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Fantastic for the money
on 11 January 2017
I had been looking for a heart rate monitor for ages, but knew I didn't want to spend a fortune. After trying a few that were truly awful I found this Polar one. Knowing they are a good brand when it comes to heart rate monitors I had to try this one - I love white and it was a great price at £40.
It arrived on a day I happen to have a personal training session so I got to try it out with some help. The chest strap is really comfortable and not bulky at all. The watch is a good size and really comfy, the strap is really soft feeling and well designed so it says in place, even when thrashing about on the ropes at the gym.
I put in all my info, age, height, weight etc and did the test it has on there to get a gauge of my basic resting heart rate. During the workout it worked really well and even automatically synced up to the running machine I was on. It seemed pretty accurate as far as I can tell, and also gave me the calories I had burnt.
It is easy to gauge if you are working in the right heart rate zone by toggling through the different modes on the watch, so this is really good if you are using it to get into the fat burning zone.
When the workout is over you can see a summary of what you did, it also gives you a weekly summary. It has a built in trainer in the fact that you can set yourself targets based on what you want to achieve. I want to loose weight, so it has given me a weekly target of 5 hours working out with a plan to burn 1800 calories. I haven't quite had it a week yet, so can't confirm the effectiveness, but it is nice to have a target.
The downsides are that you can't download the info to a phone or computer without purchasing another device that connects to your computer via USB. At the moment this doesn't bother me too much, as you do get your summery on the watch, and this is much much cheaper than some other higher spec options.
The other downside is this really is only a heart rate monitor for workouts. It is no good if you want a pedometer, running tracker, sleep monitor etc. I think you can again purchase extra sensors, like one that goes into your trainer to track running (haven't fully looked into this) but saying that it is an excellent heart rate monitor, and I didn't purchase it to do all these other things.
For £40 this is an excellent piece of kit, it might have less functions than something like a fitbit, but it is much more accurate on heart rate and calories because you use the chest strap.
Even though I have only had it a few days, I love it, would defiantly recommend it. It gets very addictive checking where your heart rate is when running, swimming (oh yes it is waterproof too) or generally working out.