Garmin Fenix 5X Full Review

Shahriar Siam

Garmin has been working for quite a while to consummate the GPS sports watch and in the Fenix range it made a major stride towards doing precisely that.

Presently the Fenix 5X is here to carry that reach to its zenith with installed planning, multi-sport following, cell phone notices and substantially more. Has Garmin made that ideal watch it's been running after every one of these years?

Garmin has isolated the Fenix 5 territory into the Fenix 5S ($599/£499/AU$799) as the lighter and more modest model, the Fenix 5 as the center ground ($599/£499/AU$799) and the Fenix 5X as the top-end model.

For those that need to utilize the watch as an every day wearer with movement following, the 5S is for them.

For those that need a little longer battery life, the Fenix 5 works. At that point for the swashbuckler that needs to be ready for anything there is the guide carrying 5X.

Here we survey the Fenix 5X, yet remember whether you see us groaning about its size or value (which is high at $699.99/£629.99/AU$949) those other two and alternatives are there to explain the issue - exactly at the expense of giving up guides.

Product Dimensions 2 x 2 x 0.7 inches
Item Weight 3.36 ounces
Item model number 010-N1733-00
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Other display features Wireless
Manufacturer Garmin
Date First Available August 27, 2018


The Garmin Fenix 5X is an extremely alluring wrist enhancement, that is without a doubt. The uncovered face screws, metal bezel and strong metallic catches look dazzling. The watch likewise feels premium-level profound on the wrist - particularly on the off chance that you settle on the pricier metal tie.

That 51mm metallic tie is an issue however as it expects you to possess the correct device or to go to a watch shop to have it acclimated to fit you. An issue yet something you just need do once (except if the watch is too fruitful in helping you get more fit).

In any case go for the silicone tie, as that takes into account size change effectively and can generally be traded with a brisk delivery component.

Whichever model you select, the Fenix 5X accompanies a record dark completion and a sapphire screen, the last of which should mean a very much ensured watch that won't get effortlessly damaged or harmed.

Specifications, Performance & Tracking

Garmin is continually refreshing its product and gratitude to its own application store there are consistent new programming contributions accessible to cause the watch to accomplish more. Locally available sensors incorporate - full breath - GPS, GLONASS, optical pulse (HR), barometric altimeter, compass, whirligig, accelerometer and thermometer. Such amounts to a great deal of information to control a wide range of applications.

You get your nuts and bolts like running, cycling and swim following, yet in addition hitting the fairway, stand up oar boarding, yoga and that's just the beginning. In genuine use we found the exceptional oar boarding exact for separation however stroke tally was misguided, stick to feature a slight blemish in the blend.

This is a side effect that influences numerous Garmin watches in the pool also, with stroke checks and lengths regularly not precisely recorded, albeit generally exercises are truly estimated.

Where the Garmin Fenix 5X performed very much was for outside adventuring, such as climbing and slope climbing.

Here the full-shading maps, auto ascension information, storm cautions and focal points, in addition to back to begin route all functioned admirably, in spite of the fact that it wasn't as extraordinary for running.

This watch resembles wearing a load on your arm when out on a run, particularly in the event that you choose the 196g steel tie adaptation - in case you're light we'd nearly envision you could wind up going around aimlessly from the weight on one arm.

Alright, reasonably we're being emotional, however this weight makes the watch less capable as a running gadget - yet then you're likely getting it for open air undertakings in any case.

In reasonableness it is a competent run tracker, with subtleties like vertical wavering, ground contact time, rhythm and even lactate edge all deliberate out.

Everyday advance following is precise, and it additionally tries your calories, yet the watch itself can get irritating now and again on the off chance that you have sleeves and need to conceal it.

This principle approach to consider the Fenix 5X is: this is certainly planned as a style explanation where being large is vital, so on the off chance that you like that, at that point you'll adore this gadget.

Compatibility, App & Battery Life

The Garmin Connect application lets you look at all your activity information promptly on an associated telephone or in more detail on a PC.

The application, which is accessible on both Android and iOS, is anything but difficult to utilize and explore and gives inside and out diagrams you can alter to perceive what you need, similar to pulse overlaid on slope stature for instance.

Be that as it may, since the Garmin Connect application is worked to cover all the organization's different wearables, you may think that its somewhat jumbled. It is conceivable to customize the design yet it requires some investment and exertion.

In the event that that all demonstrates a lot for you, at that point you can generally trade the GPX document for use in different stages like MapMyRun or MyFitnessPal, in case you're as of now dedicated to utilizing those.

For cyclists, Strava similarity is worked in with highlights like reference point and live portions not too far off on the watch as you train. You can then effectively have these transferred, as the watch auto transfers information over Wi-Fi when you get in.

Yet, taking a gander at your wrist while on a ride is off-kilter, notwithstanding the large, clear screen. We discovered lashing the watch to the casing worked, yet may expect cushioning to remain confronting you if your bar tape is flimsy, and you likewise lose pulse in the event that you don't have a HR tie.

Battery life on the Fenix 5X is truly outstanding of any wearable out there, particularly one with this much information being gathered. The official numbers state you get as long as 20 hours of utilization in full GPS mode and up to 35 in UltraTrac mode, which pings the GPS less consistently.

This appeared to be exact as far as we can tell - indeed we may have even received longer in return than recorded, recommending Garmin is being economical with its evaluations.

Concerning general every day use, Garmin says the Fenix 5X will go for 12 days. Utilizing the cell phone association for warnings, following every day action and preparing a couple of times each week for at any rate an hour we found the watch didn't require a charge for almost fourteen days, making this 12 days guarantee pretty precise.

Should you buy it?

On the off chance that you have that much money extra and need a GPS and action tracker that does it all, this merits the cash. Since it has countless sensors and steady programming update uphold you'll have the option to joyfully live with this for a long time to come.

In the event that you needn't bother with those guides however you should consider a Garmin Forerunner 935, which is far more modest, more moderate and tracks tons of sports competently.


Pros Cons

Onboard maps

A bit bulky

Multi-sport support

Some find Connect app overwhelming

Attractive and rugged design



The Garmin Fenix 5X has a huge number of highlights, a dependable battery and an appealing though weighty form. It's costly, however for genuine open air lovers it's difficult to beat.