The Polar S625X Heart Rate Monitor Watch is ideal for athletes to amateur sporting enthusiasts. Many coaches are finding this tool invaluable in training their teams and individual sports people.
This model is not a strapless heart rate monitor watch; however, it comes with both the Polar S625X wrist receiver as well as with the transmitter that is worn in an elastic strap that fits comfortably around your chest.
With this device they have included the Polar Precision Performance or PPP software that allows you to track and assess your training data. This exercise data is easily transferred to your computer via a wireless infrared connection.
The importance of having measurable and trackable data while exercising cannot be over emphasized. This not only allows you to maximize your exercise sessions to obtain the best results, but it allows you to compare sessions and measure your performance and improvement. It is also helpful to be able to estimate the amount of energy expenditure during your exercise sessions.
- Heart rate monitor designed to help you hit training and fitness goals in multiple exercises
- S1 foot pod relays computed velocity and distance information to monitor
- 5 exercise sets for interval training with HR target zones and recovery calculation
- 24-hour clock with day/week indicator and stopwatch
- Large easy-to-read, backlit display with split screen; water resistant to 30 meters
If you look at all the features provided by the Polar S625X, they look good but there are better features on other models. Make some good comparisons to strapless heart rate monitor reviews, and weigh up the pro’s and con’s to decide which type of heart rate monitor will suit you best.
The overall customer ratings on Amazon on this wrist heart rate monitor, was 4 stars out of 5 so there were some issues that a number of people encountered.
Many reviewers found the device complicated with programming even with the user manual provided. They complained of having to take hours to study the manual.
One user did not like the software describing it as ‘slow and clunky’. They said that the calendar display ‘refreshes and flickers’ every time you click the mouse which was very annoying.
The software doesn’t make it easy to make comparisons between exercise sessions not allowing any of the graphs to be super-imposed over the others.
One redeeming feature of the software is the fact that the data can be exported to an excel spread sheet which would allow further analysis and comparison, providing you know how to use that program.
Some customers found the wrist unit to be bulky and ugly and the same person reported the chest strap to be the most comfortable they had used.
The battery is easily changed which is a bonus, as some heart rate monitors have to be returned to the manufacturer to have the battery replaced.
Some other positive points noted by customers was the accuracy with its distance calculations and that it alarms to let you know when you go outside of your heart rate zone parameters.
One customer who had some issues with the device, still claimed it was the best value of the higher-end models that Polar manufacture. With some impressive features that only more expensive models have.
The Polar S625X Heart Rate Monitor Watch, in my opinion doesn’t quite shape up as well as the strapless heart rate monitor reviews. It is not easy to use and there are better and more advanced models out there. This was overall a disappoinment.