Garmin S40 Review 2023 – Is It Worth The Money
With the release of the S40 in 2020, Garmin plugged the gap between their entry level watches and the premium S60. The S62 was also released around the same time which upped the game in terms of premium golf watches for the whole industry.
While the S40 was a little bit expensive for what it was at the time, the price is now more favourable and makes the watch a serious contender in the market and it is extremely popular.
The S40 brings a stylish 1.2″ color touch screen to the game and it shows your distance to the front, middle and back of the green as you would expect on over 42,000 courses worldwide.
You get distances to hazards and dog legs too along with a green view option with manual pin positioning, the only thing missing really is the full hole overview like you get with the S60 and S62.
The battery life is about 10 hours in GPS which will definitely complete at least one round.
The watch is fast, slick and accurate, coming with fitness features like a step counter but no heart rate monitor like the S62.
The watch comes in three colors as well, Black, metallic and white with gold. The bands are quick change and you can also download a watch interface to match your strap for the day.
A great credit to the S40 is that it’s successor, the S42, is an almost identical watch but it does address the issue of the short battery life in the S40 which will only guarantee one full round in GPS mode.
Key Features Of The S40:
- 42,000 Course that fast on arrival at the course you are playing
- 1.2″ Color Touch Screen
- Distances To The Front Middle And Back Of The Green
- Distances To Hazards And Lay Ups For Dog Legs
- Green View With Manual Pin Position
- No Slope – Making It Legal For Tournament Play
- Step Counter, Fitness Profiles And Bluetooth Connectivity To Your Phone
- Auto Shot And Score Card
- Auto Hole Progression
- Access To The Free Garmin App
- Biggest Drawback is the inferior battery life.
Is The Garmin S40 Worth Buying & Who Should Buy?
The S40 was quickly upgrade by the S42 model which has the exact same shape and features but it performs slightly better and has a much better battery life.
If both watches were available for the same price, I would say to go with the S42 hands down.
The S40 has come down to around $200 currently while the S42 costs about $100 more.
If you are on a budget or want better value, I would recommend the S40.
It’s also great for those who want to use it in tournaments as it doesn’t have a slope mode, making it legal to use.
Aidan Lehane here, I’m a Mid-low handicap golfer who has made tremendous progress in breaking 90 in just over 1 year of playing golf seriously.
I get out to the course or range as often as possible and review all the equipment I’ve come across on this blog.