Ze Germans! All Round German Precision Or Not?
PRODUCT: Sigma PC15 Heart Rate Monitor, With Chest Strap, With Bicycle Mounting Bracket, With Zone Trainer
3.5 stars out of 5 from 43 customers.
Well It Does Come With A Bicycle Bracket Mounting System For You Who Love To Run And Cycle!
Some Helpful Tidbits Extracted From Customer Reviews
Many reviewers expressed difficulty understanding the User’s Manual. They felt it was a direct translation from German to English without regards for possible ambiguity. I would say it is most likely a bi-lingual techie that has come along and done the translation. Most likely writing it for other “techies” to understand. What if you’re not a techie?
Unintuitive Menu Navigation
Again many reviewers (enough to mention but far from the majority) expressed that the watches menu navigation is unintuitive – at times having to press 10 different buttons to get to a simple display. The alarming thing is that even the people ranking it 4 and 5 stars said this! It’s a learning process. I find that with most electronics what seems unintuitive at first becomes very obvious after a short time. Do you?
The Exercise Timer
When you are exercising you probably need to know how long you have been doing so for, right? Well with the Sigma PC15 the exercise timer only runs when their is a live heart rate reading. So if the signal between your chest strap and the watch drops out for some reason then the exercise timer stops. Sigma designers have made it this way, I think, to act as a fail safe for the people who stop exercising but forget to stop the timer. So they have made the watches software to think that no heart rate means you stopped exercising (ie. took off chest strap).
In fact, this would be a very thoughtful feature if it wasn’t for the seemingly excessive amount of people having troubles with the signal cutting out in the middle of their run or cycle.
Chest Strap Signal
With regards to the chest strap signal issue, S.Pickett “no_ghia” said he bought a new different brand chest strap and it connected up to the watch like a champ every time and straight away. So maybe some of the Sigma chest straps have issues.
To activate the backlight you press the 2 lower buttons on either side of the watch face at the same time.
You can get you time per lap but you CAN NOT get your average or peak heart rate per lap. You can get your average and peak heart rate for your overall workout but not for each individual lap or interval.
People Are Still Very Happy Though
Regardless of all this the watch stil received almost 80% 4 and 5 star review ratings. I think this speaks volumes for the overall satisfaction of the customers. Even though there were the “minor” issues mentioned above the price range of this watch is great for all the features included.
- Gives you current heart rate, max heart rate and average heart rate
- Times in different heart rate based fitness zones
- Heart rate zones trainer that beeps when you leave your zone
- Calories burned
- Ability to change chest strap battery yourself
- Time of day and date
- Bicycle mount for cycling use
- 6 languages output capability
- Water resistance from rain etc. but not for swimming.
In the box:
- 1 Sigma PC15 heart rate monitor
- 1 Chest strap
- 1 Bicycle mounting bracket
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