The Garmin Forerunner 405CX GPS Sport Watch with Heart Rate Monitor is an old model, but a good example of a multi-purpose personal performance wrist heart rate monitor. It has multiple tracking features as well as GPS for an amazingly reasonable price. This model was designed as a higher end product, and it first came on the market at $460. It was one of the most advanced GPS strapless heart rate monitors at the time. But as is common with technology, more models of this calibre have been released since, and the price has dropped significantly, but the features and functionality remain solid.
This model may not be the most modern looking heart rate monitor watch, and looks a little clunky on small wrists, but it has been around for a while and has proved largely reliable for users.
There is of course a newer version of this model, the Garmin Forerunner 220, in black/red or white/violet.
But if you are not bothered about having the most recent models, but just want a reliable multi featured GPS strapless heart rate monitor at a very low price, the Garmin 405CX can still serve you well. It is discounted at the moment, so it’s a great bargain.
This Garmin Forerunner 405CX review will look at the design and features, performance, customer reviews and value for money.
The 405 CX offers multiple functions, including the biggie, a GPS function. This allows you to monitor your speed and distance as well as a map of your workout route, which is great if you are a cyclist, runner or a hiker.
In addition to GPS and watch function, the Forerunner 405CX, also comes with associated computer software that will connect via wi-fi to your wrist heart rate monitor. Plug in the little USB that comes with the monitor, and it automatically transfers data stored from your workouts so you can keep a record of your performance stats to track your progress.
Product Features include:
- Includes Alarm, Clock, Timer, AutoLap, Virtual Partner, AutoPause, ANT+Sport wireless technology
- Loaded with serious training features, Forerunner 405CX continuously records your time, distance, pace, calories burned and heart rate.
- Advanced training features will challenge you to step up your pace and race against Forerunner’s Virtual Partner.
- Forerunner 405CX comes with a flexible, wireless heart rate monitor to help you make the most out of your training.
- Share your locations, advanced workouts and courses wirelessly with other Forerunner 405 users.
- After your workout your Forerunner, when it is in range, will automatically transfer data to your computer with the help of the ANT and wireless technology.
Read what other customers are saying:
“I really did my homework in choosing a fitness watch with heart rate monitor. I ordered competing models from Garmin, Timex, Polar, and Suunto, to look them over closely and compare. Then I sent them all back but this one.
Someone pointed out that this Garmin watch is a little on the clunky side – that’s true. I have a small wrist,and the watch part of it is long and flat and doesn’t really fit nicely. They had to pack the GPS receiver inside the band. But no matter – with the band strapped tight, it stays put, and it’s not so huge that people would say “What’s that thing on her wrist?” It still looks like a watch. A funky sort of a watch maybe, but not a television set or anything.
I think you need to decide if you…”
“I’ve owned the Polar 625x and this blows the doors off of it! Polar blew it by not being compatible with Macintosh operating system – they should have teamed up with Garmin years ago. Now Garmin has easily surpassed them.
1) GPS is very accurate
2) Heart rate Monitor very accurate…not as finicky as Polars’s
3) rechargeable battery…don’t have to send to Polar every time I need a new battery
4) Garmin connect is way cool…gives you all the info you want/need and more (maps, heart rate, pace, mileage, cadence, elevation, etc)
5) through the Garmin Training Center software…much easier than…”
What’s not great about the Garmin 405CX
Problems which some people have encountered included issues with the software not working correctly, and the watch or monitor also not working as it should. A couple had it just completely die out of the blue.
A frequent issue was to do with battery life. One or two people reported it was difficult to get 4 to 5 hours out of it, and that would mean if you were going on longer bike rides or exercise sessions, you are likely to have it stop before completing your workout.
One very happy user suggested that if you want your battery to last longer, you need to turn off the GPS and that significantly extends battery life. Of course that is fine, so long as you don’t wish to use the GPS for extended periods of time.
If you do wish to use it, for longer sessions, then it might be worth considering some type of portable power source if your sport can cater for that, such as in hiking.
It is also worth noting that the battery is able to be replaced without having to be returned to the manufacturer like some other models.
The Forerunner 405 is not waterproof so be aware in case you are under the impression that you could use it swimming, although I saw one comment about having no problem adjusting the screen in the rain.
It weighs in at 1.6 ounces and while it is a little bulky most report that it is not a problem.
The Garmin Forerunner 405CX GPS Sport Watch with Heart Rate Monitor is great not only for professional and serious amateur sportsman but for everyday people who are serious about their exercise and fitness.
The Forerunner 405CX has very useful features including GPS. The prices for strapless heart rate monitors with GPS are not cheap. This model offers GPS as well as many useful trackers for a very reasonable price. It’s an all in one monitor which includes extra features that would be perfect for anyone wanting to be able to measure, track and record their progress or maybe even share and compare results with a friend or a personal trainer.
With so many customers providing positive strapless heart rate monitor reviews, and the fact that the Garmin Forerunner 405 offers GPS as well as all the usual tracking features of more expensive models, it is well worth considering if you want all the extras that are included in this strapless heart rate monitor watch. It is a great watch, has good features and has proved very reliable for most purchasers. It is great value for money too, for so many features and great performance track record over time.