Review: Sportline Cardio 660 Heart Rate Monitor, Keeping Exercise Simple

Cardio 660

Cardio 660

It is a good time to be a tech geek who likes to exercise.  There are endless high tech gadgets that will track and monitor your every move.  Use sensors with your iPhone to plot out exactly where you have run via GPS, race against friends with virtual running apps and pour over mountains of historical data about every run you have taken in the last 5 years.

While the tech geek Dads and Moms are having a field day with all their gadgets, there are a whole group of parents who would be happy with a simple device to track their heart rate, without requiring a degree in computer science to operate.  Today we look at the Sportline Cardio 660 Heart Rate Monitor for Men, a simple heart rate monitor for those who don’t need or want a ton of bells and whistles.

The Sportline Cardio 660, The Simple Way to Track Your Heart Rate

We love technology and have reviewed a number of high tech health and fitness gadgets in the past.  Still, we understand that sometimes too much technology can cause confusion, and confusion is the number one cause for products sitting on the shelf collecting dust.  The Sportline Cardio 660 promises to bring anyone basic heart rate monitor functions, at a reasonable $60 price point.

Let’s Take a Look At Our Video Review of the Sportline Cardio 660 in Action…

Pick The Right Tool For the Job

We always believe you get the best results when you use the right tool for the job.   If your “job” is intense training, with the need for sophisticated workout reports, that will be shared online, the Cardio 660 is NOT the right tool for the job.  On the other hand, if you are looking to do some exercise where you can keep your heart rate in a certain zone and track fat and calories burned, the Cardio 660 is the right tool for the job!

As the video shows, the Cardio 660 is very simple to use.  No drivers to download, no syncing with your computer, just attach the chest strap and press the big red button on the watch.  The fact that the Cardio 660 is so simple to use means you will actually use it when you workout.  Complicated tools that track much more data are great, but often they are not used due to their complexity.  Again, it is all about picking the right tool for the job.

Surprise, A Fitness Gadget That Does Not Require Constant Recharging

One of the major issues we have with all the cool fitness sensors that work with your iPhone is battery life.  Running your iPhone with the GPS and Bluetooth on (as is needed to work with most fitness devices for the iPhone) is an excellent way to experience what it is like to have an iPhone with a dead battery.  We have done long runs where the iPhone dies before we complete our run, due to all the sensors.

The Sportline Cardio 660 does not require constant charging and recharging.  It runs on standard watch batteries and in testing it for a few weeks we never had to replace any batteries.  I know this sounds like a minor point, but having a heart rate monitor that does not need to be recharged all the time is a huge plus in terms of actually using it on a regular basis.

The Basic Features of the Cardio 660

The feature set of the Cardio 660 will not blow you away, but it has all the basics you need to monitor your workout –

  • Heart Rate and % of Max Display
  • Calorie & Fat-Burn Tracker
  • Fat-Burn Zone Indicator
  • Workout Memory
  • Coded Heart Rate Transmission
  • 50 Lap Stopwatch and Countdown Timer
  • Customizable User Profile
  • 50 M Water Resistant
  • Time, Date and Alarm
The only real negative we had in testing was that the chest strap can be uncomfortable on long runs.  This is not a specific issue with the Sportline chest strap, it is just that chest straps in general can be a bit of a pain to deal with.  Of course, if you want accurate ECG data, a chest strap is the way to go.

Conclusion: The Sportline Cardio 660, The Right Amount of Technology at the Right Price

If you need a fitness gadget that can produce advanced reports and has the ability to store, upload and share workout data, the Cardio 660 is NOT the way to go.  On the other hand, if you are looking for a simple and affordable way to track your heart rate while working out, the Sportline Cardio 660 is the perfect choice. The Cardio 660 is simple to use, has great battery life and was accurate in our testing – all good indicators that it will remain a heart rate monitor and not a dust collector on the shelf.

More Information:

Purchase the Sportline Cardio 660 for About $60 on Amazon.Com
Read More About the Cardio 660 on the Sportline Site

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