The Casio GBD-H1000 is the company’s first GPS sports watch packed with physiological measurements provided by Firstbeat. It is big, pricey, heavy, rugged.
For comparison versus the heaviest or largest watches I have reviewed.
- Fenix 6 Pro: 83g
- Casio GBD-H1000: 101g
- Suunto 9 size: 50 x 50 x 16.8 mm
- Casio GBD-H1000 size: 63.0×55.0×20.4mm
Understandably this watch will exclude a lot of people with smaller wrists.
This is the first time Casio is directly licensing physiological measurements from Firstbeat, joining the ranks of other companies such as Garmin, Suunto, Huawei, Amazfit, and Singapore’s own Actxa! With the Casio GBD-H1000, you get 8 physiological measurements:
- VO2 max estimation
- Training Load
- Training Effect: aerobic
- Training Effect: anaerobic
- Training status
- Recovery advisor
- Race predictor
- Calories burned
The watch comes equipped with GPS, GLONASS, and QZSS; a satellite system by the Japanese government with a focus on Japan; this might be a watch to get if you reside in Japan. You will also get smart notifications when the watch is connected to a compatible mobile device.
There are 5 on board sensors to augment training experience:
- Optical heart rate sensors
- Digital compass
Again, nothing groundbreaking here considering most flagships already pack these sensors since a few years back.
I like to think most of us would have, at one time or another, bought a G-shock that never died but simply ran out of battery after a long long time. Only this time, Casio saw fit to further throw in solar charging.
According to published specs, the Casio GBD-H1000 will run fine for telling time and counting steps just from “charging” for 8 hours every day under indoor fluorescent lights, or for 2 hours a week by the window on a sunny day. Anything more, you’ll need to juice up via USB charging where 2.5 hours charge will give you 14 hours of GPS usage.
I’m assuming limited training profiles since there’s no further mention of water-based modes despite the 20 bar water resistant mention. There’s also no news on connectivity to 3rd party BLE training accessories.
While the GBD-H1000 is an interesting watch, I can’t , for the life of me, identify the specific group of consumers Casio is targeting. Furthermore, at the recommended retail price of $499.99, this watch is unlikely to attract first time buyers who can opt for plenty of other tried-and-tested alternatives. Casio loyalists perhaps?
To be fair, Casio isn’t merely offering a pseudo sports GPS training watch. It is offering all that with its signature G-shock legacy – toughness. The watch buttons and display are further protected by the shell design that makes this wearable resemble a mini-tank on the wrist!
The watch is priced at 50,000 Japanese Yen.