After a great feast of Casio’s high-end technology ( 5 thousand-PRW , PRW-1500 and PRG-240 ), here I am again with a treat from the recently presented Casio with the new fall / winter: a bell ‘ -SGW 300H-1AVER , belonging to the line Sport model, but within the range of entry level brand, with almond eyes. This is a dedicated digital outdoors and features a dual sensor (twin sensor) for detecting the atmospheric pressure / temperature and altitude.
The SGW-300H is available in Italy in two versions, and 300H 300HD , which differ in the color of the body (resin, the first black and gray for the second) and tied the strap, which can be simple resin Black (300 H) and brushed steel (300HD). The materials used are usually referred to us (well) used Casio mother and transmit a feeling of quality and solid construction.
Dell’SGW-300 design draws a lot of the “big brother” Pro Trek, to which he wants to look not only in terms of appearance but also in terms of performance.
The case, characterized by sharp edges, recalls very closely that of the glorious PRT-40 (one of the first Pro Trek), with four visible screws on the corners and four comfortable (and big) buttons at 2, 4 7 and 11. On the left side of the body is also dual sensor Alti / Baro.
The LCD module is similar to that of the TRP-40, as if to further emphasize the true vocation of this outdoorer SGW-300. The top of a soft amber, displays or active functions (depending on how you set: Alti, Baro, Chrono, Timer or Alarm), the central one, a pale emerald green, is shaped like a hexagon expanded and displays arrows that appear in progression to the passage of seconds (time mode), or the pressure difference (+ / – 5 hPa) or altitude (+ / – 5 m), Baro mode and High, respectively).
Finally, the bottom of the screen, in classic neutral color of a normal LCD, indicates the time, altitude (in m or ft) / pressure (in hPa or mmHg), the chrono, timer and all the other standard features that we can find in any Casio recently prouzione.
The lighting of the dial is made by four diodes that emit light of a pleasant amber color, capable of ensuring effective and consistent coverage of the entire LCD. Unfortunately there is no possibility to set the Auto activation El lighting with a simple twist of the wrist, but (just like the “big brother” PT!) You can choose the duration of illumination, between 1 and 3 / 2.
With regard to time-related functions (possibility to set the daylight saving time and that of many other locations worldwide, to dual), the chrono (up to 24 h of counting), the timer (up to 24 h), alarms (5, daily) and audible warning time (the classic “chime” of the Casio digital than once, so to speak, that goes “beep” at each hourly exact), not c ‘is nothing special to report.
Deserves to be highlighted instead the option to turn off the sound of the keys (feature not so common), very useful to use more discretion with the clock in public places).
But we now come to the now familiar and ever-present evidence on the road. L ‘SGW-300, like all Casio offers respectable performance (considering the market segment where it is located), managing to give a hard match and the most famed Trek Pro mid-range, albeit with his (obvious) limitations.
Personally tested alongside a classic “must” as the PRG-40 (which, however, does not shine in precision, because the former triple sensor, suffering from the influence of temperature readings on the altimeter and barometer) and two most recent PRW and PRG-1500T-240, the SGW-300 gave values of altitude and pressure / temperature of the whole in agreement with those reported by Pro Trek (to the astonishment of myself).
Of course, it took a preventive (as it is simple and immediate) calibration, done with the help of a small weather station “housewife” and a GPS.
If the performance of the twin sensor (a semiconductor sensor, not implementante temperature compensation, as on most of the current movement in triple sensor) do not regret the mid-range models and medium-high, specifically dedicated to the outdoors, the same can not be said of the options “boundary” … it lacks the ability to track (and graphically) the location ascent / descent, the ability to record the highest peak reached in ol’ascesa accumulation and display the barometric trend time mode (to have always an eye on the weather).
Moreover, this model is destined to an use different, less demanding, which is content to be wearing a faithful (and complete) digital clock, plus some function “fanciful” to be exploited in outings with friends , in touch with nature … unpretentious (and without un’esborso prohibitive!).
In my opinion, the SGW-300 is the right compromise between quality / price and performance for those who maybe just curious, wants to show itself to the world of outdoor clocks for the first time, to be able to test something more complete, as a true Pro Trek and just, able to provide much more information and (to me) to supply a lot more excitement.