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198 of 208 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a G-Shock - but that's a good thing!, August 10, 2009
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This review is from: Casio Men's W800H-1AV Classic Sport Watch with Black Band (Watch)
Just got this watch after ordering a few days ago. Strange thing is, you won't find any product information about it on Casio's US website. Let's get to it:

Pros:
1) Not as bulky as a G-Shock:
If you're like me and you want a fully-functioning digital watch without the enormous bulk of a G-Shock, then this watch may fit your bill (even the midsize G-Shocks are tad too large in my book). However, this watch isn't tiny either: The across-width, measured between the buttons on either side but not including buttons, is just a 1/16 inch shy 1.5 inches. The top-to-bottom height, measured between the outside of the top bezel above the "Casio" insignia to the outside of the lower bezel below the "WATER 100M RESIST" is 1 3/16 inches, and just about 1/2 inch thick.
2) Plenty of features:
Dual time, stop-watch with split times, displays the time during the stop-watch function, date setup that knows the day of the week (accounts for leap year too), large display, snooze alarm (!), etc.
3) Great price:
For the value alone I give it the 5-star rating

Cons:
1) Bezel around the crystal is flush with the surface of the crystal - this could lead to scratches if you're not careful
2) Light is not the back lighting "Illuminator" of some other Casio watches - it's green glow that lights from the bottom-left of the display - kinda meh but it does stay on for a few seconds after depressing.
3) Could use a count-down timer.
4) The watch does not allow you keep the light on by keeping the light button depressed. Still turns off after about 1.5 seconds. Can be quite irritating when you're trying to read the watch after waking up all blurry-eyed but I'm sure it's part of keeping that 10 year battery claim.

In closing, this watch isn't gonna win any beauty contests, but it's functions, simplicity, and discrete look are what sold me.

[UPDATE 2010.09.30 - added con number 4 but not removing a star. I'm still wearing the watch and I am still enjoying it]
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Initial post: Sep 23, 2010 9:09:13 PM PDT
Sandstone says:
I'm not sure about this, but...
When the attractive "Illuminator" electroluminescent backlight came out, the advertised battery lifespan of Casio's watches seemed to plummet... I am under the impression that the "old style" lighting from the bottom left of the display, like this watch has, while not as pretty as the eletroluminescent display, is a lot more energy efficient and has a lot to do with the advertised 10 year battery life. If this is the case, I would put the lighting on this watch in the "pro" category.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2010 10:30:46 AM PDT
Alright Okay says:
I absolutely agree. Another item of note that I may not have mentioned in my review: The watch does not allow you keep the light by keeping the light button depressed. Still turns off after about 1.5 seconds. Can be quite irritating but I'm sure it's part of keeping that 10 year battery claim. I'll update my review now.

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 1:46:08 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 8, 2013 12:17:54 PM PDT
Thanks for the review. You can find the watch on Casio's website here: http://www.casio-usa.com/products/Watches/Classic/W800H-1AV/

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 9:53:33 PM PDT
C.E. says:
If you want a less bulky G-shock, look for the GLX 5600, its very slim and it looks very nice.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 9:53:35 PM PDT
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Posted on Aug 31, 2012 3:03:43 PM PDT
Jenny says:
what's "meh"?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 31, 2012 3:09:30 PM PDT
Alright Okay says:
"meh" could be thought of as the opposite of "exciting". Otherwise, google is your friend.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 8:51:38 AM PDT
GeekPriest says:
I measured this compared to my G-Shock DW5600E (http://www.amazon.com/Casio-DW5600E-1V-G-Shock-Classic-Digital/dp/B000GAYQKY), and it seems that this G-shock is actually a bit smaller than this Casio you've reviewed, being about 1.25 inches across (left outer edge to left outer edge), 1.25 inches from bottom of bezel to top of bezel, and a bit shy of .5 inch thick. Would a watch with this G-shock's dimensions, change anything in your review? (For example, would you prefer a more rugged watch if the sizes were the same? Or does this reviewed model have clearer digits? Etc.)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2012 9:22:39 AM PDT
Alright Okay says:
Size remains the sticking point. I'd be surprised if the g-shock you mentioned is truly a bit smaller than this watch. Also g shocks have smaller displays and I don't need a watch to withstand a nuclear blast.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2013 12:19:47 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 6, 2013 12:22:46 PM PST
Updated URL:

http://www.casio-usa.com/products/Watches/Classic/W800H-1AV/
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