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Timex Ironman Run Trainer 2.0

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TECH SPECS

Display: 128 x 128 pixels

Water resistance: 50m

Heart-rate monitor: Timex Flex Tech HRM chest strap

Weight: 68g (watch only)


RATING

Features 3/5

Design 3/5

Performance 3/5

Value for money 3/5

Overall 3/5

The Timex Ironman Run Trainer 2.0 heart-rate monitor bundle consists of the GPS watch and the Timex Flex Tech HRM chest strap.

Without belt of trunk of heart-spleen monitor, the watch costs $100 less. The belt does not cause any so worn irritation while running. You ensure just that it is a good adjustment.


 

Of the five watches in this round-up, the Ironman Run Trainer 2.0 looks most like a running watch.

It looks like the digital watches that primary school pupils are apt to wear. It has "GPS" on the strap and the watch face. Below the display, are the words "Ironman Triathlon".

All five buttons positioned around the display have their functions clearly marked on the bezel. The one at the top left switches on the Indiglo backlight. The lower button on the left takes you to back/display. On the right side, the three buttons are, from the top, for stop/save, menu/select and start/split.

The display is easy to read, even in bright sunlight. At night, Timex's Indiglo backlight comes to the rescue. You can set the backlight to be constantly on, which is most useful for nocturnal runners like me.

Charge the watch using the bundled USB cable. The large clamp on this cable is meant to grip the left side of the watch tightly.

In an HDB environment, it took 10 seconds to connect to both heart-rate monitor and GPS signals. On a stadium track, you are ready to run in 6 seconds. Pretty impressive.

Heart-rate readings did not vary much from the other watches tested here. But the GPS distance tracking did show a much higher margin of error at 5 per cent.

You must first install the Timex Device Agent software on your computer to sync and upload your workouts.

A word of warning: This software is dated. The watch will appear as a "hard drive" and you have to manually drag the workouts from the "drive" to the software. The "drive" has space only for 15 workouts. Existing ones must be deleted before more can be added.

The Timex Online Training centre website is also one of the most unintuitive I have ever experienced.

It works as a GPS running watch, but its software and Web service need a vast amount of improvement.

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