Summary: Just received my Garmin Forerunner 405CX. Thought I would write an initial review and then update as I progress over the next few weeks. So I bought this and a new Schwin AC Performance Plus bike in an effort to get in shape. Reality is, after a long hard day, yes I come home and like to watch an hour or two of TiVo. Bad thing is, TiVo is in the bedroom. I suppose I could move it to the living room, but then I lose on-demand, sucky Comcast cable. Did I digress.
Summary: This watch has a fantastic feature set. It has everything I would want. The touch bezel issues when wet are not even a problem, they are a minor inconvenience at most. That said, the is the least reliable watch I have ever owned. I have had the following issues with it: - My first watch would have random locations that I was nowhere near on the maps it generated. The map would look normal except a spike that would just out in one direction for 1/2 mile or so.
Summary: Back in 2011, when I was finally ready to replace my regular watch with a GPS enabled running watch, I asked friends what they would recommend - some said Nike, some Garmin. I leaned towards Garmin due to the fact that the 405 CX has way more control options. As it turned out the watch was a little bit overkill - I never used a lot of the features. I won't hold that against the Garmin 405 CX. But why the bad review?
Summary: got this watch a year and a half ago, and loved it. now the battery dies after 1 mile. garmin said i should reboot it...... did not work.... i did not know it would cost a small fortune to replace the battery.. now i have a useless 200 dollar watch... would not recomend this watch.
Summary: If you buy this product be prepared for some trouble. I have had mine back to Garmin 3 times - once for backlight going out and 2 for the product going dead and would not charge. This is a recurring problem with this product and Garmin has not addressed it yet. They tend to want to blame the customer for not charging correctly etc.
Summary: I really needed something good for my distance running and did a lot of research before settling on purchasing this Garmin. This is a great watch, in itself - a little complicated to master at first, but then was fine. The major problem is that the strap is not good if you've a small wrist. To get it tight enough requires a little pull to get it through the slot... and within six months, the strap itself broke. I had it replaced - NOT CHEAP.
Summary: I recently received this watch with a lot of anticipation for mapping my day to day outings on foot and bike. I was attracted to the knowlege that Garmin tracks real miles and time traveled. While I am not a runner, I am a big walker and have a great recumbant bike that i take almost everywhere. Since today was my first day with this new gadget, I may update this after a couple of weeks of use. For a first day? Not so great, very hard to understand how to best use.
Short lifetime battery and lot of fails on touch ring
Alex Shoji, Amazon
23 June 2012
Summary: During de the first 90 days, everything was perfect, after that the battery lifetime got low and touch ring begans to fail. Now I even can use it for more than 3 minutes and I'm trying to return the product.
Summary: This watch is very frustrating. The touch bezel has a mind of it's own if you do sports that require flexing wrist (SUP, pushups etc). Locking the bezel is an option, but is hard to engage while in GPS mode, you normally end up turning off your timer. I have had to do complete resets at times when the watch is rendered completely unusable. The spring that holds to the charger broke after 5 months of use and is a pretty cheap solution considering the cost of this watch.