Polar have just announced the update to their M450 cycling computer…the M460.
The M460 is NOT an entry-level device. It has power meter support and other features, including STRAVA functionality, that place it more as a lower-to-mid range device. It is priced appropriately for a newly-released product at that level.
These are the standout features for those of you already broadly familiar with what the existing M450 already contains. ie these are the new, extra bits over and above lots of competent functionality and hardware capability:
- Power metrics: IF, TSS, NP and the intriguing-looking ‘Force Bean’ which will look familiar to those of you who have used a WATTBIKE. Although hopefully your WATTBIKE ‘Bean’ wasn’t quite like the one in this image!
- Connectivity to your smartphone for the usual call notifications and updates from social media; I love to receive a tweet notification whilst half way up Leith Hill.
- Real-time stats from Strava Live Segments
- Training goals/load/recovery from FLOW
ESSENTIAL READING: M450 vs M460 vs V650 – specs and comparison
Some More Specs:
- FSNT positive transflective display
- Display Size 34.65mm x 34.65mm
- Weight 50g
- Up to 10 pages
- Up to four lines of data per page
- High precision ST LPS25H barometer
- H10/H7 BT HR Sensor, BT Smart Power (selected eg PowerTap, Stages, 4iiii, Wahoo Fitness and Rotor…some more interesting ones to come in 2017 😉 ), BT Smart Speed, BT Smart Cadence
- 64Mb flash memory
- 70 hours recording time with HR, GPS and Power measurement
- Rechargeable 385mAh, 4,35V battery
- Battery life up to 16 training hours with HR and GPS. 12 hours with all sensors and safety light turned on.
- Splash proof (IPX7)
Here’s the official beauty parade:
——- Press Release Below —————————-
Polar Announces Polar M460 GPS Bike Computer with Advanced Power Meter Compatibility and Smart Coaching
Polar’s latest GPS bike computer features advanced power meter compatibility and power metrics for serious cyclists
KEMPELE, FINLAND – April 12, 2017 – Polar, the leader in wearable sports and fitness technology for 40 years, introduces the latest addition to its cycling portfolio, the Polar M460. Featuring a sleek, all-black and fiber-like surface texture with improved button grip, the bike computer is equipped with integrated GPS, additional power meter compatibility, advanced power metrics and smart coaching, and Strava Live Segments, making it the ideal training tool for cyclists aiming to reach their goals. The Polar M460 will be available in April at www.polar.com from $179.90/€179.90 and includes a two-month Strava Premium membership.
“Polar’s experience working with professional athletes and coaches helps us develop the necessary technology to make Polar M460 a reliable tool for athletes during various stages of their training sessions,” said Marco Suvilaakso, Chief Strategy Officer of Polar. “Polar’s cycling products have become a staple for devoted cyclists who are passionate about their training and want to reach their goals.”
The versatile Polar M460 boasts reliable, integrated GPS and barometer-based inclinometer, compatibility with an extensive list of third party power meters and advanced cycling power metrics, such as Training Peaks’ Normalized Power®, Intensity Factor® and Training Stress Score®, to make training more efficient. Keeping cyclists connected, the Polar M460 also includes smart notifications for incoming calls, texts, calendar alerts and social media updates, as well as Strava Live Segments, allowing cyclists to see real-time stats to help them reach peak performance, while bringing the excitement of the social network for athletes to each ride. Additional features include IPX7 rating water resistance, a battery life offering 16 hours of training and front LED light.
When paired with the new Polar H10, athletes benefit from Polar’s industry leading heart rate technology, designed and tested for reliability, as well as the company’s proprietary Smart Coaching features via Polar Flow. These features include Fitness Test, which enables athletes to gauge their current fitness levels and see progress along the way, Training Load, which shows how a ride affects an athlete’s body, Orthostatic Test, which shows how an athlete’s heart rate responds to training and factors such as stress and illness, and Recovery Status, which helps athletes find the perfect balance between training and rest.
“Polar is no novice player in the cycling game, and we prove that with the introduction of Polar M460 to our cycling product portfolio,” said Tom Fowler, President of Polar U.S.A. “Cyclists rely on accurate data to not only track, but improve their performance, and Polar has used its industry leading technology, combined with passion for constantly improving cyclists’ performance, to develop an incredibly advanced bike computer. When a cyclist is equipped with data that is not only expansive and in-depth, but accurate, they are then equipped to set and achieve personal goals that encourage peak performance.”
Polar M460 is $179.90/€179.90 and available with the new Polar H10 for $229.90/€229.90