Today I like to give you my own personal review of the RS100 heart rate monitor. Basically this model comes with a stopwatch, the current time, and a measurement of your heart rate while you do your exercise. It is easy to use and it comes with a fairly large screen that displays your heart rate in beats per minute and also at a percentage of your maximum heart rate. It comes with 3 features that most of you will be familiar with.
This includes the:
- Time In Zone feature
- Polar OwnCal
- Polar OwnZone
The last 2 is unique to Polar heart rate monitors and they work pretty well in measuring your calorie expenditure and determining a safe heart rate zone to work out with. Pretty much all the features here are easy to use. If you feel lost at all, the manual that comes with it is great at explaining each of the key features you need to know about it.
Features That I Like
One thing that was pretty unique about this watch is that it provides you with a lap timer. Another great feature is the flashing background light that automatically comes on whenever you hit the first lap. The backlight also proofed to be very useful especially running at night or low light conditions which is something that I do pretty often. Another thing that was pretty good is that this model comes with its own coded transmission to avoid interference with other electronic devices especially in the gym. For gym equipment able to pick up Polar devices, it works seamlessly without any problems.
Things That This Polar Model Lack
At the price you are paying, don’t expect more fancy features like the ability to download data straight onto your laptop or GPS. If you are looking into seeing more fancy features like graphs and running analysis, this model is not for you. In terms of size and aesthetics, it fits well on my wrist but it might be a little too big in people with smaller wrists, but overall, comfort is great. Personally I would prefer a clearer distinction between the 3 lines of data on the screen.
Overall, this watch comes with great basic features with some additional features like calorie counter, OwnZone. At the price you pay, it is definitely worth it. If you are looking for something that is better than the average basic Polar heart monitor like the Polar FS1 or Omron HR-100C, this is for you.
Find out more about this model here.
Compare the Polar RS100 with the Polar FS1
Compare the Polar RS100 with the Omron HR-100C