The Polar M430 boasts a highly accurate heart-rate tracker and AI trainer

polar m430 news pro shirt 4
Polar’s no stranger to fitness accessories — the 40-year-old company’s activity-tracking wearables range from the affordable (the Loop 2 fitness band) to the high-end (the V800). The newest addition to its lineup, the M430, sits somewhere in the middle, and focuses squarely on high-intensity athletics.

“There are plenty of products that track heart rate or GPS metrics, but […] a unique portfolio of capabilities distinguishes the M430 in the sports watch category,” Tom Fowler, President of Polar, said in a statement.

One thing’s for certain: The M430 certainly isn’t wanting for features. It’s fully waterproof and boasts a lightweight, “breathable” wristband that deflects sweat away from the skin. It tracks sleep, core running metrics like calories and distance, and recovery times, and pairs to a smartphone to deliver helpful phone, text, and app notifications. It packs an integrated GPS that charts out your runs on a top-down map in Polar’s companion app. And it offers a range of power modes that extend battery life to nearly 30 hours.

polar m430 news 1

But the M430’s standout is its heart-rate sensor. That’s not surprising — Finland-based Polar developed the first wireless heart-rate monitor in the late ’70s, and hasn’t strayed from fitness training and monitoring equipment since.

Polar said the M430’s heart-rate monitor, which uses a proprietary optical design involving 6 LEDs, is fine-tuned with “industry-leading” algorithms “designed and tested” for reliability. “We’ve put 40 years of experience, research and development into creating the most accurate technology on the market,” Fowler said. “If you care about accuracy, and you should, the M430 really stands out.”

Those fitness and activity metrics sync to the Polar Flow app for smartphones, which uses them to generate interval guidance, identify your optimal heart rate, and build a personalized running program.

polar m430 news 2

The M430 taps Polar’s intelligence software, Smart Coaching, for even greater personalization. An adaptive training feature plots out weekly goals, and live guidance lets you know when you’re reaching — or falling short of — benchmarks. You’ll get a reminder to “walk for 50 minutes or jog for 20 minutes” if you’re short of your daily fitness goal, for example.

Smart Coach goes further, though. A Running Index component shows you the efficiency of your running; Fitness Test lets you gauge fitness levels and see workout progress in real time; and Training Benefit, provides an after-workout debrief.

The M430 starts at $230, which puts it between the $120 Loop and $445 V800. It’s available for pre-order in dark grey, white, and orange at Polar.com, and will begin shipping in May.

Trash

Stay fit and save cash with these affordable fitness trackers

We've compiled a list of the best cheap fitness trackers currently on the market. No matter if you're looking for something stylish, simple, or just aren't willing to dish out the kind cash necessary for a high-end model, our list offers…
Trash

Looking to get into shape? Snag one of these fitness trackers

Looking for your first fitness tracker, or an upgrade to the one you're already wearing? There are plenty of the wrist-worn gadgets available. Here are our picks for the best fitness trackers available right now.
Health & Fitness

From the office to the gym, these are the best smartwatches for fitness

The line between smartwatch and fitness tracker continues to blur. To help narrow the field of the best fitness watches, we sifted through what's available and curated a list of devices worthy of a spot on your wrist.
Deals

Apple Watch Series 3, Fitbit Charge 2 see price cuts from Walmart and B&H

Save around $50 on the Fitbit Charge 2 from Amazon and more than $100 on the Apple Watch Series 3 at B&H Photo Video and Walmart. These may be slightly older models, but they're still excellent fitness trackers and smartwatches.
Mobile

The Department of Justice may prevent the T-Mobile-Sprint merger

T-Mobile and Sprint are getting closer to merging. After a few failed attempts, the two companies announced their merger at the start of 2018. The new T-Mobile could be better positioned to take on the likes of Verizon and AT&T.
Mobile

Spruce up your Lenovo smartphone with the best Moto Mods for the Moto Z-series

Moto Mods, the snap-on accessories compatible with Lenovo's Moto Z-series smartphones add a lot of value without adding a lot of bulk. Looking to try one out? Here are a few of our favorite Moto Mods.
Mobile

The Pixel 3a and 3a XL will be coming to the U.S. with T-Mobile

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are considered to be two of the best Android smartphones, but it looks like Google could be prepping a midrange line. Say hello to the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.
Mobile

The Pixel 3 range will soon be coming to T-Mobile's network

Google's latest flagships, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, are now official and we have all the details from the October 9 event in New York City and Paris. Here's everything we know about the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
Mobile

Keep your new iPad (2018) sparkling with the best screen protectors

Your iPad sports a stunning 9.7-inch screen and you'll want it to stay that way. The best iPad (2018) screen protectors guard against cracks, scratches, and even smudging from your fingers. Check out our top picks here.
Mobile

Intel gives up on 5G modems for smartphones, will focus on other devices

After a delay that saw Intel's manufacture of 5G modems pushed back to 2020, Intel has given up on the 5G modem business, and will focus its efforts elsewhere. But is something else to blame?
Mobile

The black satin Razer Phone 2 is now available for $500

The Razer Phone 2 is finally here, and it's got upgraded specs, that super-smooth 120Hz display, and an updated design. Here's absolutely everything you need to know about the Razer Phone 2.
Mobile

The best LG G7 ThinQ cases will keep your phone looking new

The LG G7 ThinQ comes with a powerful processor, versatile cameras, and amazing sound. But a powerful phone still needs protection and you might want to change the style. Here are the best LG G7 ThinQ cases.
Mobile

Multiple phone leaks show May 21 is going to be a big day for Honor

Honor will launch at least one new smartphone on May 21, at an event taking place in London. Leaks have indicated the Honor 20 will take center stage, with a Lite version, and perhaps even another model also showing up on the day.
Mobile

Breaking news: Samsung responds to reported Galaxy Fold display issues

The Samsung Galaxy Fold has arrived, and it goes on sale soon. Folding out from a 4.6-inch display to a tablet-sized 7.3-inch display, this unique device has six cameras, two batteries, and special software to help you use multiple apps.