Aldi have had some excellent kit for sale in the past - I have got a superb soft shell running jacket for £15, and lots of other goodies from them. My only advice, get there early because there tends to be alot of people with the same thing in mind as you. (When I got my computer I was there an hour b4 opening, and only just got one!)
I'll put my hands up to jumping on the pikey band wagon and parting with GBP 12.99 in exchange for the Aldi HRM, I opted for the black and orange model, although now out of the box i'd describe it as slightly ginger!!
Its got the basic functions on, will be giving it a run out later.
I use a Polar S625X with a footpod which is an awesome bit of kit...........until it breaks, sent it back under warranty beginning of December and still being fobbed off
I also went pikey and went for one, I bought a training top for £4.99 too, quite natty.
I went for a run and then to the gym after setting it up. First impressions are that it is quite good and there is nothing I could moan about. The set up was easy, the chest stap stayed put throughout and had no problem with pick-up. The display is clear. If you are into calorie counting etc I checked it against what one of the machines reckoned in the gym and they pretty much tallied (I put little faith in them personally).
It carries the Baynet's seal of approval (mainly because it is cheap).
I ordered it on a morning, it arrived the next day AM.
There are some differences between the 2 watches. For one thing, there is no Zone alert here - so you cant tell the watch to beep if you are outside eg 175 - 185 bpm.
On the other hand, there are things about Lloyds pharmacy's offering that I like.
There is a dedicated EL backlight button. That means you can use the back light without worrying about messing up your times.
You can also see your current HR whilst in Stopwatch mode. Very convenient.
The best thing about Lloyd Pharmacy's offering, though, is that the HRM will interface with Gym equipment. That means that in the gym, you can tell the treadmill you want to run at 178bmp and the machine will adjust incline/speed accordingly. Very nice.
The HR readings I got seem quite accurate - I measure my HR using the old finger on wrist (radial?)/cartoid artery method and the watch seemed to match what my fingers felt.
One thing that worries me is the lack of the words 'water resistant' on the watch...