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Published on February 3rd, 2014 | by Greg


Casio ProTrek PRG270: A Triple-Threat Watch

We’ve always wanted a multi-tool, a single handheld, portable product that could do just about anything. With modern smartphones, we’ve gotten pretty close to that future, and fulfilling those sci-fi dreams. But smartphones can be awkward, not weather-resistant, and tend to run out of battery life right when you really need them.

The Casio ProTrek Men’s PRG-270 is a multi-function timepiece that adds plenty of features to wrist. It’s not your average watch, and is a great value. Basically, if you’re looking for an ‘ABC’ watch- one with an altimeter, barometer, and compass- then you’ve found one of the better watches in this price range. We’ve reviewed quite a few Casio timepieces in the past, including the stylish Edifice line and the solar-recharging Pathfinder. And this new one is closer to the latter, which also solar powered batteries- but offers nine months of battery life even without extra exposure to the sun.

Casio claims that this new model offers a “95% smaller direction sensor and 90% reduction in sensor power consumption” over previous versions, and has improvements in accuracy as well- 1 meter increments for altitude instead of 5m and display compass readings with 60-seconds of continuous measurement, a boost over the previous 20 seconds. The PRG0270 offers a large easy-to-read face, decent backlighting, and is water resistant to 100 meters depth. It’s not the lightest watch around, and doesn’t offer atomic timekeeping or GPS functionality either, but we didn’t miss them.

As usual with Casio, build quality is excellent, with a solid strap/band, and a durable face that held up against scratches in our tests. There are a lot of extras as well, including built-in calendars and even sunrise/sunset data. But you’ll need to read the manual before making much use of it- and the English portion alone is around 120 pages. We had to calibrate the functions before they were accurate- and once we did, most were pretty spot on. You’ll notice some altitude fluctuations, but within a couple of percent difference, and it was only the temperature readings that seemed off. It turns out that body heat can greatly affect those readings- and we didn’t even mention before that you get a thermometer in the ProTrek at least partially because of this.

Overall, the ProTrek is a fantastic watch at an entry-level price, and though it’s not a smartwatch nor a fitness tracker which seem all the rage these days, it can handle low and below-zero temperatures and offers more than most other timepieces can. At $106 or so online, we definitely recommend the PRG-270-1, in any of the color schemes or styles.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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