Suunto X10 unleashed
Suunto is famous for its brand of hardcore and tough wristop computers, and this time round we have the Suunto X10 that will oust the outgoing Suunto X9i. The latter is the company’s flagship outdoor GPS (Global Positioning System) wristop computer, and you can be sure that the more powerful X10 will come with superior and upgraded features to keep up with the changing times. Some of the more notable improvements include improved tracking, longer battery life and faster performance, including the ability to track better in difficult conditions such as heavy foliage.
The Suunto X10 is a small and lightweight wrist-mounted GPS device which features hands-free operation, so you can focus on the action instead of worrying about dropping or losing your GPS. The Suunto X10 also records waypoints and routes, allowing users to analyze and catalog trips on a home PC. Compatible with several digital mapping services, including National Geographic, TOPO! and Google EarthGoogle Earth , the package includes Suunto Track Exporter PC software to make route planning and waypoint programming easy and accurate. Users can plan their trips on a digital map and download routes directly onto the watch or print out their own customized maps. The software also allows users to export “tracks” from their GPS units to Google Earth, where they can view their adventures anywhere with satellite imagery. When navigating on a pre-planned route, the Suunto X10 shows the direction and remaining distance to the next waypoint and calculates the estimated time of arrival. When you’re on the move, it shows the current speed and distance traveled using GPS functions.
The Suunto X10 also comes with an altimeter, barometer, digital compass and thermometer in addition to standard time/stopwatch functions. You will be able to choose from two colors to suit your taste (wish it came in more choices though), and the battery is touted to last for 33% longer than the previous model. No idea on pricing, but the Suunto X10 will hit the market this September.