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    RESULTS
    Chest strap (5)
    Type

    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.

     /  5
    Accuracy

    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.

     /  5
    Ease of use and features

    Ease of use and features

    Ease of use includes features, clarity of instructions, and convenience as judged by panelists who used the devices.

     /  5
    Sport versatility

    Sport versatility

    Sports versatility indicates whether a model is difficult or easy to use for all or most sports.

     /  5
    Heart-rate monitors
    Type

    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.

     /  5
    Accuracy

    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.

     /  5
    Ease of use and features

    Ease of use and features

    Ease of use includes features, clarity of instructions, and convenience as judged by panelists who used the devices.

     /  5
    Sport versatility

    Sport versatility

    Sports versatility indicates whether a model is difficult or easy to use for all or most sports.

     /  5
    Heart-rate monitors
    Type

    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.

     /  5
    Accuracy

    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.

     /  5
    Ease of use and features

    Ease of use and features

    Ease of use includes features, clarity of instructions, and convenience as judged by panelists who used the devices.

     /  5
    Sport versatility

    Sport versatility

    Sports versatility indicates whether a model is difficult or easy to use for all or most sports.

     /  5
    Heart-rate monitors
    Type

    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.

     /  5
    Accuracy

    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.

     /  5
    Ease of use and features

    Ease of use and features

    Ease of use includes features, clarity of instructions, and convenience as judged by panelists who used the devices.

     /  5
    Sport versatility

    Sport versatility

    Sports versatility indicates whether a model is difficult or easy to use for all or most sports.

     /  5
    Type

    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.

     /  5
    Accuracy

    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.

     /  5
    Ease of use and features

    Ease of use and features

    Ease of use includes features, clarity of instructions, and convenience as judged by panelists who used the devices.

     /  5
    Sport versatility

    Sport versatility

    Sports versatility indicates whether a model is difficult or easy to use for all or most sports.

     /  5
    Touch watch (4)
    Type

    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.

     /  5
    Accuracy

    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.

     /  5
    Ease of use and features

    Ease of use and features

    Ease of use includes features, clarity of instructions, and convenience as judged by panelists who used the devices.

     /  5
    Sport versatility

    Sport versatility

    Sports versatility indicates whether a model is difficult or easy to use for all or most sports.

     /  5
    Type

    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.

     /  5
    Accuracy

    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.

     /  5
    Ease of use and features

    Ease of use and features

    Ease of use includes features, clarity of instructions, and convenience as judged by panelists who used the devices.

     /  5
    Sport versatility

    Sport versatility

    Sports versatility indicates whether a model is difficult or easy to use for all or most sports.

     /  5
    Type

    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.

     /  5
    Accuracy

    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.

     /  5
    Ease of use and features

    Ease of use and features

    Ease of use includes features, clarity of instructions, and convenience as judged by panelists who used the devices.

     /  5
    Sport versatility

    Sport versatility

    Sports versatility indicates whether a model is difficult or easy to use for all or most sports.

     /  5
    Type

    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.

     /  5
    Accuracy

    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.

     /  5
    Ease of use and features

    Ease of use and features

    Ease of use includes features, clarity of instructions, and convenience as judged by panelists who used the devices.

     /  5
    Sport versatility

    Sport versatility

    Sports versatility indicates whether a model is difficult or easy to use for all or most sports.

     /  5
    Type

    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.

     /  5
    Accuracy

    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.

     /  5
    Ease of use and features

    Ease of use and features

    Ease of use includes features, clarity of instructions, and convenience as judged by panelists who used the devices.

     /  5
    Sport versatility

    Sport versatility

    Sports versatility indicates whether a model is difficult or easy to use for all or most sports.

     /  5
    Type

    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.

     /  5
    Accuracy

    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.

     /  5
    Ease of use and features

    Ease of use and features

    Ease of use includes features, clarity of instructions, and convenience as judged by panelists who used the devices.

     /  5
    Sport versatility

    Sport versatility

    Sports versatility indicates whether a model is difficult or easy to use for all or most sports.

     /  5
    Continuous watch (1)
    Heart-rate monitors
    Type

    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.

     /  5
    Accuracy

    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.

     /  5
    Ease of use and features

    Ease of use and features

    Ease of use includes features, clarity of instructions, and convenience as judged by panelists who used the devices.

     /  5
    Sport versatility

    Sport versatility

    Sports versatility indicates whether a model is difficult or easy to use for all or most sports.

     /  5