Skip to main content

Casio’s newest watch fixes the thing most people don’t like about G-Shocks

Following on from the G-Shock GBD-H2000 hybrid sports smartwatch, Casio has announced the DW-H5600 hybrid, which takes much of what we liked about the H2000 and puts it inside the classic square G-Shock case. This makes it a lot more wearable, as not only is the case slimmer and less wide, but the watch is also a lot lighter at 59 grams.

Like the GBD-H2000, the H5600 uses Polar’s algorithms for its health and fitness tracking features, which now include running, walking, gym workouts, and interval training too. The heart rate sensor on the back of the watch monitors both heart rate and blood oxygen levels, plus it’s suitable for sleep tracking too. This is where the H5600 makes sense, as the H2000 is too bulky to be worn comfortably overnight.

The Casio G-Shock DW-H5600's screen.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

During workout tracking, expect to see data including heart rate, cardio load, stride if you’re running, and speed too. The watch counts your steps daily, logs sleep stages, and includes guided breathing exercises. The H5600 uses Bluetooth to connect to your Android device or iPhone and will display notifications on the small Memory-in-Pixel (MIP) screen. It syncs with the Casio Watches app, where you can easily set the world time and view all the collected data. The watch does not have GPS, so it relies on your phone for location tracking.

The good news is with normal, regular use, the DW-H5600 won’t require recharging. It’s solar-powered, unlike the similar G-Shock GBD-200, and provided it sees a strong light source on a regular basis, you won’t have to worry much at all. If you continuously use the heart rate tracking and the watch doesn’t get enough light, it may need topping up. This is performed using a supplied proprietary charger. All the expected G-Shock toughness is here, with 200 meters of water resistance too.

There are five different versions of the DW-5600, including a special 40th-anniversary version with an interchangeable case and band and a pair with a resin bezel rather than a metal bezel, but not all versions will be sold in all regions. In the U.S. the resin bezel DW-5600 in black and pale blue will cost $299 and be available from May 19. In the U.K. the black and pale blue models cost 269 British pounds (or around $336), and will be joined by a black version with a metal bezel for 315 pounds (or around $395), plus the 40th-anniversary model with the additional case and band for 389 pounds (around $486).

Editors' Recommendations

Andy Boxall
Andy is a Senior Writer at Digital Trends, where he concentrates on mobile technology, a subject he has written about for…
Striking new Burning Red hybrid G-Shock fitness watches will make you stand out
Casio G Shock Burning Red models.

One of our favorite things about Casio’s G-Shock range of watches is the breadth of choice there is when it comes to colors and styles. We reviewed the simple black version of the GBD-200 Bluetooth fitness watch, but if that’s not bright enough for you then take a look at the new Burning Red series, which paints the GDB-200 and GBA-900 hybrid connected watches in a striking red color.

G-Shock Burning Red GBD-200RD (left) and GBA-900RD (right). Image used with permission by copyright holder

Read more
G-Shock’s GBX-100NS hybrid surf watch isn’t only for surfers
The G Shock GBX-100NS on a wrist.

The G-Shock G-LIDE GBX-100NS you see here is primarily aimed at surfers and people into other water sports, such as rowing or swimming, as it comes with tide data, sunrise and sunset information, and a lot more. But don't for one minute think just because you don't do any of these activities, the watch won't be for you.

Casio's actually doing what the smartwatch industry needs most: Providing you with a choice of designs. The GBX-100NS is technically very similar to the G-Shock GBD-200 I reviewed recently and a great example of how the brand continues to integrate simple, useful fitness tech into its durable, traditional watches. Let's take a closer look at how it differs and why it matters.
No, you don't need to surf
I don’t dive, but I own and love way too many dive watches. I also don’t surf, but I’ve happily worn the GBX-100NS for the past couple of weeks and never felt like I’m either not exploiting its features or being overwhelmed by information I don’t need or understand. Simply put, the GBX-100NS’s surf credentials are only there if you want them.

Read more
Slim new G Steel is the ideal introduction to the G-Shock’s unbreakable watches
casio g shock steel gst b400 hands on features price photos release date buttons

The G Steel watch range always wanted to be an everyday Casio G-Shock you could wear with casual clothing or with a suit. It just about succeeded in terms of design, but it struggled with wearability simply because it was big, thick, and pretty heavy. The newly announced GST-B400 G Steel watch is different -- due to various tech advancements Casio has made to the G-Shock line over the last few years, it’s the slimmest, lightest, and most wearable G Steel yet.

That makes it an ideal introduction to the brand, and as it also comes with a reliable and helpful Bluetooth connection too, we had to take a closer look.
How wearable?
The GST-B400 G Steel is 12.9mm thick and 80 grams, which may still sound quite a bit, but compared to the 14.1mm thick, 100-gram-plus GST-B100, 14.9mm thick GST-B200, and 15mm thick GST-B300 it makes a considerable difference when on your wrist. To further put this into perspective, the 44mm Apple Watch Series 6 is 10.7mm thick, and the 45mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is 11.1mm thick.

Read more