Casio G-SHOCK GBD-H1000 Specifications & Opinion
Casio has just announced the G-Shock GBD-H1000 with onboard GPS+GLONASS and optical heart rate. This is the FIRST time Optical Heart Rate has appeared on a G-SHOCK, making this a potential collector’s item.
This looks like a smarter version of a ‘normal’ G-Shock. So it’s super-rugged and builds on Casio’s pedigree on that front both in terms of the outdoor practicalities and the aesthetic that many Casio users clearly like.
Of particular interest is the Solar Charging system. Add to that the barometric altimeter, accelerometer and magnetic compass and these should provide the foundations for decent environmental measurements. Though I doubt if Casio will crack either the oHR or GPS+GLONASS where others have failed. But for outdoor adventures with low physical intensities, I’m sure that package will be fine.
We will see how well Casio can implement the app side of their offering. With the Wear OS WSD-F21 and WSD-F30 we saw some good innovation from Casio but perhaps not the best implementation. Clearly, the GBD-1000 represents a step backwards in hardware and software innovation but, perhaps, it’s a sensible move for Casio to start getting the more basic smart functionalities across their range. People expect the basics these days and the tech is there to deliver them cheaply and well.
We’re looking at 14 hours of GPS tracking, which is not too bad but the 110g of weight might cause accuracy issues with the oHR. Of particular interest is the inclusion of aerobic training effort and anaerobic training effort, I have it confirmed that these ARE Firstbeat functions and here is the full list of Firstbeat goodness: Firstbeat Functions: VO2max (fitness level),
PRICE: It’s the solar charging that’s going to whack up the price. I’m guessing ‘more than you’d think‘, let’s say £/$400 RRP. Although half that might be more sensible, but Casio do have a fairly large and loyal following so even at such a high price it would sell. Factor in the ‘first-ever-ohr-on-a-g-shock’ and it could be more.
Casio claims that two hours a week on your windowsill in direct sunlight is enough to power it for a week…alternatively it will need 8 (eight) hours under a fluorescent light, indoors for the same effect.
Casio G-SHOCK GBD-H1000 Specifications
Bluetooth® low energy
Up to 2 meters (may differ depending on surrounding conditions)
GPS, GLONASS, MICHIBIKI (QZSS)
Optical sensor (heart rate); magnetic sensor (compass); pressure sensor (air pressure/altitude); thermo-sensor; acceleration sensor (step counter)
Wrist Heart Rate Monitor
Maximum value: 210bpm; heart rate; target heart rate setting function; pulse zone graphic display; heart rate transition graph: maximum heart rate/minimum heart rate
Distance, speed, pace, etc., measured by GPS or accelerometer and displayed; auto/manual lap; auto-pause; autorun timing start;
target alarm setting (time, altitude, calories burned) on/off switching; training display customization
Training status; fitness level trend; training load trend; VO2max; recovery time
Training Log Data
Up to 100 runs, up to 140 lap records per run: elapsed time, distance, pace, calories burned, heart rate, maximum heart rate, aerobic training effect, anaerobic training effect
38 cities (38 time zones,* auto summer time (DST) switching) and Coordinated Universal Time
Measuring unit: 1 second; measuring capacity: 99:59’59; measuring modes: elapsed time, split time
Interval measurement (up to 5 timers); measuring unit: 1 second; countdown range: 60 minutes; countdown start time setting range: 1 second to 60 minutes; 1-second accuracy; auto-repeat
4 daily alarms (with snooze alarm)
Mobile Link functions; battery level indicator; power saving (display shuts off after a certain period in a dark location); full auto-calendar; 12/24-hour format; button operation tone on/off; LED backlight (full auto light, Super Illuminator, afterglow with selectable illumination duration: 1.5 seconds or 3 seconds); aeroplane mode; vibration function
Solar-powered system (solar-charging system), charging system compatible with dedicated charging cable(requires a device with Type-A USB terminal)
Training mode (continuous GPS measurement) + heart rate monitor function: maximum of about 14 hours
Time Mode (includes step count measurement and notification functions): about 12 months
GPS signal reception; auto receive (with no mobile link function, time information, once/day); Manual receive (position information, time information)Bluetooth®: uses the continuous connection with a smartphone to auto-adjust time
Size of Case
63.0 × 55.0 × 20.4mm
Black × White
Black × Red