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This rugged Garmin smartwatch with excellent battery life is now an incredible bargain

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While Garmin is certainly not the world’s most successful smartwatch seller, true leader of the ever thriving industry seems more focused than ever on improving both the software and hardware to appeal to professional athletes and extreme sports enthusiasts.

Those are clearly a big part of Garmin’s core audience of Forerunner and Fenix ​​lineups, the latter of which encompasses an impressive multi-level device that somehow now costs just $249.97.

This completely unprecedented and presumably limited offering comes from Gamestop (from all retailers), cutting an incredible $300 off the regular price of the Garmin Fenix ​​6 in a “Standard Edition”. Despite his advanced age and the fact that a Garmin Fenix ​​7 Series is already a thing, this bad boy continues to fetch $549.99 from the manufacturer’s official US website.

Not technically marketed as a rugged device, the jumbo-sized 47mm intelligent timepiece on sale here at a lower-than-ever price point features a stainless steel bezel and a premium case made from a strong material called fiber-reinforced polymer with a back cover that simply described as constructed from “metal”.

The fairly large 1.3-inch touchscreen with a not-so-impressive resolution of 260 x 260 pixels is protected from scratches by Gorilla Glass DX technology, and the entire portable setup is guaranteed to withstand immersion in water, shocks of various kinds, and extreme temperatures.

In short, the “standard” Fenix ​​6 (i.e. the version without additional sapphire protection against drops and other hard contacts) probably won’t rival the durability and overall toughness of that upcoming rugged Apple Watch model… while costing many hundreds of dollars. costs less.

Compared to the existing Apple Watch Series 6, of course, this thing is an absolute tank and the battery life is simply excellent, up to 14 days on a single charge in “smartwatch mode” and a solid 36 hours in “GPS mode”.

Of course, that means the Garmin Fenix ​​6 comes with built-in GPS connectivity, not to mention heart rate tracking, state-of-the-art Pulse Ox technology, and perhaps most importantly, “more running and cycling stats than you know what to do.” make with.” That’s a pretty unusual marketing angle, but we like it… and it’s not entirely untrue.

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