The fine folks over at Tech40 asked me to try one of their sports watches and write a review.
Today I'm giving my two cents about the The Tech4o Women's Accelorator Pulse.
* Highly Accurate Accelerometer-based Exercise Mode
(speed, distance, calories, steps, exercise time measurement)
* Heart Rate Monitor with conventional chest strap
* Chronograph (50 laps)
* Countdown Timer
What I liked:
I was somewhat reluctant to use a non GPS device to track my mileage, so I was rather anxious to use the pedometer feature along side my GPS tracking device that I subscribe to on my cell phone. Much to my surprise, the pedometer was very close to my GPS tracking. I did find that it would be slightly slower or slightly faster than my GPS depending on how fast I was running, but it was only off by a few seconds.
I like knowing how many calories have been burned and distance. My prior HRM/sports watch didn't have those features.
A minor detail, but I liked that it comes in a snappy bright blue color. I have a hard time finding fitness gear made for women that isn't all pastel colors. Just because I'm female doesn't mean I want everything in pastels.
There's a setting to track my heart rate zone.
Easy to read display for my presbyopic eyes. *sigh*
What needs improvement:
I'm a stickler for reading directions before using anything, but if you're the type of person who likes to use a gadget right out of the box without reading directions, like my husband, then this sports watch probably isn't the best choice for you. Carefully study the directions then do a test run on all of the features before you apply them to real life workouts and/or runs.
This is considered a women's watch. I have small wrists and I could have used at least one more notch to make the wrist band fit better.
The heart rate monitor chest strap stopped working after only a few uses. Yes, I'm going to replace the battery and give it another fair try, but the battery shouldn't give out that quickly.
The The Tech4o Women's Accelorator Pulse is a great tool, especially if you're trying to take your fitness up a notch, without having to spend the big bucks for a GPS device. It retails for around $89.99. The accuracy of the pedometer feature was a pleasant surprise. I plan on using this watch during all of my workouts and runs.
I replaced the battery in the heart rate monitor chest strap and it works MUCH better.
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