GPS computer coupon – QSTARZ SR-Q2100


We got a coupon code (NAVI10SALE) for those of you who are interested in a GPS computer. QSTARZ SR-Q2100 is mostly designed for cyclists in mind but you can pretty much use it to track any kind of workout. The software even lets you download your workouts and put them in a calendar for you so you know how your performance is changing over time.

Once again, the code is NAVI10SALE and you can get it from here.

Here are some of the other features:

  • Track recorder
  • Cycle Computer
  • Location Finder
  • 8-directional digital compass
  • Route Guider
  • IPX-7 waterproof
  • E-Temperature
  • Large 1.8″ LCD display with backlight support
  • Route Plan mode can support 1 route with 99 turn points, which can guide remaining distance/direction/time to target point
  • Support pre-loading 4 Location Back points and pre-planning 99 turn points of route
  • Utilizes latest high sensitivity -159dBm GPS chipset
  • Smart power saving and support 25 hours usage (22hrs with backlight)
  • Waterproof design with IPX-7 class
  • Download data via mini USB interface

QStarz GPS Sports Recorder (BT-Q1300ST) and QSports software review


OVERVIEW:
If you are an endurance workout junkie, this is the perfect tool for you. Lightweight, easy to use, with multi-functional software, the QStarz GPS Sports Recorder and its associated QSports program allow you to track your routes and your progress throughout your training regimen. The GPS unit itself is compact and simple, but the software provides the user with a gold-mine of information related to health, fitness progress, and workout details.

GPS UNIT:
The data logger itself is straight-forward to use. The included instructions describe what each light means, but the take-home message is that pressing and holding the main button will achieve any functionality that you need. The only drawback to this design that I encountered had to do with the brightness of the indicator lights. In the glaring sunlight, it was sometimes tough to see if the GPS was in fact tracking, data logger was active, etc. Simply shading the unit alleviates the issue.

When you first download and install the Qsports software, you must plug your data logger into the computer using the USB cable included with the unit. Leave the unit plugged in for the specified amount of time (included in software instructions) to charge the battery for use. Once the software recognizes the data logger, the first thing you should do is configure the GPS unit using the button highlighted below.

At this point, determine what activity that you’ll be using the GPS device to track. Runners, hikers, and cyclists will all want slightly different settings, and these will even vary by athlete. You can use the default settings to require the GPS to log a data point at specific time intervals, or customize to your liking. As I used this to track running routes in Phoenix’s South Mountain park trails, I selected the running setting. The default ‘running’ setting logs every 5 seconds, which works perfectly for most runners. Since South Mountain trails can be sinewy and full of switch-backs, I changed the setting to log every 3 seconds to achieve even finer “accuracy” of my routes. Make sure to play around with the options and become familiar with all setting to determine which might best for your workout. There’s really no “wrong answer” here.

Also, be sure to set your User Profile at the bottom with height, weight, and age, which assists the tools under the Health Management tab.

After configuration, the GPS is ready to take into the field. I used the arm-band that came with the device; a “standard” runners’ armband. Even in the mid-90s dry, desert weather that I encountered, the band was quite comfortable. Before starting on my runs, I’d make sure the GPS signal indicator was recording my position, along with the data logger. I never waited more than five (5) minutes for a signal lock, allowing me plenty of time to stretch and prepare my gear without having to wait for the GPS to achieve a signal.

Keep in mind that this GPS has no interface that displays real-time data. Some runners prefer having the GPS devices which show speed, location, etc. on the fly. If you prefer having constant updates during your workout, I suggest wearing a watch in addition to the GPS data logger. Personally, I’m a runner that prefers to minimize electronic gadgetry, particularly on trail runs. Too often, I would find myself looking at my watch and other instruments while working out, instead of paying attention to how my body reacts during workouts. For this reason, the GPS suited me perfectly. This is strictly personal preference, though.

Battery life never became an issue on my runs. Some of my longer trails runs would range between 90 and 120 minutes. So long as I charged the battery before each long run, I could track the entire workout without issue.

The GPS data logger does include Bluetooth functionality, but I did not interact with this functionality, as I do not own any Bluetooth devices. I guess that means I’m behind the times in some regards…

Finally, regarding the GPS’ accuracy, I found the positional accuracy to be comparable to a Garmin unit. Certainly for the purposes of tracking a workout, the accuracy of data on the QSports software’s Google Maps interface was impressive.

QSPORTS SOFTWARE

This feature is truly where the strength of this purchase lies. After returning home, I could plug my GPS back into the computer and view my workout across the Google Maps interface, and view the vital statistics (the software comes with the Google Maps map, satellite, and terrain views). Downloading your track from the device to the software requires plugging the USB cord back into the data logger and choosing the “Import Wizard” function in the QSports software interface. Once the track is uploaded, each data point logged in the field will show two attributes of interest at the time (choose from speed, altitude, distance, time acceleration, total ascent, and SRTM elevation). **Note SRTM refers to shuttle-collected elevation data, which will produce slightly different elevation values in some locations**

The three basic tabs (Summary, Graph, and Play) comprise the ‘Activities View’ window. Summary tab shows the basics: total time, moving time, distance, moving speed, elevation gain, and calories burned. The subfields of Time, Distance, Speed, and Elevation offer more detail. The graph tab offers up the information at each logged data point, as described above. The Play tab is a playback of your total route, with each logged data point serving as a point of reference (see below). This allowed me to see places in my runs where I slowed or accelerated.


Above is example of data accuracy taken outside my office in Phoenix, AZ. I was standing precisely there when I activated the data logger

The Statistics tab lets you track all workouts in monthly, weekly, or daily increments to see spikes or dips in your training time, which is handy to compare against recommended training plans.

The plethora of data and statistics available to the runner, cyclist, hiker, or any endurance athlete makes this a useful training tool. Short-term and long-term workout analysis are available to those using the QSports software. I would highly recommend the QStarz GPS Sports Recorder (BT-Q1300ST) and QSports software for any and all endurance athletes.

giveaway: QSTARZ Q1000XT GPS travel recorder


We’re giving away one QSTARZ Q1000XT GPS travel recorder. This can be used for vehicle tracking or whatever you want to know the location of.

We’re changing the format just a bit. We’ll be using Twitter this time and all you’ll have to do is follow Navigadget and retweet this. And then we’ll randomly pick one of the retweeters as a winner. That’s all you have to do.

Back to the awesome GPS travel recorder: QSTARZ Q1000XT can record up to 400K points, has a POI to record your favorite spot, uses MTK II chipset which supports -165dBm sensitivity and 66-Channel tracking, has up to 42 hours battery life, uses a vibration sensor to smart power management, has an update rate of 1 or 5Hz, can be used as a bluetooth GPS mouse, and more.

If you want to more about the device go to QSTARZ.

OK, go ahead. Retweet.

QSTARZ software for Q1300ST


Not too long ago we had a chance to play with the BT-Q1300ST GPS Sports Recorder. The hardware itself is really light and has amazing battery life. But today we want to talk about the software. We were quite surprised with its ease of use and its capabilities. Called QSports it puts all of your activities on a calendar and organizes with activity type. It even has rowing as an activity type and that’s actually how we were doing that day as you can see from the image above.

The software lets you add markers on the map to mark your start line and finish line so you can get the exact stats on your race practice. It has a play mode that quickly follows the trail you’ve taken and it provides graphs including speed, altitude, distance, and even acceleration.

reminder for giveaway: QSTARZ backtracker


Just wanted to remind you guys about our giveaway for the QSTARZ backtracker. All you’ll have to do is go there and leave a comment and subscribe to our RSS feed. This particular GPS backtracker is no longer at QSTARZ site so maybe we’re giving away the last one. Who knows. For another GPS backtracker we recommend you check out the GPS X Guider.

free stuff: QSTARZ GF-Q900 GPS backtracker giveaway

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This week we’re giving away this GPS backtracker from QSTARZ called QSTARZ GF-Q900. They no longer carry this item but you can still get yours hands on the QFinder which we had reviewed a while ago if you leave a comment to this post.

How to enter? Really easy. 1) Follow our RSS feed and then 2) leave a comment below. That is all. Do make sure you enter a valid email so we can contact you back.

We will ship this out to a U.S. address only. Sorry rest of the world. Also duplicate entries, emails, IP addresses will be disqualified.

Also if you’re looking for a new GPS backtracker check out the GPS X GUIDER. It works really well.

One week from now we’ll announce the winner.

We will keep giving away stuff until we get rid of everything mentioned here.

QSTARZ CR-Q1100P commercial GPS tracking recorder


QSTARZ just launched a new GPS Tracking Recorder called CR-Q1100P, which is targeted for commercial users. It uses MTK II chipset with -165dBm sensitivity and 66-Channel tracking with a battery life that reaches up to 40hrs. CR-Q1100P has rugged designed that provides IPX-3 water resistance. It has a high quality rubber POI button and USB A type connector to increase its durability. There are 4 LEDs on the front side of this GPS tracker to view device status.

As far as software CR-Q1100P comes with DataViewer and QTravel which can both give you the tools needed for data analysis. Apparently the device is already out but we haven’t seen it on shopqstarz.com just yet. It supposed to go for $140.

giveaways: NaviGadget cleaning out the garage


OK guys; merry Christmas. We haven’t done any giveaways for a while. We have some GPS stuff we need to get rid of. It’s all yours for free. We’ll do this one by one. Oh yes, what are we giving away?

A GPS backtracker from GPS X Guider to help you find your path, or campsite etc. A Cobra XRS 9960G Radar/Safety Camera detector with GPS so you won’t get any speeding tickets (I hope). An Enzym SG-350 GPS navigation device with text to speech. Another GPS backtracker – GF Q900, this time from QSTARZ. A small pocket GPS receiver for outdoor activities; from Storyish. A 60beat Hearth Rate Monitor with chest strap that gives you the best workout analysis on your iPhone when used with their GPS enabled LogYourRun app. The new Bike GPSport 260pro from Holux with ANT+ wireless technology. And finally the latest GPS travel recorder from QSTARZ: BT-Q1000XT. Wait; that’s not all. We’re also giving away 5 promo codes for GPS Kit iPhone App (not pictured above).

OK, that’s a lot. Stay tuned (subscribing to our RSS feed should help) We’ll get the first one started shortly.

free shipping on QSTARZ products


shopqstarz.com is offering free shipping on all the latest QSTARZ products for Cyber Monday. Offer has already started and goes until midnight on Monday. Their lineup includes the GPS Lap Timer Q1000EX, GPS Sports Logger Q1300ST, GPS Travel Recorder Q1000XT, and the cycling computer SR-Q2100.

QSTARZ starts selling in the U.S.


QSTARZ, one of the best names in GPS data loggers and GPS lap timers, started selling directly in the USA from shopqstarz.com. The site looks super clean and features QSTARZ Q1000eX, QSTARZ SR-Q2100, QSTARZ BT-Q1300ST, and QSTARZ Q1000XT. We have reviewed a few QSTARZ products on our site before and gave thumbs up every single time. What makes QSTARZ really special is the software they bundle with their GPS gadgets.

Their software includes QRacing, QPlanner, QSports, and QTravel.

  • QRacing: Designed for motor sports. Lap timing analysis, race plots, point speed view
  • QPlanner: Pre-plan your trips online. GPX/KML files for editing and sharing
  • QSports: Sports management software. Analyze your workout and activities, track calories spent
  • QTravel: Photo geotagging software. Show on Google Earth/Google Map with photos on exact locations

Only small downside with the software is that it doesn’t natively support Macs but there are ways around it apparently.

Anyways, his is good news for them as their site is up right before the holiday season, and good news for you as you’d be buying closer to the source going with shopqstarz.com.