Fitbit might have outlined the fitness tracker period, nevertheless it’s produced some significantly ugly gadgets through the years. But it is again to alter that with the all-new Fitbit Luxe.
While there’s little new when it comes to options, the Fitbit Luxe goals to carry a dose of style. It’s the primary Fitbit fitness tracker to make use of an AMOLED show, and boasts a stunning chrome steel case that makes it one thing you may simply need to put on.
Undoubtedly designed with ladies in thoughts, it is priced at $149.95, the Luxe is a soar in worth from the Inspire 2 ($99) however sits at an analogous worth to the Charge 4 ($149.95). You also can decide up a Luxe Special Edition, which is available in at $199.99.
My spouse is a Fitbit Charge 4 devotee, hungry for a style improve, so I handed the Fitbit Luxe over to her. Like the Mr & Mrs Smith of wearable know-how, here’s our complete verdict on the Fitbit Luxe.
Fitbit Luxe: Design and display
The Luxe measures in with a 36mm case, making it barely smaller than the Inspire 2. Unlike the Inspire 2 although, there is a curved chrome steel case, as a substitute of a plastic one, and a extra vibrant colour AMOLED show.
Fitbit hasn’t divulged something in regards to the decision or nits of brightness out there right here, however the show know-how seems to be just like what it makes use of on its Fitbit Versa and Sense smartwatches.
It’s removed from the perfect fitness tracker show on the market. The display itself is definitely an space throughout the glass panel, so the viewing space is way smaller than it seems. It’s fairly low res and never that shiny. But there is no doubting it is a main step up from the beautiful dismal display on the Charge 4 and Inspire 2.
The small display make it a little bit fiddly to make use of even with dainty fingers, particularly as there is no bodily button. We discovered the UX a little bit onerous to make use of and navigate. In truth, she did not find yourself interacting with the band a lot in any respect, utilizing it merely for the time and to generate the info which we then seen within the app.
We’ll go extra into a number of the sensible purposes later within the assessment.
It’s not an always-on display, so you will want to provide it a faucet to wake it up or increase to wake and that gesture assist is properly responsive.
While you do miss out on an always-on mode right here, Fitbit does use a display that robotically adjusts brightness primarily based on the out there gentle in your surroundings, which is probably going a transfer to go kinder on battery.
Like lots of AMOLED shows, display visibility is not excellent in shiny outside gentle, nevertheless it felt adequate for us.
That case is partnered up with a silicone band and true to kind, Fitbit is providing a spread of further band equipment to provide the Luxe a extra trendy and trendy look.
The pricier Fitbit Luxe Special Edition swaps silicone for a gold chrome steel hyperlink bracelet, however does nonetheless chuck within the basic band while you need to work out with it. The official Fitbit bands embrace chrome steel mesh, Horween leather-based double wrap bands and leather-based bands. So if you wish to gown that Luxe up, you do have loads of choices at your disposal.
But whereas the display is not world-beating, the remainder of the design may very well be. It’s skinny, gentle and has simply been actually snug to put on all all through the day and for sleep monitoring. We’d say it is arguably the nicest-looking system Fitbit has made.
It’s way more snug to sleep with than the Charge 4, which took a little bit getting used to for a first-time wearable tech person.
If you need to swim or bathe with the Luxe, Fitbit has slapped it with a 5ATM waterproof score, which suggests it is good for being submerged in water as much as 50 metres depth. It survived our pool swim periods and carrying it within the bathe, so it clearly does reside as much as being protected to be in shut contact with water.
Fitbit Luxe: Fitness monitoring
Inside of that slim tracker physique lies an array of sensors that unlock what the Luxe is able to monitoring. There’s nothing groundbreaking right here, or something we have have not already seen packed right into a Fitbit tracker earlier than.
There’s the beautiful commonplace 3-axis accelerometer, which is used to trace steps, indoor-based train actions and allows the automated sleep monitoring too. There’s an optical coronary heart price monitor to ship steady coronary heart price monitoring, coronary heart price throughout train and to allow options like Active Zone Minutes, which inspires wearers to concentrate on hitting goal coronary heart price zones frequently. It additionally means you possibly can generate coronary heart price knowledge throughout sleep monitoring right here as nicely.
Last up, you are getting pink and infrared sensors to ship blood oxygen readings. While you possibly can’t tackle the spot readings like another trackers and watches provide, Fitbit focuses on utilizing the sensors to point out you nightly averages and consider tendencies within the companion Fitbit app.
By doing this it hopes customers can detect modifications in ranges which may point out one thing is not fairly proper. It’s not nonetheless designed for medical use, so it’s totally a lot about providing steerage.
As a every day exercise tracker, what the Luxe can do will likely be acquainted, although the best way issues are offered positively feels totally different. That’s as a result of there’s robust affect from Fitbit’s OS working system used on its Versa and Sense smartwatches.
When you swipe down from the principle watch show, you will discover a comparable every day stats rundown, displaying off steps, distance coated, energy burned and lively minutes. There’s no altimeter right here, so you will not be capable of see knowledge for elevation of flooring climbed like you possibly can on the Charge 4. Swipe additional and you’ll see present coronary heart price and resting coronary heart price, train logged and most just lately logged sleep together with a Sleep Score.
Step monitoring in contrast: Fitbit Luxe (left) and Garmin Enduro (proper)
From an accuracy perspective, we put it up in opposition to a Garmin fitness tracker and it was usually simply 100 steps off the Garmin.
While most trackers use the identical movement sensors to trace motion, all of them use their very own software program algorithms to crunch that movement knowledge. It was good to see on the whole that each trackers supplied comparable knowledge on most days.
The clearly smartwatch impressed UI works nicely to rapidly to see newest stats and most watch faces can show particular person metrics with a easy faucet on the display.
When it is time for mattress, it is some of the snug trackers we have taken to sleep. Once the accelerometer-based monitoring has achieved its work, you will want to move to the Fitbit companion app to delve deeper into the stats.
That’s the place you will discover your sleep rating, sleep period, sleep stage breakdown, respiration price and restoration insights primarily based on sleep coronary heart price. It’s additionally the place you could find your estimated oxygen variation, providing you with estimated SpO2 readings to provide you a greater sense of your present state of well being and fitness stage.
Sleep monitoring in contrast: Fitbit Luxe (left) and Garmin Enduro (proper)
As Fitbit guarantees to ship extra sleep insights, there’s all the time the priority that issues may begin to really feel overwhelming, so the best way that knowledge is offered is to shift the extra superior metrics additional down in your sleep breakdown within the app.
For these core sleep stats, we have all the time discovered Fitbit provides a number of the most dependable knowledge and that does not change with the Luxe. It usually captured a extra dependable image of our sleep period time in comparison with Garmin’s sleep monitoring, which tended to overreport by an hour.
Fitbit is now providing methods that can assist you take pleasure in that extra restful sleep, pointing you within the route of meditating or performing some deep respiration workout routines, which might you entry from the system and the app. It’s making all the options at your disposal really feel way more linked.
As we mentioned, there’s nothing groundbreaking right here, however the Luxe does ship these nice monitoring fundamentals in a software program package deal that makes it way more fulfilling to work together with than its different fitness trackers. The smartwatch software program affect makes a giant distinction right here so far as making the Luxe a stable system to trace steps, sleep and offer you a nudge to maintain transferring through the day.
Fitbit Luxe: Health monitoring
The Luxe and Fitbits on the whole are about a lot than steps and sleep nowadays. It needs to assist assist you higher monitor elements in your life exterior of staying lively and getting a superb night time’s sleep. That consists of providing ladies’s well being monitoring options and hold a detailed eye in your coronary heart price.
The first is a well-known one and that is repeatedly monitoring your coronary heart price as a easy option to get an perception into your well being. For us, we discovered that the resting coronary heart price knowledge compared to Garmin’s resting coronary heart price monitoring and a chest strap monitor reported a distinction of 5-6 bpm at instances. Real-time coronary heart price knowledge tended to be 2-3bpm out from a chest strap monitor.
That steady knowledge may be good in locations, however you must ensure that band is sitting firmly however not tightly to get probably the most dependable readings and never expertise any odd spikes like we skilled within the beneath screens.
Resting coronary heart price in contrast: Fitbit Luxe (left) and Garmin Enduro (proper)
It’s options constructed round stress which might be the large deal right here for Fitbit on the Luxe. It’s not a lot what you are able to do on the tracker itself, however how Fitbit is taking the knowledge it could possibly monitor and serving to to provide you deeper perception into you every day stress ranges.
On the tracker, you have bought Relax and guided respiration periods, that are easy two minute periods that sense respiration and ship out small haptic vibrations to point transferring from inhaling and exhaling.
It’s while you head into the companion app that you simply discover what’s new right here. You can monitor your mindfulness, which is basically making use of Fitbit’s mindfulness periods, which embrace listening to meditation periods however require a Fitbit Premium subscription to get full entry.
You also can monitor stress by way of Reflections and producing stress scores. Reflections is just logging how you are feeling that day on a scale that goes from very calm to very burdened.
Then you will have you Stress Scores, that are a bit like Sleep Scores and are generated by a spread of information that mix to provide you a rating. So it’s going to take that rating from what it calls Responsiveness, Exertion steadiness and sleep patterns.
Responsiveness is basically tied to coronary heart price knowledge. That consists of coronary heart price variability measurements taken throughout sleep, elevated coronary heart price from the day prior to this and sleeping coronary heart price. The Exertion rating relies on every day steps, weekly exercise stage and fitness stage versus train fatigue. Sleep sample scores are primarily based on whole sleep over the previous week, restlessness and time spent in REM sleep and deep sleep.
Responsiveness and sleep patterns are marked out of 30 and exertion steadiness out of 40. Those are mixed to provide you a rating out of 100. If you rating nearer to 100, you then’re displaying fewer bodily indicators of stress.
Now these scores are vastly reliant on Fitbit monitoring the whole lot that helps to generate them being correct. We’d say its sleep monitoring is essentially dependable as are issues like every day steps and elements of sports activities monitoring and it’s kind of of a combination bag with coronary heart price.
So we might say that you simply take these stress scores as a steerage versus a definitive say in your stress ranges. It’s good that Fitbit is drawing extra consideration to emphasize administration and we’re to see how these options evolve over time.
It’s no shock to search out that the Luxe misses out on a number of the extra superior well being options we have seen on its Sense smartwatch, like an ECG sensor and the flexibility to observe pores and skin temperature. Purely right down to room and the worth distinction between choosing up the Luxe and Fitbit’s most cutting-edge smartwatch.
Fitbit Luxe: Sports monitoring
The Luxe can monitor your train time, however unsurprisingly, there’s some limitations as to what it could possibly do given the dimensions of the system and the problem to maintain this tracker good and slim.
From the Luxe, you possibly can swipe proper to disclose the train options. From right here, you can begin monitoring walks, runs (indoor and outside), cycles, pool swimming, basic exercises. There can also be the choice to sync over different train modes from the companion app. Fitbit’s SmartObserve computerized exercise recognition assist is right here too to trace train when it recognises you are doing it. Though you will get way more fundamental knowledge from these periods.
Though you’re getting probably the most detailed metrics from these core monitoring modes. On runs you possibly can select to trace utilizing the accelerometer or go for the extra correct choice of monitoring utilizing linked GPS also referred to as utilizing your telephone’s GPS. We needed to launch the telephone app to make a connection, which often took round 20-30 seconds at most. Before hitting go, you possibly can toggle setting a goal purpose primarily based on Zone Minutes, distance, time or energy. You also can arrange computerized run detection and auto pause options.
GPS monitoring in contrast: Fitbit Luxe (left) and Garmin Enduro GPS watch (proper)
Once you get transferring you possibly can see three knowledge fields and the center one may be tapped to roll by way of metrics like common tempo, time, tempo and coronary heart price. The distance coated metric up prime is a bit on the small facet, which does make it a little bit of a squint to see it on the transfer. Accuracy-wise, it got here up a little bit brief up in opposition to the Garmin Enduro for GPS distance monitoring and recorded a slower common tempo and better common coronary heart price studying by 5bpm on the whole.
High depth HR testing: Fitbit Luxe (left) and Garmin HRM-Pro chest strap (proper)
Moving to the pool, you possibly can choose comparable goal objectives to your session, regulate pool size and alter whether or not you are measuring distance coated in metres or yards. In this mode, the display is locked and requires a agency double faucet to unlock it once more.
You’ll want to attend till the session is over and synced to see variety of lengths tracked and distance coated in your swim. We discovered although that it got here up round 250-350 metres out monitoring in opposition to the swim monitoring on a Garmin Forerunner 55 and the Form Smart Swim Goggles.
Pool swim monitoring in contrast: Fitbit Luxe (left) and Form Smart Swim Goggles (proper)
We additionally used it for indoor rowing periods and residential exercises with coronary heart price monitoring the important thing piece of train knowledge captured. We discovered it usually posted round 5-6bpm increased most coronary heart price readings in comparison with a chest strap and there was some clear odd spikes within the knowledge too.
The Luxe does not actually change our ideas on how we view Fitbit’s gadgets relating to monitoring train. It comes up brief on the whole in opposition to the competitors for elements like distance monitoring and coronary heart price. Particularly in case you care lots bout your fitness knowledge.
Fitbit Luxe: Smartwatch options
Like all of Fitbit’s wearables, the Luxe throws in some smartwatch abilities as nicely. While you will not discover contactless funds (boo), the flexibility to obtain apps or a music participant right here, it should allow you to view smartphone notifications, arrange sleep modes to mute notifications and make use of timers and smartwatches.
It works with Android telephones and iPhones with the previous providing barely richer notification assist than the latter.
It additionally provides a person interface we have not seen on Fitbit’s fitness trackers earlier than. Swipe proper and you’ll see menus to set timers, alarms, view notifications.
Swipe down from the principle watch display and also you entry settings like turning on the do no disturb mode, adjusting display brightness and altering display get up and day out settings. You also can disable coronary heart price monitoring, to assist push the battery additional.
The key smartwatch characteristic is notification assist. and it is all the time a problem to make notifications nice to work together with on such a small display. You can see the sender’s title and the primary few phrases of a message â nevertheless it’s hardly a alternative for a full-on smartwatch expertise.
You can view messages, calendar occasions, emails and app notifications.
There’s the flexibility to make use of fast replies to answer app notifications and you’ll customise these replies for every particular person app they’re supported for. So for us, the likes of Gmail, Instagram and our native textual content message app supported sending easy textual content replies and even emojis.
Yes, it is a small display to view notifications, and there is merely no getting away from the actual fact it may do with a much bigger display. In truth, the show simply must inhabit the entire space of glass â that may be loads.
Fitbit Luxe: Battery life
The Fitbit Luxe hardly ever specifies the capability of the battery packed into its gadgets, nevertheless it claims the Luxe can ship as much as 5 days battery life. That’s in need of the 7 days supplied on the Charge 4 and the 6+ days promised on Fitbit’s Sense and Versa 3 smartwatches. It’s additionally half of what you will get from the Inspire 2, which at the moment provides the perfect battery life on any Fitbit you should purchase proper now.
When it involves charging, we’re coping with one other totally different charging cradle arrange that does clip satisfyingly safe to the again of the tracker when you must energy it again up. When it does hit 0%, it’s going to take you 2 hours to get again as much as 100%.
If you are utilizing the Luxe with all of its options enabled and a few common train monitoring too, then you’ll get that 5 days and never a lot primarily based on the type of battery drop-off we skilled.
When we tracked 30 minute outside runs, we discovered battery dropped by lower than 5%. As talked about, you possibly can flip off options like coronary heart price monitoring, management the quantity of notifications filtering by way of and regulate display brightness. That will doubtless get you a day or two additional, however we might say 5 days is what most can count on from the Luxe.
The Fitbit Luxe does not break new floor so far as what it is able to monitoring. The huge software program modifications lie within the app, the place the info the onboard sensors monitor might help customers assume extra about stress and never simply conserving lively and bodily wholesome. It’s actually all in regards to the display and design, and Fitbit lastly giving us the type of trendy fitness band we have been calling out for for a while. If you need a lovely fitness tracker and also you care about issues like steps, sleep monitoring and monitoring coronary heart price 24/7, then the Luxe ought to match the invoice.
- Slim, snug design
- A pleasant, vibrant colour display
- Fitbit OS-inspired person interface
- Heart price accuracy for train
- Some insights require Fitbit Premium
- No actually groundbreaking new options