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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Mio Fuse vs. Charge HR

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    JKhan
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I have been looking for a comparative review of these two products. Since I couldn’t find one, I decided to do it myself. I put each through a meticulous week of training and will display my findings as simply as possible. I have a lot of information that I am condensing so if you have any further questions, please ask. For my test, I did a range of different exercises including HIIT, SMIT, medium intensity steady state cardio, jogging, and weight training. Though neither device can truly give a comprehensive measurement for weight training, my lifting style fluctuates my heart rate enough to quantify a decent calorie burn, so I included it. Also, please note that I tried various adjustments including alternate arms, wrist spacing and tightness. I literally ran the gambit, and in some cases, it made a major difference. I have pretty large wrists/forearms, so regardless of position, both devices had little trouble finding a baseline pulse. I used the Samsung Galaxy S5 as my control since it was rated as top notch against EKG machines. So, let’s begin with the meat of these new devices: heart rate tracking. Fitbit Charge HR does not do well with spikes, on either arm. In fact, the display would often display “- -“ and not find a suitable rate for at least 30 seconds. When doing HIIT/SMIIT, 30 seconds can be an eternity in documenting measurements. When it did come through, it was still 10-15 beats slower than the Mio and the S5. I had little issue with the Mio Fuse. It wasn’t perfect, but I usually had a solid reading within 3-5 seconds, and I would say 90% of the time, it was in line with the S5. During anything steady state, the Charge HR and the Mio Fuse kept consistent readings with both the Precor 100i and the S5, but when the Charge HR was on the non-dominant hand, it was typically 5-10 beats behind. When I went jogging, both devices kept the pace, but just for kicks, I let my heart rate drop and pushed out a full on sprint. Mio caught up within 5 seconds, Charge HR was blank for at least 25 seconds. Reiterating that the Charge HR doesn’t like spikes. One other point to note is that during weight lifting, the Charge HR had 2,000 more documented steps than the Mio Fuse. The manual stated that may happen with activities involving rapid arm movement, but just noting I didn’t have that issue with the Mio Fuse. I can’t pinpoint why the Charge HR is inconsistent on my non-dominant hand. If it uses capillary enlargement, I can only guess it’s because they are more evident in my dominant hand. Either way, their inequality should be noted. The interface is where Fitbit excels. As a longtime fan of my Flex, I love the improvements they have added. The heart rate chart and the time zone measurements are great. But it is far less enjoyable when the information (heart rate) is inaccurate. The Mio Go app is truly bare bones. It has very basic tracking and gives you basic stats on your daily workout and overall activity. I also had a few sync fails when connecting to the app and lost my workouts, which was really frustrating. It still shows up in my daily caloric burn, but when you want specifics, this is very disappointing. There is also no PC counterpart, so it’s all mobile. Mio has stated the app will be growing based on feedback. I hope so, because the device deserves a better interface. I, personally, do not care for all the bells and whistles of each, so I didn’t spend much time here, but I can offer a few distinct differences. The Charge HR has 24 hour heart rate tracking, while the Mio Fuse has to be activated in workout mode. Since the Mio Fuse was much more accurate in my tests, I would rather have the accuracy during my workouts than be able to see my heart rate during my daily routines, so this is a wash. The Charge HR is sleeker, and the “action” button is harder to accidentally trigger. With the Mio Fuse, it is pressure based touch screen, so when using the TRX, I have to check after sets to make sure I don’t stop my timer on accident. The “lock” feature needs to be able to be turned on for workout mode. The Mio Fuse is waterproof for 30 feet, while the Charge HR is not recommended for showering or swimming. Both devices caused some irritation after long periods of usage, but it usually disappeared within a few minutes of removing the devices. I really wanted to focus on what these devices were boasting about…strapless HR tracking. So, upon these tests, I must bid adieu to my Fitbit family for now. I can see the Mio Go app getting better before the Charge HR becomes more accurate. I have read that the Surge has better accuracy, but I am not looking for anything more than a solid hr activity tracker and the extras of the Surge are not worth the premium in my opinion. For standard daily activity, both devices are great for comprehensive readouts and steady state tracking, but if you are a fitness enthusiast who constantly pushes your limits and capabilities, I recommend the Mio Fuse.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good HRM. Poor activity tracker.

    Posted
    Erkelbot
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Let me start by saying that I was a previous owner of an Up24. Unfortunately the Up24 croaked a couple weeks back, so that meant looking for a new technology. I was drawn to the Mio because it was waterproof, offered haptic feedback (vibration), and would help me consolidate my HRM (a Suunto) into one device. I was sad that I would not be getting sleep feedback from the Mio, but the fact that it had a screen and was waterproof offset that disappointment ( after 2 weeks I did miss the silent alarms and sleep tracking). The Mio Fuse seemed to have all that I was looking for. After owning it for 2 weeks, I'm going to bring it back. I've used it for 4-5 runs outside, and the HRM function seems solid. It seems to accurately capture my HR, which is great. HOWEVER, the tap button function that starts and stops the measurement of a workout is very sensitive (it's not a button -- it starts and stops with a simple tap, like the Polar Loop). So much so that wearing a thermal over it will pause it if it rubs the unit wrong. So, for a couple of the workouts it measured incorrectly as a result of pausing itself. The tap functionality that cycles the different screens and views also is very inconsistent. At times, it's downright unresponsive. This is particularly disappointing, being as you are timing your workout. Give yourself an extra 10-15 seconds to stop the HR function at least... That means that you have to work to get the display to show sometimes -- including after workouts. Or, it would just freak out and move on its own. The biggest disappointment, however, was the lackluster ability for the unit to accurately measure steps like a true activity tracker. Unless you swing your arm like a pendulum, it won't count it as a step. Over the 2 weeks of owning it, my steps would vary WIDELY -- even though I had similar amounts of activity. The typical measurement of steps per mile is supposed to be approximately ~2000. When I was running I was seeing about 1400. I suspect that was due to my arm movement not being sufficiently embellished as to warrant a "step". The measurement was so bad that I was swapping it out to my non-dominant hand so it would capture more of my actual movement (which did help a lot). That would solve the issue a bit better for my runs...Not great, but doable. That would work better for my workouts, though it did not allow me to also wear a wristwatch to work. I like my watch where it is...I didn't want to switch that. I was also varying my routines to try and carry things with my opposite hand so the step could be counted. I didn't care for that. An activity tracker should capture a true read of how much activity you are doing, where you do not have to augment how you live to do it... In the end, I just couldn't justify keeping it. The so-so HR functionality were a deal-breaker for me, so I'll just bring it back and wait for someone else to make a better device. I suspect the Fitbit charge HR will likely do a better job (unless you are a swimmer, since it's not waterproof), as it was born from a fitness tracker, but they also invested heavily in a like technology to the Mio optical setup. Add that to the fact that the Fitbit also gives you sleep tracking, some additional smart features (caller ID), and seems to come in a smaller footprint, and it seems like a better choice.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nifty & comfortable but not ideal for 24/7 use

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    FitFan
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I previously owned a Fitbit Surge and wanted something smaller and more accurate. I watched videos and read reviews before purchasing this watch. Overall, the watch wasn't horrible - the band was comfortable, the lettering was modern and easy to read in all conditions. The things I personally didn't like - everything stuck to the material on the band (pet hair, shirt fibers, etc.) so it was hard to keep looking clean; sometimes I just wanted to know the time and the screen was impossible to turn on; my step count was significantly lower than my previous watches (I teach fitness and walk around at work all day and my average daily steps were 7K)

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hands down better than the rest

    Posted
    PlanetR
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Awesome product. Works every time and is very accurate. Use it for HIIT rowing workouts and very easy to see where the heart beat is. The app could use a little work but the cool thing is you don't have to use it. You can pair it with any other fitness app out there. Combine this with Digifit and you have a great combo. I wear it about two fingers up from my wrist and don't Even notice it. Pros: Comfortable Easy to use Accurate Cons: A little bulky Runs a little small (I have the large) App could use some tlc.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    First impression: Favorable

    Posted
    Spkrikava
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    I just received my Mio Fuse. I wore it around the house today and tracked my weekly housecleaning as a workout. I like how it works so far. The documentation is the weakest feature so far. Using the device is not particularly intuitive, and the Quick Start guide is not very clear. Still, I got it to work. The real test will be when I wear it to my fitness club and monitor an intense workout.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    Posted
    Zackattack
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I really like the heart rate monitor for HIIT workouts. It's really comfortable and a very convenient piece to have for someone who is interested in fitness and wants to watch their heart rate. Serves as a watch and counts steps, calories burned, distance traveled and set goal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great monitor...

    Posted
    BBReview
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Very lucky to get one of these for Christmas. Easy to wear, fits comfortable. Wasn't sure about the LED read out but found it comes in really handy on night rides. Works will with Strava.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Mio Fuse

    Posted
    mike
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    The band was perfect for fitness. The fitness features were limited. The app was not very versatile. The price was resonable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for being active

    Posted
    Bestbuyer
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    I love this little thing. Let's me track my calories and makes me wanna be active and in shape

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    Posted
    Brett
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    Works amazingly, very accurate and comfortable! Would recommend

    I would recommend this to a friend