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Basis B1 Band

Est. $200
Reviewed
February 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Basis B1 Band

Best fitness tracker with heart monitor

Pros
  • Continuous heart-rate monitoring
  • Tracks numerous biometrics
  • Automatically differentiates sleep/wake
Cons
  • Bulky and conspicuous
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Bottom line

Serious athletes and fitness enthusiasts will appreciate the extra features of the high-end Basis B1 Band. In addition to counting steps and distance, this watch-style device monitors heart rate, skin temperature and perspiration levels. Reviews say the informative website, which turns activities into games to help set goals, makes the Basis motivating and fun to use. Its large screen provides instant feedback, but some users feel the Basis is too bulky.

Features

In-depth tracking. Small sensors on the back of the Basis B1 Band expand this tracker's abilities. It "auto-detects running, walking, bicycling, and sleeping," according to Jill Duffy with PCMag.com. Unlike some trackers that require you to stop and hold your finger on them to check beats per minute, the Basis's heart-rate sensor is built into the back of the device for constant monitoring. The Basis uses this data "to determine the length and quality of your slumbering," explain editors at CNET. "What's more, the device does so automatically. Other gadgets, such as the Jawbone UP24 and Fitbit Force, require that you press a button to begin sleep logging."

Performance

Outstanding fitness app. Praising its informative graphics and motivational suggestions, a CNET editor calls the Basis B1 Band "the most addictive 'personal wellness solution' I've used." The graphs focus "on habits, rather than numbers or single events," writes Jill Duffy, adding that the "habit-based approach is super encouraging." The Basis app adds an element of gaming by encouraging users to unlock new healthy habits. The activity monitor uploads data to a compatible PC or Mac with the USB connector, or users can sync wirelessly via Bluetooth with iOS and Android platforms.

Ease of use

Bulky, watch-like design. The Basis B1 Band is larger and heavier than bands like the Jawbone UP (Est. $130) and Fitbit Flex (Est. $100), weighing 1.55 ounces and looking more like a smart watch than a fitness tracker. "The device looked big on me," says LiveScience.com's Rachael Rettner. The watch requires a tight seal between your wrist and its sensors in order to accurately measure heart rate. "That means that if you like to wear your timepieces a little loose, the Basis isn't for you," say CNET editors. According to Jill Duffy, the Basis needs a solid two hours of charging about every three days.

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Basis Health Tracker for Fitness, Sleep & Stress (2014 Ed.)

 (444 reviews)
Buy new: $149.99   12 Used & new from $135.00

 

Our Sources

1. PCMag.com

Duffy especially appreciates the Basis's companion fitness program, which explains health stats, offers motivating suggestions and helps set appropriate goals. She recommends the Basis for avid users or athletes, but says it may be too expensive for some.

Review: Basis B1 Band, Jill Duffy, Nov. 21, 2013

2. CNET

Editors give the Basis B1 Band a Very Good rating, saying its data tracking and companion fitness app are excellent. The tracker is bigger and bulkier than some others, but feels similar to a heavy watch. They recommend it for users who can afford the higher cost and appreciate the expanded monitoring.

Review: Basis Science Basis B1 Band Review: 24-7 Fitness Watch Isn't Small but Motivates Well, Editors of CNET, Jan. 27, 2014

3. DigitalTrends.com

With 4 out of 5 stars, the Basis B1 Band earns the top score in DigitalTrends.com's comparison. Tester Micah Abrams says the Basis collects more data than its competitors, with an impressive fitness app and accurate calculations.

Review: Basis B1 Review, Micah Abrams, June 29, 2013

4. LiveScience.com

The Basis B1 Band gets the highest score in this LiveScience.com review, beating out the Fitbit Force, Fitbit Flex and Withings Pulse. Tester Rachael Rettner says despite the fitness tracker's large size, the Basis and its companion app are fun and informative.

Review: Basis B1: Fitness Tracker Review, Rachael Rettner, Jan. 9, 2014

5. TimeTechland

The Basis B1 Band places third in this comparison of 26 activity trackers, behind the Fitbit Force (which has since been recalled) and Fitbit One. Reviewer Ben Taylor says it's packed with features, but a high price, short battery life and some syncing issues lower its score slightly.

Review: 26 Fitness Trackers Ranked from Worst to First, Ben Taylor, Jan. 9, 2014

6. TheDailyBeast.com

Brent Rose tests the Basis B1 Band alongside the Fitbit Force and Withings Pulse, calling it "the odd man out" for its watch-like appearance. With more sensors than the other fitness trackers, the Basis collects more accurate data, Rose says. Its bulky, unattractive design is a downside.

Review: How to Find the Best Fitness Tracker for You, Brent Rose, Nov. 20, 2013

7. Amazon.com

The Basis B1 Band has an average rating of 3.0 stars here, with scores evenly split across the board. Positive reviews frequently say the monitors work well, the band is comfortable and the software is a helpful motivator. Complaints include issues with syncing and difficulties reaching customer service for support.

Review: Basis Health Tracker for Fitness, Sleep & Stress (Black), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2014

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