Garmin Forerunner 645 Music review: The high price of tunes on a runner’s tool

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Music, not activity, highlighted the debut of Garmin’s Forerunner 645 Music at CES year. The $449 fitness watch is the first Garmin wearable to have onboard music storage, a feature slowly becoming standard on smartwatches of all kinds.

Since the Forerunner family appeals to serious runners, onboard storage for music is a logical feature to include. But since the Forerunner family is quite niche, some potential users might have overlooked it. With the inclusion of onboard storage, it sits closer to competing with all-purpose smartwatches than ever before—those who have considered the Apple Watch, the Fitbit Ionic, and similar devices may now consider Garmin’s new device, too. While more expensive than the base models of its competitors, the Forerunner 645 Music is designed for runners for a reason—and some runners might be willing to drop nearly $500 for this device.


Garmin has finally found its design stride after years of making wearables that were comfortable but not the most attractive accessories to wear. The Forerunner 645 Music takes after the Vivoactive 3 with its round case, quick-release 20mm bands, and 1.2-inch, 240 x 240 display surrounded by a stainless steel bezel.

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