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Mio - ALPHA Heart Rate Monitor - White-Angle_Standard

Mio - ALPHA Heart Rate Monitor - White

Model: 53P5C6L3SKU: 1799125

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Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 34 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great watch style bluetooth LE heart rate monitor

    Posted
    MEB1234
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    I am using the Mio Alpha to monitor my heart rate 24x7. Collating data to get an insight into exercise ‘zone’, stress and sleep patterns. It’s on my wrist constantly, giving about 30 hours off a full charge. All I want/need from it is a wireless/strapless heart rate monitor and a basic watch. This is exactly what you get. The Alpha syncs real time (about 0.6 second delay) to my S3 running Jason Pribble‘s BLE Heart Rate Monitor app. The app allows me to export all the heartbeat info to a .csv (or tcx) file. Which I import into excel for some number crunching. During a recent doctors visit, he asked about my ‘watch’. Aside from telling me it looked cool, he manually took my pulse for comparison and said it was accurate. This is the only reference I have for the unit’s accuracy. It does exactly what they promise, so I have would recommend this product. Other points: I haven’t used the Alpha during exercise yet, all my data is from normal day-to-day activities. Works in the shower. The unit does get a break, I can’t wear it when it is on charge (about a couple of hours), but aside from that, I have run it for 12 days with no problems at all. I called support to confirm battery life. Got straight through and they were helpful. They even asked me to call back if I ever had any issues. I’ll update the review with comments if anything comes up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Won't work for circuit/strength training

    Posted
    MCMalloy

    This product is flawed in its design. It measures blood flow below the skin on your arm. If you are using your arms during exercise it will vary drastically . Compared to my polar the readings on this were incredibly inaccurate. If you only do cardio, it works well enough but still no where near as accurate as chest strap devices. It is ridiculously simple with no features at all. To get any real benefit you have to use phone apps and to get full benefit of those you have to have a paid subscription. Only gave two stars because if all you do is run and this device will work fine as long as you keep it iPhone on you you can track your workout. By the way I contacted mio global and they sent me a firmware update which did not help the problem in the end they advised me to just return it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not ready for prime time!

    Posted
    xedo101

    I have had two of these in the last month. I received the first one as a gift. (More on that later.) I returned it two days later because it did not work. I exchanged it for a new one (my mistake) hoping it would work. It did for nearly a month, until it quit working last night. I returned it to Best Buy this afternoon. Since the Mio was a gift I was hoping to receive cash so that I could get something else for my birthday. They credited the accounts that were used to pay for the Mio. When I stated that due to the fact it was a gift that I would rather have cash I was told I could not have cash. I was offered a Best Buy gift card instead. I did not want a gift card. In the last four months I have bought, at Best Buy, a Samsung washer, a Bose speaker system, and a 60 in Samsung television. Needless to say, I won't be buying anything else at Best Buy any time soon. Guess I'll be regifting the 50 dollar Best Buy gift card I asked for for Christmas. Thanks Best Buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic purchase for electronic amature

    Posted
    Joeexercise

    I started by buying a cheapee at Wally World. It was unreliable, but i knew i liked the idea after using it once. I've used this for almost 2 months now for an exercise program. I have swam in the pool for hours at a time, with high chlorine. I've use it on elliptical with the WAHOO FITNESS APP. for my iphone, for an hour a day, and it will email the data to me for calories burned etc. I get frustrated easy with electronics, and this was easy with some patience. no back light but it does have a light when "in the zone." No Date, but i have an iphone for that. When you figure your fat burning, and aerobic rates it keeps you motivated to keep moving at the pace you want. I've lost 10 lbs since starting with this. Stop looking, buy it, and get the warranty, you cant lose. attractive enough to wear for a casual watch as well. Then when walking in mall, i can just Press and hold to see if I'm burning fat.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does what it says it will

    Posted
    Ellemadd
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    I bought this product because I refuse to wear a chest strap. It is basically a chest strap for your wrist that also has a display to show you your real time heart rate. It gives pretty accurate heart rate readings as well. If these are the only features that you're looking for, then you won't be disappointed. You need a good app on your phone to sync with so you can record your workouts because this watch doesn't really have to keep track of all your workouts. Overall, i am very pleased with my purchase but I admit it is a bit pricey for what it does.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    best value/functionality!

    Posted
    daddyD
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    This heart rate monitor is hands down the best value on the market. It may cost a bit more than some other brands but the open functionality to use it without a chest strap, as the band alone, or with either smart operating system was a huge seller for my wife and I. We both use it regularly and love it. The accuracy is great, better even than our at home blood pressure/heart rate monitor! I highly recommend this product. If there is any drawback it's the size of the face and band which can be a little cumbersome in the gym if ur wearing wrist straps or gloves... But well worth the set back for the quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost perfect...

    Posted
    Annie
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    I wanted something where I could keep track of my heartrate on my wrist but still have it bluetooth to my fitness app on my iPhone... carrying my iPhone around during a workout is just not practical.. the Mio Alpha works GREAT! It's not perfect though, about 5% of the time it will significantly under report my heart rate.. but it doesn't happen often enough to really bother me. the battery life is great and recharging is easy. I like it's simplicity (my fitness app can give me all the nerdy data).. it's easy to pair with my iPhone and works like a charm. Highly recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    For serious athlete

    Posted
    Loops018
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    I love my heart rate monitor. I've gone through many chest strap heart rate monitors and they are great but I hate the cutting of the strap. I love how this is all in one. Works great in any condition and get accurate results. The one bad thing is that it doesn't give you calories count on the actual watch must have an app to sync wireless to get all the results. One bad thing is that it doesn't have a back light.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best no strap HR monitor ever!

    Posted
    Rjack50

    I love this watch. I bought it as a kickstarter and have been truly impressed. Battery Life is excellent, and the readings are very accurate. The only thing that might be a bummer for some, is that you have to use a smart phone or IOS/Android device to get the full benefit of all the functions. You don't have to touch anything to get your HR it show up big as day on the screen. Awesome watch totally recommend it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Comfortable and informative

    Posted
    Bemused
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    Easy to initiate After reading the instructions. Button areas not as sensitive as iniitially expected after read the operating instructions. No need to cinch absolute tight on wrist. 98% of my issues/problems resolved by software upgrade sent by email to me upon request for answers to my email questions. The customer service phone number is very busy and phone messages may be replied to within days. No need to sync to any device to view information.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Should work better for the price

    Posted
    waterman
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    The HR readings are so erratic it sometimes makes the device useless. During every workout I'll see a consistent reading of 140 for example and then it will drop to 60 for a few minutes and then if I'm lucky get back to the actual number. I think the device is best for stationary biking. I've found that when my arms are moving the device just doesn't work that well. Save your money until the technology improves.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very handy and comfortable

    Posted
    angrygnome
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    I've found it super helpful to be able to track my heart rate as I run. It's way easier to put on and take off than chest monitor and it is nice and comfortable on the wrist. The reading seems very accurate and consistent about 95% of the time. Periodically it will drop about 20BPM for 30 seconds or so, but will recover fairly quickly. All in all it is a great watch for exercising and I like that it is waterproof.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Strapless HR monitor

    Posted
    nickisdabest
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    I've had 2 previous MIO products, both worked out very well for me. The watch is very slick looking in detail. Very easy to see. User friendly and simple to use. It connects with phones via the blue tooth. But if you don't have a capable phone, this product wouldn't be very useful given its price. Watch doesn't save any data, doesn't connect to a computer either.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not Dependable

    Posted
    Ballcoach
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    i replaced the MIO chest and which barely worked at all with this wrist model. My luck with any chest bands had been spotty so I thought the extra money and ease of a wrist band would be worth the extra bucks. Connecting to PEAR, Polar or Fitbit is a challenge. Heart Rate can all of a sudden drop 40 points for no reason. I have read that whole new generation of wrist monitors is coming early 2015. I would wait.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Unable to track calories burned on Android devices

    Posted
    DD131

    The MIO Go app only works with Android 4.3 or later which eliminates most of the Android devices in use. From review on Google Play store even the new devices with 4.4 and later are not working with the MIO Go app very well. Device is not able to track calories burned, so you must rely on a compatible app to do that, which doesn't exit for Android devices currently. Will return device to Best Buy this weekend.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great heart rate monitor

    Posted
    Hatescheststraps
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    Expensive, but worth it. It works as advertised. Does not connect to Garmin cycle computers. Does connect to one android phone ap BLE Heart Rate Monitor. Battery lasts much longer than advertised, especially if you only monitor, not starting the timer. Use it on a Nordic track skier and on a mountain bike. Love this monitor. No regrets. No chest strap!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great and very easy to use. Accurate BPM

    Posted
    Drewsky
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    Great HR monitor without the chest strap! I've compared this to chest strap HR monitors and also the HR monitors on the gym equipment at my local gym and it's spot on 99% of the time! I combine this with my LG life and touch and the jawbone UP24 fitness trackers...the Adidas mi coach app works well with this HR monitor as well

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent tool for Cardio workouts

    Posted
    zabart
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    Purchased this device for Christmas so that I can verify that I'm in the correct heart rate zone when running. Did not feel the need for a GPS watch since when I run outside I just use my phone. The idea of a strapless HRM intrigued me the most about this device and I love how it syncs with my iphone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One watch all day long!

    Posted
    BickChick1
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    The Mio Alpha is gets an accurate reading about 95% of the time. Usually when it is off it because it has loss contact with my skin due to excessive sweating. Overall I am glad to get away from my chest strap.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not a good product - No App

    Posted
    clint
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    The Mio App does not work with this product, only the link. The buttons would never work. I had to push the heart rate button 10 times to get it to switch. I wanted a continuous heart rate product, and this did not fulfill my needs.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend