VDO Z2PC Link Heart Rate Monitor and Cycle Computer with PC Syncing Cable and Training Analysis Software
|Price:||$179.88 + $9.12 shipping|
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- Wrist-style cycling computer with heart rate monitoring
- Download data to PC for analysis with included software; USB docking station; compatible with Windows XP/Vista
- Current heart rate in % of personal maximum heart rate; audible signal if above or below limit settings
- Two presettable wheel circumferences, six selectable timers; lap-timer for 50 laps
- Backed by 5-year warranty
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|Are Batteries Required||Yes|
|Item Dimensions||0.63 x 1.85 x 1.97 inches|
|Item Weight||0.09 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||1.65 pounds|
For the cyclist that wants a heart rate monitor that is designed mainly with cyclists in mind! Z2 PC Link comes with PC docking station, USB cable and training software so you can record, download and analyse your bike and heart rate data. Cycling functions include: current/average/max speed, ride time (total bike 1/bike 2/bike 1+2),Trip (total bike 1/ bike 2/ bike 1+2), 2nd trip distance, cadence current/ ave./ max (with purchase of separate cadence kit), 5 different training timers can be selected. Heart Rate functions include: current/average/maximum heart rate, heart rate as a perchentage of personal max heart rate, 3 training zones can be set, training timers can be selected, lap timer for 50 laps, calorie consumption, recovery measurement (time or target rate.) Further features: Digital wirless on 2.4 Ghz with Ant+Sport protocol, 6 functions at a time on display, sleep mode, clock/alarm, service interval indicator (programmable), can be warn as a wrist mounted sports watch, 5 Year warranty.
Elegantly designed, the wrist-style VDO Z2PC cycle computer will keep track of your training with integrated heart rate monitoring as well as calorie consumption and fully digital wireless transmission for speed, heart rate, and cadence (with optional accessory). The Z2PC offers data storage and the ability to download it to your PC for analysis with the included software. It also features ANT+Sport wireless signal coding that transmits to your computer without interference from other training computers nearby. It's backed by a five-year warranty and includes a USB docking station.
PC Download Features
- 100 hours storage capacity (maximum 100 individual trips of 1 hour each)
- Download of all cycling, cadence, heart rate data to PC
- Lap data individually flagged for easy identification and analysis
- Graph or spread sheet-display of trip (either on time axis or on distance axis)
- Training-Analyzer-Software (by week, by month, by year)
- Docking-Station with USB connection, compatible to Windows XP and Vista
Timing and Heart Rate Monitoring Features
- Current speed and distance; average speed
- Real time comparison of actual and average speed, indication by arrows showing speed difference of +/- 1 km/h
- Second, individually programmable distance counter; either forward or backward counting possible
- Cadence Data (optional, with cadence sender equipment installed)
- Two presettable wheel circumferences (wheel sizes)
- Six selectable timers
- Current trip timer (up to 24 hours)
- Current heart rate (permanently displayed), ECG-precise measurement
- Average/maximum heart rate
- Current heart rate in % of personal maximum heart rate
- Time in % of total training time:
- within the preset heart rate limits (Limit Zone)
- below the preset heart rate limits (Limit Zone)
- above the preset heart rate limits (Limit Zone)
- Calorie-consumption on current trip
- Recovery time or recovery heart rate measurement (adjustable time or heart rate)
- Lap-timer for 50 laps with data for lap time, average speed and average heart rate
- Audible signal if current heart rate is above or below limit settings.
- Personal data presettable (age, weight, sex, personal maximum heart rate)
- Automatic calculation or manual setting of upper/lower limits for each of the three training zones
- Current time, selectable 12- or 24- hour display
- Alarm function
Top customer reviews
Getting it set-up for another wheelset or another bike involves purchasing the second wheel/bike kit, which is another $50, and that kinda bites.
The HR zones are annoying because I can't seem to be able to turn off the beeping alarm that tells me i'm outside of whatever Zone I set it to in the beginning. It's really obnoxious, so I had to set my zones to 60-190 so the thing would never go off.
In terms of software compatibility, it only seems to work with the software it came with, which hasn't been updated in years. It doesn't work with Firstbeat, which has great reviews, and that's a bummer.
It has a cadence option, so reserves some screen space on for this, but if I don't have the attachment there's no way to use that screen space for anything else, so it just sits there, taking up valuable real estate on my screen.
And finally - the ultimate reason for the 1-star review - two of the buttons jammed up on the last ride and the thing was rendered useless. I couldn't scroll through views, couldn't start/stop a ride/record, only had what view I was lucky to start with but no access to other info. I think I'm going to purchase a garmin 500, those have consistently great reviews. Now the debate is over whether or not to return the thing and get my money back, or just keep it and shrug it off as a $50 purchase of a HR monitor (it is ANT+, so should work with the Garmin). Pretty much sucks, and while you could probably shrug off most of the complaints above as being worth it for the savings, the button jamming is a killer. Maybe they'd replace it, but now I've got to worry about it happening again, and then let's say I finally switch after two or three times of this happening, and the data i've recorded in that thing is unreadable in my new thing, and the whole reason i got this thing is to record and collect data - analyzing it is only doable when i have a LOT of data, and i don't want to have to start over after a few months.
This computer pairs with any ANT+ speed/cadence sensor and any ANT+ heart strap. I use it with the speed sensor that was in the box along with a 4iiii viiiiva chest strap. The viiiiva chest strap transmits both ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart simultaneously so both my iPhone and the VDO Z2 pick up the signals. The screen is intelligently laid out for what matters to me (cadence, heart rate, speed, and toggle between distance and %max HR). I personally aways find something I was was implemented differently. In this case, I would not change a thing, especially not on the display. It provides great information in perfect layout and it's very readable.
I found out it beeps if your below your min or above your max heart rate. You can set the limits manually or let the computer pick limits based on your age. If you can get this at a close out price you'll love it.
I would not pay more than $100 for it, especially since it does not include the cadence sensor.
I've read some reviews reporting problems and still, bought it... After 6 months I'm having the same problems (freeze screens, bad buttons need to reset all data, and so on). Contacted the manufacture and they want me to send it to Germany! The cost involved in shippment is higher that the price of the item.
I purchased a different brand cadence sensor for about half the price of the VDO one. The computer is ANT+ compatible and you can go to the ANT+ website to find compatible cadence sensors.
For the money you get ANT+ compatible sensors (HR and Speed) and the computer. Shop around and you won't even get the sensors for this price. Down the road you may opt for a more expensive GPS enabled computer that also supports ANT+ and you can save money by on purchasing the computer only.
Overall I'm happy with it. Of course I haven't had it very long.