• Lens: Domed Sapphire Crystal
  • Bezel: Titanium
  • Strap: Titanium, Silicone
  • Water Rating: 10 ATM
  • Display Size: 1.2-inch @ 240 x 240 pixels
  • Memory: 16GB
  • Sensors: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Garmin Elevate Heart Rate Monitor, Barometric Altimeter, Compass, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Thermometer, Pulse Ox
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, ANT+, Wi-Fi
  • Dimensions: 51 x 51 x 17.5mm
  • Pros:
  • Battery life
  • Plethora of features
  • Many versions to choose from
  • Cons:
  • Price

Made For The Adventurers

The Garmin fēnix 5X Plus was launched locally not too long ago, and we finally managed to get the DLC Titanium Edition of the 5X Plus on our hands and wrists. We’ve been eagerly reviewing and testing what this smartwatch can do. Once you unbox it, you are presented with a very well built watch that looks tough and feels that way as well. In the box, you have your usual manuals and an additional rubber bands that can be swapped with just a push of a spring. It’s intuitive and will most likely not be easily triggered by accident.

As a watch that uses sapphire crystal for the lens and is wrapped in titanium, it it safe to say that you will be able to take the watch to hikes and swimming pools and still be able to make it out with no issues, provided that you don’t intentionally damage it. Speaking of lasting long, the watch is packed with a massive battery that lasted us more than two weeks by just using it as a smartwatch with some light running and exercising in between. You will definitely get less battery life out of it if you are using the GPS and Music functionality.

The back of the watch with its sensors

The back of the watch with its sensors

The watch has access to most of what smartwatches have nowadays, with additional features added to it even. For example, if you wish to play music without a smartphone, the watch has a 16GB internal storage that you can store your music to using the provided cable and plugging it to a PC. It can monitor heart rates, sleep cycles, steps, calories and even stress levels. When we reviewed our day on the Garmin Connect mobile app, we noticed a spike in stress levels and heart rate during our drive to and from work.

However, important features when it comes to hiking or more adventurous activities is with its built-in mapping and multi-network navigation such as altimeter, barometer and compass will keep you on your hiking trail. You will have to download the map via Wi-Fi or using the Connect app. That aside, you can also pay with Garmin Pay, but that function is not available yet in Malaysia. As of the time of writing, firmware version 5.1 is not available in Malaysia, and that is one of the more important ones as it adds offline Spotify functionality onto the watch.

Made for people that are very active and living the healthy lifestyle, the watch will offer insight to how you are training, whether you are pushing yourself to the limits or just barely coasting. You can also download workouts and training plans via the Connect app.

The Garmin Connect app, detailing everything the watch tracked throughout the day

The Garmin Connect app, detailing everything the watch tracked throughout the day

The Garmin fēnix 5X Plus is an amazing watch that comes with a high asking price. But with what you are paying, you are getting a watch that is capable of tracking a plethora of exercises and activities, comes packaged with the ability to view built-in maps, and when it comes to Malaysia, the ability to play Spotify songs from the watch and pay for your meals with contactless payment all from your watch. The battery life also handily beats most of the other smartwatches currently available in the market right now.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A smartwatch built for people that are active with plenty of tracking features, a battery life that will last longer than you, but with a major caveat – price.

(to be published in issue November 2018)