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With the Casio G-SHOCK RANGEMAN GPR-H1000-1ER and GPR-H1000-9ER, the Japanese watch giant presents the third generation of its popular all-rounder. On a short trip to Lisbon, I was able to try out the two models on my wrist. This is my first impression of the new RANGEMAN!
Greetings from Lisbon
The two references in black (GPR-H1000-1ER) and yellow (GPR-H1000-9ER) are now replacing the previous Casio G-SHOCK RANGEMAN generation GPR-B1000 from 2018. The update is not small, as Casio is implementing important new functions from different worlds. While outdoor enthusiasts can now wear a “small” MUDMASTER on their wrist, fitness freaks can look forward to a whole range of gadgets that are already familiar from the G-SQUAD GBD-H2000, which is considered Casio’s answer to smartwatches.
It would go beyond the scope of this short watch review to present all the functions in detail. A detailed report with all my experiences and opinions will follow shortly. Nevertheless, I can’t resist sharing my first impressions from Lisbon with you on the occasion of the release.
Made for extremes
And they are truly overwhelming, even though I was of course unable to depict anything close to desert or rainforest-like conditions in the Portuguese capital. I hope you’ll forgive me. But the new RANGEMAN, as part of the Masters of G series, is definitely made for such extreme conditions.
This starts with the design of the housing, which is protected against mud and dust. A triple sensor enables a compass function as well as air and temperature measurement. The RANGEMAN also reliably informs us of the altitude at which we are located and the tides at our position. The all-rounder can also receive GPS signals and we don’t even need to talk about the diving capability of this watch. Naturally, the shock-resistant case is water-resistant up to 20 bar. Despite its considerable size on the wrist, the RANGEMAN didn’t bother me in narrow alleys or on long hikes: thanks to its weight of just 92 grams.
How to become a high-performance athlete with the Casio G-SHOCK RANGEMAN
Sport is also a must on vacation. So it comes in handy that the Casio G-SHOCK RANGEMAN is something of a decathlete among sports watches. Whether I’m hiking, walking or swimming, the RANGEMAN adapts to my training and analyzes it. My activity history, which includes lap times, heart rate, calories burned, distance covered, pace and much more, is displayed graphically for me in the CASIO WATCHES app – if I want it to. Thanks to the Bluetooth connection, the RANGEMAN can be paired with a smartphone, but is not dependent on it.
I still find the analysis of my sleep interesting, which I could work on after evaluating my data. What was really new for me was the Mobile Link function, which uses a Bluetooth connection to show calls, emails and other notifications from my iPhone directly on the display of my watch. This is very much in the direction of a smartwatch. Amazing when you consider that you’re still wearing a G-SHOCK on your wrist. That’s right, this is the brand whose chunky timepieces we’ve loved since the early 80s.
My first conclusion on the Casio G-SHOCK RANGEMAN GPR-H1000-1ER and GPR-H1000-9ER
But Casio moves with the times. The step towards a smartwatch is therefore logical, even if the typical G-SHOCK genes cannot be overlooked. Conclusion: a really exciting start to the new year!
The two references will cost 499.00 euros at market launch. The detailed review will follow shortly here in my blog. You can find all further information about G-SHOCK below.