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Polar S-510(3 posts)

Polar S-510Wild Bill
Jan 13, 2002 6:20 PM
What is the S-510 like? I know it is cordless, but how does it compare to the Cat Eye or the Flight Deck? The cadence, is it cordless?
How does it download to your computer? Do you get everything included with it?
What are the heart rate functions like? What is the disply like? What can you disply at one time? Like heart rate, speed, cadence, distance, ave. speed.Can you set what you want to view?
re: Polar S-510PatM
Jan 14, 2002 5:01 AM
What is the S-510 like? - I can't compare it to the Cat Eye or Flight Deck and I don't have the cadence option. But overall I like the computer - had for about two weeks, and I am still getting used to it.
I still have my old wired computer(which has cadence), and use both because I am just not comfortable with the wireless yet.
It downloads to your computer via a microphone, not included, you get the lite version of PC Coach with it. The display always shows heart rate, and then one other stat like speed and distance or time, and I don't think you can customize the view. Overall its a good monitor, my old one was about 10 years old, its cool to see the heart rate over time on the PC, I can't wait until spring when I can get off the trainer and get some real data.
I found mine on EBAY - new for about $200.
re: Polar S-510Velocipedio
Jan 14, 2002 6:19 AM
I generally like my s510. I wanted a downloadable wireless HRM with computer functions, and that's what I got. In fact, THAT's a tall order in itself, and it's amazing that they even got that all to work. The major disappointment is the PC Coach software, which is utter crap, and the full version -- a friend of mine ordered it -- is no better. The problem is that PC Coach is the ONLY software that works with the s510's "soniclink" download interface. I know of some people who are trying to hack an interface for other software, but that's going to take time.

The s510 IS extremely versatile and very reliable, though. Like most Polar products, it is very accurate, and I haven't experienced any crosstalk, except with a car radio. You can display three numbers at a time on the display... the HR is always smaller at the bottom, but you can display time, stopwatch, interval time, cadence, speed and distance in big characters in the middle, or any of the other features in small characters at the top. You have to use the arrow switches at the right side of the unit to scroll through the options when you actually have the beast running.

A memory settings feature -- always show me distance, speed and HR -- would be nice.