The modern world can not be imagined without stylish and modern gadgets. So for amateur sportsmen smart GPS watches for running Polar M400 were invented. They help to achieve the goal and are a personal trainer in sports training.
Polar M400: Review
This device is a waterproof watch for physical activity. With their help, you can make any workout as effective as possible. Have built-in GPS. You can connect a phone to the Polar M400, which will allow it to receive messages coming to the social network and stay up to date with all the news.
The watch, while connected with the phone, allows you to accept or reject incoming calls. On their screen, you can read messages that come to the phone, even if it is not nearby. M400 reminds about planned events, tracks every movement, motivates. With it, you can easily master the new running route and not get lost. The device has many functions for training and takes into account daily activity.
Available in several colors for the Polar M400. Black and White are the most popular. Presented device in the following configuration:
- m400 sports watch;
- heart rate sensor;
- USB cable;
- user manual in Russian.
On sale there is a complete set without a heart rate sensor.
According to the owners, the watch strap is soft and pleasant to the touch. The watch is waterproof, it can be immersed to a depth of 30 m. The M400 allows you to record training results and store them in the Polar Flow service.
During training hours, the GPS sensor is built, its operation is connected with the AssistNow satellite system. There is a sensor of activity, heart rate. You can set the stages of the load, which is carried out both in manual and automatic mode.
The device allows you to receive sound notifications, is waterproof and has a flash memory, designed for 4 MB. The battery is foundry-polymer, M400 is designed for 190 mAh. Rechargeable. Supports continuous operation of the device up to eight hours. The Polar Flow service is compatible with many modern operating systems. The program actively interacts with the mobile application Polar Flow. Updated regularly and supports many foreign languages.
Built-in GPS sensor allows you to track the pace of physical activity, distance and altitude. The function “To the beginning of the route” allows you to memorize and explore new routes for jogging. Polar M400 round the clock gives information about the number of steps and human activity. Alerts about the time period spent in a dream, as well as the calories expended on physical activity.
The heart rate sensor helps to exercise, relying on the work of the heart, which gives the most tangible results.
The bracelet helps to monitor the frequency of the step when running, the exact time of finishing and allows you to plan, synchronize workouts. You can share your achievements with friends. There are also such functions:
- Fitness test.
- Running index
- Training benefits.
- Smart Calories;
- Guide to an active lifestyle.
- The benefits of activity.
- Polar Flow Web Servise.
- Polar Flow Mobile App.
According to consumers, these and other modes increase the effectiveness of sports training. Motivate. Allow to share with friends the achievements.
Getting started with the device
Watch Polar M400 at the very beginning of use should be configured. To do this, go to the official website of the company and download FlowSync software, which helps to connect the device with the Flow web service. After FlowSync is installed, you need to connect the clock to the computer - and then the device will exit standby mode and start charging.
Flow's online service will come out automatically in the browser. Here you will need to create an account. If you have already been registered, you will need to log in. The site indicates the user's physical data that affect the calculation of calories and the performance of many functions. After entering the necessary information, click on the data synchronization between the online service and the M400. After that, the status "executed" will appear in FlowSync.
You can configure the device from the computer. To do this, the clock should be connected to it via a USB port. The display on the device will display “Choose a language”. Then you need to keep the rest melon, and to save them you need to click on "Start".
Thus, you should set the time, date, unit of measurement. You must specify your weight, height, gender and date of birth. In addition, the training experience is indicated:
- occasionally - physical activity from 0 to 1 hour per week;
- regularly - from 1 to 3 hours per week;
- often - sports training from 3 to 5 times a week;
- intensively - about 5-8 hours per week;
- semi-professional - physical activity 8-12 hours per week;
- professional - from 12 hours a week.
After entering the necessary data, the phrase “Done” is displayed on the screen, and the M400 will be in the time display mode.
Watch Polar M400 HR after purchase should be taken out of the box and fully charged. The device has a built-in battery that can be recharged. In order to fully charge the M400, you need to connect it to the computer through the cable that comes in the kit.
You can also charge the battery from an electrical outlet, but for this you need to purchase a USB adapter, which is not included in the package. The adapter must be labeled "output 5Vdc" and at least 500 mA.
After the device is plugged into a power outlet or a computer, the display shows “Charging in progress”, and after its completion the message “Charging is complete” appears.
You can not leave a discharged battery for a long time and you should not use all the time only a fully charged device. This may cause the battery to break down.
If the watch is wet, you cannot charge it until it is dry. Do not charge the device at temperatures below -10 ° C and above +50 ° C. The operating time of a fully charged battery is eight hours, taking into account the use of a GPS service and a heart rate sensor.
The sports watch Polar M400 (the instruction in Russian describes in detail all the nuances of using the device) is equipped with five buttons:
The “light” button illuminates the screen. The "back" function allows you to exit the menu. Returns to the previous settings. Allows you not to change the settings made or deselect them.
The up button is used to navigate through the lists. Allows you to customize an already selected value. The "start" button confirms the selection made. Enters pre-training mode. Confirms the selection made to display it on the display. The down button navigates through the lists. Allows you to confirm the setting of the selected value.
The role of each button depends on the selected mode. In general, the entrance to the menu and navigation in it is carried out with the buttons "down", "up". Any choice is confirmed by pressing the “start” button, and the “back” button is used to exit the menu.
As stated by user reviews, Polar M400 watches are easy to manage, and their menu is presented in several sections:
- "Today's Activity."
- "A diary".
- "Fitness test".
The “Today's Activity” menu section allows you to customize your daily goals. Takes into account the time spent actively, as well as the number of calories and the number of steps. The Diary displays data for the current week, information for the last four weeks, and activity for the next 28 days. Just select a date to see the result of a particular day. Another "diary" reflects the planned workout.
The "Settings" section allows you to change the sport profile, edit the physical parameters, make general settings and set the time. The section "Timers" has two categories - interval and end. The first one sets the exact parameter based on time and distance, the second one helps to set the time when running a distance.
"Fitness test" measures the level of physical fitness at the time when a person is resting. The “Favorites” section saves jogging routes and goals through the Flow service.
Polar Flow app
Polar Flow service is designed for mobile devices. It allows offline evaluation of training results, synchronizes data from the Polar M400 HR and the Flow online service.
This application allows you to view the running route on the map, analyze the training process and find out the beginning and duration of sports activities. Gives the maximum and average speed. Allows you to determine the running index. Alerts you to your heart rate, indicates calories burned out and percentage of fat lost.
According to many users, the application is convenient to use. Improves the quality of your workout. Motivates. Allows you to analyze physical activity over a long period.
The advantages and disadvantages of the device
The Polar M400 (the manual is attached to the device and describes all its settings in stages) “perfectly” handles the declared functions. Users consider the positive aspects of its use:
- the possibility of measuring the pulse (in the presence of a heart rate sensor);
- memorization of activity;
- water tightness;
- built-in GPS;
- alarm clock;
- a good battery that keeps charging for a week;
- the convenience of use;
- stylish design.
Among the shortcomings, buyers note:
- inconvenient application for “Android”;
- data synchronization failures;
- USB connector that breaks frequently;
- low-function applications for phones;
- no vibration.
Most people say that sports watches fully justify their value. They work without failures and perfectly perform all the declared functions.
The Polar M400 device requires a careful attitude. It must be cleaned regularly. This is especially true of USB-port, which must be washed under water after each workout. To do this, lift the rubber cover from the USB connector and place the watch under running water. The port is waterproof, so these manipulations will not damage the electronics inside the device. After washing the USB port, the rubber cover is left open so that the water on the device is completely dry.
When connecting the device to the USB port, make sure that there is no moisture, dust or other contaminants on it. If there is dirt, then it should be cleaned with a damp cloth, if contamination is in the cavity of the connector, it can be removed with a toothpick. Do not use sharp objects to clean the device, as they can scratch the surface.
Sports watches can be washed in a mild soap solution and rinsed in running water. Do not use detergents with abrasives and alcohol.
The cost of the Polar M400 in stores ranges from 10 to 14 thousand rubles. The price of the device is affected by its equipment and trading margin. A device with a heart rate sensor is more expensive than without it.
Polar M400: reviews
Sports watches have earned many different reviews. Some users are completely satisfied with them, others are disappointed in the accessory. Those people who liked the watch, consider them a real helper in sports. They note that they charge quickly, perform accurate measurements of pulse and physical activity. Motivate. These people talk about the presence of a built-in GPS sensor, a stylish and modern design and its compact size. They indicate that it is convenient to charge the device via micro-USB, pay attention to the readable screen, the menu in Russian, full functionality and permeability of the Polar M400 HR.
Feedback negative indicates an inconvenient application to “Android” and regular failures during data synchronization. They say that the USB port on the clock quickly fails, as well as the wrist strap. Some users do not have enough vibration, which would notify about incoming messages and calls to the phone.
In general, users are satisfied with this acquisition. They say that it is well motivated and helps to achieve sporting results.