RunSense SF-810by Epson

  • RunSense SF-810
  • RunSense SF-810
  • RunSense SF-810
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Don't buy. Few products get rated this low.
55%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • An onboard heart rate monitoring sensor eliminates the need--imposed by several rivals--to wear a cumbersome chest strap for measuring heart rate.
  • Experts regard the heart rate and GPS data collected by the watch as highly reliable.
  • Epson touts this fitness watch as waterproof, as opposed to merely water resistant; consequently, you ought to be able to wear it in the bathtub or a swimming pool.

CONS

  • As its name implies, the RunSense is designed exclusively for running; no extra features are included for cycling, swimming, or other sports.
  • The initial setup is a complicated, multi-step, potentially confusing process.
  • Epson's companion app for smartphones is roundly drubbed as unnecessarily clunky and non-intuitive.
Targeted at buyers who take the sport of running seriously, the RunSense SF-810 fitness watch is a key component of printer maker Epson's initial foray into wearables. The SF-810 is also one of the first sports watches to come with its own heart rate monitoring sensor. Battery life is an impressive 20 hours. The product is durable, lightweight, and waterproof. Its smartphone app offers lots of customization options. Yet Epson's software is difficult to use, recharging requires a behemoth charger, and the watch isn't well suited to any activity other than running.
NameRunSense SF-810Fenix 3SportWatch GPSSurgeRuntastic Moment
ManufacturerEpsonGarminNikeFitbitRuntastic
Techwalla Score
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70%

Waterproof, we tried the Epson Runsense SF-810 in both shower and pool with no adverse effects. And it is sufficiently robust to stand up to…

Waterproof, we tried the Epson Runsense SF-810 in both shower and pool with no adverse effects. And it is sufficiently robust to stand up to over a month in our running bag, being dragged around, without picking up scratches.

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60%

Epson's Runsense watches aren't activity trackers or a smartwatches. The SF-810 and its siblings are GPS-equipped running watches. All three…

Epson's Runsense watches aren't activity trackers or a smartwatches. The SF-810 and its siblings are GPS-equipped running watches. All three models are capable of tracking pace and distance, while the SF-810 is also capable of measuring your beats per minute thanks to the optical heart-rate sensor on the back.

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60%

As a first product there's plenty to admire about the Epson Runsense S-810: the built-in heart-rate monitor, quick and accurate GPS, waterpr…

As a first product there's plenty to admire about the Epson Runsense S-810: the built-in heart-rate monitor, quick and accurate GPS, waterproof design, and decent battery life all make it a very attractive prospect But...it's pricey and can't justify it. The main reason being the software needs work - and then some.

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60%

Epson have certainly got the right GPS chip in this device, which picks up satellites in super-quick time, literally within yards. The 'stat…

Epson have certainly got the right GPS chip in this device, which picks up satellites in super-quick time, literally within yards. The 'state-of-the-art built-in optical heart rate sensor' is a little more temperamental until the correct strap tightness is achieved. Snug is the best description ...

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50%

The Epson Run Connect app is without a doubt the worst fitness app I've tried. Not only does it have a bland appearance, but it also has a B…

The Epson Run Connect app is without a doubt the worst fitness app I've tried. Not only does it have a bland appearance, but it also has a Byzantine menu structure that makes it difficult to change settings. I expect a much greater level of sophistication from a company such as Epson.

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50%

It's a shame then, given the inherent complicated nature of these sorts of things, that the companion Run Connect app is quite confusing and…

It's a shame then, given the inherent complicated nature of these sorts of things, that the companion Run Connect app is quite confusing and not just a little bit frustrating. This is an app which requires PIN codes, registration emails, spinning wheels of death and, usually I found, a pop up saying something has failed.

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50%

Not unlike the Garmin Forerunner 920XT, the Runsense has an all-plastic design that’ll definitely leave some people unimpressed. The only no…

Not unlike the Garmin Forerunner 920XT, the Runsense has an all-plastic design that’ll definitely leave some people unimpressed. The only nod to the high-end design is the alloy bezel that does improve the looks but won’t go far enough if you’re looking for a sport watch that looks expensive.

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40%

While the Epson brand is best known for office technology, the company is not new to wrist-based timekeeping. Epson, or as it is more offici…

While the Epson brand is best known for office technology, the company is not new to wrist-based timekeeping. Epson, or as it is more officially known Seiko Epson, has been manufacturing watches in Japan for over 90 years and building clocks for more than 100 under the brand Seiko. So while this fitness watch may be new to us, making watches is not new to Epson.

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In addition to using the mobile app to upload your runs or tweak settings, you can use the Epson Run Connect desktop application. This appl…

In addition to using the mobile app to upload your runs or tweak settings, you can use the Epson Run Connect desktop application. This application is much like applications from other watch companies in that it serves as a conduit from the watch to the website.

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Epson's Runsense makes an ideal training partner for serious runners who don't need multisport or rugged backcountry watches. The standout f…

Epson's Runsense makes an ideal training partner for serious runners who don't need multisport or rugged backcountry watches. The standout feature of the SF-810, the top of Epson's four-watch Runsense line, is the optical heart rate monitor.

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If you’re anything like me, setting up the watch for the first time will destroy your mine ... Once it’s done, though, the watch is great ..…

If you’re anything like me, setting up the watch for the first time will destroy your mine ... Once it’s done, though, the watch is great ...The native app that accompanies the Runsense is bare-boned and a little ugly, but it’s compatible with RunKeeper, which improves things greatly.

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