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Great watch that fulfills reasonable expectations,
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This review is from: Casio Men's PAG240-1CR Pathfinder Triple Sensor Multi-Function Sport Watch (Watch)
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After being on the edge for a long time, I bit the bullet and purchased the PAG240. I am happy with it for the most part :)
Rather than do a full review, here are some observations/details to supplement other reviews:
-Pictures don't do the watch justice! Look at one in person if you can, or search Youtube. Far from being obnoxiously flashy, it has a handsome utilitarian/rugged look to it. In my opinion, silver pathfinders try to look pricier and will attract more attention, including unwanted ones. If you want full functionality, go with this.
-The watch weighs ~60g/2.12oz. That's 24 modern American pennies, or ~11 American quarters. The entire face (including side buttons) has the same diameter as the top lip of a standard soda can. I wear it every day without noticing its weight or size.
-It has an optional (default on) power save mode which turns off the display after 60-70 min of inactivity. This will only activate between 10PM-6AM. Simply tilting the watch a bit will wake it up.
-The timer can be set for hours/minutes (not seconds). The timer can count down from 24 hours.
-The sunrise/sunset mode makes good use of the overlay LCD slices.
-The compass can be adjusted for magnetic declination (1°resolution) and calibrated with bidirectional and northerly. It can also store an angle in memory.
-The display is crisp when viewed full on. It becomes hard to read at extreme angles.
-The rotating bezel rotates very fluidly. It's secured tightly to the face and won't slip once you set it.
-The alarm is soft, but uses a high pitched frequency (sorta like a smoke detector). I had no trouble hearing it wearing headphones playing music.
-Buttons are easily accessible and require a full push to register. Only time will tell whether they'll pop out and run for freedom like my old Ironman's...The light button is a little hard to find by touch in the dark, even with the helpful ... guide bumps below it.
-About the altimeter- altitude is calculated using temperature and atmospheric pressure data. The manual suggests placing the watch where temperature is stable during the trip. Short of GPS, there is no way for sensors to accurately measure altitude. This mode is good for relative measurements at best and requires calibration on site before each use.
-Altitude data can be stored automatically every 5 sec (for 1 hr) or 2 min intervals (for 1 day). The data is recorded only when you stay in the altimeter mode. Every time you exit the mode, it accumulates the max/min ascent/descent statistics to the current stored data. You can also store 25 manual measurements.
I was seriously torn between this watch, the PAG40, PAG80, and the PAW1300 series.
-The PAG40 uses regular batteries (good!) but had no timer (dealbreaker).
-The PAG80 has all of PAG240's features (+extra memory), but no rotating bezel, and the color scheme was undesirable (dealbreaker)
-The PAG1300 has multi-zone atomic timekeeping (good), is slimmer (good!), but loses the cool dual LCD (dealbreaker).
Hope this helps!
After wearing this watch two and a half years, I must say I am still very pleased with it! It has been immersed in water countless times, dropped and abused, and everything works fine. I found the sunrise/sunset, stopwatch, and timer functions to be used most.
The plastic case has gotten scratched quite a bit but it is not noticeable because it's black. The glass face is still pristine. The original wrist strap is still going strong. All of the buttons have stayed in!! The battery meter shows "High", so solar aspect works well.
I'm hoping a good many more years of use from this watch!
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Initial post: Jul 28, 2011 8:24:42 AM PDT
Derek Duross says:
What do you mean by dual LCD? It looks to me like the PAW1300 has the same type of display.
Posted on Jan 8, 2012 9:29:32 PM PST
Ryan Anthony says:
how in the world is using batteries considered a plus? I guess maybe a hybrid would w/ battery backup , but casio tough solar is really hard to live w/out. Changing batteries in a watch is just unnecessary.
Posted on Mar 8, 2012 9:12:12 AM PST
J. Webb says:
The alarm on my PAG240-1CR is barely audible. I can find no way to increase the volume. This is the ONLY feature that is not 5 star. Audible alarm is maybe 2 stars.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 5:22:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 3, 2012 5:23:35 AM PDT
Agent Shrader says:
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2013 8:56:34 PM PDT
Yee Chut Ngeow says:
I checked out some Suunto watches, they have consistently lower users rating than Casio, and consistently highly prices (much higher), and consistently higher number of angry customers.
I would say, unless you intend to use the altimeter to navigate an airplane, go with Casio. And I wondered whether this Casio Spezialist is actually a Casio Basher.
Posted on Jan 6, 2014 4:19:07 PM PST
Given that the user ratings are considerably higher than other multi-function watch companies. I would say that Casio is clearly the winner, based on that evidence alone.
Posted on Jul 15, 2014 12:20:53 PM PDT
The alarm is weak...very weak.
Posted on Sep 28, 2014 11:00:39 AM PDT
Thanks Arthas for the great review -- given that this watch is lacking the atomic timekeeping feature, was it accurate for you during your 2.5 years of use? Did you have ever to manually adjust the time?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2015 5:36:15 PM PDT
It seems to run slow by a few minutes per year. I would readjust it when I remember to, but it hasn't been a bother to me :)
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