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Really good and 'smart' watch,
This review is from: Casio Men's PAW2000T-7CR "Pathfinder" Digital Multi-Function Titanium Watch with Link Bracelet (Watch)
Got it a week ago and still enjoy playing with it. Note to first-time users of advanced watches: you absolutely have to read the manual to make good use of this watch! Experienced users will guess how to get to the most important functions, but will still have to read the manual for fine-tuning of some features. Here are some comments:
Looks: The watch is big, but not overwhelming as some older Pathfinders. I especially enjoy reduced thickness. Buttons seem to be of better quality than older models, but of course longer testing is required to prove this statement. Titanium bracelet is very light, yet strong, with reliable, secure clasp. Yes, the shade of the bracelet is different (metallic) when compared to plastic gray shade of the case, but it does not bother me at all. Some of the reviewers that complained about it definitely mistook this Pathfinder for a dress watch.
Display: Big and very well arranged. Small time reading is displayed at the bottom of the screen in majority of special modes - very useful feature. The top layer with radial lines is used not only for compass readings, but also as an indicator in other modes: especially creative use is the simultaneous display of sunrise, sunset and current time. Backlight is pleasant green, uniform and bright enough. Auto-EL feature that turns on the backlight in the dark when you position the watch at certain angle is very convenient, but maybe a little bit too sensitive.
Accuracy: Perfection! Since the case is plastic, atomic time reception is very easy, even in difficult conditions when metal-encased watches may have problems. The ability to sync in China in addition to US, Europe and Japan makes this watch ideal companion for any World Traveler (current or future).
Compass mode: accurate if you enter correction for magnetic declination. In the US alone the difference between magnetic and geographical North varies between +17 and -17 degrees! The simplest idea is to go to [...] and check your home or travel city value, then enter it into your watch.
Baro mode: Readings seem accurate, but I do not have really good reference to test it. Quick warning: this watch measures real air pressure, but what you see on weather forecasts is Medium Sea Level Pressure (real pressure normalized to sea level). If you live at high altitudes, your Pathfinder and Weather Station readings will differ naturally.
Alti mode: Most misunderstood feature! Your watch uses air pressure and temperature to measure altitude difference between two points. Calibrate it to your home or office or other favorite spot altitude to get pretty good readings. Passing weather systems and rapid temperature changes will give you false readings, so calibrate frequently. Preferred method of getting altitude of any place is to use Google Earth or Bing Maps 3D: zoom in, point to the exact spot with your mouse, and read complete geographical data at the bottom of the screen.
Really good buy for any adventurer and/or watch aficionado!