Mio Alpha Heart Rate Monitor Sports Watch
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- Performance sports watch with continuous, precision heart rate monitoring
- No chest strap required!
- Suitable for running, cycling, and other intense workouts
- Connects to Bluetooth Smart (4.0) devices
- Battery life of 20+ hours of heart rate monitoring, and several months in watch mode
- For Mio product support, please contact 1-877-770-1116 (Mon–Fri: 9am to 5pm PST).
- Performance sports watch with continuous, precision heart rate monitoring
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Personal Activity Intelligence
Personal Activity Intelligence
PAI (Personal Activity Intelligence) is a revolutionary new metric that measures your body’s response to physical activity, providing guidance on how much activity is required to maintain optimal health. pai can predict your overall wellness and longevity by simply interpreting your heart rate data and personal profile. Put simply, pai helps you live healthier for longer.
The Mio pai app is available for iOS and Android and works exclusively with all Mio wearable products.
Heart Rate Watch + Activity Tracker
Engineered for Athletes Who Demand the Best
Take your training to the next level by using heart rate to track and improve your performance. Used by top athletes, Mio ALPHA provides performance heart rate monitoring in comfort. ALPHA features include:
- EKG-accurate heart rate monitoring even during rigorous exercise
- Heart rate taken at wrist, eliminates need for a chest strap
- Soft and durable silicone band to ensure a snug fit
- User configurable heart rate zone with LED indicator and audible alerts
- Post-workout activity review of total exercise time, average heart rate, and time “in zone”
- Water resistant
- Connects with Bluetooth to your favorite fitness apps
No Chest Strap Required
Mio eliminates the need for constricting chest straps. Our technology reads heart rate on the wrist in a comfortable, easy to wear design.
Accurate at High Intensity
ALPHA provides EKG-accurate heart rate data, even during high intensity workouts such as running and cycling.
Continuous Heart Rate
Mio samples heart rate continuously from the wrist.
Bluetooth 4.0 Compatible
Transmit heart rate data from your ALPHA to your compatible Bluetooth Smart (4.0) smartphone.
Why PAI is the Best Activity Metric!
Mio is a pioneer in Heart Rate Technology, and we are now introducing a revolutionary new metric and app that makes sense of your heart rate data. pai is a free app and exclusive to Mio wearables.
It’s Meaningful: Other metrics such as steps provide limited insights into physical activity, as not all steps are created equal, and not all exercise involves steps. The most accurate way to assess the health benefits from activity is to analyze an individual’s heart rate data.
It’s Simple: The goal is to maintain a minimum score of 100 pai for maximum health benefits. pai makes sense of heart rate data.
It’s Personal: pai is calculated based on age, gender, resting heart rate and maximum heart rate. It is a personalized experience that makes the 100 pai goal and all pai calculations customized and accurate for each individual.
It’s Scientific: The Mio pai algorithm is founded upon data collected from the Hunt Health Study over a 20-year period involving 60,000 participants conducted by the Nobel Prize-winning Faculty of Medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
In the box:
- Mio ALPHA performance heart rate monitor sports watch
- USB charging dock with magnetic alignment
- Mio ALPHA Quick Start Guide
- Mio ALPHA Warranty Information
ALPHA is compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 smartphones including iPhone 4S and higher, iPad 3rd generation and higher, iPad mini, IPod Touch, and Android devices 4.3 and higher with Bluetooth 4.0.
Visit our website for up-to-date information on device compatibility.
- Connectivity: Bluetooth Smart (4.0).
- Sensors: Optical heart rate.
- Battery: Rechargeable Lithium Plymer.
- Battery Life: 20-24 hours in heart rate monitoring mode.
- Water Resistance: 3ATM (30m).
- ALPHA Black/Black and Black/White fit wrists 5.7 inch-7.8 inch.
- ALPHA Indigo fits wrists 5.2 inch-6.7.
Why Train With Heart?
Heart rate training is the most effective way to track your fitness and improve your performance. That''s why Mio develops innovative, easy-to-use products that make heart rate monitoring comfortable and accessible for all athletes.
- Understand your physiological response to exercise with real-time, continuous feedback.
- Prevent injury caused by over training and improper pacing.
- Improve workout efficiency and effectiveness by training in the appropriate heart rate zone.
- Develop your body’s ability to use fat as fuel.
- Accurately track your progress.
Alpha is the world's first strapless, continuous heart rate monitor you can wear on your wrist. It has been tested accurate even while you are running at performance speeds of up to 12mph (20km/h). Before Alpha, the most common way to get an accurate heart rate continuously while exercising was to wear a strap around your chest. With Alpha's innovative technology, the world of heart rate monitoring will be changed forever. Alpha uses Bluetooth Smart technology to connect with compatible smartphones and sport and fitness devices. USB charging dock with magnetic alignment. Rechargeable lithium battery.
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Is this is the HOLY grail of heart rate monitoring !!..... not really ..
in short this is a heart rate monitor (continues monitoring) that doesnt need a chest strap.. with BLE (Bluetooth 4.0) technology to connect to you Iphone (Iphone 4s, 5 etc..) Android users Hold off buying .. and read further down...
it uses (As they say) Multi-million dollar medical invention created by Philips (not sure about the make) and now its for the first time applied in the field of fitness and sports and it has its own patent registered for MIO or they state so ..
it reads the Heart rate through two bulbs on the bottom of the watch when in contact with your skin (hence the no chest strap option)
but is it that great ..?.
the watch is comfy , much like the Nike+ GPS watch it has holes on the strap that will hook into it to insure a nice fit
watch looks nice can be used in the regular day to day usage..
well it basically in option wise is very very close the to the FT1 polar options ... so that said ..
it will display :
1) hear rate at moment in time
3)timer counting how much you have been training
4) it will give the average heart rate and time of the last session ONLY!!
Plus it connects to BLE (Bluetooth 4.0) so you can have further options depending on your mobile or App installed ..
while wearing you should wear it 1-3 cm above the wrist bone, and it should be snug , not blue hands tight, but a bit tighter than the average watch
it is quiet nice, it will locate ur heart rate relatively quick, (for men it doesn't make a difference if your hands are hairy or not) wont make a difference in reading..
Will connect easily Iphone 4s and above which have the bluetooth 4.0 technology (earlier versions of the ALPHA has ANT+ but they are no longer produced)
and there is a few nice apps you can connect to (Map my run, Runtastic, ETC some fees might be required to use the programs for heart rate monitoring so keep this in mind
As for android Users no there are very very VERY few programs that will connect on your MIO Alpha (hope this change soon) but till now at the time of the writing only ONE ... I repeat ONE program will read of MIO Alpha and its called BLE Heart rate monitor ..([...]
so for android users sorry you need to wait a while or if youre ok with this then go for it
I have put it into test for almost 10 sessions for a week in various workouts from running to jump rope to Insanity program videos , cross fit and Weight lifting and along with it had another reliable chest strap monitor to compare (Polar because they are damn accurate thats why they are so expensive) and here are the results :
the readings are quiet accurate ... may be off by +/- 5 BPM but thats good very good actually, some times the heart rate will shoot or drop for a sec or two but will come back and sometimes when I stand still after a workout (especially in HIIT training) itll take some few seconds to register and drop the heart rate reading ...
now here comes the problems:
it will read perfect for :
Running - Jump Rope (NO CROSSES and Fancy moves) - walking - Squats and weight training that DOES NOT INVOLVE HAND MOVEMENT ...
on the other hand reading will be lousy for:
any kind of movement that incorporates hand movement
so in a nutshell while running the reading will be steady accurate and on the dot ... since not mush of huge hand movements are happening ...
once hand movements occurs the reading will drop significantly sometimes till 56 BPM (resting heart rate) till the hand movement stops
so to test this more,
Ive done the following :
done some jump ropes with regular hand movement, reading from both the Polar and Mio Alpha were around 134-145
now the minute i began to do crosses and huge movements with my hands
Polar registered 155- 160 BPM while the Mio Alpha dropped to about 70-56 BPM!!!!!
so here are the pros and cons
1) huge leap in fitness technology
2) well you guessed it (no chest strap)
3) connects to Iphone apps
4) quick readings nice and comfort design
5) Battery is GREAT .. I mean it would stay almost for a whole week before needing to charge it ..
6) you can setup a heart rate training zone to sound off a beep if you are out of the zone
1) No options beside the timer and average heart rate
2) android connectivity is Lousy
3) no Black light so it cant be used in the dark or night
4) Erratic readings with hand movement while training (HUGE Problem if you ask me !!)
so the question I always like to end with:
should you buy it
Yes IF :
you only do running and static or minimum hand movement while training
if you really really hate the chest strap then this is for you
you are a fitness geek like me
if you like to sync to you iphone apps and do more analysis or any other BLE device (Bluetooth 4.0)
you do training besides running that needs hand movement
if you dont mind the chest strap
if you think its too damn expensive for what it offers (yes I do think its very expensive)
needs the further options while training (avrg heart rate, calories, stop watch, and so forth...)
in a nut shell its a great product but if you know what are you getting you should be satisfied with it,
but for that price tag and if you dont mind the chest strap, you can get either a great Gramin or Polar watch with A LOT of features
if you need further info let me know, I usually take one to two days max to reply on any questions :)
have fun training
Battery power is also quite satisfactory. After charging my Alpha to full capacity the power indicator stays full-bar even after constant use. I rarely need to recharge it thus. When I take it off, I also use the charger device as a cover for the sensor beneath the watch so that serves a double function at least for me.
On the downside however, I'm not able to sync my Alpha to my Android smartphone via bluetooth. Apparently it only syncs with Apple iPhones. That's a real downer for me. Another con would be the inability to backlight, meaning unless I run in a well-lit place at night I'd only be able to see the LED zone indicator and not the readings. I understand though that this is still a first-gen technology, so I can't really expect that much yet.
Overall a very much recommended product for those looking for their first HRMs. Some people would gripe about the price of the Alpha. Granted, it does take quite a bit off the pocket, but for a reliable device such as the Alpha I'd say it's worth every penny spent.