Men's Armitron 408177 Review


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The men's Armitron 408117 is a digital watch that's loaded with features, but some wearers report problems with settings and defaults and say the reverse-LCD display (light numbers on a dark background) is hard to read.

Armitron's 408177 digital sport watch for men includes plenty of features given its budget price, but Armitron 408177 reviews complain about a variety of irritating issues. At both Walmart and Amazon, reviews gripe about a beeping sound whenever a little button is pressed to activate a function, settings that revert to factory defaults when the light button is hit, date and time functions that reset themselves when you're trying to set the alarm, a dim display that's hard to read in daylight, inaccurate time keeping after a few weeks of use, and the loss of water resistance after a few years. A few watch reviews also report the crystal scratches easily and the colored coating over the band and case flake off. On the other hand, some users seem quite satisfied with this model. These reviews talk up the simple but attractive design (which includes a square face), the light weight, the comfortable resin strap (even in sweaty conditions), the easy set up, and, of course, the low price.

The Armitron 408177 (starting at $23, Amazon) is a digital watch with a quartz movement and a mineral crystal. It's available in several colors, including black with red accents, navy with light blue accents, and white; the resin band is perforated. This watch boasts several useful features, including an alarm, chronograph, calendar, countdown timer, lap counter, day and date display, night vision display, and a military time display. The Armitron 408177 is water resistant to 100 meters, or 330 feet.

This watch from Armitron is cheap enough and loaded with enough features that some people will be satisfied despite its questionable performance. However, the volume of critical Armitron 408177 reviews and the number of good cheap watches out there convinced us that this model is a non-starter.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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