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Pros: Energy Efficient
Cons: Washed out colors
Poor White Balance
Other Thoughts: Nice looking monitor when it is off. It is LED, so it is energy efficient, and stays very cool. It's also extremely lightweight for it's size, which is nice. Other than that, not a very good monitor for average users. The first thing I noticed was that the whites were way off, and no matter the adjustments made, I could never get white, so all the other colors just looked wrong. Now, I want to VERY clear here, as I had a hard time trying to find this next piece of info. While it's been stated this is edge to edge glass, it is covered with a matte screen. You will never have the bright colors and super crisp text that just pop from a glossy screen. However, if your sitting behind a window, then this is probably a good thing for you. The matte screen is what probably ruins the picture on this monitor, and judging by some of the good reviews, it's entirely possible the quality control on this one piece may be poor, and some of us are getting bad matte covers.
The monitor has built-in speakers. Of course, with such a thin monitor, one would not expect much. They are much worse than expected, though. After an audio test with my iPad, the iPad won (by a HUGE margin) for better sound reproduction. Though the monitor could get louder, it was like listening to it through a metal straw. I also have an old Toshiba laptop that sounds far superior. You won't want to use those speakers solely.
The controls are another poor aspect of the monitor. They are practically hidden on the pedestal below the screen. They are also glass touch controls, so there are no raised buttons to feel for. You must literally duck below your screen to see where to touch, and even then they are labeled poorly. Just a 1, 2, power symbol, up, and down. 1 ends up being a menu and back key while 2 becomes and enter or select key. Again you have to look at the screen to see the menu and adjustments then hunch under your screen to see where to touch, then back up to look at the screen, then hunch back down, then look back up and so on for every adjustment with the controls.
Pros: User changeable batteries
Cons: Closed loop strap
Android app no available in U.S.
Other Thoughts: I'll start with what I like. The battery in the dongle that attaches to your phone is replaceable, as is the battery in the sensor that attaches to the chest strap. I also like that the sensor can be removed from the chest strap so one can easily clean the strap. The sensor also works with my Star Trac S-TRc treadmill so that's a plus.
Now for the things I don't like. The Android app they tell you to install can't be installed in the U.S. You will need to purchase an app that can read this sensor. I bought Runtastic Pro and it worked. Also the chest strap is a closed loop, ie. no clip. You either have to stretch it out over your head and shoulders or step into it to put it on. More of a pain taking off the sweaty thing, yuck! Also the instructions aren't clear on what the 3-position switch on the dongle is for. It has block, A, and B. One would think that is some switch combined with on/off and RF selection. There is, however, no corresponding selection on the sensor, so I don't know. Lastly, the current price is not at all reasonable, but at the sale price of thirty dollars it is.
Display Name: Paul M.
Date Joined: 05/23/04
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