The importance of monitoring the heart rate (HR) in sports have no one in doubt. The range of sports watch with heart rate monitor and breast Cardiosensor interacting with mobile applications trackers are already quite broad. And every interested user can find a solution corresponding to its budget. But if before the question was only about the price and quality segments, we can now choose products that provide comfort when the control pulse. The Canadian company Mio Global agreed to a long-standing problem, developed in conjunction with Philips optical heart rate monitors that can determine the exact pulse and capture its changes in the dynamics of your wrist. The first products were financed directly by users, customers on kraudfandingovoy Kickstarter platform and only later serial production and deliveries has been established around the world.
Mio Technology essence lies in a small optical sensor that is easy to integrate into the body of sports watches or bracelets fitness. Two bright LEDs shine skin, and an optical sensor located between them, fixes the change in the ratio of reflected and absorbed light. The speed of these changes corresponds exactly to the blood pulsation in the blood vessels.
To date, in the range of 4 Mio Global has a heart rate monitor sports models: Mio ALPHA 2, Mio FUSE, Mio LINK and Mio VELO. The easiest and most affordable gadget – Mio LINK. On it will be discussed in this review.
MIO LINK: SPECIFICATIONS
- Model: Mio LINK;
- Design: plastic sensor with a detachable strap;
- Water resistant up to 30 meters;
- Strap: Silicone elastic with a metal clasp;
- Strap length: in this instance 208 mm (the manufacturer has provided 2 sizes);
- Display: none;
- Indicators: RGB LED for up to 5 cardio zones;
- Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 Smart and ANT +;
- Charging: Dock (USB, magnetic mount);
- Battery: Li-ion;
- Working hours in training mode: 8 hours;
- Compatibility: iOS, Android 4.3 or later, Windows Phone, bike computers, sports watches, and other fitness equipment to support the above-mentioned wireless protocols;
- Weight: 34 g;
MIO LINK: PACKAGE CONTENTS
Mio LINK is delivered in a cardboard box in white. On the front side of the convex transparent window through which we see the gadget itself. There is a sticker with the indication of the size of L. On the reverse side of the box description of the bracelet features in English. On the left side the information is duplicated in the form of icons. On the right side are given options for wireless communication.
Inside the box, in a plastic insert is locked in a heart rate monitor in a separate box dock for charging, warranty booklet and the card with the address of the website where you can download a detailed user manual. Unlike Mio Alpha 2 on the instruction site in Russian is not available.
MIO LINK: APPEARANCE
In view of Mio LINK ordinary rubber bracelet with clasp. At the heart of black silicone strap on it two gray lining. There is an option and white, but with a smaller strap. The black version comes in two sizes – L and S / M.
Only one button – on / off mode pulse measurement. When you turn on devaysa starts blinking LED-indicator.
All coated strap holes in three rows. The clasp on the strap usual, with two prongs. To fix the end of the strap is provided metal buckle.
The strap is soft and comfortable, it does not cause allergic reactions, but it adheres strongly dust. At hand are well fixed firmly. Prolonged wearing traces may remain on the skin, but they quickly disappear.
Sensor removable straps can be changed. The sensor in a plastic case with one button on top.
Below we see two LEDs and between the optical sensor. With four edge contact for charging.
Docking Station is connected to a bracelet on a magnet. USB-cable short, conveniently fit into the case.
MIO LINK: EXPLOITATION
Dress tight bracelet on his hand, include a training mode, press and hold the single button. And that’s it, you can start training.
The LED will change color depending on heart rate zones. There are five areas:
Blue – the pulse with no load;
Blue – warm-up, about 50% of maximum heart rate;
Green – the burning of fat, about 60% of maximum heart rate;
Yellow – aerobic exercise, about 70%;
Purpuny – anaerobic load of about 80%;
Red – the maximum load is only possible for a short time intervals!
Slightly more opportunities bracelet when connected to a smartphone. Firstly, it is compatible with almost all mobile sports applications that record statistics of your workout. And paired with a native application Mio GO, available for smartphones based on iOS or Android, there is a possibility of customization of the heart rate monitor. After the application detects the gadget and will mate, you can fill in your profile. After that, it is possible to change the boundaries of cardio-zone, and set the maximum heart rate, depending on your age. Calculate this figure is very simple 220 minus age.
Annex Mio GO can also be configured to work LED-indicator on the heart rate monitor. It is possible to track the 3 or 5 zones during a workout. Which option to choose – it depends on your goals. You can also customize other color combinations designating a particular heart rate zone. During training in Mio GO, you can view your heart rate in real time, and at the end of a workout app Draw the graphs of the pulse changes. There are no data on the device, as in Mio Alpha 2, we do not see. Own Memory Mio LINK heart rate monitor is not available, and without any connection with a smartphone imaging in addition to ongoing cardio-zone, we will not get. However, if engaged in the street and with the application, it is based on the GPS data on your smartphone and on calculates the rate of performance, distance, climb, and others.
In parallel with our Bluetooth device can operate under the protocol ANT +, which makes it possible to synchronize it with a cycling computer or advanced exercisers.
The heart rate monitor works up to 8 hours. Typically, training is 3-4, that is, one charge will last for a week on average.
MIO LINK: TESTING
Compare heart rate readings Mio LINK I’ll be with chest strap, when used in parallel. Charts with both sensors are obtained almost identical. For loads more than 140-150 beats per minute, the difference is placed in a 2-3 beats per minute. It is not so fundamentally.
During jogging, sweat does not affect the accuracy of readings, sensor failures and loss of control was not on the pulse. Although user feedback Mio LINK such a problem occurs. But my heart rate monitor chest strap occasionally lose connection with intensive movements.
Sound and vibration alert to move to another area of the heart rate is not, you need to constantly keep an eye on the indicator. But this is basically not a problem, the display bright enough to mow look at the wrist.
During workouts bracelet does not cause any discomfort, the arm is almost not felt. It has a waterproof housing, can not be afraid to get under the rain or wash in the shower without having to remove it from your hand.
MIO LINK: CONCLUSION
Mio LINK perfect heart rate monitor without unnecessary features. It can be a convenient alternative to a breastplate Pulse. Different measurement accuracy, the ability to interface protocols for Bluetooth Smart and ANT +. The sensor is placed in a stylish and user-friendly silicone bracelet. He would have to add autonomy, though 8:00 is not so much. The same Mio Alpha 2 work more than 20 hours with the included heart rate monitor and chest strap battery-work years.
Mio LINK perfect for shopping as the first heart rate monitor for beginners fans of a healthy lifestyle. He has an acceptable and reasonable price, it is easy to operate, and can be synchronized with a large number of specialized programs and devices. Also, this option may be of interest to users of advanced sports watch, which still refused to heart rate due to breast discomfort when using sensors.
- Stylish appearance;
- RGB LED backlight;
- Removable sensor housing;
- Protection against water;
- Convenient clasp;
- Soft strap;
- Accuracy of heart rate measurement;
- Pairing for Bluetooth and ANT +;
- Ability to work with various programs;
- Affordable price.