SportDog TEK 1.0 GPS+E-Collar Review
A newer trend in technology that is spreading to all kinds of markets is having one device that can provide multiple features. These so-called "hybrid" devices are more and more present and the sporting dog market is no different.
So having the ability to track and train your dog in one single device?
Sounds enticing, but before you grab your credit card read the review we prepared and then decide if this is the right product for you. There is a lot to like about this model, but some quirks might be a deal-breaker for you.
So let's get right into it.
- GPS-based tracking and remote trainer device
- Tracks 12 dogs simultaneously
- Can cover a range of up to 7 miles
- 99 levels of static stimulation levels
- Vibration and tone-only mode
- Rechargeable batteries
The first impression you get when unboxing this product is the quality. It truly is a well-made product and the people at SportDog deserve all the praise they get. The handheld device is compact and durable. It features a great color LCD display which is very clear and readable. However, the interface is pretty simple so don't expect to extract a lot of information from it besides the basic stuff. Some would argue that SportDog is more focused on the remote trainer feature, and we would agree to a certain extent, but keep in mind you are still getting all the info you need.
While we can defend the product for it's GPS shortcomings, there is absolutely no excuse for making the receiver collar so bulky. While the thing is built like a tank and should withstand the most severe conditions, the weight and the size make it barely usable on smaller dog breeds. It comes with a rubberized strap that fits neck sizes of 13 inches and above.
Both the handheld device and the collar are powered by rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries which is something we are a fan of to a fault. A typical battery life on the handheld is about 20 hours if fully charged, and about 30 hours on the tracking collar. They are both fast-charging and take about 2-3 hours to get a full charge.
Since these use Li-ion technology make sure to charge them frequently even if not in use for longer periods. This way you will be able to extend their lifespan significantly. Also, make sure to have a full charge on the handheld when going out on the field, if your battery runs out of power you won't have a way to track your dog.
• Good build quality
• Combines GPS tracking with remote training
• Fast and responsive
• Clunky collar design
• Doesn't provide too much information
What We Liked about It
While the tracking capabilities of this unit were a bit underwhelming, we really enjoyed how good it works as a remote trainer. SportDog as a company mainly focuses on building great dog training products so it is somewhat expected for this particular unit to perform well in that aspect.
Having 99 levels of static stimulation at your disposal gives you more than enough leeway to find just the right level that works for your pet. Also, the tone-only mode works even if the device is in tracking mode so you can alert your dog from far away.
What We didn’t Like
When purchasing a 2-in-1 product more than often there is a trade-off. While you get the flexibility, one of the features is usually sub-par in comparison to a more specialized model. Now that isn't necessarily the case with the SportDog TEK 1.0 GPS tracking collar system which performs pretty good by average dog owner's standards, but what you need to understand before making a decision whether or not to buy this model is that it is more of a remote trainer than a GPS tracker.
It will not display any kind of trail or history and it won't show you information like dog performance or timings. The information you will get will be delivered at great speed and should be enough to exactly provide you with the location of your pet.
Overall we were pretty satisfied with the SportDOG Brand TEK 1.0 GPS + E-Collar and gave it a rating of 3.2 out of 5.
We think that a lot of dog owners out there are going to like having both features at their disposal neatly packed into a compact and versatile product, but we wouldn't consider it to be a game changer on the market. In order to make it more competitive and appealing to buyers, SportDog gave it a somewhat affordable price tag so that is definitely something to consider if you're on a tight budget.
It's an excellent system for basic tracking, but if you're looking for something more comprehensive, at the cost of having correctional features, consider spending a little bit more and buy the Garmin.