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Pyle-Sport PHRM26 Speed Heartrate Watch

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  • Monitor heart rate as you can run or jog
  • Records exercise statistics
  • Led backlight available
  • Time and date daily alarm
  • Dual-purpose 3D sensor (walking or running)

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 17.1 x 6.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Item model number: PHRM26
  • ASIN: B00523LLP8
  • Date first available at Aug. 4 2011
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #168,529 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Speed and Distance Heart Rate Watch.

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Speed & Distance Heart Rate Watch.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Decent low end cardio watch March 17 2012
By awsum140 - Published on
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I bought this watch to replace a Polar I've had for a few years, I'm tired of sending everthing back to Polar every year or so to get batteries replaced. Anyhow, I thought the Pyle would be a good choice given the user replaceable batteries and the tracking software. The watch, itself, performs exactly as advertised. It seems to be an excellent cardio tool to monitor your heart rate with. Unfortunately, it does not include "zone" features such as how long you are in your training zone. I thought that was sort of a standard feature for any cardio watch, but I guess not and if I had realised this was not an included feature would probably not have bought the watch. The pedometer feature is a nice idea, but I really don't think it's particularly accurate even after calibrating it and lowering the sinsitivity as low as it goes. I have a cell phone (plain old dumb phone) with a pedometer feature that is far more accurate than the Pyle cardio watch which reads very high compared to reality (wish I was walking that fast and far, I'd be an Olympic class athlete!). It would be a better idea to ditch the pedometer, Speed and Distance, and add the training zone abilities to the watch which would produce data that is more helpful. The software installed easily on XP but as far as functionality, it is very lacking. I uploaded three days in a row and each time only had that days record available, it doesn't seem to keep a file of what you've done previously even though I never closed the program, just minimized it and reopened it to add more data. Bottom line is if you want an inexpensive cardio watch with just very basic features, the PHRM26 is not too bad a choice.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Basics work. Such a wasted potential on the data integration. Aug. 31 2012
By Mos - Published on
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First and foremost, the manual is an absolute mess. There are phrases like "benefication before using the 3d sensor" which makes no sense even after trying to guess at it's meaning. The manual is a mixture of exultation of the magical 3d sensor from Germany (with no explanation of why it's so great) and a disorganized information splatter about its various features. It is difficult to find information; well more like even to determine if you've found the information you want from the messy writing.

All the basics of the watch work well. The heart rate strap works well and the watch detects the heart rate. The date/time display is fine and there is a stopwatch. I haven't tested the pedometer part of the watch closely but it records the steps taken. It uploads the limited information it stores to the computer like the min heart rate, avg heart rate and max heart rate; calories etc.

What this watch cannot do that the GPS watches/cell phone workout apps can do is record continuous data. While you're running, it can show you the current heart rate but it can't store that data to look up later on. All it can store is the min, max and average for that duration. I suspect this has to do with the battery and power requirements for such detailed logging so I don't think it's possible to expect that functionality from these kinds of watches.

While the heart rate and stop watch work well, the overall integration is not polished. There are 3 lines on the watch to display information and it's not customizable. Most of the modes waste one of the lines by displaying static information. For example, the stop watch part just displays CHRONO on the last line. The upload to the computer is to a confusing website/program.

One of the strange things about the watch is that it asks for stride length. Maybe I'm misinformed but when we run faster or slower, we increase or decrease our stride length. The stride length seems to be used in calculating the distance run and the speed of the run. So, we end up with lots of confusing statistics. Anyway, it doesn't display the speed or distance run from the stride length in the watch so I don't even know why it's there.

I find it hard to recommend this product even though I have been using it everyday for the past few months. It shows me my heart-rate and I can use my stopwatch to time my runs. It does the basics well. But, now with GPS enabled devices and fancy web-sites that analyze your data, it would be much better to spend a little more for a better watch even though it would cost 5 times as much as this watch. Overall, I don't think the data link for this watch is ready for prime time and so if you want a basic watch, go for a lesser functionality watch. If you'd like a more complex metric based watch, go for a more expensive watch. This watch doesn't hit a sweet spot between the basic watches and the fancy data recording watches - it could if they tweaked a few things around but as it is, it's a confusing watch to start with and then an unsatisfying watch later on.

If the watch had the following minor tweaks, it would be a much better product.
a. Some sort of lap function where the min,max and average heart rate and the times for that lap would be recorded. It would greatly smoothen the gap between this and GPS watches.
b. Better integration with the computer so that you can customize what to display on the watch from the computer. For example, if working on my stride I could want the number of steps, time and heart rate. Or, for a casual run I could have stop watch time, heart rate and the current time. For other workouts, the heart rate, time and calories. Or for runs, the current heart rate, avg heart rate and time and so on.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
ok for the price Jan. 19 2013
By braunyman - Published on
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Have used it about a half dozen times now and the HRM works well and seems accurate enough if you remember to moisten the sensors AND engage in activity which causes you to perspire. So...on the elliptical it works fine but if I'm weightlifting or doing plyos the readings can get flaky. Haven't tried it with sprinting yet which is my main thing.

I tried a Garmin FR70 which I ended up returning because the buttons were so hard to press and I couldn't seem to access any mode other than run. The Pyle at least is much easier to use although I'm disappointed with the PC link. You have to pop the watch face out of the strap and plug it into the PC. This seems like a very hokey design and I wonder how long it will last. The data that the software gives you is very disappointing also but that seems to be the case with all the HRMs I looked at. What I wanted was to be able to download the heart rate data for an entire workout and load it into Excel. The Pyle only gives you averages for the day which seems pretty useless. The Garmin wasn't much better. It could only output a summary to Excel not the raw data.

All in all my first venture into heart rate monitors has been pretty underwhelming.
Decent watch, not as large as I had feared. Aug. 24 2013
By James K - Published on
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I had been afraid that the PHRM26 was going to be HUGE, like it looks in the pictures, but in actuality it is really quite reasonable in size. What seems like a 4"x3" face is more like 1¼"x1". Part of what makes it look so large is the black bump in the at the top of the watch. That bump is NOT mirrored on the bottom, and is actually INSIDE the band. What is inside the bump is a naked USB connector for plugging the watch into your computer. The connector fits into a little notch in the wristband to protect it, and the bump as actually much larger than it need be.

I had purchased the PHRM26 for it's ability to measure my heart rate. The instructions are a bit hard to follow, and there is no mention of how to activate the Heart Rate Monitor belt. APPARENTLY, you just put it on, and it works. No need to turn the belt off and on. (Makes no sense to me, the battery would last longer.)

I had a heck of a time getting the heart rate monitor to work because I was taking my cell phone with me, and it was interfering with the signal from the band. I didn't like the idea of having to leave it behind, but once I realized the problem, I used a Cell Phone Arm Band on my right arm, and kept the watch on the left arm, with my body between the two. After that it seemed to work perfectly.

Pyle Audio is a German company, and the manual is pretty poor translation into English, one that I doubt was done by a fluent English speaker. In fact, one of the most important parts of the manual was written by hand, is really in the wrong place in the manual, and gives a very slip-shod impression. Especially when you realize that the list price is well over $100! They could spend a little money and fix their manual.

Calling the included program disappointing would be an understatement of huge proportions, and is the reason why I don't give the PHRM26 a 5 star review. Oddly, it REQUIRES both a username AND password to use. In some ways this is neat, as multiple usernames allow people to SHARE the watch, as long as they exercise at different times. But the PASSWORDs can cause problems if, like me, you forget the password you used. I actually had to abandon my first username because I forgot it's password. Leaving me with an account I can neither use, nor delete. Once you get into the program itself, it's rather difficult to really make a lot of sense out of what it shows you, though it DOES allow you to both EXPORT and IMPORT CSV files that you can use in a spreadsheet program, which is nice. That allows you to keep your own records and manipulate the data in any way you see fit.

One pretty major drawback, is that the PHRM26 can only hold data for your most-recent exercise. Meaning if you forget to upload the data from the watch, the next time you exercise you will either delete the data from the previous exercise, OR you will ADD your current exercises to your last exercises, so when you finally upload the data, the current day will show the data for both days. So basically you need to upload your data every day.

The Pyle Audio (the manufacturer) website lists the PHRM26 at like $135 or something close. IMHO that is FAR above it's value. I see them regularly going for $45 - $75 in different places including Amazon, and IMHO that is STILL more than what it is worth. I was fortunate to find this one being sold by Amazon Warehouse Deals as an open package for about $25, and I feel that I paid just about the right amount for what I got. Now, the fact is that I'm a cheapskate, and I'm sure that there are many others who feel that it's worth much more, but the fact is that comparing the software that comes with the watch with the free exercise website, and it's free Android app, the PHRM26 comes out very far on the low side of that comparison.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Product Dec 5 2011
By Scout Typer - Published on
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It takes a little bit of learning if you are new to these types of things but it does everything it says it does. My wife is using it to train for a marathon. Great product and price.

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