The bracelet isn’t the coolest looking thing, but mainly i just wanted the heart rate monitor. That part of it seems to work great, and i still use it basically just for that, and calories burned. Only works and syncs properly when it feels like it. I really wanted to use this to track steps with a 3rd party app like stepbet, but it’s impossible to get a proper reading to sync with another app because it won’t automatically update your steps throughout the day, even if you sync. You have to delete the previous entry, then re-sync first thing the next day, but by doing that, you get a sync from the current day which also doesn’t update. There were also other syncing problems. I complained of these problems when i first got it, and after a run-around for a few months, my bracelet was finally replaced. Some features started working, but i never could get the steps working right.
First, i never write reviews but had to in light of two things:1) the silly things people wrote about this product because they don’t read directions or look at the faq’s on website to trouble shoot their problems2) this great producti’m an avid exercise guy. I train 6 days a week and 7 when i can. It’s my outlet being a father of 2 young boys and trying to keep up with them. I wanted something that would track my daily caloric burn and collaborate with myfitnesspal app so i could stay motivated by keeping my stats. (full integration with the said app is coming but for now i just manually transfer my stats. )pros:- comfortable- you have to wear any hrm two inches above your wrist. If you don’t, you won’t get a good reading. This is universal because of the ergonomics of your wrist. It has nothing to do with this device. (ignorant comment by other users on this)- accurate heart rate- it is highly accurate if you wear it right- screen design and controls- controls are very simple, as opposed to some people who said it’s complicated.
My only goal was to find an accurate heart rate monitor that consistently works to keep me in my target zone when running and cross training. It does this and so much more. The mio fuse app syncs to my iphone. You can set how many zones you want for your percent of maximum heart rate, and it graphs how long you are in each zones. It vibrates when you go from one zone to another. It then tells you what zone you stayed in the most and for how long, your average heart rate, and calories burned. This is great information for athletes. I really feel like it will take me to the next level in fitness. I tend to over train and let my heart rate go to high for longer than i should, (over 90% of my max) and then feel drained for the rest of the day. This will help keep me in the right zone.
I have only had it for a day, and a half but i am learning to love it. The main thing i want is accurate heart rate, and it has not disappointed. I checked against an old polar strap/watch combo in two ways: one was a brisk but relatively steady uphill walk and the mio and polar were within 5bpm 99% of the time. Then i did 12 pushups followed by 12 situps, and viceversa, checking in between and at the end. In both cases within 5 bpm, at 140 or so. Today i checked in a 40 min uphill bike ride and again quite accurate up to 148 bpm (that is hogh for me, given age). It is bulky, relatively wide (but a review said that is a good thing as it prevents stray light from entering the hr sensir), so pretty it is not. It wont beep me when the phone rings but i dont care, i can hear the phone ring. It does vibrate when i exceed a bpm threshold, which is very important to me. I have not had any problem with the buttons, despite what some reviews here say.
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.
You need to know a few things about this wearable monitor before you buy it. First: it’s very comfortable and made out of flexible silicone. It feels soft even when you wear it snug as suggested. I wear it above my watch and have also worn it upside down with the clasp on top of my forearm, it’s comfortable both ways. Once it’s on it doesn’t move and after it has acquired hr it doesn’t lose it. I’ve had it on all night and didn’t even know it was there. You better be a tinkerer with patience, it’s not exactly a put-it-on-and-forget-it type gadget. (update: after the a day of two of messing with it it gets easier) after it’s strapped on you must initialize it in order to get hr. Easy to do and it finds hr quickly.
Mio FUSE Heart Rate, Sleep + Activity Tracker
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- Get accurate wrist-based heart rate during exercise.
- Track all day activity, including sleep, steps, calories, distance, pace & goal. Tracking sleep requires a simple software update.
- Sync wirelessly via Bluetooth Smart (4.0) to popular fitness apps.
- Works exclusively with Mio PAI app (Personal Activity Intelligence).
- Water resistant up to 30m (3 ATM / 100 ft.)
- To add sleep tracking, easily update your firmware via Mio GO app.
- For Mio product support, please contact 1-877-770-1116 (Mon-Fri: 9am to 5pm PST). Please refer user manual attached below for instructions and troubleshooting steps.
- How do I pair my Mio device to an app like Strava, MapMyRun, Endomondo, RunKeeper or any other 3rd party smartphone app? A: Make sure that your smartphone is compatible, and follow the steps below! 1. Take both your smartphone and Mio device to a place at least 30m (100 feet) away from any other Bluetooth devices. 2. Turn on heart rate monitoring on your Mio device, and place your Mio device within 1 meter (3 feet) to your smartphone—the closer the better! 3. Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your smartphone. For iPhones, go to Settings > Bluetooth, and make sure that Bluetooth is ‘On’. For Android phones, open the Bluetooth settings menu on your device and enable the setting that makes your device visible to other Bluetooth devices. Note: Pairing must be completed within the app settings, and not in your smartphone’s Bluetooth settings. Make sure that Bluetooth is enabled, but don’t connect anything directly within the Bluetooth settings! 4. Open the app that you would like to pair with and add your Mio device as a heart rate sensor. The setup process varies by app, but the option to add a heart rate sensor is typically found in the Settings menu. Repeat the above pairing process any time you use a new app. After initial pairing is complete, your Mio device will automatically be recognized each time you use that app. Troubleshooting tip: Your Mio device can’t connect to more than one app at a time. If an app can’t find your Mio device, make sure to force close any heart rate monitoring apps (including Mio GO) that may be running in the background.
- How to get the most accurate HR reading Picture this: you’re getting ready to head out for a workout. You turn on your heart rate monitor, and you can’t find your heart rate. No, you’re not dead; your heart rate monitor could just be having a bit of trouble getting a reading. Your Mio heart rate monitor uses the industry’s most accurate technology, but there are a few steps you can take to make sure your heart rate reads loud and clear every time. First, just try turning off heart rate mode and restarting. If that doesn’t work, try these 5 easy things to get an accurate heart rate reading before you start working out. 1. Keep it clean If the sensor on your Mio is dirty, it can cause problems. Keep it clean by washing regularly with a wet cloth or by running it under water quickly after each use. Just be sure to dry it off after. 2. Wear it high Fasten the device about 1-3 inches (3-8 cm) above your wrist bon 3. Cinch it up If light gets in, your Mio won’t work well. Tighten the strap so that the optical sensor on the back makes good contact with your skin. 4. Warm up If you have cold hands or poor circulation, this one’s especially important. Get some blood moving before you get started, and you’ll get a better reading. 5. Hold still If you’re moving around, it’s difficult for your device to get an initial heart rate reading. Hold still until your heart rate displays, then get moving. Keep these 5 simple tips in mind next time you’re heading out for a workout or trying to track your heart rate.
- What should I do if my workout memory is full FUSE stores 30 hours of workout data, after which time it will show ‘NO MEM” on the display. You can clear your FUSE memory by syncing to the Mio GO app. If you have trouble clearing your memory, please try the following: ANDROID -Restart phone -Open Mio GO and drag down on the Activity History Screen (you may have to drag down more than once in order to sync all data) IPHONE – Close Mio GO completely by swiping it from the running apps screen -Open the iPhone Bluetooth menu and make sure nothing is connected with the Mio name (MioFUSE/MIOup1.8 for example) -Re-open Mio GO and drag down on the Activity History Screen (you may have to drag down more than once in order to sync all data)
The concept of a comfortable, water resistant, strapless fitness tracker is a wonderful goal – a goal yet achieved by mio. Fit – the fuse certainly is comfortable with its soft wrist band and numerous, secure, clasp settings. The display is bright enough for reading in direct sunlight. Function – when first received and compared to a conventional strap hrm and fitbit device, the fuse was found to be more conservative than the hrm by about 5 beats and recognized approximately 200 steps less than the fitbit. The led zones were poorly designed. The yellow appeared orange and the two zones purple and red are impossible to distinguish during exercise. Rather than centered, the display is set to the furthest position away from the user’s view requiring a wrist rotation to see clearly. Within two weeks of use the accuracy of the fuse diminished. A thirty minute elliptical workout reported as about 3000 steps by fitbit, and previously reported as 2800 by fuse, was now recorded as 1300 steps in the mio app.
Been using it for several weeks now and i love it. I chose this one over any more fancy fit bits for the bluetooth functionality to show heart rate on any compatible app. I’ve used it mountain biking, swimming, running. I’d say is accuracy is not 100% of the time, but gives you a good idea. Sometimes, it gets kind of stuck, like i’m totally out of breath climbing a hill mountain biking and the heart rate still on 86. After a couple of minutes it catches up, but is not instant. Looks like it has an algorithm to not jump hr measurements too muchi read a review that when sweaty it does not work very well. I’ve seen this happen to me once or twice but not all the time. I do tend to have to strap it more when on workouts.
My wife and i bought two of these to replace strap based heart rate monitors used during fitness sessions and i’d give them 5 stars because we love the functionality but users should beware of some caveats and usage issues. First, the documentation isn’t the best so it takes some time to figure out how to use everything. Configuration is done with the smart phone app and can’t be done on the band. Getting used to the touch points and starting and stopping a heart rate session (as opposed to basic accelerometer step/distance recording) takes a bit of time. One of the reasons we like the band is the ease of reading during workout activities with the large led readout even in the dark. Additionally a blinking led indicates current heart rate zone with different colors so you can glance and know what zone you’re in without touching the band to get the specific reading. Heart rate monitoring seems to work as well as our old strap based units. When we first received the bands the android app wasn’t close to being ready for prime time but a couple of updates later it’s now useful for tracking basic daily data along with workout data such as average heart rate and time in zone. The android app still doesn’t have all the functionality of the iphone app but mio claims they are working on getting it there. We actually wear the bands for activities where we wouldn’t have used our old strap based hrm.
3/16/2016i bought the mio fuse 4 weeks ago to replace my aging nike fuelband se+. I am overall happy with the quality of the watch and its various features, however i am disappointed in the lack of functionality of the app and its data analysis. I have tried the basis peak, garmin vivoactive among others and have decided that the miofuse fits my lifestyle the best. Watch build: the watch is very comfortable to wear during daily activities and while sleeping. It is built of flexible silicon and soft rubber which does not produce any irritation to my skin. It flexes enough to tighten the watch during physical activity and still be comfortable. The watch strap clasp has so far not shown any signs of breaking down and has held firm. While playing basketball the watch has unclipped from the end of the strap, but not fallen off. Screen & watch interface: the buttons on the watch are extremely sensitive and the watch lights up with the slightest touch from my self or someone bumping into me. This is made better by mio including an accelerometer in the watch so that when the watch is not facing up, the buttons do not activate the screen.
I have been using it for one month now and i hate to take it off to charge it. I am not an impulse buyer so i researched all of the brands and models. I am glad that i settled for this one. Based on the way that i am using it i have been getting 4-5 days between charges. I would definitely buy this model again. I chose this one over other models primarily because to get the features that i wanted i would have had to spend 50% more. Being able to monitor my sleep was one of the top features that i was looking for. I believed that i was not sleeping well at night and so this was a mandatory feature for me. The display is big and can be read with little effort. Once you figure out how to go through the menus it has a good set of features that are well thought out. The controls are easy to use.
10/24bought mio fuse 5 days ago. So here’s my brief overview of this product. First of all, i was looking for an activity tracker that would be able to track my heart rate when i workout. Did some research and found a lot of opinions saying mio’s heart rate tracking is very accurate, that’s why decided to try it out. Also, wasn’t looking for any sleep tracking functionality. Mio fuse is easy to activate and setup. They don’t have a tactile feedback, so press gently, just touch. I guess this is due to the button mechanism, when fuse is hold upside down the button press won’t be registered. Tracker has 2 modes: all-day tracking and workout tracking.
I got this because the only feature i really wanted was a very reliable heart rate monitor without a chest strap. I can happily report that this device meets that description. I sometimes compare it with the heart rate monitor on the cardio machine i’m using to make sure, and they almost always match or are close enough. My biggest complaint is that it’s sometimes hard to actually wake up the hr monitor function. You’re supposed to hold down this one button-y section, but sometimes that doesn’t respond. When considering this, consider the unique look of it. The display is very non-traditional; it’s just a low-res grid of red lights. I also don’t care about that much. I only use it when doing cardio, so it’s not like i wear it around.
Pros-very accurategreat battery lifeworks well in conjunction with any sports tracker appeasy to see with always on display (in workout mode only)cons-inaccurate calorie burnproprietary charger that is annoying to usesomewhere in-between-somewhat uncomfortable for a sports watch but more comfortable than chest strap. Accuracy:i’ll start off with the accuracy, since that is the main function i use and cared about before purchasing the mio fuse. In that regard, i am completely satisfied. I wore a chest strap along side the fuse for about a week (5 hours of use) just to compare readings. The fuse performed great and even outperformed the strap on several occasions. The fuse’s update interval is about twice as fast as my chest strap. Battery life:i set the display to always-on mode during workouts and can still go a full week and usually more before needing a recharge. This is probably the device i have to re-charge the least out of every electronic i own. Thankfully too because the charging dock is a pain to use. It requires you to dock the back of the device onto a very weak magnet, but because the mio always has a bend to it, you have to either elevate the dock, or place it on the corner of a table for the watch to dock with it.
I have been using it for 4,5 month now. Here are some thought:1) it is precise for steady state activities at heart rate 130 – 175, when the measurement results are very close to each other. Reacts to change much faster than treadmill or elliptical measurement unit and actually shows the very precise results, whereas elliptical can show decrease in hr when i am increasing resistance or speed. 2) but when doing hiit – it is funny. After 20-30 seconds of prowler all out, i am then looking at the heart rate measurement, which is climbing up from 150 to 165 within next 5-10 seconds and then slowly starts going down. Prowler – activity not related to arm or hand rapid movement movement. Which mio actually states that might cause incorrect readings. 3) elliptical – not tracked at all get up to 0. 4) treadmill – rather close – 2.
Then i realized the reasons i wanted to send it back were the false promises that got me to buy it but in the end it was still the best for what i needed. Here is all it does and doesn’t do, clearly stated:what it does:1- it is the best at taking heart rate (compared side to side with treadmill sensors etc it was a second late but always right)2- you can swim with it3- it will sync with pear fitness which will sync with mfpwhat it doesn’t do:i’m going to write a big chapter because a lot needs to be explained about the product and it’s a chain of event. First, there are 3 ways to use this. Let’s say mode1 is having the watch on you not pressing any button. Mode2 is starting the heart rate monitor. Mode3 is saving a ‘workout’ (heart monitor needs to be on). Mode1 does nothing apart from evaluating your steps, distance and calories. Without gps, not sure how but it does it. It doesn’t save this anywhere. Just on your watch until midnight. So i guess technically you could write it on a piece of paper every night. Their app does not sync this data. This is the most ridiculous thing i’ve ever seen.
I bought this band (miofuse) 1 year ago, and have worn it almost every day since. I purchased it primarily for heart rate monitoring during workouts (crossfit) i purchased this product after much research on non-chest-strap monitors. I don’t care much about sleep monitoring, but the ‘steps per day’ feature is kinda fun. My thoughts after 1 year of use:(1) the heart rate tracking based off of the wrist is surprisingly accurate. As the instructions indicate, you must keep the band slightly higher on your wrist than a watch in order to get an accurate reading. And yes, it works to track hr during crossfit. You can even turn it around to the inside of your wrist during kb snatches to prevent the kb from slamming into the electronic pad. (2) aesthetically, i like that this is completely black when not activated (touch sensor). Having been in the military, this low-vis option is nice. It is a bit bulky, though, for smaller wrists.
Mio FUSE Heart Rate, Sleep + Activity Tracker : I li’ve mio, but this review will hurt a little. Let’s get this out of the way; i do crossfit. I am 6’2″ 250 with fairly small wrist for a guy my size. Form: the mio looks great it’s a little wide but it’s flat and has a thin profile so it works visually. It’s not a distraction while u work out and you won’t fiddle with it much. I need to wear this thing further up my wrist 2 inches at least and that puts me on the last few notches or pulling it extremely tight. It’s like wearing wrist wraps. Woo now that we have that out the way.
This hr monitor is perfect for what i needed. I usually don’t bother with all the fitness tracking features it has, although i might in the future. I had to install the app on my husband’s old iphone because mio doesn’t provide an app for my windows phone (oh well, i knew i’d be an outsider with that phone choice). The app is easy to use, although a bit glitchy at times. One of my long workouts wouldn’t sync with the app, no matter how many times i tried. But usually it works flawlessly. I kept things simple and set it up using the app so that the fuse only vibrates when i reach my target hr and again when i exceed it. It has both ‘3-zone’ and ‘5-zone’ hr settings but i use it in 3-zone mode, which works great for the kind of training i am doing right now. You don’t have to carry the phone with you; you only need to use the app when you want to change settings or sync your runs to view hr data afterward. I also have a garmin gps (forerunner 15 model) watch that syncs with the fuse automatically; it just senses it’s there. I can wear the fuse for 3 – 5 runs of at least 1 hour apiece before i have to charge it. Recently there was a firmware update which improved a few things, such as making it harder to accidentally pause the ‘workout’ mode by merely touching the face of the watch. With that improvement, i would say this rates 4 1/2 stars.
See the attached images for head to head comparison against garmin chest strap, the mio had a few minutes lead time since i set my garmin to only record when it sense movement. I’m pretty satisfied with the accuracy. I’ve read a lot about wrist hrms and that they are wildly inaccurate, but this one seems spot on, even with stopping and going on a bikefor my use this is pretty close to perfect. I tested this head to head with my garmin chest strap on my way to work, as i will be using this device to keep track of my hr when i’m just tooling around town. For long rides, i don’t mind wearing the chest strap, but for going to work it’s a pain to take off at work and put on before heading home. As a full time activity tracker, there are doubtless better devices with better apps, but if you just want a quick, easy and accurate hrm, this is your go to – or any mio for that matter. Documentation is not really clear, but the customer support is excellent. I raised a ticket and got a confirmation email back right away, with a toll free number. The guy on the other side of the line was clear and helpful.
I’m not sure how to review these. Its a day tracker and does heart-rate monitoring while you are doing an actual work out. They have a horrible app that looks nice for displaying how your workout does. But it connects up to runkeeper and other apps as an accurate heartrate monitor you wear on your wrist. Software bad, but the hardware is awesome. Just not all day heart-rate. I think $150 is too much for it for most people. In my case i use it only for my workouts. It beeps as you change ‘heart rate’ zones. Which is levels you define when you body is actually doing work. Runkeeper has my heartrate from this device, which worked great. It doesn’t (yet) connect to google-fit. It does do sleep analysis using its own app, but its just wrong. I know i was up a few times in the night for a while and it thought i slept the night through. I’d rather use this than my smart watch. (god, that’s another review i need to do. ) this thing can handle a bunch of punishment. But yeah, the software sucks. Luckily i didn’t need their provided software for normal workouts.
Let me start off by saying this thing is not the most attractive watch i own. But i could sider myself a watch snob and have quite a collection. To say it looks ok is being generous. I think it’s butt ugly and wouldn’t be caught dead wearing it in public. It took a little bit to learn to use it and it’s not very intuitive. I still can’t get the sleep mode to work, but i probably wouldn’t use it anyway. But i have to say, what i use it for, it performs so very nicely. I use it predominantly to track my heart rate during exercise. It connects very easily to my concept 2 rower. Also, it doesn’t connect to my bowflex max trainer (that’s bowflex’s problem) but i use the bowflex chest strap and my mood and the heart rates are identical at all times.
First off my wrist measures exactly 6′ completely around (about 2′ above my wrist bone) & directions state to place this item about 2′ from your wrist bone. But the problem i occurred was it was too wide for my wrist. The top part of this band is in a hard casing that does not flex/bend that measures approximately 3′ long. So even if your wrist fits the measurements given in the description it doesn’t necessarily mean it is going to fit your wrist. I ended up having to return it. The reason i gave this product 3 stars is because the operational side of this band is one of the best (better and more accurate than a fitbit in my opinion. ) but it seems this band was made more for men in mind. There are only two sizes provided which is a red band that fits medium to large wrists and a blue band that is more for medium to small wrists. But in order to get this band to sit flat on my arm i literally had to put it on the middle of my arm.
The tracker itself is very good. I’ve had the mio link and i wanted more than just a heart rate monitor. It tracks heart rate as good as chest straps. I’ve tested the mio link when i had my stress test and it was very accurate. It was exactly the same as the readings with me strapped to a machine. The strap is bigger than expected. The strap is s little hard to lock in with the pins. Mio is the only product (that i know) that will work with other fitness apps like endomondo. The new sleep tracker needs more work as well as the mio go app.
There are lots of them out there, but i went with this band for their cycling-minded builds where the vast majority of other hr bands utilize a generic 3-zone system. The band itself is comfortable and unobtrusive. It has made some smart decisions such as reserving hr usage to workout modes only. I’ve seen some people view that as a constraint, but even as an athlete i don’t find any valuable use in watching it all day long. It’s worth noting here now that this is foremost a sports band. It does a better job at tracking your workout-related things than most bands out there, whereas the daily activity tracking just adds to its value as an overall competitor in the market. Another very nice touch is its waterproofness. Many reviews also dock this band for its inability to measure sleep.