New Balance is a great name among sports people from all around the world and there are certain sports where New Balance absolutely dominates the market. On the other hand, they manufacturer a lot of stylish running shoes so it was only a matter of time before they published a fitness tracker/sports watch. It features both a GPS tracker and a heart rate monitor and they even collaborate with Strava to make it easier for you to track your favorite activities. The watch is definitely thick and wearing it after wearing a slim fitness tracker will definitely feel strange. However, it’s not heavy and it’s actually very lightweight for its size.
Pros / What Customers Like:
New Balance’s partnership with Strava ensures an easy sync of your data on the popular platform.
The watch is quite lightweight and you probably won’t even feel it on your hand.
The display is quite large and it presents data in a useful manner.
Cons / What Customers Don't Like:
When New Balance Run IQ First came out, it used Android Wear 1.5 and they only recently upgraded to 2.0.
Customers have reported that the software is extremely difficult to work with and it could definitely use an update.
The battery can only last an entire day with the GPS and HR monitoring turned off but only 5 hours when you turn these features on.
The price is very high and unrealistic for the features it offers.
New Balance Run IQ definitely won’t change the world of fitness trackers and sports watches and there a lot of better options for the enormous price you are going to pay. It’s a great watch on the paper since it provides the most important features. However, it lacks in performance and it fails to execute its functions properly. The software is buggy and annoying and customers are not really happy with this one.