A alternative for the Casio Sensible Out of doors Watch WSD-F10, the WSD-F20 appears to be like virtually similar to its predecessor, though it’s barely thinner. The main headline improve right here, although, is the inclusion of built-in GPS, so now you’ll be able to tackle the good outside with out your cellphone. That’s an enchancment however one thing you’d actually have anticipated within the first era.
Regardless that at £450/$500 (round AU$650) it’s acquired a price ticket that places it up there with the top-end timepieces within the massive smartwatch line-up, the Casio Professional Trek Sensible shouldn’t actually be in comparison with mainstream on a regular basis units just like the Apple Watch three or these Android Put on watches such because the LG Watch Sport.
This can be a area of interest gadget that may enchantment solely to those that prefer to get a little bit of filth beneath their nails outside and is extra at dwelling up in opposition to the likes of the Nixon Mission, and non-Android sport watches from the likes of Suunto and Garmin.
Thankfully for Casio, there aren’t too many true smartwatch options that cater for the outside and that makes the Trek’s mixture of Put on OS good options plus monitoring for mountaineering, canoeing, snow sports activities, biking, snowboarding and, um, fishing, a consideration. Nonetheless, you’ll additionally need to severely take a look at common outside watches that include some good options too.
Design and display screen
- GPS connectivity however no coronary heart price or NFC
- Helps each Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
- Suitable with Android 4.three or later and iOS 9.zero or later
The Casio Professional Trek Sensible is unapologetically an out of doors watch. There’s no subtlety right here. It’s a hulking great point for a begin, and measuring in at 61.7 x 56.Four x 15.7mm it’s fairly noticeably bulkier than a rival Suunto Traverse or the Garmin Fenix 5X.
Its chunky fake steel end plastic casing, paired with an outsized black protecting bezel – full with silver steel stud screws – makes the entire thing look a bit like a watch that’s sporting Iron Man’s armor.
It screams rugged from about 100 ft away and as outside watches go, it’s not solely unattractive. However except you’re Bear Grylls going to an enormous assembly, you most likely gained’t need to put on this along with your go well with to work, not least as a result of it gained’t match beneath the cuff of your shirt but additionally as a result of it’s heft makes it fairly exhausting to kind.
Inside the massive bezel sits a 1.32-inch dual-layer touchscreen show that is good and responsive with quick, easy transitions between screens and options. It will also be cleverly flicked between colour and monochrome for energy saving. (It does this robotically as soon as the ability will get low).
We beloved this function for its battery conservation smarts however that’s about all we like about this display screen. Even with 5 ranges of adjustable display screen brightness, we discovered the slightest bit of sunshine on the display screen made it largely inconceivable to learn in all types of daylight circumstances which is a big downside for an out of doors watch.
At 92g it’s heavier than one thing just like the Suunto Traverse (80g) and the Garmin Fenix 5 (82g) too, and the model we examined, with the rigid and inflexible normal watch band, was removed from a snug match. More durable sporting possibly, however for a watch designed to be worn for lengthy intervals when you’re trekking or taking over lengthy adventures, it actually got here up brief.
When it comes to bodily controls, the Casio Professional Trek Sensible WSD-F20 options three massive aspect buttons on the proper of the watch – Software, Energy and App – that are all straightforward to search out on the transfer if a bit comfortable and unresponsive on the press.
The Energy button, which additionally returns you to the house display screen, is neatly protected by two button guards to cease any unintentional shutdown. In the meantime the Software and App buttons may be assigned to completely different capabilities, however initially Software launches the Compass and the App button masses up the maps.
Below the hulking nice hood there’s a bunch of sensors together with a stress sensor for air stress and altitude, an accelerometer, gyrometer and magnetic compass.
As you’d count on from an journey watch, sturdiness is essential, and the Professional Trek Sensible comes with MIL-STD-810G normal military-grade ranges of safety and it definitely feels prefer it’ll take greater than a knock or two. It’s waterproof to 50 meters, so swimming, sweat and rain are taken care of, nevertheless diving and water sports activities like windsurfing will not be advisable by Casio.
One stunning inclusion that we’d truly like to see in different sports activities watches is a built-in mic that allows you to take notes and tag them to your present location. Superb for capturing these eureka moments of inspiration you typically unlock while you’re sucking in lungs stuffed with contemporary mountain air.
Colour-wise, the Professional Trek Sensible is available in straight-up black, black and inexperienced highlights, black and white, and black and orange (our favourite).