Forerunner 405

hmmm...

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26/04/2008 at 15:02
Re plug problem Got a 405 yesterday Can be charged via a usb port or using the 2 pin adapter as supplied with the 305
26/04/2008 at 17:53
i still dont trust gps for accuracy so i went for a polar rs800sd and love it.
27/04/2008 at 23:16

For those who have had a chance to use a 405, one thing I can't seem to find out is whether there is an audible beep after each lap (as set in auto lap).

 Ideally it should be possible to switch it off, which I think you can on the 305.

 Cheers. Phil.

28/04/2008 at 08:25
David Slatter wrote (see)
i still dont trust gps for accuracy so i went for a polar rs800sd and love it.

I have both the polar rs800sd and the 305. 

 The GPS tends to be far more accurate. Problems do, however, arise when running between v. tall buildings.

 The main problem I have with my Polar is that it goes haywire in races.

 Even if it didn`t the 305 seems to me to represent much better value for money but each to his own.

28/04/2008 at 18:55

Last time I wore my Garmin in a race was the Lordshill 10k and the 205 measured 10010meters.  Given that the measurers add a small %, I thought that was quite close

What gets my goat is that when the 205/305 came out, RW tests and Garmin blurb said "this has none of the satelite lock on problems of the 201/301 and will find a signal in under 45 secs.

 Now I read "the 405 will have none of the satelite lock on problems of the 205/305, and will lock on to a satelite signal in seconds"  or words to that effect.

I have to say that my first 305 used to take a couple of minutes to find a satelite signal, so I sent it back and I got a new one, which in the past 20 months has had no problems finding a signal in anything more than 30 seconds.

30/04/2008 at 09:09
Blackers wrote (see)

Last time I wore my Garmin in a race was the Lordshill 10k and the 205 measured 10010meters.  Given that the measurers add a small %, I thought that was quite close

What gets my goat is that when the 205/305 came out, RW tests and Garmin blurb said "this has none of the satelite lock on problems of the 201/301 and will find a signal in under 45 secs.

 Now I read "the 405 will have none of the satelite lock on problems of the 205/305, and will lock on to a satelite signal in seconds"  or words to that effect.

I have to say that my first 305 used to take a couple of minutes to find a satelite signal, so I sent it back and I got a new one, which in the past 20 months has had no problems finding a signal in anything more than 30 seconds.

Know what you mean.

I wish these people would cut the marketing blurb & actually be up front. 

I suppose the same could be said for most politicians - so they`re in good company.

To be fair - once the 305 does get signal (for me - usually 45-60 secs) it holds it pretty well.

It would be nice if someone would perform some objective tests comparing, say, lock on time between 301/305/405 or whatever.

There`s  what purports to be a `review` of the 405 in RW. What a load of rubbish. No useful info - just marketing pap. RW ought to be ashamed of itself.

01/05/2008 at 14:34

Had my 405 for a week now.

Quite a few problems and now watch has frozen completly (and yes the battery is almost full). Before this occured the bezel was freezing and the watch re-setting itself after 5 or 6 miles. Hopefully, this is a problem particular to my version and not a design fault but would be interested to hear if anyone has had similar experiences.

On another note; my watch came with-out a UK adapter, so had to use an adapater I already owned.

 Also, the manuals do not discuss the need to download certain software in order to download the runs to the training centre. Had to ring customer support for help with this (who were very good).

 Bit poor really for £260. Hoping that the shop will swap mine for one that works consistently.

 On plus side- watch does look great and I think will be good with a reliable bexel that works cosistently and in the rain.

01/05/2008 at 21:58

For anyone who is interested see link below for photos of 405 worn on both a medium and small wrist:

http://www.heartratemonitor.co.uk/garmin_forerunner_405.html 

02/05/2008 at 06:24
That's a great pic, No Legs - I agree completely with the comment on that page. My wrist is even thinner than the one in that pic - 14 cm circumference. And that's why I sent my 405 back before I even bothered to charge it & try it out. It just was totally uncomfortable on my wrist. I'm sticking with my 205.
02/05/2008 at 14:29
Beetle - one of the other 405 threads rips RW apart for "that" review!
02/05/2008 at 19:48
can someone advise, is the 405 better than the 305???  many thanks
16/05/2008 at 08:48

For anyone who has the two pin power charger provided with the the 405 see link below for the UK adapter head:

<a href="http://www.watt-power.co.uk/catalogue/input-clip-psmpsar-series-adapters-p-52.html?osCsid=1b492d260d0236fa723f477ad47b15fe" title="http://www.watt-power.co.uk/catalogue/input-clip-psmpsar-series-adapters-p-52.html?osCsid=1b492d260d0236fa723f477ad47b15fe">http://www.watt-power.co.uk/catalogue/input-clip-psmpsar-series-adapters-p-52.html?osCsid=1b492d260d0236fa723f477ad47b15fe</a> 
16/05/2008 at 08:50

Sorry hyperlink didn't paste correctly:

RPK UK AC input Clip for PSM/PSAR Series Adapters

19/05/2008 at 15:05

Loving my new 405 - only problem is that the chest strap is too long (even on smallest length setting!!!!!) so it falls down 

Does anyone know whether Garmin does an xs replacement strap (like Polar does)?  I can't seem to find one online!

21/05/2008 at 03:04
Had a 301 then numerous 305's (lots of replacements due to fading sound problems) , used 405 for three runs now. Once all software and watch sorted it works well. Screen size a bit smaller than 305 which takes a bit of getting used to, otherwise an awesome piece of kit. A lot more comfortable on the wrist than tbe 301 and 305.
24/05/2008 at 14:53

Pegasus Fitness  - http://www.pegasusfitness.co.uk has the 405 at £208 with HRM or £184 without HRM and  free delivery - just ordered one.

Hope I'm as happy with as you guys! 

Can't wait to try it out!

24/05/2008 at 20:09
Runalot - just read this thread and saw your posting. My 405 was freezing like that as well. Garmin aren't aware of any issues, so think its just a duff unit and I've since had it replaced. If yours is still playing up, I'd take it back and get it swapped.
27/05/2008 at 13:05

Hi All

 I have been using mine for a week (it's fab!) but it won't show calories used - remains at zero all the time.  Any ideas what is going on?

27/05/2008 at 13:07
Have you set your height/weight/age in the watch?
01/06/2008 at 15:12
I have got a 405 after having problems seeing the HR on my 305 - it promised to be a brilliant watch according to the bumf - I must say I have have never been more dissapointed with a useless piece of **** in my life ! - the bezel is useless, set up is impossible, software does not work ( either on XP or Vista) I have sent more than 20 emails to Garmin and they have not replied to any. it wont pair , it wont change programmes, the software wont work properly, what a dissapointment - if i cant get a refund - its going on ebay along with my 305 and I'll buy another make and thatnks for all the backup Garmin - I wont be back
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