Polar’s recently announced M460 offers a refresh of the previous version..the M450. Polar also have the more expensive navigational bike computer in their range…the V650.
Taking out the navigational side of things all the units have quite similar functionality.
Polar are sticking with the BLE only world of communication with sensors. This restricts the ability of this great little device (both the M450 and presumably the M460 too) to get many more sales than it otherwise would. The M450 (the old version) is often as low as GBP110 on Amazon. It really is an all time bargain at that price. Even people just wanting a backup unit that ‘works’ (which the M450 always does) would go for one at that price level…IF it had ANT+ – otherwise the backup unit is the Lezyne in the back pocket for me.
The M460 is a refreshed M450. The case is a little different but the hardware looks otherwise identical. Maybe it’s different hardware inside? It might be. I don’t know. I have a sneaky feeling it might be…
The M460 is almost like a firmware upgrade for the M450. And the extra functionality provided there is a bit of extra power meter stats, access to STRAVA live segments and some basic+app smartphone notifications.
As things stand you buy a M450 if it is WAY below list price. At list price you pay the extra for the M460 and hope for lots more firmware goodies to come (reasonably likely) and if you want navigation you go for the V650. If STRAVA is your thing and connectivity then you go for the M460.
Whilst you can already get BT power meters from PowerTap, Stages, 4iiii, Wahoo Fitness and Rotor there ARE more on their way. And I don’t just mean WATTEAM’s POWERBEAT 🙂
|179.90 EUR||159.90 EUR||219.90 EUR|
|Smart Coaching Features|
|Heart Rate zones||•||•||•|
|Advanced Power Metrics for TrainingPeaks||•||No||No|
|Strava Live Segments||•||No||No|
|Polar Fitness Test||•||•||No|
|Back to Start||•||•||•|
|User-adjustable training displays||•||•||•|
|Sensor Bluetooth® Smart features|
|USB cable||micro USB||micro USB||micro USB|
|Front LED light||•||•||•|
|Date and weekday indicator||•||•||•|
|Time of day (12/24h)||•||•||•|
|Bike settings for three bicycles||•||•||•|
|Instant activity and training analysis||•||•||•|
|Advanced activity and training analysis||•||•||•|
|Sport profile settings||•||•|
source: Polar with some changes
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