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Mio Fitness Watches Reviewed - CardioCritic.com

Mio Fitness Watches Reviewed

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Mio Technology Corporation hails from Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan. The company is a subsidiary of MiTAC International Corporation, a public company listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange. Mio Technology makes and distributes dashboard cameras and bicycle and car navigation devices.

The Miobrand was established back in 2002 in Taipei. As of this writing, Mio Technology has operations in Europe, New Zealand, Taiwan, Japan, China, Australia, and South Korea. It is among the leading manufacturers of personal navigation devices.

​Mio Fitness Watches Comparison Chart

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EDITOR'S CHOICE 1. Mio Fuse
  • STRAPLESS, off the wrist, EKG accurate heart rate monitoring
  • Bluetooth and ANT+ heart rate transmission to compatible devices
  • Highly accurate internal accelerometer providing feedback on speed, distance and pace
  • Easy to use
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RUNNER UP 2. Mio Link
  • Comfortable and more accurate alternative to a chest strap.
  • Record heart rate during exercise.
  • Transmit heart rate to smartphone, GPS watch & bike computer.
  • Sync wirelessly via Bluetooth Smart (4.0) to popular fitness apps.
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3. Mio Alpha 2
  • STRAPLESS, off the wrist, EKG accurate heart rate monitoring
  • Highly accurate internal accelerometer providing feedback on speed, distance and pace
  • Easy to use straight from the box
  • 1 or 5 heart rate zones (user configurable via Mio Go App)
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4. Mio Slice
  • World's first activity tracker with built-in PAI score
  • Wrist based heart rate monitor
  • 24/7 activity tracker with all day heart rate monitoring
  • Automatic detection of periods of increased activity
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The Mio Fuse was introduced in February 2017 when it was one of the first activity trackers to incorporate the innovative Personal Activity Intelligence (also referred to as PAI). Like the rest of Mio’s activity tracker lineup,the Fuse measures heart rate directly at the wrist.

It is a modern high-tech HR monitor with waterproof construction, elegant strapless design, ANT+ and Bluetooth-enabled, heart rate zones, and built-in accelerometer. The Mio Fuse is best used in combination with Mio’s proprietary Mio Pai 1 app (available for Android and iOS).

The pros include lightweight and sturdy construction, monitoring of heart rate zones, innovative PAI technology, ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity, and ease of use. The cons include heavy reliance on the Mio Pai 1 app and the lack of GPS.

This is one of the most basic activity tracking devices out there. The Mio Link comes with an adjustable wristband and an LED display which shows heart rate zones.

Other than that, this simple tracker doesn’t display much more. Its main function is to act as a strapless alternative to chest strap monitors and to feed the heart rate data to smartphones, heart rate monitors, bike computers, and web services like Strava or MapMyRide.

It is also compatible with the Mio Pai 1 app. The Link is made for everyone who wants a reliable and unobtrusive wrist-worn heart rate monitor.

The highlights include simple LED display, ANT+ and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and lightweight, waterproof construction. On the flipside, its abilities are limited to heart rate monitoring and displaying heart rate zones.

This neat little time of day watch/wrist heart rate monitor was introduced in February 2017. It has quickly become one of Mio’s best-selling activity tracking devices.

The Alpha 2 is the successor to the original Alpha model with which it shares many features. It is an innovative, well-designed HR monitor with waterproof construction and an exceptional battery life.

The key features include off-the-wrist heart rate monitoring, built-in accelerometer (replaces GPS), and heart rate zone monitoring (through the Mio Go app). This model is made primarily for runners, though other exercisers can use it, too.

The brightest points of the Alpha 2 HR monitor include a superprecise accelerometer, ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as compatibility with Mio’s proprietary fitness apps. The biggest downside of this device is the lack of GPS.

When it was introduced, the Mio Slice was among the first wrist-worn activity trackers to feature PAI technology for measuring the intensity of the user’s heart rate throughout the day.

PAI or Personal Activity Intelligence relies on an algorithm which uses heart rate intensity and duration to calculate your daily activity. The goal here is to accumulate 100 or more points over the period of seven days. The Slice monitors your heart rate non-stop.

The highlight features include modern design, excellent battery life, precise wrist-based HR measurement, and ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity. The cons include lack of GPS and inability to work in standalone mode.