The New Balance N4 heart rate monitor is a great entry level device specifically designed for women. At a price of $60 it is a very affordable HRM for anyone exercising casually. But even if you are a more advanced or performance athlete, the N4 may be a great choice due to its quite small design and profile. As many heart rate monitors can be quite bulky, this is a novel feature to see.
For a small sized HRM this watch has the great feature of being able to display two lines of data at the same time. So you can see your heart rate and the stop watch or calories burned at the same time without having to press a button on the watch. This is very helpful as it can be annoying and distracting to get that info while you are working out. With a quick glance you will have the information you need without having to press buttons, leaving you to simply focus on your pace and performance.
Another great function of the New Balance N4 heart rate monitor is that you can choose between having heart rate zones set automatically or manually enter them. When you enter the ideal zone the watch will sound an audio alert which is a great way to get feedback without having to constantly look at the data. This gives you great flexibility by allowing you to add very precise zones that you have calculated yourself. And not having to constantly check your watch to make sure that you are in the right zone also helps you focus better.
The N4 also has a storage function that allows you to review information about the past 9 workouts. This allows you to track your performance and see where there is room for improvements. There are also many online exercise data providers where you can upload your workout data and get graphical representation of how you are doing and where you have room to improve.
Amazon buyers have also given this a 4.8 stars out of 5 and I encourage you to read their reviews. These can be very helpful to give you an idea as to what other users have experienced with their initial experience. The reviews for the N4 are indeed very encouraging and it is unlikely that you will be disappointed.
The design of the watch is pretty cool and it is available in white and black giving more flexibility for any fashion conscious athletes out there. As it is also relatively small it can easily be used as a regular watch for your day to day activities as well.
One drawback is the fact that the watch is water resistant, but the strap that comes with it is not. So, if you are planning on using a HRM for swimming then you will have to look at either a different model or try to find a compatible chest strap that can be used in water.
Small size and profile is ideal for women
Customizable heart rate zones
Small numbers on display can be difficult to read
Chest strap not usable in water
Also take a look at this very handy comparison table that we have put together in order to make it easier to see the differences between all the different HRMs.