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Garmin’s Forerunner 645 Music helps you jog on with motivational tunes

Just in time for Christmas (2018)...

Like an almost-great triathlete who can do everything except sprint finish, Garmin’s sports watches have always had one big weakness – a lack of built-in music playback. As its name suggests, the Forerunner 645 Music (£400) changes that, bringing the option of storing 500 songs on its internal storage or offlining Deezer songs (if you’re a premium subscriber). Connect it to some Bluetooth headphones, and you’ll be able to enjoy the strangely liberating feeling of running without the phablet that you’ve always claimed is the reason for your woeful 5km times. With GPS, Garmin Pay and a seven day battery life, it’s shaping up be a fine sporty alternative to the Apple Watch and Garmin’s own Vivoactive 3.

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Mark's first review for Stuff was the Nokia N-Gage in 2004. Luckily, his career lasted a little longer than the taco phone, and he's been trying to figure out how gadgets fit back into their boxes ever since. While his 'Extreme Mark Wilson' persona was retired following a Microsoft skydiving incident, this means he can often be spotted in the wilds of South West London testing action cams, drones and smartwatches, and occasionally cursing at them.

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Smart home tech, cameras, wearables and obscure gadgets from the early 2000s.

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