Product Type: Breo Sport Chronograph
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Breo Sport Roam
Member Name: bilbobaginz
Breo Sport Roam
Advantages: Good material feel, display and interface. very reliable and durable.
Disadvantages: Having the word Breo on the screen might be unnecessary.
With the majority of people carrying around technologically advanced phones and MP3 players which more often than not have the capability of telling the time in a much more intuitive, colourful fashion than many watches (minus the ease of having a device strapped to your wrist), it's no wonder many companies have started producing a variety of 'different' styles in recent years. With sports watches taking to the shelves much more frequently, this seems to be a genre of device producers are keen to develop and release.
The 'Breo Sport Roam' presents a different idea all together. Designed on the basis that smaller and lighter means better for sport (...and weighing just 10 grams), this watch reminds me a lot of one of those little rubber charity bands you receive after donating to or attending a relevant event. It contains a small digital screen built into a relatively flexible (...but not flexible enough for it to slip from your wrist) coloured rubber band. Though the colours you can purchase the watch in vary massively, the screen size and digital interface remain the same across the board. In relation to cost, the Roam can be bought for roughly £6-9 from all major online retailers - Amazon for example stock this model (in 8 different colours) at £7.99, which seems reasonable to me for a such a useful bit of kit.
Interface / reliability
Emitted through that tiny LCD screen, the Roam contains a very simplistic, but highly effective digital interface. The only real piece of useful information it displays is the time, and it does this in a linear fashion, with the hour on top, and the minute below. There is no second count, and around 10 percent of the screen is taken up by the word 'Breo' which also acts as a line divider between the two digits. I have to say I LOVE the simplicity and minimalistic style of the interface and think it works really well.
Ever since I bought the watch I've had no reliability issues, it hasn't cut out or faded as some small LCD screens tend to do, and in general the watch has continued to perform as it did when I first purchased it. I've also worn the watch underwater (...as it is capable of reaching depths of up to 10 metres) and the reliability and durability hasn't been dampened by this - excuse the pun.
Material performance / durability / comfort:
The main material of the watch is known as tourmaline, "a naturally occurring mineral which is widely used as a semi-precious gemstone" according to the Breo website (...which fails to elaborate any further on the subject). I do really like the materials feel and comfortability, and as the website points out, it really is comfortable in every scenario, sports related or not. I believe this is very important when it comes to competitive events, as you don't want to be losing concentration focusing on an itchy wrist. The rubber doesn't stick or condensate like you might expect it to either, but equally so, the watch doesn't slip and revolve round so that the display is hidden beneath!
The watches durability is something I have limited input on reviewing as I haven't exactly thrown it around. What I can tell you is that after wearing the watch for several weeks, and accidentally scraping it against walls and furniture every now and then, the device has sustained no damage (...including scratches). The fact I've warn the watch underwater (...as mentioned earlier), and this is also a testament to its durability under contrasting circumstances.
Battery / battery life
The Roam utilises one of the smallest watch batteries available in commercial use, but because of the low energy consumption of the LCD interface and small screen, the device will last years on its initial battery. Like many products out there today, when the time does finally arrive to change the battery, it will be more economical (...but not environmentally friendly) to simply purchase a new watch altogether rather than replace the warn power source.
The 'Breo Sport Roam' watch is a very reasonably priced, intuitive yet simplistic, small, tourmaline rubber contraption designed for those active of us Westerner's who enjoy a spot of peaceful exercise or competitive sporting endeavour, but want something a little lower in tech than their friends Super-duper-Ipod-transformagator. I think it is a watch which most can learn to enjoy.
Summary: Great watch for sports or no sports!
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