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Deaf, mute, blind, and inscrutable. Good luck.
on March 18, 2018
This Garmin Heart Rate Monitor was suggested to pair perfectly with the computer of the Concept 2 rower. Frankly, it has been a total pain in the posterior.
At what point can a product take the blame for performing poorly? The Concept 2 rower costs $1,000. This heart rate monitor costs around $30. Which device takes the blame?
The problems, pure and simple are these:
* Just a royal pain to pair. The pairing is lost every time the session ends too.
* At the start of your rowing session, will it be acknowledged as visible by Bluetooth to the rower's computer? Maybe. Maybe not. (Am I sweaty enough? Do I have my lucky rabbit's foot with me? Is the moon in the seventh house?)
* With no controls or readout, not even a battery indicator, how does anyone know if a problem exists with the monitor or not?
* So it ran through part of the workout and then stopped midway. Why? Who knows?
* First time used, it finally started registering a reading 25 minutes into my 30 minutes workout. How considerate of it to finally decide to work,
With such a barebones unit, it's nearly impossible to troubleshoot it. Again, it's anyone's guess whether the issue is with the monitor or the rower's computer, but I'd give the rower the benefit of the doubt. The rower checks out in every other way.
Totally disappointed by this monitor. My advice? Skip.