Oregon WM100 Scientific Smartsync Data Logger Heart Rate Monitor with PC Download
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- Direct data upload to PC
- Start time and date stamp for every session
- Up to 99 sessions
- 30 hour memory storage
- Splash proof
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SmartSync Heart Rate Logger records workout data from any 5.3kHz heart rate monitor chest belt and downloads information onto PC via USB connection. * Direct data upload to PC * Start time and date stamp for every session * Up to 99 sessions * 30 hour memory storage * Splash proof
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What you need to have to record your heart rate, along with the Smartsync data logger:
- A PC. The software is not Mac-compatible. I installed the software on my Win 7 machine (64-bit).
- A chest strap (sometimes called a chest belt, or, confusingly, a "sensor"). A chest strap is usually sold in the same package as a wristwatch unit that displays your heart rate, although not all wristwatch units have chest belts. The chest belt has a sensor on it that records the electrical activity of your heart and transmits that info to the wristwatch unit. The Oregon Scientific Smartsync Data Logger "evesdrops" on the data that the chest belt is sending out.
- You may or may not need a wristwatch unit. My chest belt appears to turn on automatically when I wet the sensors and put it around my chest, and works even when the wristwatch unit is out of range in the next room. I read a review of a Timex data logger similar to the Smartsync logger where the author said their wristwatch was necessary to activate their chest belt, but that after it was activated they could take the watch off. You can purchase a chest strap without a wristwatch unit on Amazon, although I don't think they're usually sold on their own in stores.
- If the battery is dead when it arrives (mine was, and so were a number of other reviewers'), you will need a CR-2032 battery and a tiny screwdriver. CR-2032 batteries are little round batteries about the size of a quarter, and are not very expensive (like $2-3).
More info on compatibility:
- The data logger's user manual is not very helpful. It states that it is "compatible with heart rate chest belts transmitting digital or analogue signals on 5.3kHz (such as the chest belts supplied with the following models: SE102 / SE200 / SE211 / SE212 / SE232 / SE233. Please check your chest belt user manual for more information or visit [...]". Unfortunately, there isn't much if any info on the Internet saying which chest belts are 5.3kHz. When I search for "chest belt 5.3 kHz" most of the results are for the Smartsync data logger!
- Several reviewers have reported that it doesn't work with the coded T31 Polar chest strap; instead, you need the older T31 non-coded chest strap (which I have also seen referred to as a "T31 standard chest strap"). "Coded" means that your wristwatch unit won't pick up signals from other nearby wristwatch units, like if you're on a treadmill at the gym and the person next to you also has a wristwatch unit. When I went to Best Buy to look at heart rate monitors, the Polar monitors there all had the coded chest straps, which is why I bought the Timex (which was also the cheapest heart rate monitor they had).
The Amazon page for my Timex (the T56951) says it has an analog (also spelled analogue) strap. My impression is that newer models tend to be digital rather than analog, and coded rather than non-coded. I'm not sure what "analog" means for a chest strap, but my chest strap emits a quiet high-pitched beep in sync with my heart rate, causing me to wonder if the beep is the actual signal.
- Only works for the PC.
- You can export to a csv or text file and open it in Excel. It gives you some info at the top with a date and time and the sampling rate, and then it gives you one heart rate number per row.
- Oddly, it only installed a start menu entry on my administrator account, but if I go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Smartsync WM100, I can make a shortcut to the the Smartsync.exe file and it works fine.
- It has a little calendar that lets you navigate through dates, and a box that shows the different "activities" (length of recorded time) for that day. When you click on an activity it shows in the "Overview" box the start date/time, end date/time, average heart rate, maximum heart rate, total time recorded, time "in-zone", upper limit, and lower limit. Those last three are all empty on mine.
- There's a heart rate graph that shows you your heart rate over time. The heart rate (y-axis) runs from 0 to 240, with tickmarks at 30-beat intervals. It's about 2 inches high, so you're not going to be able to see small fluctuations in heart rate easily. If you click on it there's a magnifying glass but the magnifying glass only lets you zoom in on the timespan, not the heart rate range. You can export the data to a csv or text file and open it up in another program (like Excel or Notepad), though.
- You can set your date of birth, max heart rate, target heart rate zones, etc. You can also change how often the Smartsync logger records your heart rate,
I have to tell I fell in love with the Heart Rate Monitor. I really like the feedback I got from it. Looking back, I wish now I had got a better one, more features.
As I said it is a basic Heart Rate Monitor. It shows me my heart rate and at the end of the workout the time I worked out, the time I was at my heart rate zone, average heart rate, max heart rate, calories and recovery rate.
I wanted to better track my workout. When I came across the Heart Rate Logger I thought, that is. That is something I might like.
I have a mac and it does not connect with it, only PCs. I am a new Mac user and totally forgot , better overlook "the PC download" part of the product description. I got in touch with Oregon Scientific and they informed me they don;t have a software for Macs. That was disappointing.
I had to get a laptop, not only for this program but for other ones I use, Mac is not that software friendly.
When I tried to connect the WM100 to my Heart Rate it wasn't working. I thought it was not compatible. Meantime I was starting looking at Timex loggers, much more expensive than WM100. I also found out they would not work with my Heart Rate Monitor. Timex's logger would only work with a digital heart monitor. My model is not a digital one. So I was considering to buy a new digital heart rate monitor.
As I said I really wanted this device and looked further. I saw at the help at the program window that the light flashing meant the battery should be replaced. That info was not at the manual, only at the program help. So I had to order a new battery.
Meantime I was starting looking at Timex loggers, much more expensive than WM100.
I replaced the battery and it started working, flashing green. It was even better it worked just fine with my heart rate monitor.
I just came back from the gym. I just downloaded my first workout with the logger. It was so cool to see the graphic of my workout. I wish the graphic would give more details. I have to print each heart rate zone separately. I wish it had a way of seeing all the heart rate zones with their time in one graphic. I have to look further if this is possible.
I have to tell that the cover to the cable plug at the WM100 tore apart, ;-(((, bad quality.
I am very happy with it so far. I bought both for less than US$40. A heart rate monitor with similar functions would cost me much more.
I have to get a new battery for the logger. I have learned that I can see the different heart zones, they even tell me how long I have been in that zone for the day, week, month and year. I really like it. I dont give it 5 stars just because it doesnot work with MAC and also the window of the program is very small. But I am very happy with it. I could see improvements in my workouts with the heart rate monitor. And now I can measure it. Great buy.
First annoying thing: the battery was dead. So, 30 minute trip to store and a few dollars - not a big deal.
Second annoying thing: despite the device being attached to the Oregon watch chest belt, this device did not pick up a signal.
The watch was showing heart-rate data. But this device did not show the green LED light that it seems to indicate as "working".
Nonetheless, I did a 1 hr walk, and no data was captured.
When I connect this device to the computer, the green light comes on.
The directions that come with the product are poor. They assume everything works fine. No connection test.
Maybe someone can help, but as of now, this is a theoretical good product; but in reality, it doesn't function reliably.
Too bad. Good idea that many people could benefit from...if it worked.
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