Top positive review
on March 27, 2013
Quite simply, this is one great watch!
It is a perfect combination of accuracy, looks, comfort, and being worry-free. Since it is solar-powered, it keeps itself charged by just being worn with normal use. Maybe if it crosses my mind I will set it on a window sill or in front of a lamp to make sure gets a little charge, but I really don't even worry about it at all. In fact, I turned the Power Save Mode off, and switched the LED backlight-button's illumination-time option from the 1.5 second default to the max 2.5 seconds. Just don't use the backlight button 50 times a day and throw the watch on a window sill or under a lamp for a little bit if you do. The charge stays just fine.
The watch syncs-up fine overnight with the atomic radio signal from Fort Collins, CO to here in Tampa, FL just by being near a window. You can also manually sync it, which usually only takes about two or three minutes. Remember, however, that the radio signal does travel better overnight, so if you do want to manually sync it during the day I would recommend doing it outside. It has never been a problem letting it sync itself inside overnight, though. Having that accuracy is awesome!
People have complained on here about the manual. It is not that big of a deal. I would recommend getting the PDF file from the Casio website, as it is a little easier to read being fully laid-out. It is not that long. I'm not going to say that I've memorized everything in it and know exactly how to get to every single setting off the top of my head. I did look over the PDF manual to just familiarize myself with it a little and have the basics down before the watch even got here.... and, of course, again after it arrived. It is not that complicated.
I did take the advice of one other reviewer and purchased a 31 mm ZAGG invisibleSHIELD. That seems to be a good product and I'm glad I have it on the watch. It gives me a little extra piece-of-mind in terms of potential scratches.
My only complaint is for people with thin wrists, such as myself. I suppose it is good since it will fit all different sizes of wrists, but the band seems to be very long. If you have a thin wrist and size the band inside the last 3 notches, the end of the overlap of the band can go pretty high-up on the watch... close to all the way around to touching the watch itself on the last 1 or 2 notches, leaving a little flap hanging out.
I am very happy with this purchase, and would recommend this watch to anyone who wants a great, accurate, worry-free, and good-looking watch..... especially for those who want to spend less than $80 to have something that I think will last for many years!!!