Fitbit Luxe review: a small tracker that is convenient and does not hurt your eyes


If I ask you to imagine a fitness tracker randomly worn on a person’s wrist. What would your wearable device look like? Over the years, they looked basically the same-plastic or metal rectangles attached to some general-purpose silicone or nylon straps.

Fitbit likes to say that its wearable devices are similar to jewelry.But it’s hard to make such a fitness tracker Actually Looks like jewelry, everything from recording your steps, sleep and exercise to telling you to breathe and relax.The company tried a stylish fitness band in 2016 Alta, But that device is Only a slightly narrower charge With a finicky screen, it has since been discontinued.with luxurious hotel, Fitbit sang a familiar tune, and once again promised “fashionable fitness and health tracker…with a relaxed and stylish bracelet design.”

advantage

  • Slim and comfortable design
  • Competent health tracking
  • Good battery life

Disadvantage

  • Hard to read on small screens

In addition to the design, Luxe includes almost everything you want for a fitness bracelet: heart rate sensor, oxygen saturation (SpO2) monitoring, sleep tracking, waterproof and basic synchronization with your phone. 150 USD, This may be a good choice for those who are looking for a simple and concise tracker that stands out from the crowd.

design

Fitbit’s previous claims about how stylish and chic their trackers are is problematic. They are just rectangular blocks with almost no slight changes. When announcing Luxe, the company took pains to elaborate on how it made Luxe’s ​​shell, stating that the device’s “breakthrough design has a soft, gentle shape inspired by the human body, which is lightly worn on the wrist and has a jewel-like appearance.” And feeling.”

Gallery: Fitbit Luxe review photos | 12 photos


It uses techniques such as metal injection molding to create a stainless steel case that “provides the warmth expected of handmade jewelry while providing the precision required to achieve its advanced sensor technology.” After mentioning Luxe’s ​​elegance many times, the company Eventually called it “one of Fitbit’s most stylish and comfortable devices to date.”

Co-founder James Park said: “We have made significant technological advancements with Luxe, creating a smaller, slimmer and beautifully designed tracker that contains some advanced features-some previously only our smart Only watches. This means that Fitbit can squeeze advanced components into Luxe’s ​​compact body, which is about the same width as my index finger and only 1.43 inches long. It is indeed very small and thin, with only 0.4 inches of profile. This It’s about the same thickness as the Apple Watch SE, but about one-third the width. It’s also about three-quarters the width of the Fitbit Charge 4, and hair Thinner.

So yes, Luxe is a delicate little thing, which is great for people with small wrists like me. The stainless steel housing itself is slightly curved along the edges, making it less lumpy like Charge 4 and Alta. But the strap you choose can play an important role. When paired with the silicone option in the box, Luxe still looks very basic. Replace it with the Gold Mesh version that Fitbit also sent me, voila! Instant style improvement.

A slightly off-angle view of the Fitbit Luxe, with a light pink silicone band on the wrist and some greenery on a dark brown background. The screen display time is 6:30 pm.

Cherylnn Low / Engadget

This is great, but you can make most other fitness trackers look attractive by changing to a beautiful band. Luxe is outstanding in its small size and narrow width, which is good news for those of us who want smaller things. The added benefit of Luxe’s ​​footprint is that it will never hinder me when I type or stand upside down.

The downside of Luxe size is its relatively small screen. This is a 0.76 inch AMOLED panel with a resolution of 124 x 206. It is surrounded by a thick bezel, which may hide all Luxe sensors. But this will make your exercise statistics very difficult to read. The screen itself is clear, bright and colorful. But if you have difficulty reading small text, you may need a larger device. Fitbit told Engadget that an update is coming soon, which will contain larger text, but we still don’t know the specific timeline or what it will look like when it launches.

Like Charge 4 and Sense smart watches, Luxe has no physical buttons. But unlike the other two, the tracker does not even sense a solid-state sensor to detect pressure to trigger an action. The only way you can interact with Luxe is through its touch screen. Fortunately, Fitbit uses a standard touch screen here instead of its artificial touch screen, you have to poke it hard to detect the click. With Luxe, you can swipe and tap on the screen like on any smart watch, even though the operating system is very rudimentary.

Fitbit Luxe has a light pink silicone strap on the wrist, leaning against a wet railing. The screen turns off.

Cherylnn Low / Engadget

Swiping up from the home screen will show your daily progress and battery percentage, while dragging down will allow you to access “Settings” and enable “Do Not Disturb”, “Sleep” or “Water Lock” modes. Swiping sideways allows you to browse notifications, exercises, relaxation (guided breathing), alarms and timers. You can scroll vertically in each section to get more functions. Double-tap the top of the screen to return (or swipe to the right). That’s it.

For more customization, such as rescheduling your favorite exercise during a workout, you need to go to the Fitbit app on your phone. By default, you will find walking, running, cycling, swimming, treadmills, and exercises (almost everything else) here. When you exercise, Luxe will display your calories burned, elapsed time, heart rate, and related pace or mileage. This is much less information than you can see at a glance on a larger screen, but it is the sacrifice you make for a smaller tracker. You can swipe up to see more content, such as the pause button, and nothing more.

When you exercise, Fitbit will also display aerobic exercise zones that are lower than your heart rate, with labels such as “fat burn” and “peak”. This is useful information, but again, this is too small. I have good eyesight, and even reading it is a bit difficult (it becomes more difficult when I run and wave my arms).

Fitbit Luxe has a light pink silicone strap on the wrist with a concrete gray background. The screen shows that the running is being tracked at 26:00 and 0.01 mile.

Cherylnn Low / Engadget

Except for the narrow screen, Luxe behaves like most other basic Fitbit trackers. Although notifications are tedious to read, it’s nice that you can send quick preset replies or emojis from your wrist. The device will also buzz when you are idle for too long or reach the target active minutes. When you raise your wrist, the screen wakes up to show the time (fortunately the font is larger). If you wear the bracelet to sleep, it will use your heart rate to detect the sleeping area you are in, and after three nights, it will tell you information such as your resting heart rate. If you have been running, walking, swimming or cycling (or more) for at least 15 minutes, Luxe will automatically detect and record your activity. You can also change the minimum time requirement to other content through the app. However, unlike Charge 4, Luxe does not have onboard GPS and needs to be connected to your mobile phone to draw outdoor running maps.

Since Google completed its acquisition of Fitbit, a new feature has been the launch of Fast Pair for Android devices. This makes setting up Luxe and syncing it to my Pixel 4a a breezeI charge Luxe, and then a window pops up on all my Pixel evaluation units, asking if I want to connect to the tracker. I clicked “Yes” and before I knew it, I was browsing the welcome page because I had installed the Fitbit app. This is much easier than the old method of first opening the app, clicking the add new device button, and then endlessly waiting for my phone to find the wearable device.

Luxe also offers some other features, but only if you pay an additional $10 per month for Fitbit Premium. The company will give you six months of free for every purchase, which will give you additional insights such as your activity, heart rate, and sleep trends. It can also unlock one-month and one-year health reports, detailed classification of sleep and stress, as well as guided exercise, mindfulness and nutrition plans. Without a subscription, most people should find that the basic data collected by Luxe is sufficient. But those who are keen to understand its long-term health trends may benefit from Premium.

Battery Life

Front view of Fitbit Luxe with gold mesh bracelet on blue and white patterned background. Its screen displays event calendar notifications from 5:30 pm to 7 pm.

Cherylnn Low / Engadget

Fitbit promises that Luxe can be used for up to five days, and I actually spent a whole week testing it before it malfunctioned. That’s tracking multiple exercise sessions every other day, even though I don’t wear a band to sleep most nights. If you keep Luxe on while you sleep and connect it to your phone’s GPS frequently, your runtime may be shorter.

wrap up

The most impressive thing about Fitbit Luxe is not its style. This is its size. The fact that this small device can do so much is worth noting, and people with smaller wrists will like the way it fits. But its size is also one of its shortcomings-its small screen makes reading difficult. Despite this, the $150 Luxe is a well-made and powerful fitness tracker that can track almost everything. If you are looking for a simple activity belt smaller than most activity belts, this will be perfect for you. At least, as long as you have near-perfect vision.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you purchase goods through one of these links, we may earn member commissions.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *