Garmin Fenix 5x Plus Titanium DLC detailed look

Garmin Fenix 5x Plus Titanium DLC detailed look

Garmin released the Fenix 5 Plus series 2 months ago and the most expensive in the line up is the  Garmin Fenix 5x Plus Titanium DLC. After weeks of searching, I was unable to find much information on the most expensive Wearable in the Garmin range other than a video from a fellow Instagram user, which prompted me to buy the Titanium fitness watch and then write my own opinion.

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For those of you that read this site often will know the vast majority of products tested and reviewed are purchased by myself and it’s no different with Garmin products. (although I do get the odd loan unit months after launch) So the big question, is the £1000 price tag justified for the Fenix 5x Plus Titanium model? read on to find out.

If you don’t want to read the article and prefer to watch a video, then check out the Garmin Fenix 5x Plus DLC Titanium unboxing and detailed look video below

Garmin Fenix 5x Plus Titanium DLC unboxing

The unboxing experience of the Fenix 5x Plus Titanium is certainly different from the other models in the range (Fenix 5 Plus Titanium DLC is the same box) The Box is a rectangle in shape and has a premium feel to it, similar to a luxury watch of a similar price.Garmin Fenix 5x Plus Titanium box

When you open the box you are presented with the Fenix 5x Plus Titanium wrapped around a faux leather mount. You then get 2 shelve like boxes inside, the first contains the extra silicone strap and the charging cable. The second box contains the instruction manuals, nothing more to it really.

I am not sure what I was expected from the unboxing experience and whilst I was not underwhelmed, I did think it could have been better.

Box contents

  • Garmin Fenix 5x Titanium DLC
  • Titanium DLC band
  • Black silicone band
  • Charging cable
  • Instruction and warranty booklets

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Garmin Fenix 5x Plus Titanium DLC design

The Fenix 5x Plus Titanium looks pretty much identical to the non-titanium version of the Fenix 5x Plus, but with a few design differences, so let me explain

MaterialsGarmin Fenix 5x Plus Titanium DLC

As you have already figured out, the watch features a titanium bezel and back plate. The watch is coated with a diamond-like coating (DLC) which gives it extra scratch resistance.

Because the Fenix 5x PLus has titanium materials used in the build it also weights 87g, which is 9g lighter than the non-DLC version.

ColoursGarmin Fenix 5x Plus Titanium screen

The Fenix 5x Plus Titanium is a carbon grey colour, which is slightly lighter than the non-titanium version, but the difference is very slight. The other colour difference is the bezel markers which are orange in colour along with an orange band around the top right button.

Titanium band sizingGarmin Fenix 5x Plus Titaniun design

Finally, the majority of the reason why you are paying more for the watch is that of you a titanium band. This band is good quality and feels very solid. However I just want to point out it comes to a big size, so you will need to have it adjusted to your wrist and my personal advice would be to take it to a jeweller to have it adjusted.

Garmin Fenix 5x Plus Titanium DLC features

In terms of features, it comes as no surprise that you get nothing different in terms of software or hardware that is not on the non-titanium Fenix 5x Plus.

So the bottom line on this, you are buying the Fenix 5x Plus Titanium for the build difference only.

Whats the difference between the Fenix 5x Plus Titanium and the Fenix 5 Plus Titanium?

Well despite what the Garmin website tells you, there is 2 titanium versions in the Fenix 5 Plus range. The first is the DLC titanium which is available in the Fenix 5x Plus and the Fenix 5 Plus. Then you have the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Silver Titanium with Orange flare band, so whats the difference

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Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Sapphire, Titanium with Solar Flare Orange Band

This is the non-DLC titanium version and does not come with a Titanium band as it comes with a silicon Orange Flare band. Often people have been confused that version also has a DLC coating, when in fact it does not.

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Carbon Grey DLC Titanium with DLC Titanium Band

This is the Fenix 5 Plus DLC titanium version with a titanium band that also comes with a spare black silicon band. The only difference between the 5x Plus Titanium and this model is the size, weight and it does not come with a PulseOX sensor.

Garmin Fenix 5x Plus Carbon Grey DLC Titanium with DLC Titanium Band

This is the Fenix 5x Plus DLC titanium version with a titanium band that also comes with a spare black silicon band. This is the top of the line model in terms of size, weight and it comes with the PulseOX sensor.

Is the Garmin Fenix 5x Plus Titanium DLC worth the money?Garmin Fenix 5x Plus Titanium band

This is all down to personal opinion and if you think spending 1k on a fitness watch is worth the money then go for it. What you get with the Fenix 5x Plus Titanium is a lighter and possibly harder wearing fitness watch and if you want the extra premium build then this is the watch for you, if not go for the non-titanium models to save some cash.

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  1. Hi John
    Any updates on scratches. Looking at DLC version 5x and very grateful for ability to view your video after not being able to locate a stickist that carried the item. Even Garmin couldnt suggest anywhere I could view one.
    Im wary of the durability if the bezels. How is it holding up?

  2. One other Q
    What does the secondary black plastic band look like with the carbon grey watch unit.
    Does it aesthetically look ok or jar. Appreciate its subjective judgement call.
    My plan is to have metal at work and plastic for eventing.

  3. Hi Jon, wondering if you are seeing a lot of scratches on your dlc fenix5+, now that ~6 months have gone by?

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Jon Ratcliffe
I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles. I cover Wearables, tech and smart home. My reviews and information will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.

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