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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2012
Just received this newly released Timex Ironman series T5K588. This watch is similar to the Timex Ironman T5K253 in looks & size. Here are the key differences and improvements I found.

1. Replaceable Watch Band
2. CR2032 battery now (should last longer)
3. 250-Laps now
4. TapScreen Technology can be enabled or disabled
5. it weighs less, its 55.3g (as opposed to 58.7g)

I highly recommend this newly released watch, so far I simply love the look and feel of it on my wrist.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2013
I have owned several running watches that I paid 100s of dollars each for. With GPS now on my Iphone, I wanted something simple but with large numbers so I could see running. Bam, this watch over performs! Love the number size, ease of use and light weight/low profile.

Buy two of these!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2013
I have 20 or 30 watches. My problem is need reading glasses to see them. This one is the only one that is easy to read and use. I love it. Easy to set. Easy to light it. Easy to see all. Just great.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2014
This broke where the strap connects to the body of the watch after under 4 months and outside of warranty. The plastic body extension for the pin that holds the band on the body is a thin/small extension and doesn't have a robust design. In fact, it is amazingly under-designed. The band is heavy and I thought it would last longer than the other Ironman watches I have owned. But even if you were to examine this in a store it would be difficult to see the the weak design as the massive band hides it's flaw. You wonder how this gets past product acceptance. I don't write many reviews but this needs to be noted.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2014
This review is for the "Timex Men's T5K588 Ironman Sleek 250-Lap TapScreen Black/Gray Resin Strap".
This is my favorite non-GPS runner's watch. I like the tap-screen option a lot, the numbers are large and easy to read, and this one has a replaceable band, unlike my previous Timex Ironman, which is still running but unwearable due to a broken band. Can't wear it, but can't bring myself to throw it away.

One big gotcha with this watch is the fact that even though it has "250-lap" memory, it will only use 50 laps max for one workout! I recently found this out the hard way, when I did a 73-lap workout, and the watch happily pretended to record all 73 laps. It even counted them for me so I knew it was 73 laps. When I got home and reviewed the laps, only the first 50 lap times were there!! There rest were missing and were not recorded. That's when I got the manual out and discovered that's how it works. It would make a LOT more sense if it recorded all my current workout laps up to 250, and deleted the oldest workout laps as needed to free up memory. Also this watch only stores a total of 5 workouts, regardless of how many laps there are in each workout.
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37 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2013
I am a runner and was looking for a watch with big easy to read numbers and a chronograph that was easy to use. The problems I have with this watch are:

1. has a very large screen area, but the numbers used for time are not any larger than those on some of the regular ironman watches - other information such as date, lap etc are larger than on other watches.

2. the tap screen is a gimmick, it doesn't always work on the first try - you need to hit it fairly hard, and in the right spot for it to work - I expect this to be one of the first features to fail. A well placed button would be much easier to use (as on some other ironman watches).

3. The buttons are not well placed and not as responsive as on other ironman watches. The chronograph start/split button is in the center on the left. The stop reset button (bottom right) is not very responsive - you have to press it fairly hard to get it to work.

Overall I think regular ironman watches such as the T5E231 are better watches and much better values.

Update: although probably mentioned in other reviews WHEN the strap breaks (in my case about 1.5 years) you will need to send the watch to Timex for a band replacement. The band to watch connections are unique so other types of aftermarket bands won't work. On the plus side Timex paid for shipping both ways and only charged me $8.00 for a new band - on the negative side it took 3 weeks to get the watch back.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2013
Got this version (250-Lap) after I had to return the 150-Lpa version. TapScreen on 150 Lap version makes the watch USELESS if you want to use it for swimming (and or biking), as it counts most of strokes as "lap" (and also on bike when bump is hit). I am also surprised of TIMEX fundamental flaw in design. One would think, that they give it to someone, who would actually use it before it goes to mass production and distribution. I had to return the watch after my first swim. I think, Timex somehow learned from this mistake and came on the market with new and improved version the "250 LAP" version, where you can actually disable this TapScreen feature. There is actually a button for it (top/right)! But I found position of the LAP button not the best on either of the model (in the middle between two other buttons). During swimming one has to really pay attention where is the button. Lap button should be more distinguishable. Also display contrast is not the best. On the positive note. I like big display, also it's own Lap digit on the top. And the ability of storing up to 5 workouts for total of 250 laps. So,I got the 250-lap model. But on my second swim, display disappeared (went blank), soon after I found some moisture got in (first time in over 30 years of using Timex for swimming). It's now at Timex for exchange. At least they have a good customer support. BTW be aware - last page of the manual says: "Warning: to maintain water resistance, do not press any buttons under water"...of course I got out of water every time before pressing the Lap button. As long as the moisture keeps out, this watch is the keeper.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2013
I bought this watch in early April 2013 and it died in the pool in early July 2013. Screen went blank. Completely dead. I didn't use it all that much - maybe 20 times total because I have other watches, including older Timex Ironmans.

This is the third time I've tried this watch. The tap technology is still completely useless (too sensitive) but at least you can turn it off entirely.

But now, the whole watch is dead. I have sent it back to Timex and I will update this post based on my experience with a repair or replacement. I expect to receive a working watch, as this is well inside the warranty period.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2014
Good product. My husband likes the large numbers on the face, which he can see without his reading glasses. It is a replacement for a similar Iron man watch that, unfortunately, went bad after a just a couple of years of use.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2014
this is my 5th timex ironman watch, each of the prior ones ended with a broken band attached to a functional watch. i have come to accept that these watches are consumables, designed to last about 1.5 to 2 years, and priced such that buying a new one at that juncture wouldn't be overly disappointing or prohibitive. They perform well enough during those years to earn your trust and appreciation (great features, great usablility), so you end up buying a new one and wishing for a better outcome. to that end, the Ironman label really feels like a misnomer; a better name would be Achilles. However, THIS particular model offers a replaceable band! Perhaps timex has resolved the fatal flaw? Nope, they've stayed true to the ironman legacy by introducing a new one; this watch pairs an oversized display (great for visibility and for the tap sceen feature) with a highly scratchable face. you will smack this thing on every doorknob and table edge you encounter, and honestly it feels like you can't check the time without scratching it. it's a cool looking watch, and that makes the cosmetic damage that much more frustrating. mine already looks like i've fallen down a mountain and i've only been wearing it for a week.
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