Garmin Instinct Esports Edition Review – Features and price

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Garmin Instinct Esports Edition

Garmin may be known by so many for its running watches and sat-navs. But it is now branching out, moving into gaming with a new fitness tracker designed specifically with esports in mind. For the first time, Garmin is coming to the market with its first ever gaming smartwatch, the Garmin Instinct Esports Edition.

The Garmin instinct Esports edition was made to help in the optimization of user habits for better performance. It is also the provide your audience with the information of your biometrics when you are streaming.

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Garmin Instinct Esports Edition Features

Garmin Instinct Esports Edition Review - Features and price

This Garmin tech is a game changer for gamers around the world. Garmin has developed a new tool called STR3AMUP. This new tool is capable of streaming data from your watch to your audience. The data sent includes your heartbeat rate and stress level. The watch also has sleep tracking features to help the gamer check if they are getting enough rest. Also included in the watch is a dedicated game timer. This is to help you keep an eye on how long you have been playing and help plan breaks. 

Data collected from you will sync automatically with the Garmin Connect app. This is where you can see the effects of your habits on your performance. And also see how your body is reacting in different situations. 

Garmin’s vice president of sales Dan Bartel says; “Players can also use Instinct’s data to make adjustments in their daily lives. Whether it be altering sleep patterns or activity levels, which can result in increased cognitive and physical performance during play”.

As you’d expect from a Garmin watch, the Instinct Esports Edition also offers accurate GPS tracking. This is to help out those days when you decide to take a screen break, with 30 dedicated sports modes and activity tracking. It’s also compatible with chest strap heart rate monitors so you can see changes in your heart rate more quickly during training.

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Design, Battery And Price

The Instinct Esports Edition has the same rugged design as the rest of the Instinct line, with a black-and-white memory in pixel display to conserve power. Its transflective MIP (memory-in-pixel) screen measures 128 x 128 pixels with monochrome colors in a custom, two-window design. 

The Instinct Esports Edition boasts a black case with red accents made from a fibre-reinforced polymer. 

This allows for always-on capability and easy readability, even under direct sunlight. 

Garmin quotes a maximum battery life of three days in esports mode, and up to two weeks in smartwatch mode (which gives you access to email, text and app alerts on your wrist). 

South African Garmin website has not yet listed the smartwatch, so it is not yet clear if it will be available locally.

The Instinct Esports Edition is available to buy now direct from Garmin for £269.99 (about $350 / AU$500).

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