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Looking to purchase my 1st GPS/HRM. Amazon are selling a Garmin forerunner 410 for £144. Is this a good buy? What are the pros/cons of this watch?
lots of mentions of this watch on the forum on various posts. I use it and am happy with it, but some people find the bezel operation tricky.
The best review of this watch is on the website of dcrainmaker.com its very in depth and will tell you all you need to know and much more. Or go to the Garmin website and download the full operating manual
This watch has been on Amazon at around this price for a while and it is way cheaper than most other shops. The older 405 is still around but the bezel, waterproofing and GPS signal have all been improved on the 410. The 610 is also down in price at Amazon and its a much better model with touch screen instead of the bezel but the price is a good bit higher. The lower spec 110 and 210 are not much cheaper than the 410 so I would give those a miss.
I got one for Christmas and am enjoying using it, though I do think the bezel operation is quite annoying (hard to distinguish between sliding, tapping and holding), and some of the menus are arranged a bit stupidly too; to shut down you have to get into 3 separate menus which is not ideal if you're not that good at operating the bezel in the first place. Otherwise I still think it's worth having and it does everything I need it to.
i got a 110 for christmas, cost about £109, with HRM, easy to work and no problems so far!
Go to dcrainmaker.com. Unbiased, in depth reviews of any piece of kit you should be looking at. Personally, as a first sat nav/hrm I'd go for the old skool forerunner 305. The functionality is better than the later 4 series and is easier to use. You can get them for less than a hundred quid on ebay with an hrm strap included. I've used mine on average 4 times a week for nearly 4 years. Never missed a beat. Good luck
Thanks Guys! I will check out dcrainmaker.com before jumping in!!
Yup - I was about to say dcrainmaker (great blog!). He reviews the best of 2012 at various budgets - I don't think the 410 featured for some reason - FR10, FR210 or FR610 at his three price levels. The 305 is great if you can get one and ike its square shape, several of my friends went that route. I'm happy with my 610 (don't quite use it to its full, mind) for the last 18 months and it is still going fine.
I got a 410 just after Christmas and I have to say I love it. The bezel does take some getting used to but not much playing, works with gloves on. Some reviews (on other sites) have complained about clothes activating the bezel but you can lock it by pressing the two buttons.
The bezel is as everyone agrees the big weakness. I have one and as I configure everything before I set off and set the screens to scroll I have never needed to use the bezel when I'm running.
'Garmin have made a huge mistake with this and they're not admitting it.' -Rosrunner
I think the newer 610 with touch screen is their way of admitting it.