220 Triathlon “Best on Test” M450

220 Triathlon Magazine gave the Polar M450 (reviewed here) the prestigious “Best on Test” following a review of 10 mid-sized GPS bike computers. Awarding the M450 an excellent 90% score overall. Included in the test was the Edge 1000, Wahoo Elemnt, Lezyne Super GPS, Sigma Sport Rox 5.0, all bettered by the M450 (buy online here). If Rob Banino had known how to configure / customise the display it would have surely got an even higher score …..

What 220 Triathlon said…

The M450 is the little brother of the V650 computer we tested in August. “Little” in the sense that it has fewer features (no colour screen or route mapping) and smaller dimensions – 49 74mm compared to the V650’s 63 x 105mm. It’s also lighter (63g rather than 132g) so it stays put whereas the V650 slides around when you hit a bump [NOT if you use the OUT FRONT mount, Tristan]. The M450 is a GPS unit but you can pair it to a heart rate strap (optional) as well as cadence, speed and power sensors (sold separately). It took 18 seconds to fit the mount to the stem and 3.27 mins to configure the computer. The only gripe is that all the readings it displays in use are the same size. So until you’re fully accustomed to the M450, it’s not immediately clear what data you’re looking at unless you check the symbols next to the numbers … [this last bit is INCORRECT. The M450 features fully configurable training views with 1,2,3 or 4 lines per page, similar to Edge units]

Verdict => 90% Quick and simple to set up but no clear hierarchy to display info [oh yes there is… Tristan :-) ]

Configuring the M450 for 1,2,3 or 4 lines per display

This is what the 220 tester didn’t know how to do. It’s very easy with Polar Flow to set the Training Views for your different sports. You can have 8 x pages per sport and each page may be 1,2,3 or 4 lines. You can mix any metric with any other, speed, distance, altitude, power, cadence etc. It’s your choice. Currently Polar Sports profiles include a generic Cycling, MTB, Indoor Cycling and Road Riding. This means you can have different display options for the various styles of riding.

Polar M450 gets 220 Triathlon Best on Test award

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