MIO Alpha Heart Rate Monitor Watch

MIO Alpha Heart Rate Monitor Watch

$199.95

4.5 out of 5 stars

Based on 7 reviews

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Product Information

  • Overview

    A continuous heart rate monitor you can wrap around your wrist, MIO Alpha collects and sends data wirelessly via Bluetooth to popular fitness apps such as MapMyRun, Runkeeper, and Strava on your iPhone. It's been tested accurate for performance cycling at any speed and has been tested accurate at running speeds of greater than 14.4 miles per hour.

    Comfortable wrist band

    Using patented technology from the research labs at Philips Electronics, the Alpha is totally unobtrusive and has no fiddly set-up or chest strap to slide down or chafe. Instead, you wear it on your wrist. This clever heart rate monitor has a soft, stretchable silicone wrist band that ensures a snug fit that won’t slow you down.

    Optimise your workouts

    Heart rate training is an effective tool for endurance athletes, allowing them to measure and control the intensity of their workouts. By making sure you’re always working within the correct heart rate zone, you’ll maximise your efforts and perform at your peak.

    Technologically Advanced

    Alpha is a true scientific breakthrough as it uses technology proven accurate at rest in medical use in a form that is now robust enough for sport. Light beams and an electro-optical cell 'sense' the volume of blood under your skin. Sophisticated algorithms are applied to the pulse signal so that the heart’s true rhythm can be detected, even while running at performance speeds.

    Added data

    Alpha uses Bluetooth Smart (4.0) technology to connect to compatible devices to measure speed, distance and pace.

  • Highlights

    • Continuous heart rate display
    • No chest strap needed
    • User-settable heart rate zones with visual and audible alerts
    • Designed for simplicity of use
    • Data review (total exercise time; average heart rate; time “in zone”)
    • Bluetooth Smart wireless transmitter
    • Stretchable silicone wrist band with secure snap latching system for comfortable fit
    • Negative dot-matrix LCD
    • Tri-color LED heart rate zones
    • Rechargeable battery, USB charging dock with magnetic alignment
    • Works with top fitness apps including MapMyRun, Runkeeper, Strava and many more
    • Connects to iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S
  • Did you notice?

    Sophisticated algorithms are applied to the pulse signal so MIO Alpha can detect your heart's true rhythm even while you're running at performance speeds.
  • Apple Recommends For

    Stay in the zone and run, cycle, and bike at your peak with heart rate monitoring on your favorite iPhone fitness app.
  • What's in the Box?

    • MIO Alpha watch
    • Battery
    • Charging dock
  • Tech Specs

    • Height: 102 mm
    • Width: 102 mm
    • Weight: 3.2 oz./90.72 g
    • Length: 112 mm
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • Mfr. Part Number: 53PBLK-INT
    • UPC or EAN No.: 693472586600

    Warranty

    • Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.
    • Warranty: One year (For details, please visit http://www.mioglobal.com/pages/warranty-and-service)

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Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (4.5 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Amazing Bluetooth HR monitor

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I was a little leery of this being strapless however, I've NEVER had a problem with it and it's awesome to be able to track any ac I was a little leery of this being strapless however, I've NEVER had a problem with it and it's awesome to be able to track any activity anytime. I use it with the DIGIFIT app to track my workouts, see my HR zone and how long i'm there. It's a great motivator. Only wish it came with a backlight for evening or early morning workouts. It's charged by your laptop via USB, but one good charge lasts several months.

    • Written by from Greenwood

    46 of 48 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Amazing Bluetooth HR monitor
  • A very good heart rate monitor

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    If what you are looking for is an extremely accurate continous heart rate monitor that you can wear on your arm then this is the p If what you are looking for is an extremely accurate continous heart rate monitor that you can wear on your arm then this is the product you want. You can wear it all day or just for exercising if you wish. I link it with my Predometer GPS and Cyclist app using the Wahoo Fitness setting and it works perfectly. Since I have my iPhone with me most of the time I don't use any of the features on the monitor except for the display. If you don't put the unit in exercise mode you are never bothered by the beeps and flashing lights, you don't need it because all the info is captured on the iPhone. So far the only downside is that if I go out without the iPhone it would be nice if I could save the detail information and download it to the iPhone later for history tracking purposes. The function buttons are not the best but you can figure them out and use them for their intended purposes. The monitor did show a drop in my heart rate that was a mis-read (down to 40), it took about a minute to corrected itself and all was fine. Pros: The display is large enough for me to read without glasses; the charge last more than 12 hours; the band is comfortable; it works flawlessly. On the flip side the three inch charge cable is a joke. I like this product a lot and would certainly buy it again, it does everything I need it to and more.

    • Written by from Clarksburg

    27 of 28 people found this useful

    Was this useful? A very good heart rate monitor
  • Not for High Intensity

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    I am terribly disappointed with this purchase. It seems most reviewers do aerobic training at a constant heart rate, which this wa I am terribly disappointed with this purchase. It seems most reviewers do aerobic training at a constant heart rate, which this watch may be suitable for, but I so sprint training, 100 and 200 meter dashes three times a week, and heavy and short weight-lifting 2-3 times per week. In theory, I easily reach the top of my max BPM (195) while sprinting (as has been tested with other professional equipment, VO2 Max tests and Wingate tests), but the MIO heart rate monitor never shows anything above 162 BPM. Sometimes it starts showing an increase in heart rate after I have finished sprinting. But where it really fails is during my weight-lifting sessions. It constantly shows a DECREASE in heart rate! I may have just done 25 squats at 250 lbs and it will show my heart rate at 70 BPM, when I can easily feel my heart close to 180 about to pop out of my chest. This happens every time. I have tried different positions on the forearm (higher/lower) and different grips (really tight so my hand turns purple, somewhere in the middle, and looser), and nothing works.

    If you do steady state cardio or endurance training, this might work for you. But if you are an elite athlete trying to increase your lactate threshold or improve oxygen economy during sprints, this monitor is absolutely useless. Completely and utterly disappointed.

    • Written by from New York

    21 of 24 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Not for High Intensity
  • It's working perfectly for me

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    As a 51 year old male, I *really* dislike the chest straps so, for the last three years I've biked and done my cardio workouts wit As a 51 year old male, I *really* dislike the chest straps so, for the last three years I've biked and done my cardio workouts without benefit of a heart rate monitor. Noticed the MIO Alpha in an online ad, purchased it with moderate expectations and the thought that I could just return it if need be. Big surprise - I love it! It's a nice looking, comfortable, lightweight wristwatch, sync's up very quickly with my iPhone (and DigiFit app), finds my heart rate in a few seconds, and keeps track throughout my rides and workouts with *zero* glitches, and the battery seems to last a really long time. Minor cons: slightly bulky for everyday wear though surprisingly lightweight, could benefit from a backlight for the watch function. Last thought... I'm buying another one for my wife.

    • Written by from Nashville
    Was this useful? It's working perfectly for me
  • Almost Perfect....

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    This watch has worked really great for me in every way that I have needed it. One of the reviewers gave it a single star because This watch has worked really great for me in every way that I have needed it. One of the reviewers gave it a single star because he said that it didn't go above 162 or something. In my workouts I reach heart rates of 180 and above and I've never had an issue tracking it.

    The only issue I've had is that if you don't keep the sensor clean it sometimes has a hard time reading your pulse. That being said, each time I've had this issue if I clean it very well it works.

    No complaints about this and I love that it doesn't require any sort of body strap, etc. It has also sync'ed up well with RunKeeper and MapMyRun.

    • Written by from Nolensville
    Was this useful? Almost Perfect....
  • Not for High Intensity

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    I am terribly disappointed with this purchase. It seems most reviewers do aerobic training at a constant heart rate, which this wa I am terribly disappointed with this purchase. It seems most reviewers do aerobic training at a constant heart rate, which this watch may be suitable for, but I so sprint training, 100 and 200 meter dashes three times a week, and heavy and short weight-lifting 2-3 times per week. In theory, I easily reach the top of my max BPM (195) while sprinting (as has been tested with other professional equipment, VO2 Max tests and Wingate tests), but the MIO heart rate monitor never shows anything above 162 BPM. Sometimes it starts showing an increase in heart rate after I have finished sprinting. But where it really fails is during my weight-lifting sessions. It constantly shows a DECREASE in heart rate! I may have just done 25 squats at 250 lbs and it will show my heart rate at 70 BPM, when I can easily feel my heart close to 180 about to pop out of my chest. This happens every time. I have tried different positions on the forearm (higher/lower) and different grips (really tight so my hand turns purple, somewhere in the middle, and looser), and nothing works.

    If you do steady state cardio or endurance training, this might work for you. But if you are an elite athlete trying to increase your lactate threshold or improve oxygen economy during sprints, this monitor is absolutely useless. Completely and utterly disappointed.

    • Written by from New York

    21 of 24 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Not for High Intensity

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