Garmin Forerunner 645 Music Full Review

Shahriar Siam

The Garmin Forerunner 645 Music is the watch that is intended to fix the brand's greatest blemish with its running trackers: the absence of amusement.

In the event that you've been practicing for any measure of time, you'll realize that Garmin offers probably the best running watches around - however they've been generally utilitarian, simply indicating you execution numbers.

In any case, with any semblance of the Apple Watch 3 and Samsung Gear Sport infringing on this space, bringing the two GPS following and the capacity to stream music to a Bluetooth headset, Garmin expected to get up to speed.

Lastly, it's started that venture, including the capacity to tune in to tunes, book recordings or digital broadcasts in a hurry, just as having the option to pay contactlessly from your wrist through Garmin Pay (in spite of the fact that that component's not upheld by an immense number of banks yet).

Product Dimensions 1.7 x 0.5 x 1.7 inches
Item Weight 1.44 ounces
Item model number 010-01863-20
Batteries 1 CR2 batteries required. (included)
Other display features Wireless
Manufacturer Garmin
Date First Available January 8, 2018

Price & Release Date

Here's what will most likely leave numerous speechless: the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music costs £400/$450/AU$599 - which is a ton for any sort of running watch.

You can get a model without music for £350/$400/AU$549 however that truly strips the gadget of its primary USP.

While you're paying for some amazing highlights, it's likewise significant that TomTom has been offering running watches with music playback abilities for quite a long time, and at a much lower cost.

Notwithstanding, with these liable to be gradually falling off deal in the coming months, there's an open door for Garmin to hop in. The Forerunner 645 Music is now accessible, with the delivery go back in February 2018.


Right, how about we get into the furrow here - music is the principle reason Garmin fans will purchase this watch. Furthermore, up to this point, the experience has been frustrating for a running watch in 2018.

The Forerunner 645 Music got the correct pieces to be an extraordinary little performer in a hurry: 4GB of inward stockpiling should convey 500 tunes with you, and manages iHeartRadio and Deezer will give you admittance to reams of tunes.

At that point in October, Garmin added Spotify disconnected playlist backing to a portion of its gadgets and the Forerunner 645 Music has been the most recent to see some Spotify activity.

You can stack playlists from Spotify, at that point hear them out without your cell phone. It merits referencing you'll require a Spotify Premium record to move playlists and get disconnected help - just as a couple of Bluetooth earphones.

Those with a free record may have the option to peruse their library.

On the off chance that you have a major music assortment as of now, you can likewise put your own MP3s on there, and in case you're still somebody that is got a tremendous advanced music assortment, you'll be fine.

The disadvantage comes when you discover what you must never really get them on there - fire up your PC, open up Garmin Express (which most won't have ever done, given they'll have just ever combined with the application) and afterward look for the tunes on your machine, prior to getting them shipped off the watch.

While book recordings and digital broadcasts are upheld, its absolutely impossible that a great many people would try getting them on the watch through the PC. It's simply in this way, so a lot simpler to hear them out from the telephone that we would prefer simply carry our handset with us - and frankly, we feel the equivalent about tuning in to streamed music... it's simply such a great amount of simpler on the telephone.

In any case, in the event that you do go down the course of putting music on your Garmin Forerunner 645, the experience is fine. It's not all that much, and accurately equivalent to you're utilized to on something like the TomTom Runner or most smartwatches available - browse collections, playlists or rearranging all tunes.

It's very hard to become accustomed to the subtleties of the interface by going all over and squeezing enter, however it's justifiable enough sooner or later. The primary concern is having the option to effortlessly change your tracks while running, and that is conceivable here.

On the off chance that you need to change collection or playlist in a hurry it's many presses, however really having an actual catch is simpler than attempting to do this with a touchscreen while running around.

Design & Screen

A most striking aspect regarding the Forerunner 645 Music is the manner in which it's planned - separated from a portion of the hyper-costly design drove Fenix models, it's the most appealing Garmin keep an eye out there.

The noteworthy element is the metal edge around the edge of the 1.2-inch show - it not just secures the Gorilla Glass 3 that covers the presentation, however adds a more mechanical, yet sharp, look to the watch.

Interestingly, feels truly light in the hand and on the wrist - at 42.2g it's a lot lighter than the Garmin Forerunner 935, for example, and places it more in accordance with the Forerunner 735XT.

That deficiency of weight is halfway to do with the more modest battery however, and as you'll see later that includes some significant downfalls to the capacity of the watch.

The lash is silicone and furthermore pretty lightweight - it feels great on the wrist, in spite of the fact that those with delicate skin may need to trade it out. Fortunately you can utilize any 20mm tie here, gratitude to the standard hauls.

The screen, in the same way as other Garmin running watches, is transflective innovation, which makes it understood and splendid in many situations when light is sparkling straightforwardly on it, which means it gets even a modest quantity of photons truly well to enable you to perceive what's on the showcase.

In case you're uninformed there's an enlightening light, and Garmin has done really well with the accelerometer to make the watch light up at whatever point you raise your wrist - to do this on a run is pretty exceptional.

The screen itself is extremely clear, and a had a pleasant level of sharpness. It's not comparable to numerous cutting edge smartwatches, in all actuality, yet it's more than adequate in everyday use and we never couldn't see the numbers when out on a run.

Also, truly, that is the only thing that is in any way important. The adjusted showcase can make things somewhat clogged when you have four unique pieces of information on one screen, however and, after its all said and done it's anything but difficult to make out what's being appeared.

The main slight disadvantage is that tones are a little quieted, however that is the cost paid for the transflective innovation.

Remove the (truly valuable) contrivance of music playback you're actually left with a Garmin sports following watch - and like different individuals from this family, it's superb in such manner.

Indeed shunning the touchscreen, all that you do with the Forerunner 645 is through the catches around the watch, and it implies it's extremely simple to begin, stop and flick through exercise information anytime.

The pulse screen on your wrist is one of the more precise we've tried… to such an extent that we didn't actually want to utilize a tie on our chest when out testing.

When testing the Forerunner 645 in amazingly chilly climate, we found that it battled to get our heartbeat, so in the event that that will be a normal for you, at that point we recommend you put resources into a chest lash.

This likewise opens some a greater amount of the running elements that some may like, for example, ground contact time and vertical wavering. Truly, we seldom utilize this element regardless of it being fairly intriguing to see your genuine measurements, similar to which foot impacts more diligently each step.

Except if you're preparing explicitly and have a mentor, we'd state you can skip purchasing the pulse screen or foot case you have to empower this.

One thing you will like with the Forerunner 645… the GPS is fast to bolt. Truly, extraordinary compared to other we've seen and even without being continually associated with your cell phone.

In the event that you've not had your telephone adjusted for some time it can take somewhat more (in another developed territory with no telephone association it took almost two minutes, however whenever was moment), so in case you're in an unmistakable or open region we're talking a couple of moments before you're making excellent progress so far. It's amazing.

You can likewise make stretch meetings directly from the watch as well, which is pleasant in case you're in the temperament for something somewhat more progressed - and there are little blares that check down when you're going to move into the following stage.

Unfortunately these don't mean sound in associated earphones, yet you do get your laptimes in the event that you have the component empowered - on a twenty mile run it's ideal to have somebody soothingly revealing to you your last mile time, in spite of the fact that it can get somewhat stirred up and automated.

On the off chance that you need something somewhat more specialized in your exercise, you can set a meeting straightforwardly from your telephone and sync it right to the watch - awesome in the event that you need to do run rehashes followed by a since quite a while ago run, or switch among force and movement on the bicycle.

Strength Training

It's truly incredible that so many watch makers are attempting to follow exercise center endeavors, and Garmin as of late presented something very similar.

The thought is that the watch utilizes the accelerometer to peruse the movement of each activity, something many refer to as its 'wellness envelope', and afterward tally the number of those movements you've done.

You would then be able to set how weighty the weight is subsequently, in this manner giving a precise proportion of how hard you've functioned.


It's a pleasant doesn't work. The rep tallying is so regularly off except if you're doing the movement gradually and to the specific boundaries each time, which many can't oversee nor need to do.

To protect the wellness envelope Garmin suggests you don't take a gander at the watch during the set, so the movement is steady - so you can't check the number of reps you've done.

It's likewise a bit of disturbing entering the weight utilizing the up/down keys without fail, so in the end we just quit utilizing the component.

The lay clock on there is very acceptable however, permitting you to ensure you're permitting enough time between each activity - and you can see every component after.

You can even pre-set up your exercise on your telephone, coding in the specific exercise you need to do (and there are loads recorded on the Garmin information base) and it's pleasant to simply connect and go.

Nonetheless, you'll should rush to spot which exercise is coming up, as it doesn't remain on the screen long and it is extremely unlikely to get back to it up.

The Garmin Forerunner 645 Music is just any useful for strength preparing in case you're willing to address the quantity of reps and weight after each set - and it's simply a lot of problem.

All things considered, it's pleasant not to need to heft your telephone around to tune in to music.

Interface & Activity Tracking

An all the more disturbing aspect regarding the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music is that the interface is outrageously delayed on occasion.

We're talking squeezing a catch to begin a run and holding up a few seconds only for the screen to change - even taking a brisk look at your pulse by squeezing the down catch will take a second.

It's far from the smart interface of the Apple Watch 3, and appears to be very poor for a watch of this expense.

In any case, what the Forerunner 645 Music does well is wellness following - like the vast majority of the top of the line Garmin watches.

Rest, step, pulse and even pressure following are generally very top notch on the watch, which means there are not many gadgets that offer a more complete involvement with terms of indicating your general wellness level.

The pressure testing is among the most noteworthy, with the capacity to peruse your pulse fluctuation (the distinction fit as a fiddle of every heart beat) and from that observe your feelings of anxiety.

It's exceptionally exact, and gives incredible knowledge - like how when you're on a long stretch flight you'll have a more significant level of foundation stress than if you're simply sitting discreetly grinding away or at home, which clarifies why long flights are generally a great deal more distressing.

That pulse difference can likewise pinpoint precisely your lactate limit, which means the Forerunner 645 can let you know with great exactness when you will begin tiring in a race. It is anything but another element to Garmin watches, however it's truly cutting-edge and valuable.

There's additionally the capacity to utilize the Forerunner 645 Music as a smartwatch, with the Bluetooth association terminating messages and calls to your wrist so you can react or excuse them likewise.

In case you're utilizing an Android cell phone you can even like certain online media posts or document email - while simple, we didn't discover we truly needed much more from an associated screen on our wrist, making the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music one of the better smartwatches around.

On top of all that, you have the Garmin Connect application, which not just offers understanding and guidance on your wellness streaks (helpful, if not somewhat simple) but rather additionally gives long-range takes a gander at your wellness levels.

Having the option to perceive how your resting pulse has improved, perceive how your every day anxiety has moved or how well you've been dozing is truly cool, and all covered pretty precisely.

It is ideal to see this data utilized in a more strong manner, melding every one of the three with your work levels in a race to give custom-made data on how best to work out, however that will clearly come later on.

From this application you can likewise download new watch faces or 'applications' from the ConnectIQ store, yet these are little projects that add a modest quantity of usefulness to the blend and aren't very expert in the manner they look - despite the fact that you can get some clever watch faces.


Pros Cons

Lovely design

Poor battery life

Rapid GPS

Recent Spotify support


The Forerunner 645 Music is a watch that can follow a colossal assortment of sports and look great while doing it. Notwithstanding, the feature music playback include feels somewhat silly and the battery life isn't comparable to we've encountered on other Garmin watches.