Polar M400 Review – Combining Simplicity With Some Smart Features

What is the Polar M400? It is a wearable tech that has features that are focused for the fitness-centric individual. It comes with the simplicity of a fitness band with  some smarter features such as heart-rate monitoring and GPS activity tracking. Perhaps the best part about this is that the device is placed in a fairly reasonable price class.

Polar M400 Review - Combining Simplicity With Some Smart Features

The Polar M400 is the Culmination of a Combination Between Simple Looks and High-End Smarts

With its feature set, the Polar M400 is a wearable that is surprisingly functional, specifically when you consider the money that you have to spend to acquire it. It has a price tag that costs just a bit more than a high-end fitness band, but placed in a price point that costs less than a full-blown smartwatch. It does lack one or two features that are found in other fitness-centric smartwatches, but it is still a great option for anyone wanting to purchase their very first, proper fitness tracker.

Upon taking it out of its packaging, the first thing that you will notice about the M400 is its thickness and weight. Well, if you can call it thickness because the thing is only 11.55-millimeters “thick.” When it comes to its weight, it is only 56.6-grams, so wearing it feels like it’s barely there.

It is unclear where the antenna is hidden in this device for its GPS fitness tracking feature. But the device’s light weight and low profile may give credit to that mystery.  However, the material used for the creation of this wearable is borderline cheap. Just about everything on this device is made out of plastic material, and it’s not the high-end kind either.

Its display has a 128 x 128-pixel resolution, and is a 33-millimeter screen. For what it’s worth, the screen is made to be of the functional type rather than the fashionable one. It won’t win any awards in terms of looks but the information it displays is more than decent.

But don’t let its simplicity in terms of design catch you off guard with regards to its performance. For what it can do, it can do them well. The GPS signals were clear, and even though you might be under a tree, the system will still be able to accurately acquire the right data. However, much can be said about the hear-rate sensor, as it can be quite finicky. Still, once you get it in place, it does work just as majestic.

Battery life is also stupendous for the Polar M400 as it is able to deliver eight hours of continuous use when GPS and heart-rate monitors are turned on, or up to 24-days when steps or sleep tracking are the only features enabled. It does lack a substantial amount of accessories and features, but for what it’s worth, it’s more than enough.


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