Interface Failings of the Cateye Enduro 8
Just got one of these and have had a bit of a play with it.
Interface is iffy. I realise there's only so much you can do with two
buttons and a couple of rows of digits, but you can do better than
- The unit supports both mph and km/h, which is good, but you can only
switch between them during the initial setup; if you want to switch, you
have to do a factory reset. Poor.
- The unit has a clock, which can work in both 12- and 24-hour mode,
but the setting is tied to the speed units - if you're in mph, you get a
12-hour clock, and if you're in km/h, you get 24. Retarded.
- Not really an interface problem, but the manual, such as it is, is a
crime. The installation instructions especially, which are only in
diagram form, and not very clear ones. I still haven't figured out what
it's trying to say about routing the cable down from the bars.
- The interface works by cycling through a number of modes - average
speed, maximum speed, odometer, etc; this is fine and good. However, for
no particularly good reason, the clock is not one of the normal modes -
to get to it, you have to go the trip time mode and hold down the mode
button for two seconds. Why? No good reason.
- The display consists of a row of big digits at the top, and a
smaller row beneath. Normally, the big digits show current speed, and
the small digits show the value of whatever mode you're in. However, you
can swap these, using a magic button chord; you get the mode value at
the top, and the speed at the bottom. However, you can, it seems, only
do this in some modes - trip time, maximum speed and average speed, but
not trip distance. Arbitrary and unhelpful. Also, the way it's done is a
bit odd - you flip the rows on a per-mode basis, so if you flip the rows
for, say, average speed, then cycle round to maximum speed, that looks
normal. Can't figure out if this is right or not.