Magellan Switch Up
Packed full of features; highly sensitive GPS; solid battery life with quick recharge
Data must be manually saved; removing the watch from mounts can be difficult
$349; $399 (with Heart Rate Monitor)
Magellan’s Switch Up sports watch with heart rate monitor is an excellent companion for those participating in everyday fitness workouts or athletes trying to scrape a few seconds off their personal bests.
With sensitive GPS tracking, 50m water resistance and changeable mounts, Magellan’s Switch Up is designed for athletes training in a variety of sports in all conditions.
The watch features five multipurpose rubber buttons on both sides of a 3cm black-and-white display, easy to navigate on-screen menus and a sturdy yet lightweight wristband.
Users can create and customise nine activity modes to suit their fitness pursuits. Customisable screens display an assortment of time, distance, ambient temperature, pace, heart rate and lap times.
Once you turn on the watch, it will take you through a series of questions, seeking your height, weight, date of birth and resting heart rate to get an understanding of your body shape and characteristics. Once the GPS is connected, the watch is ready for use.
For cyclists, the watch comes with a bike mount that attaches with the aid of thick rubber bands that wrap around the bicycle’s handlebars securely.
While the bands make it very easy for users to quickly switch bicycles, changing the Switch Up between the bike and the watch mounts is quite frustrating at times. There are no buttons or clips to press to unlock the device; rather it requires brute force to remove. You won’t have to worry that it will pop out unexpectedly when running, cycling or swimming.
The Magellan boasts a lithium-ion rechargeable battery with eight hours of life and a surprisingly short charging period via a wall mount kit.
While the watch connected to GPS satellites quickly and offered in-depth exercise data, the heart rate monitor dropped in and out of connection on frequent occasions, limiting the data collected. Another annoyance was that the data recorded by the watch needed to be manually saved after each workout.
The data recorded from the watch can be transferred to your Mac or PC via USB and uploaded to Magellan’s Active website for analysis and comparison. The uploaded data can also be exported to MapMyRun, Strava and Google Earth.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice.
The Magellan Switch Up is a fantastic choice for those exercising outdoors. Swimmers, mountain bikers, runners and cyclists would all benefit from the huge array of data the Switch Up records.