So when I heard about the Timex Runx20 watch, I was intrigued. It has GPS-functionality but really, that is about it. That sounds simplistically wonderful. Time to take it for a run.
When I want to test a watch it take I to Laurelhurst Park in Portland just a mile from where I live. There is a loop there that is exactly .99 of a mile long where I do more than a few of my runs. The loop is not just a nice oval but rather a twisty-turny loop that goes under heavy tree cover for most of it. In other words, it is perfect for testing out how accurate a GPS usually is (short answer: not really all that accurate. But I expect that.) I did four laps of LHP with the Timex RunX20 on and got .96, .94, .95 and .98 per lap. Honestly, that is far better than I expected. But it also goes to show people who rely on their GPS too much how relatively unreliable they are (i.e., stop complaining to races when they measure "long" because your GPS says they did.)
Looks-wise, it is pretty sleek. I have the lime green which pops nicely. I normally go for the plain black versions of watches but this one spoke to me. From a usability standpoint, I read in another review that said it has a high 'just works" factor, and I have to agree. It is rather intuitive in its interface system with easy-to-navigate face. It is customizable for each runner with height and weight, it has a solid 6 hour battery life in GPS mode, and has a pleasing little vibrate/beep every mile. Customizable watch display with a decent but not overly large watchface (with contrast control.)
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- Real-time speed,pace,distance and calories on your wrist
- Crisp, easy-to-read display
- Simple menu-based system
- Interval Timer to coach you through run/walk routines or speed workouts
- 50-meter water resistance, so you cab splash and swim worry-free
I give it a solid 3.75 stars out of 5. Good work, Timex.
*Disclaimer* I have a partnership with Timex which means I sometimes get free stuff. I don't have a "sponsorship" which some people like to loudly proclaim when some very wise company sends them a pair of socks in exchange for those people loudly exclaiming about that company's products ad nauseum. That said, I review products and give my honest assessment of them in order to let others know how they may work for them. If you don't like this, why in the hell are you reading my posts? You know that indifference is the opposite of love, right?