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Meh...depends on what you want it to do.
on September 23, 2012
Well, I'll start off by saying that I returned it.
The chest strap fit well with plenty of room to make it smaller as needed. Since it fit under the band of my sports bra, I didn't really notice it as I worked out. It seemed to take an accurate heart rate, as I also checked my own heart rate manually.
I wanted a HRM with split/lap capability for running, accurate HR and calorie burn. The calorie burn was waaaaaay off on the HRM. I triple checked a variety of online calorie burn calculators. The HRM was well over the highest estimate by 400 calories. Another review suggested reducing my weight by 5# increments until the calorie burn seemed more accurate. After taking off over 30 pounds in the HRM, it was still registering really high calorie burn numbers. As that was one of the 3 major components I wanted, that was sort of a deal breaker.
Overall, the watch was easy to set up and within a couple workouts I was able to maneuver the menus while running without any difficulty. I didn't find the buttons to be too small or hard to press. The split/lap button on the face of the watch was a bit sensitive and prone to accidental bumping. I also found the split/lap review a little difficult to read/comprehend.
If accurate (or even semi-accurate) calorie burn is a factor in purchasing this HRM, then reconsider. When I contacted Timex customer service, they replied that I should send it in to them. Frankly, it wasn't worth the time and effort (and expense) to do that.