New Balance NX990 GPS Cardio Trainer
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- Monitors Speed, Distance and Pace via GPS technology
- Stores up to 990 waypoints and 48,170 track points
- Digital Compass with 16 cardinal point bearings and adjustable declination
- 2.4 GHz digitally coded chest strap for no crosstalk along with auto or custom set HR zones
- 100 hour chronograph with 120 run memory
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Designed for daily training sessions, the NX990 GPS Cardio Trainer combines all the tools you need to help optimize your results. Track your location, distance, speed and heart rate, then upload your data to help you monitor your development and achieve your personal goals!
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From day one the heart rate monitor has worked flawlessly. The chest strap is comfortable and the watch reads the signal as soon as you turn it on. The GPS receiver also works very quickly. At most it takes 4-5 minutes to acquire enough satellites for a position and that is after flying cross country. If you are in the same city or town each day, it locks on within seconds.
Some reviewers have commented on the complex menu system. It does require a lot of button presses, but after a few days I could navigate the menus from memory. The display also lacks brightness. It is definitely not as easy to read as the picture shown on the website. I've tried adjusting the contrast, but it does not help. Finally, the USB cable clamps onto the watch and must contact four points on the back of the watch. The connection is a little sensitive, but still very easy to use.
Overall, I am very satisfied. I did not give it five stars because of the minor drawbacks that I mentioned.
Unfortunately since then I've been disappointed. I've been hoping it was me more than the watch, but I'm beginning to think not.
I workout 5 days a week - cycling, Zumba, weight training -- some days multiple workouts. I've wanted to see where I was at fitness-wise with HR functions and figured I'd use the GPS later for cycling outside, trail running, hiking and the like.
But, there have been issues that have reduced my rating from a 3 or possibly 4 to a 2. Here they are:
1) Poor display contrast
Don't be fooled by the photos in ads. The watch contrast is so poor that you have to have light shining directly on the face to be able to read it. Using the backlight fails to make it more readable.
I've resorted to simply looking for the pulsing heart to see if the heart rate is being picked up and for a flickering display for time to see that it's started. Thank goodness for the "Start" and "Stop" displays as they are more readily seen on the display.
2) HR fails to record
Having never used a monitor before, I first believed the problem was me. Now I'm not so sure that's the case.
I wear the chest strap snugly after wetting the contacts for a hopefully better transmission. No clothing between it and skin.
To ensure I get HR (or try to) I have it set to always ON so when I start a workout, it should record. Then I look for the pulsing heart. Perhaps 1 of 4 workouts records HR -- very poor performance.
This is particularly frustrating when hoping to compare effort at the end of a hard workout. Today was a prime example -- a hard cycling workout and only the workout time was recorded. No HR even though the HR display showed a pulsing heart.
3) Application for Workout Data is not particularly well designed
I've developed desktop and web software and this is rather clunky. The interface appears to be written in 1990s era Visual Basic. The display sections aren't resizable so you have to scroll to view all of the information in the lower left panel (for example max and average HR). Also while you can tag a workout as 'Cycling' or 'Weight Training' (or whatever you like), you cannot view multiple types at once. So the calendar will only show one type of workout at a time.
4) Workout downloads are finicky
It seems that a watch which uses something like Bluetooth for passing HR data would use the same protocol to pass workout data to the computer. But I suppose since USB is what allows the rechargeable battery to charge that it made some sense to use it for downloading workout data and updating watch settings/firmware. Still, the USB cable connection seems rather picky and often requires re-inserting the USB, pin clip (to the watch), and sometimes restarting the app to get the data to download.
5) GPS signal is often lost
This may be a location thing, but it seems to lose the GPS in my location daily. I'm not in the mountains and the watch typically is by a window, even so it loses the signal.
This was particularly frustrating as I figured I should be able to use GPS and longitudinal data to determine the correct time of day. Well, it didn't work. I found myself re-setting the time every morning. Finally I just set the watch to manual for time and gave up on having it automatically update.
I can get along with most of the problems above, but the one that is the most frustrating is the failure to record HR data. At this point I'm starting to wonder if the watch needs to be returned and I need to seek out a better, more robust model (and shell out the $$ for it).
It just may be that New Balance needs to keep it's focus on shoes instead of electronics.
1. Setting the RUN display does not give the settings I choose -- i.e it will not display the total distance run, just the lap distance. Believe me, I've done it correctly 3 times and still won't get it right.
2. The time of day will not stay set right. If I let the GPS set the time, it goes to PST, not PDT. If I set the time manually, it reverts to PST.
3. The contrast is very hard to view in daylight. Now set at level 5 and won't go lower.
4. Results display has a software error that freezes the display. The quoted problem is "[...]"
5. Results display is piss poor. I would like to use another display software. I've got 5 years of run data using trainingpeaks and it would be fantastic to upload the NB google-earth data to my old system. POSSIBLE???
I've ran in the rain and got it wet at the beach. There are electrical contact points on the back of the watch in order to connect it to your pc. I wouldn't recommend diving or swimming with this on. Just common sense. Use the brush that comes with it to keep the contacts clean.
Overall, I'm quite happy with it. If I didn't like it, I wouldn't be using it as my daily timepiece.