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Heart-rate monitors

Mio Alpha
 
Price range:
$199.00 - $199.99
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Type: Continuous watch
About - Mio Alpha

The Mio Alpha is part of the heart-rate monitor test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, heart-rate monitor models like the Alpha are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Type:
Indicates whether the model employs a chest strap mounted sensor that transmitts to a watch, a chest strap mounted sensor that transmits to an iPhone app, a watch that requires the user to touch the rim or button to take an intermittent reading or a watch that takes continuous heart rates from the user's wrist.

Accuracy:
Accuracy was measured against a highly accurate electrocardiograph; the higher the accuracy score, the more often the monitor displayed the same heart rate as the reference did.

Ease of use and features:
Ease of use includes features, clarity of instructions, and convenience as judged by panelists who used the devices.
Features & Specs - Mio Alpha
info Stopwatch No
info Backlight No
info Difficult to use for some exercises No
info Settable target zones Yes
info Calorie counter No
info Pedometer No
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User Reviews - Mio Alpha
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Works, but does it have to be so pricey?
2/20/2014
Pros
Accurate
Easy to use
Links With Several Apps
Cons
Expensive
Hard to read in low light
Best Uses
Cardio exercise
Comment:
I use this for cardio training on an elliptical machine and for circuit training. It works better on the elliptical than circuit training. For example, it doesn't give an accurate reading when doing push-ups because your hand is bent at the wrist. It picks up the heart rate pretty quickly and has better range to connect to iphone than it says it should. It seems too expensive for what it does. On its own, it can only track heart rate and time. Mandatory to link to something else to analyze any information. Backlight would be nice, but I'm sure it would be a battery drain.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
4.0
Great for Cycling Team with Wahoo App
1/9/2014
Pros
Accurate
Educational
Motivating
Very long battery life
Cons
NO BACKLIGHT
Best Uses
Cycling
Comment:
Very rewarding to see how many calories consumed while biking, team up with Wahoo Blue SC and you have cadence, heart rate, speed, and GPS without a chest strap on your iPhone or Android. The future is here.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Mio Alpha is ahead of the pack
9/27/2013
Pros
Cons
No Backlight For Night Ti
No Night Time Back Light
Best Uses
Comment:
Bought the Mio Alpha because I like gadgets. The fact it was the only watch that could give an accurate Heart rate measurement without a chest strap. It has integrated well with Wahoo fitness app on my iPhone 4s. The combination keeps track of distance, maps, calories and upper and lower heart rates. I love this watch!!!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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