Highly Advanced Watch: Garmin Fenix 5X

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The Garmin Fenix 5X is part of a line of highly advanced multisport GPS smartwatches. It comes complete with full-color TOPO U.S. mapping for safer and easier planning of running and biking routes. Those who run, cycle, swim, golf, or hike are all provided with a long list of tracking programs. Even basic gym workouts are enhanced with trackers of their own, and all workouts can be saved for up to a week.

An Elevate heart rate monitor is pre-installed to monitor the buyer’s heart rate, steps taken, and even their sleep quality. Buyers are also glad to know that it’s compatible with Bluetooth Smart and WiFi, allowing them to stay connected. Other apps can also be activated for easy connectivity even while off-the-grid.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

-Highly durable

-Extremely versatile

-Long-lasting battery life

-Reasonably comfortable

-Multiple tracking and safety features

-Fully-functioning GPS and maps

-Compatible with Smart Devices

Cons

-Extremely expensive

-Too bulky for some buyers

-Can have inconsistant accuracy

-Difficult to set up

Activities
Activities

Activities

The Fenix 5X is marketed heavily as a multisport watch, and its multiple features back this up completely. Frequent runners, cyclists, swimmers, golfers, and outdoor enthusiasts are all provided with a long list of tracking features to help them monitor and improve their performance.

It also works for training and more basic gym sessions, as it comes with activity profiles for cardio, elliptical, strength training, stair stepping, indoor rowing, floor climbing, and yoga. Even basic day-to-day activities are enhanced thanks to its step counter and other features that track calories burned, floors climbed, and distance traveled. It also comes with a built-in sleep monitor for those who are trying to get more restful nights, as well as a move bar to encourage more physical activity throughout the day.
Basic Features
Basic Features

Basic Features

The Fenix 5X has all of the basic clock features that one would expect from their time device such as an alarm clock, timer, stopwatch, and automatic daylight savings time. It also includes both a calendar and a weather feature to better keep tabs on outdoor workouts and daily activities.

Buyers seem to be particularly impressed with its GPS, as it’s able to fully track their route and display by the end of their run. Its connectivity to any iPhone or Android enables social media notifications, text response, and the ability to control music stored onto the phone.
Advanced Features
Advanced Features

Advanced Features

One of the Fenix 5X’s standout features is its full-color TOPO mapping that comes preloaded through its GPS. Not only does this make it easier for buyers to navigate their runs, but it also includes an Around Me mode which displays nearby locations and further prevents them from getting lost.

Elevate wrist heart rate technology fully monitors every aspect of the person’s heart rate, along with the amount of steps they’ve taken and the overall quality of their sleep. Training status is there to fully evaluate the buyer’s most recent workout history and alert them to overexertion. The anaerobic training effect shows where improvement has been made, and training load is able to measure a week’s worth of exercise volume for comparison to the buyer’s most recent activity.

Finally, LiveTrack and Group LiveTrack are included to allow the runner's contact to keep tabs on their activities and give them greater peace of mind.
Accuracy
Accuracy

Accuracy

When it comes to the Fenix 5X’s overall level of accuracy, most reviewers seem to be satisfied. Considering its extremely long list of tracking and monitoring features, especially the map and GPS, it has to be accurate in order to keep the wearer safe and secure while they move across challenging terrains.

However, across all online listings, there are quite a few reviewers who claim that this watch doesn’t provide totally accurate information. They’ve noticed this primarily in its GPS as well as its sleep-monitoring features, while others state that its heart rate monitor gives questionable readings during different activities.
Conectivity
Conectivity

Conectivity

Buyers are happy to know that the Fenix 5X is compatible with Bluetooth Smart, ANT+, and WiFi. Buyers can connect this watch to their iPhone or Android for easy access to their contacts, emails, text messages, and social media. It’s also what enables the watch’s maps and GPS features, and the use of Garmin Explore allows the wearer to stay connected even when they’re in areas that are considered off-the-grid.

With that said, there are a fair number of reviewers who claim that they’ve had trouble with connecting this watch to their mobile device or getting it to stay connected throughout the day. Although it’s unclear whether or not this is because they’re using the wrong smartphone or have never owned a smartwatch before, the fact that so many seem to struggle is a bit alarming for some buyers.
Apps
Apps

Apps

As with the brand’s other smartwatches, the Fenix 5X comes readily equipped with the Garmin Connect app. Not only does this enable the buyer to fully track their overall progress and fitness levels, but it also allows them to choose a personal trainer and better customize their workouts. Their contacts are also given access to their activities to cheer them on or even serve as virtual workout partners.

Garmin Explore is an incredible app for hikers and trail runners, as it’s created to further enhance their off-grid activities. Even when they’re out-of-reach from cellular service or WiFi, they can still view their stored maps, edit their routes, and the ability to contact an emergency response team if need be.

Buyers also have the opportunity to customize their watch face with help from the Face It app, which allows them to select a stored photo from their mobile device for continuous display.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Most reviewers seem to find the Fenix 5X to be a reasonably comfortable wristwatch. The appreciate that it stays put throughout the day and that they don’t ever have to worry about it slipping off. Those who have a model with a silicone band say that it feels decent against their skin and doesn’t cause irritation.

However, its overall design is noticeably bulkier than an average sports watch and could get in the way during more rugged activities. Those with smaller wrists say that they’ve had to swap this model out for one that’s similar just to find their ideal fit. Furthermore, a few buyers who purchased a watch with a metal band claim that it digs into their wrist after some time.
Style
Style

Style

Overall, the Fenix 5X’s design is relatively simple and can easily blend in to both athletic and day-to-day environments for a truly versatile wear. It has the same types of screen displays and the same five-button configuration as many other Garmin smartwatches.

The only downside is that it’s a lot bulkier than a typical sports watch, especially when it comes to its case, which makes it awkward and uncomfortable for many buyers to use every day. Even though it’s only available in slate grey and black, the fact that buyers only purchase it for function indicates that they don’t mind the limited color options.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Since it’s a multisport watch, the Fenix 5X has to be a highly durable model in order to keep up with the wearer’s various rugged activities.

The domed sapphire crystal that makes up its lens ensures that almost nothing can scratch and damage it. This part is held further into place by a stainless steel bezel and rear cover along with a fiber-reinforced polymer case.

While its band’s metal option is truly able to hold up to aggressive usage, the silicone version also proves to be surprisingly sturdy. And the fact that it’s water resistant in depths of up to 100 meters makes absolute sense considering its impressive swimming features.
Face
Face

Face

The Garmin Fenix 5X features a face that has the standard watch measurement of 1.2 inches in diameter. Its lens is made from domed sapphire crystal, which means that it’s mostly resistant to scratches or other forms of damage and is incredibly well fit for rugged environments. Its bezel is listed as being made from stainless steel and its casing is of fiber-reinforced polymer, further solidifying its durability.

Its display resolution is listed as 240 x 240 pixels, which leaves it on the lower end of the spectrum yet still higher than the average smartwatch. It’s also sunlight-visible and transflective, allowing it to be clearly seen in different types of lighting environments for a safer workout.
Band
Band

Band

The Fenix 5X has two different options for buyers to choose from when it comes to its band. Depending on their preferences, they can pick between a metallic or a silicone band.

Considering its comfort-level and ability to be adjusted easily, most buyers have chosen their watches with a silicone band. Although the metallic version is much more durable, especially during rugged activities, many buyers find this one too clunky and difficult to wear. And the fact that it can’t be adjusted makes it a poor choice for those with smaller wrist sizes.

It should be mentioned that online listings don’t mention how long its band is or that size range that it can best fit.
Size
Size

Size

Photographs and online specs give buyers the impression that the Fenix 5X isn’t that much bigger than an average wristwatch. Its display size is 1.2 inches in diameter, which is completely standard when it comes to watches. However, its casing measures about 51mm, or two inches, in diameter and is two-thirds of an inch thick.

Several reviewers have complained that this watch is too bulky for their liking and gets in the way while they’re training or even participating in competitions.

There is also no indication of how long its wristband is, although it’s safe to assume that both its silicone and metal versions are the exact same length. The one major difference is that the silicone band can be easily adjusted while the metal one cannot. Therefore, only one version is able to properly fit a wider range of buyers.
Ease of Use
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

Aside from its inconsistent levels of accuracy, several buyers have also complained that the Fenix 5X is a difficult watch to set up. Although the instructions sound simple, and most reviewers haven’t had any problems, others have had issues with connecting this model to their phone or getting it to work properly after program updates.

Furthermore, they have claimed that they received little to no help when contacting the brand’s customer service department for assistance.
Power Source
Power Source

Power Source

Just like all other smartwatches, the Fenix 5X comes with a charging/data cable to both power up the device and allow buyers to fully look over their tracked progress.

They can easily plug it into either their laptop or connect it to a wall outlet to charge it up, although there’s no online information that describes how long its charging time is. As usual, its cable can also be used with a portable charger when the buyer in on the go.

Once it’s been fully charged, it can last up to 12 days on regular Smartwatch Mode and up to 20 hours on GPS mode.
Price
Price

Price

Even compared to many other watches sold by Garmin, the Fenix 5 is considered to be unusually expensive. It can be found on the brand’s website, and at other online retailers such as REI and Holabird Sports, for a whopping $600.

Although some stores do carry it for less, most of their price points are still within the $300 to $500 range. As a result, several buyers put off from even considering the thought of making a purchase.

To be fair, however, this particular model is only buyers who would utilize all of its main features from its maps and GPS to its sensors and tracking devices. For example, those who trail run frequently or partake in multiple activities such as swimming, cycling, and golfing would definitely get their money's worth.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-Metal and silicone bands
-Domed sapphire crystal lens
-240 x 240 pixel resolution
-Bluetooth, ANT+, and WiFi connectivity
-GPS, full-color TOPO U.S. mapping
-Elevate heart rate monitor
-Garmin Connect for customized workouts
-Water resistant in up to 100 meters
-12 days of battery life in Smartwatch Mode
-20 hours of battery life in GPS mode
-Tracking programs for multiple activities
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

It's easy to see why the Garmin Fenix 5X has been rated so highly across all online platforms. It provides a long list of tracking and monitoring features for multiple outdoor and indoor activities. Its GPS is equipped with a full-color TOPO map for better and more accurate route planning.

Buyers are also able to efficiently track their heart rate, steps, sleep quality, and overall workout progress throughout the week. And its connectivity allows them to alert their contacts of their whereabouts even when they're off the grid.

There are a few troubling downsides to this particular model, such as its extremely expensive price tag and supposedly inconsistent levels of accuracy. Still, those who live a very active lifestyle could definitely make this their ideal everyday watch.