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If you are looking to buy a heart rate monitor watch but not sure which one, you have come to the right site. This page gives you hints about how to use this site in a time effective manner as we know that everyone is busy and short of time.
If you are new to heart rate monitors, take a look at the HRM Overview page first.
If you roughly know which product you would like, say the Polar FT7, you should also take a look at the preceding model FT4 and the following model FT40. You can navigate between models using the links at the bottom of the page. Maybe the FT4 is perfectly adequate for your needs. Maybe you discover that the FT40 has some essential features that you can really do with.
To help you with this, parts of the feature list are bolded to show the additional features of the current model (against the preceding model). What you are interested in are the differences between the models, and knowing them helps you make a decision.
You don't have to read the full pages if you are short of time, just scan through the feature lists and note the differences in bold. It is simple and quick.
If you want to get a Timex heart rate monitor, say, but you don't know which one. Here are the steps you can take. Start with the manufacturer's page, in this case, the Timex page. The first model in the series is the T5G941 Easy Trainer. Take a look at the feature list. Next look at the T5G971 Personal Trainer, but only scan the bolded parts of the T5G971 Personal Trainer feature list to know the differences. Likewise for the Zone Trainer, ... and so on until you reach the end of the series. Because you are NOT reading the whole pages, but merely scanning through the bolded parts of the feature lists, this should not take you too much time at all. At the end of it you can really have a good feel about the capabilities of each model and it can help you make a more informed decision.
Heart rate monitors with GPS capabilities are increasing popular these days. If you are interested in a GPS HRM, then do have a look at the Garmin page. There are other makes that offer GPS HRMs too, but Garmin is the most popular among them.
Remember that unlike a PC, if you buy the wrong heart rate monitor, it is difficult to upgrade its capabilities. If a monitor does not take laps or give you a calorie count, you can't buy additional components to make it do so. This is unlike a PC where you can buy a barebone unit, and add additional components easily later on. So it pays to choose a HRM with care and get it right first time.
If you are interested in a specific type of heart rate monitor, check out the Which Heart Rate Monitor page first. If you are looking for a running heart rate monitor, then clicking on the relevant link takes you to a page listing the various running heart rate monitors. Take it from there.
To find out what new pages have been added to the site recently, click on the What's New? link on the navigation bar.
This is an information site and does not sell any heart rate monitors. The best place to buy a heart rate monitor is on the internet, as the overheads are smaller for vendors and prices are more competitive. You will find the best prices by researching the offers made by various heart rate monitor vendors.
If you still can't find what you are looking for, use the search box on the navigation bar, located on the left hand side of every page.
Good luck to finding and buying your heart rate monitor!
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