (though it takes a minute or two to get reception if you're in an area with lots of trees), and the heartrate monitor is accurate and is "paired" with the watch out of the box. The watch allows you to set alarms for the heartrate monitor giving you a high heartrate warning and a low heartrate warning (or none if you perefer). The watch has a surprisingly long battery life as well -- approx. 12 hours of GPS use, however the GPS only activates when you put the watch into run/interval/cycle mode, so you can realistically wear this watch as your 'regular' watch all the time if you like. The watch itself has a pretty simple/easy to use interface, however I recommend reading the instructions, especially if you plan to use the watch to track lap times.
My only real complaint at this point is the software. Frankly, as of version 1.1.2 it stinks. The concept and features are good, such as tracking your heartrate/pace/elevation/distance/speed with a google-earth exportable map, however the process of downloading watch data to the software does not seem to work well. I've been able to successfully transfer data three times, but the most recent attempt causes the software to hang, and there is no information explaining the cause. My anticipation is that as this watch sees more use, the software developers will provide updates to the software. Once that's done I would have no problems giving the watch a higher score.
Date published: 2013-12-09
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New Balance NX980 GPS Heart Rate Monitor Customer Reviews