Garmin Forerunner 45 review

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  • Garmin Forerunner 45
  • Garmin Forerunner 45
  • Garmin Forerunner 45
  • Garmin Forerunner 45
  • Garmin Forerunner 45
  • Garmin Forerunner 45

Specs / Features


Warranty (Months) 12 months
Release date 1-May-2019
Size 4.2 x 4.2 x 1.14 cm (1.7 x 1.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 32 grams
(1.13 ounces)

Critic Reviews


Tom's Guide

Classic GPS watch gets a fresh face

from Tom's Guide

The Forerunner 45 is a vast improvement over the outdated Forerunner 35. Built-in heart rate, GPS, a colorful screen and four-day battery life with advanced workout tracking, all for $200, is solid value.

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The Forerunner 45 is a vast improvement over the outdated Forerunner 35. Built-in heart rate, GPS, a colorful screen and four-day battery life with advanced workout tracking, all for $200, is solid value.

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Wareable

This stripped back watch belies its low price

from Wareable

The Garmin Forerunner 45 is a brilliant budget watch that offers more detail and better performance than anything else in its price bracket. You’d struggle to pick up ageing generations of rival watches for less, and Garmin has relentlessly added top-end features across its lineup, with this Fo...More

The Garmin Forerunner 45 is a brilliant budget watch that offers more detail and better performance than anything else in its price bracket. You’d struggle to pick up ageing generations of rival watches for less, and Garmin has relentlessly added top-end features across its lineup, with this Forerunner benefitting hugely. It’s slim, comfortable and fairly good looking to boot. For 90% of runners who aren't bordering ultra marathon distances, it comes highly recommended.

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Digital Trends

Tracks all the metrics a new runner needs

from Digital Trends

The Garmin Forerunner 45S is a well-rounded fitness smartwatch that tracks all the important metrics the casual and new runner needs.

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The Garmin Forerunner 45S is a well-rounded fitness smartwatch that tracks all the important metrics the casual and new runner needs.

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DC Rainmaker

A capable running watch

from DC Rainmaker

And so while I can’t really argue with any of the features/functionality of the FR45 by itself, I think in some ways Garmin is playing with fire at the $199 price point. As I noted earlier on, Apple has been toying with letting some larger retailers push the Apple Watch Series 3 down to $199 fo...More

And so while I can’t really argue with any of the features/functionality of the FR45 by itself, I think in some ways Garmin is playing with fire at the $199 price point. As I noted earlier on, Apple has been toying with letting some larger retailers push the Apple Watch Series 3 down to $199 for short term sales. And it’s been doing so with increasing frequency as of late. It’s hard to imagine any scenario that doesn’t end up with Apple officially announcing the Series 3 being offered at $199 going forward from this fall as the baseline. While Garmin easily beats Apple in sports features, that’s a much tougher pitch when it comes to usage as a lifestyle watch.

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