Just received my new Pathfinder PAG-40-7V from Amazon and though I would share some of my initial impressions. I also have a PAW1500 and a PRG-80 so I can compare to those as well. Photos below
- Excellent. Large clear numbers on a well laid out screen.
- Since this watch has neither solar power or atomic syncing the screen real estate can be fully utilised to display information
- Love the date format (eg: 09 11- 3). I work in IT and the format is close enough to the ISO standard (YYYY-MM-DD) which I am used to reading (understatement ).
- Day, date, month, year and time on the display all at once
- I was a bit concerned when I ordered that the digits used to display the seconds would merge with the minutes since they are on the same line and do not use a separator. However, having seen and worn the watch, this is now a non-issue. The seconds digits are actually narrower than those used for the minutes. The difference is only slight but it is noticeable and makes all the difference.
- Barometer display is very good. Not as many data points as the PRG-80 but the green background seems to make it easier to read. MUCH better than the PAW1500.
- Duplex display is fantastic and as good as the PRG-80's.
- Simple and succinct. It has 3 (excluding time and ABC), REC (records), alarm and stopwatch. I miss the countdown timer a little
- Button layout is the best of the three. The adjust button is located at the top left instead of next to the light button. This not only makes the light button easier to find but reduces the risk that the adjust button can be pushed accidentally.
- I like the black and white colour scheme
- This is my first Pathfinder/Protrek with a resin band and I must say I like it so far (PAW1500 has strap adaptors and PRG-80 a bracelet). When I bought it I thought I would also get some strap adaptors to use a Nato but have now decided that I'll keep it original.
- The bezel moves easily without any clicks (friction only) Could be an issue.
Definately a keeper and a nice addition to my growing Pathfinder/Protrek collection (intersting thought - I had no plans for such a collection - hmmm ).
First the PAG-40
Then some comparison shots with the PAW1500 and PRG-80