Up for review today is the Garmin ForeRunner 405, a sophisticated GPS training watch. This one has some new and interesting features both in design and use, so kick back for a long review. To get us started, here’s a quick feature list of the 405:
* The 405 has wireless sync and data transfer using a proprietary standard called Ant+. This also supports other devices at the same time, so the 405 can also work with a paired heart rate sensor and display its data. Data transfer to your PC happens automatically whenever you get within range, via a small USB transceiver. There are also optional foot pods, and bicycle speed/cadence sensors as well.
* Internal rechargeable battery, with included clip-on charger. The battery is good for about two weeks of non-GPS use or eight hours in training mode.
* Bitmapped display with white LED backlight, 124 by 95 pixels.
* 48m by 16mm, 60g. Pretty chunky, but wearable. This is smaller than the Casio Pathfinder.
* IPX7-waterproof, meaning IEC 529 IPX7, or 1 meter (3ft) of water for 30 minutes. In other words, OK for running in the rain but that’s about it.
* Mineral glass crystal.
* Records up to 1000 laps and 100 waypoints. No map display or map download, due to the size and resolution of the screen.
* Innovative touch-sensor bezel and user interface