Casio DW-291H Review: A cheap alternative to Casio G-Shock

Hey there, folks! Welcome to my in-depth review of the Casio DW-291H. If you’re on the lookout for a tough and stylish watch that can handle anything you throw at it, you’ve come to the right place. The Casio DW-291H is an absolute beast, tailor-made for outdoor adventurers and thrill-seekers.

In this review, we’ll delve into the watch’s performance, design, and key functionalities, providing you with valuable insights to help you make an informed decision. Whether you’re a sports enthusiast, an avid hiker, or simply someone who appreciates a well-crafted timepiece, join us as we explore the outstanding features of the Casio DW-291H.

Casio DW-291H is A cheap alternative to Casio G-Shock. This Casio DW-291H can be a good option in case you don’t want to spend the money on a G-Shock, which is much more expensive. For less than 50 dollars you have one of the best cheap Casio of the moment.

You have several versions of this model, the one we have in our hands, the Casio DW-291H-1AVEF (with light gray case border), the DW-291H-1BVEF (with red screen border), and the DW- 291H-9AVEF (with black box cutout).

We already anticipate that we have included this Casio among the best Casio watchesIt more than deserves it for its good performance and low price. 

A side note: Almost everything Casio makes under $100 is great.

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Casio DW-291H: The alternative to a G-Shock for a ridiculous price – Features and design

Casio Collection DW-291H-1AVEF Men's Gray Resin Watch
  • Case
  • - Case Material: Resine
  • - Case Colour: Black
  • - Crystal: Acrylic
  • Movement

  • Led light
  • 4-time zone displays
  • universal time function
  • Stopwatch – 1/100 sec. – 24 hours
  • Timers – 1/1 second – 24 hours
  • 5 daily alarms
  • 10 years – 1 battery (CR2025)
  • Water resistance classification (20 bar)
  • Dimensions 50.5 x 50.4 x 13.5mm
  • Weight of 63 grams

You have to like the design with those hydraulic buttons (quite big) and you have to have a big wrist (the watch is 50mm in diameter) to wear it with dignity, but it is water resistant up to 200M and is a good alternative to the low-end Casio G-Shock.

Casio DW-291H REVIEW

How about the dial design? Well, the truth is that the digits are quite legible, especially those on the lower rectangular screen: they are very large. Day and date are also perfectly visible on the top display.

The only downside is that the visibility of the time on the round “analog” dial displayed by the small dial leaves a bit to be desired. That the thin bar between screens indicates the seconds in batches of 10 is an addition that gives the watch a distinctive point.

How about the dial design?

If we go at the design of the box, what is most striking are its tremendous buttons. They are somewhat hard at first, but they are so big that they can be pressed without much problem. Perfect for those of you with big fingers. 

That case makes it look very tough, but it won’t take the level of impact of the G-Shocks. We didn’t expect it at this low price either. But it is an HD (Heavy Duty) model… resistant to more than power.

Both the case and the strap are made of resin. The back is made of stainless steel and the glass is mineral. It does not have too much information inscribed in this part. It stands out that it is waterproof 20BAR (200M) Spectacular!

Light? The LED light comes out from the bottom, from the two corners. It is enough, although it is not the best that Casio could offer us.

In short, it has a very characteristic look, as if you could go on your toughest adventures with it. Everything is very symmetrical. The combination of metallic chrome on the upper part with some small red tones on the dial and the black resin is quite striking and a success. It gives the watch a rather “spacey” look, retro-futuristic.

Casio DW-291H: Strap and how it fits on the wrist

The truth is that it is quite a large watch. The bumps on the 4 buttons don’t help much in making this watch “small”. It has considerable dimensions at 50.5 x 50.4 x 13.5mm and is not suitable for small wrists.

Casio DW-291H: Strap and how it fits on the wrist

It is a comfortable watch, although somewhat thick. Nothing we can’t stand if we already have a few G-Shocks in our collection. The resin strap has a good design and thickness. It is not very rigid and helps the watch increase its resistance to shocks by not staying completely horizontal if we put it on a flat surface.

Casio DW-291H: Functions

It is not a smartwatch, but we already knew that. It has a good number of features and a good accuracy of ±30 seconds per month. If you add to that battery life of 10 years, you have a Casio watch for a while.

What functions does this watch offer us?

  • Timekeeping: Hour, minutes, seconds, month, day, day of the week
  • 12 hours and 24 hours
  • Fully automatic calendar pre-programmed from the year 2000 to 2099
  • Multiple times (one hour from the city of residence and three local hours)
  • Summer schedule
  • World time: 48 cities (31 time zones)
  • Coordinated Universal Time
  • Countdown timer (1/10 seconds)
  • 1/100 second stopwatch with measurement capacity: 23:59’59.99″; Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, two finishes
  • LED (Light Emitting Diode) illumination with selectable illumination duration
  • Button operation tone on/off

Conclusion: Is the Casio DW-291H worth buying?

The truth is that Casio often surprises us with jewels like this. A cheap, resistant watch, with a futuristic look and 200M water resistance… and all for less than 50 dollars. Few brands can offer what Casio gives us in its low range (perhaps Seiko and Citizen, two also Japanese brands).

If they had put a better LED light on it and the round “analog” dial looked better, it would be the perfect low-cost watch. This model and the Casio SGW-100 (with two sensors) are the best examples of watches from the Japanese brand that can pass, to some extent, as G-Shocks.

In favor:

  • excellent quality price
  • Very cheap
  • 200M water resistance
  • quite resistant
  • futuristic design
  • 10 year battery
  • 5 alarms and world time


  • LED light is not the best from Casio
  • Buttons are a bit hard to press
  • something big Clock
  • The round “analog” dial looks a bit off

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