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Fitbit Charge HR folds heart rate into its everyday fitness bandAll-day heart rate tracking, and it doesn't cost much more than the old Fitbit Charge. The question is, do you need it?
[MUSIC] Fitbit's newest band has heart rate. Is it worth it? I'm Scott Stein, and I need to get healthier. A lot of people do. And, the new Fitbit Charge HR has heart rate built in. Which is new for Fitbit, and new in a lot of wearables. Moving beyond pedometers that count steps, this uses green LEDs to track your heart rate on your wrist. Now, for resting heart rate, it does a pretty good job. And it's comparable to things like the Basis Peak that I'm wearing here that also uses green LEDs. If you're doing active exercise, the Fitbit does targeted sessions of that too. Now people who have used it at the gym, at the office, and when I've been trying it, it's a little variable there. That's because this type of heart rate monitor isn't as good as the one that you wear on your chest at the moment. So if you're really looking for super exact heart rate, this is not it. But if you wanna find out your resting heart rate or how you're doing at night when you're sleeping, this does it. And the app allows you to track that in a chart that's on all the time. This has 24 hour heart rate for up to five days of battery life charge. But what's that for? You know, if you're using a pedometer and using Fit Bit, you're counting 10,000 steps a day as your metric. There's real metric for heart rate, in terms of it telling you, well you've gotta do this and then you'll be healthy. You'll see your heart rate and you'll know that you're in different activity zones, but my heart rate ran higher sometimes cuz I was having coffee and it counted it as fat burn. So it gets confusing and there's no easy guide. I would love to see that in FitBits app. I'd love to see that in heart rate monitoring apps, because until that happens. It's a confusing area for people to dive into. But if you have wanted to add a little bit of heart rate into a fitness band, this is $20 more than the previous Fitbit and feels pretty similar. Not a bad deal. I'm Scott Stein, this is the Fitbit Charge HR available now.