Wearable health/fitness devices are all the rage today with smartbands and phone apps being a booming business. However, for those of us who wear watches everyday, we don’t want to wear yet another band around our wrists – it doesn’t even tell time! Enter the Lifetrak Brite R450 fitness watch. Unlike most smartbands out there, the Lifetrak Brite R450 is a wristwatch with fitness band functionality – and a little more! On a design level, the Brite R450 appears to be a rather standard wristwatch. It comes in three color schemes and fits a large variety of wrist sizes thanks to its adjustment system.
The Lifetrak Brite R450 fitness watch has a number of features which put it on par, if not better, than most smartbands on the market. First, the Brite R450 will montior your heart rate without the use of an external sensor strap. It does this through some crazy technological wizardry I have yet to fully understand – but, I am pretty sure it involves gyros and magnets. Second, the Brite R450 will track the quality of your sleep without you having to put it into a sleep mode. Again: Wizardry! More over, this sleep tracker will even wake you up gently, by way of a vibration alarm, as to not shock your system back into consciousness. The Brite R450 will also interface with your smartphone via Bluetooth and let you preview text messages, email, and more.
The biggest issue I had while trying out the Brite R450 was that its screen seems a bit too small for all the information it has available for the user. I would have liked to see the screen be a bit bigger to fit more information in a sensible way. Its predecessor, the Lifetrak Zone C410, had a slightly better interface thanks to its skyscraper style screen. Also, synchronizing the watch with your smartphone app still has to be done manually as does its heart rate monitor functionality.
The obvious reason for this saving battery life, as the Lifetrak Brite R450 does not feature a rechargeable style battery seen in most fitness bands. Instead, it uses actual watch batteries! Of course, the benefit to this is that the Brite R450 has a very long battery life overall and it can go months upon months without needing the battery changed out.
- Tells the time – it’s a watch!
- Accurate activity tracking
- Reasonable price point
- Sleep tracker is terrific
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- Screen not as big as I would like
- Manual sync and heart rate monitoring
Overall, the Lifetrak Brite R450 fitness tracker is an excellent option for watch-wearers looking to monitor their activity levels. The addition of sleep tracking and its built-in heart rate sensor is a huge boost to the watch’s functionality. I only wish it had a little bigger of a screen to display more information.
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