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Casio Pathfinder PAG80-1V Review,
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This review is from: Casio Men's PAG80-1V Pathfinder Altimeter/Barometer/ Digital Compass Solar Digital Watch (Watch)
Time. It's a watch first and foremost so it has got to keep good time and display it legibly and simply. The PAG80 does just that. The display is large and bright which is easy to read in both the dark, with the aid of the backlight, right through to bright sunlight. I like the seconds display being on a separate line to the hour and minute also.
Accuracy. I have owned the watch for just one month and in that time it has gained one second. That's accurate enough for me.
World Time. As a regular traveller the World Time feature is important to me. It is easy to use and convenient. GMT is a nice touch.
Date. Dumb, dumb, dumb. The whole world writes the date with the day of the month first followed by the month ... except the Americans. February 1st is written by the people of 250 countries as 1/2. The Americans write 1st February as 2/1. This watch follows the American convention and does not provide a method of reversing the characters. Just about everything else on the watch is customisable except this. Surprising, Casio!
Alarms. The alarm functions are good. Five alarms plus an hourly beeper which can be turned on or off. There is also a countdown timer and stopwatch. Enabling the alarms is non-intuitive (to me) and, like all watch alarms, not loud enough. All work well, though.
I have tested the compass against a Suunto and a Silva magnetic compass. The watch compass is remarkably accurate. It is sensitive so gives great results when used outside. When using inside it is easily influenced by magnetic devices. I like everything about the compass including the overlay screen, the direction indicator (eg ENE) and the degree readout.
Again remarkably accurate. I have an expensive German aneroid barometer which took some weeks to calibrate. I believe it to be quite accurate. The PAG80 records a measurement just one hPa different to my aneroid barometer. Here it is important to note that again the barometer in the watch is very sensitive. Do not expect accurate readings indoors, especially if the building is well sealed and air-conditioned.
The barometer graph should only be used as a rough indicator of trend. If you are in an artificial environment when the watch records a pressure measurement (building, car, plane) then this may cause the graph to show misleading information unless you realise what is going on. You may be in an environment which is outside the range of the graph and this will cause a reading to be missed on the graph. It may look like the watch is faulty but, in reality, it is just being consistent.
This is the feature of least accuracy. As stated in plenty of other places the altitude recorded is a function of air pressure. As a general indicator of altitude it is great. If you want really accurate altitude then get a GPS. With practice and an understanding of how air pressure alters with altitude and climatic conditions you can guage how far off the altitude may be. Start by having a look in the manual at the altitude graph.
When I received the watch the power indicator was reading high. However the barometric graph was displaying erratically. I thought I may have a defective watch. As I live in a warm, sunny climate I put the watch outside in the sun for two days. Problem solved. Just make sure you give it a good charge when you get it.
Since that time I have spent two weeks skiing in the Rockies where it was very cold and the watch was rarely exposed to the sun (what sun?). All functions operated perfectly throughout the two weeks which would indicate that when fully juiced up there is ample power in the internal solar battery to last for quite some time. This is where the power saver feature comes in to its own. Obviously very efficient.
Watch Size. It is big. I knew it was a big watch when I bought it so no complaints but it could probably be refined in size without losing any of its functionality.
Ruggedness. It has already had a bang or two without any visible sign of damage. The crystal glass seems suitably tough.
Resin Band. I opted for the resin band model over the titanium band. If buying again I think I would pay a little extra and get the titanium band.
Operating Temperature Range. Surprisingly, within the first month of ownership, I have subjected the watch to the extremes of its operating temperature range. From a low of -36 C (-34 F) in Colorado to a high of 42 C (107 F) in Sydney. A temperature differential of 78 C (141 F). The watch displayed perfectly and seemed to function normally when digital camera screens were failing.
The watch actually exceeds the advertised claims. If you like the sound of the advertising blurb then you will probably be satisfied with the watch. Finally, but still importantly, it represents excellent value for money.
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Initial post: Dec 31, 2012 9:36:19 AM PST
Usually the date is written as year month day.. but it s funny that you write the americans would write "Feb 1" as 2/1...which means they write it as you say it or in fact wrote it... You didnt say the 1st of feb.. so technically they write it as everyone pronounces the date in every day life.....
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2013 12:41:13 AM PST
In the American Military its written like date, month, year.
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