"Great features, shocking quality and after sales."
6 January 2014
Pros: - Gps works well and finds satellites quickly - Watch connects to heart rate monitor quickly - Relatively accurate - Easy to use - ANT agent (when working) is awesome
Cons: - Cannot withstand any form of water (mine malfunctioned because of sweat!) which is very inconvenient for a sports watch; - (Lack of) Quality is shocking considering the price; - After sales service is non-existing (in Australia at least)
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.
I'M TIRED OF GARMIN'S LACK OF SUPPORT AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Bobby D "bdelise", Amazon
17 June 2013
Summary: I have owned two Garmin devices, the Forerunner 305 and the 405CX. The 305 worked fine but it is bulky and must be downloaded via a USB cable. No big deal but I purchased the 405CX as a step up. On more than one occasion the 405CX simply went dead even with a full charge. I contacted Garmin and they gave me instructions how to reset the device but the instructions proved helpless.
Summary: I bought 3 of these within two different orders, and for saving the cost of an International Shipment I decided to wait a couple of weeks until some friends come by to visit me. To my regret, I had troubles with all of the 405CX watches. We bought one for each one of the buddies I usually go running with, but we all have to go/file a claim with either the Garmin US Tech support or to our local Garmin Tech support office here in Argentina.
Summary: I wish I could say that I have had an overwhelmingly positive experience with Garmin products, but this has not been the case. I have a Forerunner 405 which worked well when it worked but had to be replaced 3 times in just over a year. My wife has a different brand which she got for less but which has longer battery life and is solid as a rock. I have had 4 Garmin devices over the same period of time.
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?