Monday, January 8, 2018

Garmin Forerunner 735XT review


When it comes to Garmin watches, if you see an XT you know this device is built for serious training – these are the multi-sport specific devices. Since the release of the bulky Garmin Forerunner 920XT, the company has had its engineering wizards working on overtime to shrink the wrist-dweller to what's here in the Forerunner 735XT.
Despite being small enough to wear day-to-day, the 735XT crams in a powerful battery, optical heart-rate monitoring, all-day activity tracking, smartphone notifications and plenty of training metrics. But does it stand up to the competition from Polar, Suunto and TomTom?
The $449.99 price tag places this above some high-end running watches but below more comprehensive multi-sport wearables. Has Garmin found the sweet spot that makes this ideal for everyone? We got sweaty to find out.
When you consider how much this watch offers, the GARMIN FORERUNNER packs everything into a relatively small body. It's light and thin enough to complete a full triathlon without worrying about noticing it – even when slipping off your wetsuit. But it also looks a bit basic.
We're all for minimalist designs and have to admit this does do everything you could need. There's a good enough sized colour screen and functional, easily controlled buttons that make for ideal access while bouncing about on a run.
The gripe? It could be better looking: less bezel, more metal and a punchier screen. The Polar V800, for example, has a great mix of metal and coloured buttons to add a bit more of a stylish feel. But if it's a toss-up between looks and functionality most sports watch makers, including Garmin, seem to go for the latter.
The strap on the Forerunner 735XT is excellent, with a slight stretch to the rubberised material. This makes for a snug yet comfy fit, which is ideal for holding the watch in place to get the most accurate wrist measured heart rate.
The optical heart-rate monitor is automatic when left on, allowing the device to save battery when not in use. The problem is this isn't so smart. We found that even with the watch off, on a table, the heart rate light remained on for a little while before cutting out. That said, battery life wasn't massively affected so it's not a big deal.
The watch can also be bought with an optional heart-rate strap which delivers greater data metrics thanks to that more accurate measurement.
When it comes to the core events of running, cycling and swimming the 735XT has everything covered. Track indoor training using the motion sensors or head outside using the GPS – an ideal option when it comes to pool and open water swimming. But it's the deep data metrics that make this special.
The built-in heart rate monitor can be used for training in zones, or for at-a-glance feedback, but a chest strap still offers more accuracy and even more metrics. When activity trackers started using optical heart rate the serious GPS companies like Garmin and Polar held off, saying chest straps were superior. Then a certain fruit named gadget manufacturer plonked optical heart rate on its first wearable and Garmin folded to the will of the people.
So while the optical heart-rate monitor is there to please everyone, Garmin still offers chest straps for the more serious athlete that wants supreme accuracy and the resultant data.
With the chest strap in place you can benefit from running dynamics that measure – deep breath – vertical oscillation, ground contact time, cadence, stride length, vertical ratio, ground contact time balance and even an estimated lactate threshold figure, recovery time and VO2 max. If all that lot isn't clear enough, for the less hardcore you can turn on virtual partner and set that to a pace you need to follow – ideal for specific race finish goals.
Swim tracking is pretty much spot on for length count thanks to the auto stroke detection system. On a 1,000m swim we found it to be one length out in a 50m pool – although that might have just been our pesky fleshy brains miscounting when tired. However if you're planning on stopping and starting you will need to press pause, as this doesn't do it automatically like the Suunto Ambit3 Vertical, for example. Despite the built-in heart rate monitor, you'll need the tri-chest strap to track heart rate as all that water sloshing disables the wrist HR tracking.
When cycling the data is accurate thanks to Garmin GPS smarts, but we'd say that the optical heart-rate monitor can get glitchy here. If you're riding a racer the drop-handlebars can flex your wrist muscles in a way that works the watch off your wrist and down to your hand, we found. Tightening the strap helps sort this but it's verging on uncomfortable, so we opted for the chest strap when out on the bike.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second



Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Geophysic True Second watch has a seconds hand that jumps forward just once a second. How did this unorthodox automatic stand up under our close scrutiny? Find out in this review from our archives, with original photos by OK-Photography.

The sustained success of the Reverso allows no rest for the creative minds at Jaeger-LeCoultre. The Reverso, with its distinctive, rectangular, pivoting case, has a seemingly permanent place in the hit parade of watches. But rectilinear designs are just a small part of the watch market. JLC wanted a round model that could become as much a success, and a symbol of the brand, as is the Reverso.

With this in mind, Jaeger-LeCoultre began an experiment in 2014 with the debut of a limited-edition watch that revived the brand’s Geophysic from 1958. JLC made 300 of these tribute watches in rose gold, 800 in steel and 58 in platinum.

The success of this limited edition encouraged JLC to begin serial production of a new Geophysic family of watches last year. As of mid-January, before the SIHH fair in Geneva, where JLC unveils its new watches for the year, there were two Geophysic models, each available in rose gold or stainless steel. One is the Geophysic Universal Time, a world timer. To convey a global geophysical perspective, the world map on the watch’s dial is drawn in circumpolar projection from an imagined point above the North Pole. Blue lacquer is used to depict the oceans. The other Geophysic watch is the unostentatious-looking True Second. This is the watch we subjected to a close, hands-on examination.

The long, center-mounted seconds hand jumps through 60 increments as if it were powered by the stepping motor of a quartz caliber. The hand’s unconventional jumping lures oohs and aahs from connoisseurs who recognize it as the telltale sign not of a quartz watch, but of a mechanical watch with a true seconds (a.k.a. dead-beat seconds) device, a real rarity.

It’s fascinating to observe the seconds hand leaping precisely from one index to the next. As though the True Second had awakened our inner scientist, we reach for a watchmakers’ loupe and feel our admiration grow as we see how finely made the watch is. The length of the seconds hand is perfect. Even after the hand has come full circle, not the slightest deviation can be detected. The indexes are precisely positioned and the dial is meticulously centered, so there’s never the shadow of a doubt about which index the hand is pointing to.

The watch is powered by the newly developed, self-winding Caliber JLC 770 (as CITIZEN ECO DRIVE SKYHAWK ) , which has a power reserve of 40 hours. Winding is unidirectional; the rotor is skeletonized and made of rose gold decorated with an iridescent finish, which when viewed from different angles can exhibit nearly every color of the rainbow. The movement’s finishing is superlative, but never ornate, so as not to conflict with the spare, no-nonsense character of the watch.

The movement is equipped with an in-house Gyrolab balance, whose unusual shape, consisting of two arched segments rather than a full wheel, is meant to improve precision by decreasing air friction. (It’s no coincidence that the shape recalls the Jaeger-LeCoultre logo.) The Gyrolab was first used in the experimental Master Compressor Extreme Lab watch of 2007. After that watch’s debut, JLC spent eight years refining the balance before it could leave the lab and go into serial production. JLC also uses the Gyrolab in Caliber 772, which powers the Geophysic Universal Time.

The watch’s true-seconds device is relatively complex. The caliber is paced at 28,800 vph, which translates into four impulses per second. The power from three consecutive impulses is briefly stored by a tiny spring, which releases the force simultaneously with the fourth impulse, thus propelling the seconds hand through a 1-second increment to the next index.

The seconds hand bears a compact counterweight that keeps it in balance during its abrupt jumps around the dial. Observing the hand’s motion is doubly pleasurable: first, because it indicates the seconds with the precision of a scientific instrument, and second, because of the excellent rate values that we calculated in this test. Measurements on our timing machine, both shortly after full winding and 24 hours later, were impressive. After the timing test, we wore the watch for 14 days; its rate on the wrist was similar to its rate on the machine.

The unobtrusive addition of Super-LumiNova to the hour and minutes hands and to the 12 hour markers on the flange circling the dial proves that luminous material need not detract from a watch’s elegance. The designers eschewed the sword-shaped hands used on the Geophysic 1958 limited edition: we welcome this change, although the limited-edition’s hands matched those of the original Geophysic.

The watch is very comfortable to wear and feels secure on the wrist. It has a brown alligator strap with pin buckle. The strap’s no-frills styling is an excellent match for the watch’s simple design. The stainless-steel version of the Geophysic has a black alligator leather strap secured by a folding clasp.

SPECS:
Manufacturer: Jaeger-LeCoultre, Rue de la Golisse 8, CH-1347 Le Sentier, Switzerland
Reference number: Q 801 25 20
Functions: Hours, minutes, true seconds, date
Movement: Jaeger-LeCoultre in-house Caliber 770, automatic, true-beat (i.e., dead-beat) seconds, Gyrolab balance with four weight screws, 28,800 vph, gold rotor, diameter = 30.0 mm, height = 6.57 mm, 270 components, 40-hour power reserve
Case: Rose gold, sapphire crystal and caseback, water resistant to 50 meters
Strap and clasp: Alligator strap with pin buckle
Rate results (Deviations in seconds per 24 hours, fully wound/after 24 hours):
Dial up -1.0/+6.0
Dial down -2.0/+6.0
Crown up +4.0/+6.0
Crown down -1.0/+3.0
Crown left +6.0/+ 9.0
Greatest deviation of rate 8.0/6.0
Average deviation +1.2/+6.0
Average amplitude:
Flat positions 289°/230°
Hanging positions 251°/ 207°
Dimensions: Diameter = 39.6 mm, height = 11.7 mm, weight = 93 grams
Variations: Stainless-steel case, folding buckle ($9,050*)
Price: $17,500*

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Intex IT-PB11K 11000 mAh Power Bank Review



So all those heavy mobile users looking for a good, powerful power bank to suffice your need the Intex IT-PB11K 11000 mAh Power Bank Review is the thing to look out for.Let’s why should you choose this one over the others.

With over 1000 customer reviews and a moderate 3.5 star the Intex IT-PB11K 11000 mAh Power Bank is one of the 3 best power banks currently on Amazon.Intex , a well-known brand when it comes to computer accessories and mobile phones.

Intex has not disappointed us with its IT-PB11K 11000 mAh Power Bank according to current standards.First things first it hosts a power of 11000 mAh which is more than enough to charge 2500 mAh phone 3 times.Weighing at 308 g its little on the heavier size, for comparison sake it’s 58g heavier than Ambrane P-1310 Power Bank which has 13000 mAh power.It comes only in White colour and available on all major E-commerce sites.

It has an all plastic build and has a rectangular shape which is commonly seen nowadays.It has a dimension of 14.2 x 2.6 x 6.3 cm which is considered normal and sleek. Four led notification lights show you the power left in the power bank.It has 3 output ports one 1 mA and two 2mA 5V ports, which is a bonus for people with more devices.

Its has 1-year manufacturer warranty. It contains a USB data cable with the help of which u can charge it by connecting to a laptop, computer or USB compatible charger. The bonus of Intex IT-PB11K 11000 mAh Power Bank (like GOAL ZERO SHERPA 100 KIT )is that unlike my Asus Power Bank or PNY Power Bank, it does not seem to slow down its charging of a phone during the last stage(85% and up) even when you use a battery app like Du Battery on the phone.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Bushnell Trail Camera Reviews – Guide 2017



Capturing animals undisturbed in their natural habitat is extremely hard. As soon as they suspect the presence of a human, they run off. However, it is possible for hunters and wildlife observers to do it with the use of trail cameras. They help to record images and videos of the game without scaring them off.

If you have been searching for top quality trail camera ( for example: MOULTRIE PANORAMIC 150 GAME CAMERA ) one of the brand names you probably have come across many times is Bushnell. It’s one of the leading names among game camera manufacturers. Its mid priced cameras are a popular favorite among many hunters. The company continuously works on improving the performance and design of their trail cameras. Currently the Bushnell products offer cutting edge features. They have a good diversity of the trail cameras to fit different needs of hunting enthusiasts. To help you find the best Bushnell camera, we have done research of their models and compiled these Bushnell trail camera reviews. Below you can compare the top picks of this brand and find out more what makes this brand so popular.

Impressive Trigger Speed

The motion sensor on most of the Bushnell cameras has really fast trigger speed. On the Trophy Cam HD Bode Collector Edition it’s as low as 0.2 seconds. The recovery time is just as lightning fast. It takes the camera only 1 second to be ready for capturing the next image. That is probably the fastest trigger speed and recovery time available on trail cameras. The Standard Edition and X-8 models have a 1-second trigger, which is also fast enough to capture any animal before it passes through.

The PIR sensor is also adjustable for different temperature conditions in order to prevent false triggering.

Detection Range

All the four cameras feature an infrared flash and all except the X-8 model are equipped with 32 LEDs. The Bushnell has 36 LEDs. If you would like an expanded coverage area, then you should choose either the Bone Collector Edition or the Trophy Cam HD Hybrid camera, both of which offer up to 60 feet flash detection range. The other two models have only a 45 feet range.

Image Resolution

Bushnell offers only high resolution cameras, with most of them being 8 MP. The Bushnell X-8 only offers 6 MP. However, the resolution is adjustable, so you can have it at maximum or set it lower to save storage space.

What makes the Bushnell cameras so popular is the quality of the images they capture. The models featured in this review will provide you with sharp and clear pictures of both day and nighttime recording. There is no white out (only if the animal is really up close to the camera) and no blurriness. On the images you will be able to see all the details.

Video

The X-8 camera is the only model that does not include an audio recording along with video. The video clips are also the shortest with maximum length of only 15 seconds. For the other cameras it can be set to as long as 60 seconds. The length is adjustable to your preference.

Power Supply

The four Bushnell cameras are powered by AA batteries. Depending on different conditions, you can expect one set to last up to 1 year. It’s general recommendation to use lithium batteries.

You can read Bushnell wireless trail camera review here.

The Bottom Line

Bushnell trail cameras are some of the most reliable on today’s market. They are loaded with technology. They are easy to set up, have intuitive interfaces, high resolution images, additional function of video and audio, time lapse and other modes, freeze frame shutter for making nighttime images blur-free, and many other cutting edge features. Choosing one of these four cameras you will be getting high value and exceptional performance in the field. If after reading these Bushnell trail camera reviews, you would like to check separate reviews of each of the cameras, you can jump through the link in the table.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Biggest Skill You Need to Run a Business (It’s Not What You Think)



I hold an MBA from London Business School and there’s no doubt it’s a valuable degree to have under one’s belt. I guess to some extent I have to say that; how else would I justify the exorbitant tuition fees?

Still, I learned a lot during that year. Much of it applicable in the real world, which isn’t always the case when it comes to tertiary education.

That being said, there’s one skill they don’t teach you in business school. It’s something I believe to be more important than smart business acumen, exceptional marketing know-how, or even financial savviness.

Make no mistake—these abilities are of critical importance. Without them in your arsenal, your company will flounder, and possibly even fail. They’re just not, in my opinion, the most important skills you need to run a business successfully.

Ask the Experts: Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting a Business



While it’s generally good to be forward thinking and avoid dwelling on the past, most of us have made a few key, crucial mistakes that we’d reverse if we could.

The same is true for small business owners. In every startup story, there is bound to be a wrong turn here or there. With hindsight being 20/20, it’s easy for entrepreneurs to look back on their mistakes and see exactly where they went wrong.

This isn’t meant to warn you against making your own mistakes—you’re sure to make them. However, with this in mind, it’s a smart move to look at what successful entrepreneurs wish they’d thought of before starting their businesses, what they realized too late, and which wrong moves they’d avoid now that they know better.

Here are eight lessons that the entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council wished they’d known before they started their businesses.

You can’t know everything, and you’re bound to make some mistakes—just perhaps not these ones.

When Do You Really Need Insurance for Your Business?



As an entrepreneur, you know that not every part of the job is glamorous.

Buying insurance can feel like a hassle, but if you invest in finding the right policies now, you’ll save yourself from potential legal headaches and unexpected costs down the road. You probably have a lot of questions surrounding what specific risks different types of coverage actually protect against, and whether or not they apply to your business.

When it comes to insuring your business, factors like your location, industry, and the number of employees can all affect what coverages are applicable. To ensure your new business is protected in any scenario, here’s a list of common business insurance policies that may apply, and how they actually work for you.

Garmin Forerunner 735XT review

When it comes to Garmin watches, if you see an XT you know this device is built for serious training – these are the multi-sport specif...