Garmin GPS Watch

The Global Positioning System (GPS) has transformed the way we navigate from place to place. It has also given athletes the ability to monitor their performance in precise detail. But unfortunately for runners, a standard GPS receiver is too large and heavy to carry with them. A Garmin GPS watch is a small and lightweight receiver that is worn around the wrist. There are several different models in the Garmin Forerunner range, which allows athletes to choose one that best suits their training needs. The watches even come with software that can be used to quickly review training, set goals, and share data with other people around the world.

A GPS receiver uses the signals from a fleet of satellites to work out its position on Earth’s surface. By monitoring changes in its position, a receiver can also work out speed and distance traveled. The main benefit of GPS for athletes is that this information is shown in real time, allowing them to see how they are performing through various stages of a course. A Garmin GPS watch may be small but it works just as well as a handheld receiver. The secret of this success is an antenna embedded inside the wrist strap. It provides good signal strength for the watch and keeps dropouts to a minimum, but it also allows the receiver to be smaller and lighter than a standard receiver.

A Garmin GPS watch is great for road and track running, but it’s especially useful for long distance and cross-country running. It makes the task of recording times at various parts of a course much faster and more accurate, and it can even help a runner find their way back should they get lost. A few of the advanced models have a heart monitor that allows them to record heart rate and work out calorie burn. Alerts can be set to warn a runner if they are going too fast or slow, and heart rate alerts can also be set on the models with a heart monitor. It’s even possible to race against a virtual partner on some models, by loading a watch with data generated by the Garmin Training Center software.

The most affordable Garmin GPS watch is the Forerunner 205, which sells for around $150. The monochrome LCD display has a resolution of 160 by 100 pixels and is large enough to read while running. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts for ten hours on a full charge, which should be enough for even the longest marathons. There are no buttons on the side because the user navigates the menus by touching the bezel around the screen. The Forerunner 205 has a IPX7 waterproof rating, which means it can stay submerged at a depth of one meter for up to thirty minutes. The box also contains an AC charger, docking cradle, USB cable, expansion strap, software, and manual.

At the other end of the range is the Forerunner 310XT, which is the second most expensive Garmin GPS watch currently available. The base model sells for around $350 but there is also a model with a heart rate monitor that costs $50 more. The Forerunner 310XT has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts for twenty hours on a full charge. It’s waterproof to a depth of fifty meters, which makes it ideal for triathlons. Inside the box, there is a charging clip, AC charger, and manual. There is also a USB ANT stick, which plugs into a computer and allows any ANT device within range to automatically upload its data to the computer.

The Garmin Training Center software provided with each Garmin GPS watch is useful for monitoring performance and setting training goals. After a training session or competition, the collected data can be quickly loaded by the software and viewed as tables, graphs, and maps. The data can also be compared with previous data to show where improvement is needed. It can even be shared with people around the world through the Garmin Connect website, which is especially useful for athletes who frequently travel overseas for competitions. The software is compatible with most desktop and laptop computers running the Windows or MacOS operating systems.

This Garmin GPS Watch Review is Written/Updated on Oct 20th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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