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I Have, Not Surprisingly, Ended Up With ‘ActiFace’ Watch Face On My Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’.

by Anura Guruge


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ActiFace on my MARQ Expedition.


Garmin MARQ Expedition with Crystal Watch Face Anura Guruge

The ‘Crystal’ watch face on my MARQ.


I had been using ‘ActiFace‘ on my Garmin Fenix 5 & Fenix 5 Plus for exactly one-year before I upgraded to the MARQ Expedition.

I had got quite attached to ActiFace once I got it customized exactly the way I wanted it. I had stumbled upon ActiFace accidently. I had been a ‘GearMin‘ fan. But, I discovered that GearMin did not work flawlessly on the Fenix 5. It disabled the DOWN button. That wasn’t good. That is when I found Actiface.

I like digital watch faces. So, the Garmin default analog did not last long.

I tried the new Crystal face. I like it. Just prefer ActiFace more. Gives me much more data, with more color and graphics.


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I Like The V. Clean & Suave ‘Crystal’ Watch Face On My Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’.

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Garmin MARQ Expedition with Crystal Watch Face Anura Guruge


Click image to access ‘Crystal’ @ Garmin ‘Connect IQ’.


I prefer digital watch faces with a fair amount of data. For the last 7-months I had ‘ActiFace‘, permanently, on my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus.

I did download ‘ActiFace’ into my new (2-days old) MARQ Expedition when I happened to spot ‘Crystal’. It, in its default cool mint blue, looked cool. Also was not too busy. Stylish.

I downloaded it. It came up, no problems. Quickly customized it (as shown in top picture) via Garmin Connect. Kept it simple, just to the main fields I like. With all the widgets on the MARQ I really don’t need more than this on my watch face.

I tried some other colors. Nothing was as cool as this default blue. So, I am sticking with it. I like it. I think it looks good on the MARQ.


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I Got A ‘Garmin MARQ Expedition’ Today (Trading In My Fenix 5 Plus) & It Is Pretty Cool.

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Garmin MARQ Expedition Anura Guruge May 2019

My Garmin MARQ Expedition on my wrist for the first time.


Saying Goodbye to my trusty Fenix 5 Plus. I will miss it!


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The Packing & Box


Yes, I know I am VERY fortunate (but I did a fair amount of writing to earn this). Basically, I did NOT have to pay for it. I traded in my 7-month old (and in IMMACULATE condition) Fenix 5 Plus and called upon ‘virtual $$$s‘ I had banked away for technical & writing services rendered over a 6-month period. Though I now rarely charge folks for my writing, I still get rewarded for it. This is the most visible example.

Impressive watch — but I am not sure whether I would have paid $1,750 for it! Given that I didn’t have to part with any money, at all, at all, it feels GREAT.

The Titanium body looks good and the Italian leather strap does look pretty good.

Now this is nowhere CLOSE to the most expensive watch I have owned. I wore a Rolex, with diamonds on its face, for 26-years. This watch is 1/4 the price of the Rolex.

Garmin has tried to make it upmarket. The box it comes in is HUGE and weights a ‘ton’. The dark gray plastic box (which feels metalish) is about the same size — and looks just like — a 6V lawn mower battery. Garmin is trying to compete with the packaging of high end watches and I am not sure whether they truly succeeded. 15-years ago, I sold my EMPTY Rolex box, since I had no use for it, on eBay for $98! Doubt whether I could get $22 for the empty MARQ box.

Though the straps are 22mm Quick-Fit the black plastic strap they include in the box has ‘larger’ (nicer) wrap-around ends over the Quick-Fit mechanism.

All the screens have been jazzed up and are much more appealing though it is still the same old TIRED display from the original Fenix 5. That is definitely a negative.

It has this ‘Body Battery’ feature, oxygen saturation and fall-detection. I haven’t worn it for long enough to determine if the ‘Body Battery’ or oxygen saturation is for I. For an old guy my oxygen saturation, at 96%+, is adequate.

So, this is my first cut review/impression.

I am GLAD I got it, the WAY I did.

I will keep you posted.


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The New ‘Garmin Forums’ Are Here — Old Links Will Not Work.

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If you follow the ‘Garmin Forums‘ you would have known that they have been DOWN for about a ‘week’ while they were being moved to a new — and supposedly better — platform.

They are up and running again.

However, only the TOP LEVEL ‘forums.garmin.com‘ URL is the same. So, if you had links to specific Forums, say the Fenix 5 Plus (as I did), they will NOT work. You will have to redo them — as I had to.

The Categories are a bit confusing. Why isn’t the Fenix 5 (Plus) under ‘Sports & Fitness’ — isn’t the Fenix 5 (Plus) Garmin’s premier sports watch?

Anywho … they are BACK.

I didn’t have time today to check them out. Just wanted to make sure they are back.

Hope this helps.


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Installed The ‘MagicDust’ (Beta) On My Garmin Fenix 5 Plus — It Has Je N’ais Se Quoi.

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ActiFace“, for Garmin, has been the ONLY watch face I used on my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus over the last year. I like ‘ActiFace’. I had customized it for my preferences and it was just right.

On Thursday, while my Fenix 5 Plus was connected to ‘Garmin Express‘ I out of idle curiosity looked at what new watch faces were available at Connect IQ.

The ‘MagicDust‘ beta caught my eye. As you can see it does have a resemblance to ActiFace.

Downloaded it. No issues. Came up at once.

I have been too busy to sit down and customize it as yet. Appears that it has a TON of settings.

I like it. It has a certain quality and charm to it.

I am going to keep it on and see what I can do with it.

I will keep you posted.


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Garmin Fenix 5 Plus — A New Set Of Maps, Including TopoActive For U.S. & Canada, Now Available.

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I no longer do it by rote as I used to — i.e., fire up Garmin Express each and every time I charge my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus by connecting it to my PC. I, however, did yesterday, Friday, May 10, 2019.

I saw the notification that NEW MAPS were awaiting download. I immediately clicked the INSTALL button.

It was quite a big download. Even over USB it took about 25-minutes. And it told me it would take some time too. Hate to think how long it might take over Bluetooth.

Definitely suggest you hook up with Garmin Express soon as that Garmin Connect doesn’t try to download the maps over Bluetooth.

The installation on the watch took slightly longer than previous. But, there were no glitches.

From my records the last map update was in early April — about 6-weeks ago.

So, this is good.

If you have a Fenix 5 Plus series I would definitely make sure I get these the latest maps.


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Garmin Adds ‘Incident Detection’ To Fenix 5 Plus, Forerunner 645M & Vivoactive 3M.

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Incident (a.k.a. ‘Fall’) Detection‘ was pioneered, with great success, on the Apple Watch 4 last year.

Garmin offered it, for the first time, a few weeks ago, on the new Forerunner models, such as the Forerunner 945.

Today, I received an e-mail saying it was also available on the Fenix 5 Plus, Forerunner 645M & Vivoactive 3M. I was pretty chuffed in that I do have a Fenix 5 Plus.

I, of course, immediately went looking for it. IT WAS THERE. It must have been in the 7.10 Firmware I downloaded to the watch April 29, 2019. I just checked. I am at 7:10 (cf413a9).

Support is also in ‘Garmin Connect’. I am at 4.18. Not sure when that was updated to that level.

But, I can confirm, and you can see the pictures, that I have it on my Fenix 5 Plus.

This is good. I am glad.

Feel bad for Fenix 5, FR 645 and Vivocative 3 owners. It can’t have been a storage issue. So, can’t see why they are only offering it on watches that have the additional storage (for music).


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