Polar CS500 Heart Rate Monitors

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The Polar CS 500 Cycle computer with Cadence is a ?revolutionary functional design that raises the functionality of cycling computers to a whole new level. Includes Altitude + incline&decline. Helps improve your performance by combining your body infor

User Reviews (4)

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charles mccauley   Road Racer [Jun 02, 2015]
Strength:

Large visible head unit!
Lots of data available when the planets align and every thing is working!

Weakness:

Difficulty downloading files from training!
Expensive sensors!
Problems communicating with Polar!

Very disappointed in the amount of time spent in order to download training files!
I have to try all kinds of things in order to finally record training files. Very unreliable communication with computer and
Polar!
If I had known how much trouble in time and money for this product I would never have purchased one!
Very disappointed in the website!

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2
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2
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alipson   [Sep 17, 2012]
Strength:

Good clear display

Weakness:

UNRELIABLE

I have two Polar 600 computers for my bikes. I've had six sensors go bad over the first 12 months. It has been so unreliable. I told my bike shop and they said "we've seen lots of problems with the Polar sensors".

Also, the Polar fitness web site is buggy. It's been down a lot and doesn't allow me to save data.

I think I'm gong to switch over to the Garmin EDGE 800. I heard that their web site is fast and reliable and that there sensors work. Any thoughts?

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1
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1
ltcol20   Road Racer [May 06, 2011]
Strength:

Large display. ascent and descent. Good hr capture.

Weakness:

Only one hr zone. Data link to computer not reliable. Temperature not accurate

This unit is not what I would call a great value. It has some neat features that really don't help me train. A big miss on only have one hr range for training. Wish the sales guy would have told me this. This is for a serious cyclist? My old s510 at least gave 3 zones. Big waste of money. Connectivity to PC is not reliable. Multiple phone calls to Polar with no success. Will not buy Polar next time. Temp not reliable either.

Similar Products Used: Polar s510, Cateye, VDO
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2
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2
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wassler   Recreational Rider [Jul 08, 2010]
Strength:

reliability, accuracy, large display, good computer connectivity, looks pretty good for a polar product

Weakness:

not as user friendly as other Polar products I've used, limited training features, only comatible with Polar personal trainer webservice (no stand alone software available) No backlight (outdoor training during winterdays might be less convenient)

Okay.. I needed a new hrm. the old S510 warhorse was showing clear signs of old age. So it was time to let it retire and get a new hrm.

I settled for the Polar CS500. from now on i'll be comparing it to the S510.

basic features:
I t beats the S510 hands down in this regard. Herat rate and cycling read outs are just spot on all the time. No weird reading, no breaks,.. Just good reliable functioning. Added to that you get aheight and temperature meter too. Win for the SC500.

ease of use.
here the CS500 shines less. While the rocking buttons work pretty well and convenient on the bike, making adjustments on settings is a bit less convenient with this device because you are have one button too little. Like when changing a value you can only go up. If you overshoot you have to go up until reset. Not a huge thing. But I liked the 4 buttons on the S510.

training features.
Here the CS500 truly lets me down. No ability to store multiple exercise sets, no interval training guide. All feature that are available in the old S510. Big dissapointment here. especially for a product that's marketed for serious training.

Computer connectivity
hands down win for the CS500. the W.I.N.D. data link works very well. You do need your hrm to be close to it. But it works much better than the sonic clink the S510 has. Only downside is the fact that the CS500 is only compatible with Polar personal trainer webservice. Which is kinda limited in features.

Conclusion:
The CS500 is definately a good product. thou people looking for enhanced training fetures should look elsewhere. Though for people who just want to have a reliable hrm that accurately records the training It's hard to beat this one.

price is about right so 4 is a fair score. for value. Overall I give it a 4. I'd rather give it 3.5 Mosly due to it's lack of being your personal training coach.

Similar Products Used: Polar S510 (an oldie)
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4
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4
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