Motion Lingo Adeo Fitness Companion review: Motion Lingo Adeo Fitness Companion

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The Good The Motion Lingo Adeo Fitness Companion uses GPS data to keep track of your running, biking, or hiking session and give audio updates. It plugs into any portable music player so that you can get updates and listen to music at the same time, but it also works alone. The customizable routines deliver messages at set time or distance intervals or when you accomplish a goal.

The Bad The included MotionTrak software interface is confusing, and player controls make using the Motion Lingo Adeo Fitness Companion more difficult than it should be. Plus, there's no screen on the device, and locking on to GPS satellites can take several minutes.

The Bottom Line The Motion Lingo Adeo Fitness Companion is a big help for outdoor exercise enthusiasts; it's like having a private coach with you as you run, bike, or hike.

6.5 Overall

All you need for a good run is a quality pair of sneakers, a dog by your side, and an MP3 player. Now add one more thing: The Motion Lingo Adeo Fitness Companion. This small device (3.0 by 2.0 by 0.6 inches; 2.1 ounces) works with any portable music player or by itself to deliver audio information as you run. With its GPS receiver, it keeps track of where you are, then computes how fast you're going, in addition to other useful information.

You start by loading the included MotionTrak software on your computer; the software keeps a record of your sessions. MotionTrak works on both Windows (2000 or XP) and Mac (OS X 10.2 or higher) systems, but the Windows version has more features, such as a shoe log to keep track of wear and tear. In Windows, you'll also need to load the driver for the device and the Microsoft.Net framework, if you don't already have it. In our testing, the computer still couldn't recognize the Adeo when we connected it, so we had to reinsert the installation disc and let the wizard find the right driver.

The Adeo software main screen gives you a summary of your workouts.

Once the Motion Lingo Adeo is installed, you can create up to three workout plans with the software and load them on to the device. You can create plans with time cues (information is given to you at set time intervals) or distance cues (given at set distance intervals) or with those that alert you when you've accomplished a certain goal. You can also create different user accounts so that people can share one Adeo and load their information separately. Unfortunately, the software is more challenging than it needs to be and would benefit from some interface tweaking. It uses unnecessary jargon, such as update mode, and confuses with a dull multipage interface. You should have the user manual nearby to answer any questions. Another bummer: The product doesn't come with a printed manual, so you'll have to download the electronic version from the CD.

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