Polar S510 Heart Rate Monitor

Polar S510 Heart Rate Monitor 

DESCRIPTION

  • 20m water resistance
  • Target zone alarm
  • Backlight
  • Clock w/ alarm
  • Stopwatch
  • Interval training function
  • Recovery function
  • Lap times with heart rate
  • Max/Average heart rate of each lap
  • Downloads data to computer
  • Uploads data from computer
  • Cycling functions (average/max speed, odometer, total riding time)

  • USER REVIEWS

    Showing 1-10 of 21  
    [Sep 03, 2003]
    adam
    Cross Country Rider

    Strength:

    loaded features for biking! the caloric counter is very handy to impress your friends. everything else seems to work great.

    Weakness:

    the wireless fork mount for detecting the magnet makes me nervous that it will break off if i hit something or get something caught in the spokes. and that little marvel can't be cheap if it were busted. it feels solid when i wiggle it, but still it makes me nervous. the bar mount gets a lot of heat, but it isn't that bad! come on, it is fine!

    it has all the main features of a good computer and a heart rate monitor all in a wireless package. forget what people say about the bar mount; it works fine. if you want perfection, go to heaven, otherwise just deal with it. it holds the "watch" securely while riding, what else do you need? a backrub? a dozen roses? free email? please don't let the bad reviews about the bar mount discourage you from buying this little wonder.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    [Dec 17, 2001]
    Björn Andersson
    Racer

    Strength:

    It`s easy to understand. It has big Lcd numbers and letters. The heart rate sender belt suits fine, and after a few minutes you can`t feel it. The monitor looks big but when you have it on your arm it "disapears". But if you don`t get it to "disapear" you can have it on your handelbar. And it has the most addvanst funktions ever seen on a heart rate monitor. Visit the polar website for more specifide details www.polar.fi

    Weakness:

    The red stop button had a crack the first time a took it up from the box. I wented in to a polar certifided store and they fixed it for free. They could have add some more black straps in to the box

    I think the polar 710 is for people who need to know h
    ow cold it`s outside and just have to have the most expensive things in the world. Bye the polar 510 and be smart. Spend your money on a bike trip to Sweden in june instead.

    Bear

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    RATING
    4
    VALUE
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    4
    [Feb 19, 2002]
    Rodney
    Cross Country Rider

    Strength:

    Very simple to use. Great LCD display and light. No hassle file through to exercise sets. Easily changed for different users. Sonic link download and PC coach software are efficient.

    Weakness:

    PC coach sometimes has difficulties reading sonic link info.

    The 510 gives you the information you need to determine the intensities of your exercise sessions. Reviewing the information provided on the software charts and graphs is very useful. At first I thought that 350.00 CDN was a lot for a HR monitor, instead, I think I became a great training tool. Go for a 510 if you really want to be specific in your training program.
    If you want a HR monitor to simply tell you how hard your walk is, then buy a cheaper model.

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    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    [Jan 24, 2002]
    PAUL SCHAEFER
    Weekend Warrior

    Strength:

    Large display. More features that most people need. Speed and optional cadence for bikes.

    Weakness:

    Support from Polar. Tool them two days to answer a question regarding speed sensor problems. Waited on customer service phone for 10 minutes. Only had product one week and speed sensor is defective.

    Would buy again even with less than par customer service.

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    Protrainer XT

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    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    [Aug 10, 2002]
    Paul Panish

    Strength:

    Combined Cycolometer/Heart Rate Monitor Functions, Unique HRM functionality to determine overall level of fitness. Completely Wireless.

    Weakness:

    Poor structural design, sensor mounts are prone to breakage at attachment points. High failure rate for both monitor and sensors. Poor handlebar mount. Does not recover from interference or loss of heart rate signal.

    I used the S-510 for almost a year and recently sent it back for a refund. I'm primarily a serious road rider.

    In the first few months I had very unreliable operation, loss of signal and lack of recovery afterwards forcing frequent restarts of the training session. Finally the start button cracked and I exchanged the unit for a new one.

    A few months later I found the speed sensor hanging by a thread and realized the area where the tie-wraps pass through was much too weak. I managed to convince Polar service that they should send me a few replacement rear sections (no electronics) for the sensor since it was clear it would break again. They weren't too interested in hearing that they had some severe design flaws.

    A couple of month ago the cadence function quit on me. I don't know if the sensor failed or the monitor. When I was removing the unit to send it back I discovered the mountings on the sensors were cracking again, as I had expected they would.

    I really wouldn't recommend this unit to anyone. If you just want a HRM get a smaller one with just the functions you want. The other Polar's are fine for this. Forget this this for cycling use until Polar redesigns the physical package and improves reliability.

    I'm going to try a Vetta V100HR Wireless with Cadence in hopes I have better luck.

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    Vetta C20, Shimano Flight Deck, other HRM only products

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    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    2
    [Sep 09, 2002]
    Tracy
    Racer

    Strength:

    HR/bike computer in one. Detailed information adequate for most athletes. Sonic Link for download/upload to PC Coach Software.

    Weakness:

    I bought the S510 in January and had a lot of problems with it right off the bat. First, it just would not pick up the HR consistently, it was either 00 or >220. I tried everything Polar said. By March and many calls and emails later, Polar consented to send me a new unit. It worked much better, but still had intermittent problems.
    Second, I would say that the monitor is largely useless in the city as there is so much interference. Go out to the country and it's much better.
    Third, I have to use a conducting for more consistent readings. I'm a small female, and I suppose they design these receivers for males as the contact is poor. Downloading info to computer works fine via Sonic Link.
    Finally, the appearance of the watch leaves something to be desired. Did Fisher Price design this thing?

    Not worth the dough given the lack of reliability. What's the point of all the technology if once the info is downloaded to the computer the reports are completely inaccurate and therefore largely useless.

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    I had a really basic model that I bought about 7 years ago and it worked much better.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    2
    [Jun 18, 2003]
    Rob
    Racer

    Strength:

    Large display, wireless, large easy to push buttons when you are riding

    Weakness:

    Only store one complete file (workout), the accompanying software stinks, the "Sonic Link” data transfer

    Not a bad product with an easy to read display. Good for the recreational cyclist looking for something a little better than a standard HRM.

    But, if you train hard, often, and are using this as a tool to improve performance for the race season, it may not be for you...

    Since only one file (workout) is stored in memory, you must remember to download prior to using it again or your data will be lost! Or, if you push a wrong button and reset during a ride, you will lose everything prior to that point. Since I work a full-time job and train, I need the HRM to store more info until it is more convenient for me to download the data.

    Speaking of downloading... I have difficulty with my PC and getting the Sonic Link to work well. It usually takes 2-3 attempts to get a download from the HRM to the PC. And I have never been able to get the PC to upload information to the 510.

    The Software, PC Coach Light, that comes with the product leaves a bit to be desired. I’m planning on upgrading to the 710 to get the functions I need; that comes with the full-blown version of PC Coach. I hope that’s a better product!

    Again, a good tool for the cyclist needing a few more features than a bottom of the line HRM. Save your money a little longer if you need a tool to really help you train for the BIG race and get the 710.

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    Vetta

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    [Feb 13, 2005]
    YR
    Cross Country Rider

    Strength:

    accuracy, many function, good display, reliable, wireless
    speed sensor

    Weakness:

    can't get the sonic link to work. Look, I was actually asked if I got it at McDonald. Pricy

    being both a wrist wearable HRM and a handlebar mounted
    cycle computer means that one HRM does it all for me.
    It cost more than double than other HRMs but it is also much better than others.

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    Vetta, Sette

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    [May 30, 2004]
    Wouter D'hoye
    Weekend Warrior

    Strength:

    many features
    multiple trainings programmable including interval training, computer download, fitness test (estimated VO2max),cadence function, speed function also works on rear wheel if you change jupmer setting inside sensor. (manual does not mention this however)

    Weakness:

    sonic link can be somewhat tricky to get working, display gets scratched easily, Wristreceiver has bulky design and toy like blue color.

    Bike functions
    At first I got weird speed readings (about the double of my actual speed) but mounting another (suplied) magnet solved this. Only maximum speed is wrong sometimes. The speed sensor also works fine on the rear wheel. This is especially handy when using an indoor trainer during winter. The optional cadence sensor works fine.

    Heart rate monitor
    HRM functions are all fine. It is also possible to display your heartrate as a percent of your maximum heartrate. But you can not program it this way.

    Programming exercises can take some time but this is mainly caused by the multitude of parameters you can set. E.g. min/max heartrate, warm up / cool down, interval training,..
    If you want to you can upload this data from your PC using uplink. PcCoach makes it easier to set all parameters instead of using the wristreceiver. Fortunately you can store five exercises in memory which can be given a real name instead of only an number.

    Computer connectivity
    Computer download can be somewhat troublesome but as soon you get everything set up right it works fine. This mainly depends on settings of your computer and is not related to the HRM self. As soon these troubles were solved I did not have troubles again.

    In short this is a good product worth it's price but not completely perfect. It has a good set of functions and seems to be quite reliable so far.

    Recommeded for people serious about cycling and seeking a tool to get a good view on their workout and progression.

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    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    [May 13, 2004]
    Marc
    Racer

    Strength:

    Potentially great architecture and functionality.

    Weakness:

    Not user friendly, poor manual.

    Product review for Polar 520: While this HRM has the potential for being a great product, I had a list of problems and issues starting with transmitter malfunction within 1 month of purchase. The overall reliability of the product has been degrading over time. Other problems included receiver malfunction and software problems including data download problems resulting in inaccurate and unreliable data. The manual left much to be desired. For those users who desire a downloadable product, reliability in that particular feature would be crucial for user satisfaction. I would recommend to anyone thinking about buying Polar to do more research before making a Polar purchase.

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    Nashbar HRM.

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    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
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