Fitbit’s newest health tracker, the Fitbit Luxe, affords a brand new and distinctive tackle the corporate’s long-running line of trackers. The Luxe is basically a departure from earlier trackers in the case of type and design. However, Fitbit adopted a brand new look whereas sustaining lots of the widespread monitoring options individuals love.
The Luxe sits properly between Fitbit’s Inspire 2 and Charge 4 trackers by way of options and design. It’s nearer to the Charge in options, whereas providing a extra fashionable rendition of the Inspire 2’s measurement and form.
Having spent nearly every week with the Fitbit Luxe, I’m usually impressed with it up to now. It feels nice on my wrist (it’s so gentle, I discover myself forgetting it’s even there), seems nice and affords all of the monitoring instruments I want.
Granted, I’m in all probability a lot nearer to the typical consumer right here — I like utilizing health trackers to observe my exercise all through the day and get an image of how my sleep is every evening. The extra die-hard health freaks amongst us might miss just a few options right here and there. But for many who need the fundamentals in a fairly bundle, the Luxe is a superb possibility.
Doing (nearly) every part in type
Let’s kick issues off with a fast overview of what the Fitbit Luxe can do. Like many Fitbit merchandise, the Luxe tracks 24/7 coronary heart charge, SpO2 (blood oxygen) saturation ranges, exercise all through the day (workout routines, steps, and many others.), swim monitoring, menstrual well being monitoring and your sleep.
To increase on that, sleep monitoring covers sleep levels (quantity of sunshine, deep and REM sleep) in addition to ‘Sleep Score,’ which assigns a numerical rating to every evening’s sleep so Fitbit customers can get an at-a-glance image of their sleep. The Luxe can even measure varied ‘Health Metrics,’ corresponding to respiration charge, coronary heart charge variability and pores and skin temperature whereas sleeping, in addition to resting coronary heart charge.
Some of the wellness instruments Fitbit launched on the Sense smartwatch additionally seem on the Luxe. That consists of stress administration instruments that observe bodily indicators of stress and delivers a stress rating between one and 100 within the Fitbit app. There are additionally ‘Mindful Minutes’ and ‘Guided Breathing,’ options that may assist customers take just a few moments to chill out and mirror.
Finally, swinging again round to the well being options, the Luxe helps real-time tempo and distance measuring, however requires your smartphone’s GPS to do it.
A couple of notable omissions
That brings us to in all probability the most important omission with the Luxe: on-wrist GPS. Having GPS built-in to the gadget, like it’s with the Charge 4 and Fitbit Sense smartwatch, means customers don’t must convey their telephone after they go on a run to trace their tempo and distance. Since I’m not a lot of a runner, built-in GPS isn’t a significant loss for me, however that gained’t maintain true for others. (It’s price noting that the Fitbit Inspire 2 additionally doesn’t have built-in GPS, nevertheless it’s considerably cheaper than the Luxe.)
Another notable distinction between the Luxe and Charge 4 consists of stair monitoring — the Luxe can’t measure what number of flooring you climb. The Luxe additionally lacks just a few different options, like ‘Spotify Connect’ for controlling music playback and funds by Fitbit Pay.
“While the Luxe is a capable device, navigating it to access most of these features can be frustrating.”
While evaluating the Luxe with the Charge 4, it’s price noting that there are just a few options the Luxe affords that aren’t obtainable on the Charge. Namely, the Luxe has a color show, whereas the Charge 4 solely has a monochrome display screen. Luxe additionally helps Google’s Fast Pair system to enhance the set-up course of. Battery life can also be totally different, however we’ll get into that extra beneath.
A tracker with smarts
Fitbit’s Luxe tracker has just a few good options as properly, though these largely exist not directly on the Charge 4 and different Fitbit trackers.
The Luxe can show name, textual content and different smartphone notifications in your wrist. You can mark texts as learn, or reply with a set of fast responses or emojis. Alternatively, you may have the Luxe remind you a few message in an hour or faucet ‘open’ to open the textual content in your telephone. It’s not fairly as efficient as Fitbit’s smartwatches, which allow you to reply to messages with voice, however it might come in useful in a pinch. Users can even allow a ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode to silence incoming notifications.
Likewise, Luxe affords a Sleep Mode to mute incoming notifications at evening and forestall the display screen from turning on. I’ve had points with Sleep Mode being inconsistent on earlier Fitbit trackers, however in my time with the Luxe there was just one occasion when the tracker display screen lit up at evening and disturbed me.
Finally, the Luxe can deal with fundamental watch duties like alarms, timer and stopwatch performance.
None of those options are revolutionary, nevertheless it’s handy to have entry to them once I often want them.
Unfortunately, accessing these options might be irritating
While the Luxe is a succesful gadget, navigating it to entry most of those options might be irritating. Fitbit departed from its typical tracker navigation system with the Luxe, opting as an alternative for a sequence of swipes and gestures that, in my expertise, have been largely inconsistent.
For instance, the Charge 4 and Inspire 2 trackers each function a facet button for navigation — button right here refers to an inductive notch on the facet of the tracker. It’s not a standard button, nevertheless it accomplishes the identical operate with none transferring components.
That button can gentle up the trackers’ shows and acts as a constant strategy to navigate again to the earlier display screen when navigating the tracker. The Luxe, nonetheless, does away with the button in favour of swipe gestures to navigate round and a double-tap to return to the principle display screen.
For essentially the most half, swiping round labored, however generally it felt just like the Luxe wasn’t responsive to the touch enter. It’d take just a little longer than anticipated to register a swipe, or generally not register one in any respect. Plus, I discovered the small measurement of the display screen made it more durable to navigate utilizing solely gestures.
To be clear, the Luxe usually labored tremendous — I simply had the occasional issue navigating a tiny display screen fully with swipe inputs. If Fitbit places out a Luxe 2 sooner or later, I’d like to see the inductive button come again, or one other kind of navigation that feels extra dependable than straight contact. I think about my issues can be lessened on a bigger show with extra space for me to the touch, however that will imply making the Luxe fairly a bit greater, which isn’t very best.
I additionally don’t suppose this is a matter distinctive to the Luxe. Several corporations have added alternate navigation strategies to smartwatches — for instance, the Apple Watch’s Digital Crown enables you to scroll by content material on the watch with out touching the display screen, and a few Samsung watches have a rotating dial for scrolling by apps. In truth, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 featured a touch-sensitive bezel that individuals may use to navigate the watch.
That’s to not say Fitbit ought to launch a Luxe 2 sporting a Digital Crown or particular contact bezel, however I do suppose including an alternate technique of navigating the tracker, and even only a bigger contact space on the face, would make it simpler to make use of.
Battery life is all proper, however removed from the perfect
Fitbit advertises a five-day battery life for the Fitbit Luxe, which is lower than the seven-day battery lifetime of the Charge 4 and half so long as the Inspire 2 can final. However, in my very own testing, the Luxe made it by six days with about 45 p.c battery remaining.
At the time of writing, I hadn’t had the Luxe on and energetic lengthy sufficient to totally deplete the battery, so I’ll be aware my preliminary impressions and as soon as I’ve spent extra time with it, I’ll replace this part with extra element.
With the Luxe set to default settings — regular brightness, auto display screen wake and the default display screen timeout, the tracker has outlasted Fitbit’s battery estimates. At the identical time, I additionally haven’t executed many actions that will be more durable on the Luxe.
For instance, utilizing the Luxe to trace a full run or exercise would possible have an even bigger influence on battery life, as would having notifications enabled (other than testing them, I saved notifications turned off since I favor to not have my wrist buzz each time I get a textual content).
While totally different show settings and extra intense exercise regimens might deplete the Luxe’s battery sooner, I believe most common customers who run the Luxe with default settings gained’t have any points getting the tracker to final them a full week.
And, if you do must cost the Luxe, you may join it with a stunning little magnetic charging pad that’s miles higher than the terrible plastic clip connector seen on different Fitbit trackers just like the Charge 4.
The greatest trying tracker but
Finally, I need to spend a while speaking concerning the precise design of the Fitbit Luxe. I saved this portion for the tip since I believe the aesthetics aren’t essentially as necessary because the operate of the gadget, however that’s to not say they aren’t necessary.
With that mentioned, the Fitbit Luxe is well the perfect trying Fitbit tracker but. I’m unsure I’d put it forward of Fibit’s smartwatches — I actually just like the look of the Sense — however when stacked up towards the opposite Fitbit trackers, the Luxe is the clear winner.
Fitbit’s different trackers supplied useful designs, however they have been by no means one thing I felt I may put on to a pleasant occasion. To me, they at all times got here off as cheesy and have been clearly some form of tech gizmo strapped to my wrist with silicon and little regard for type.
The Luxe, then again, is fairly but delicate. It sports activities a pleasant stainless-steel body and glass entrance panel that appears svelte. It’s not garish both, and doesn’t stand out as a tech product. At a look, the Luxe seems like possibly a pleasant bracelet or an odd watch, however doesn’t appear misplaced like different trackers.
The body is out there in three colors — ‘Soft Gold,’ ‘Graphite’ and ‘Platinum,’ every with a respective band color: ‘Lunar White,’ ‘Black’ and ‘Orchid.’ The Luxe I reviewed had the ‘Platinum’ body and ‘Orchid’ band and I fairly preferred the color. While the Platinum/Orchid combo is I believe the perfect of the three choices, I’d in all probability swap the Orchid band for a extra impartial color like black or gray (my spouse, nonetheless, is a giant fan of the Orchid band).
Thankfully, the bands are tremendous simple to swap out, so it wouldn’t be exhausting to get a pleasant assortment of bands that match with totally different wardrobes or types.
It’s additionally price noting that the Luxe affords a color show as an alternative of the monochrome choices obtainable on Fitbit’s different trackers. Functionally, the colors don’t add a lot, nevertheless it does look nicer. My solely actual criticism with the show is it solely occupies a tiny portion of the tracker’s face. The remainder of the Luxe’s face is comprised of bezel designed to appear like extra display screen. Once you see by that ruse, nonetheless, the Luxe appears rather less ‘luxe-urious.’
Fitbit Luxe is a superb trying health tracker for the typical particular person
Ultimately, I believe the Fitbit Luxe falls into a fairly nice phase and affords up an honest stability of options that set it aside from the remainder of Fitbit’s trackers. At $199.95 for the Luxe, it’s a bit pricier than the corporate’s different trackers. At the time of writing, a few of the different trackers have been on sale, making worth comparisons just a little more durable.
I believe for many potential Fitbit Luxe clients, the selection comes all the way down to preferences about type and performance. The Charge 4 tracker affords extra operate than the Luxe at a lower cost of $130, or $150 for the Special Edition (often priced at $170 and $190 respectively). However, the Charge 4 isn’t practically as fairly.
If all you care about is health monitoring, I believe the Charge 4 makes extra sense. Anyone that desires monitoring but additionally a classy wrist decoration will in all probability favor the Luxe. And, as a last be aware, the Inspire 2 clocks in at $130 as properly in Canada, so I don’t see a lot purpose to get it when you possibly can get the Charge 4 for a similar worth with higher options.
At the identical time, those that need a smarter gadget may take into account certainly one of Fitbit’s smartwatches. The older Versa 2 was obtainable for about $180 (usually $230) whereas the Versa 3 was on sale for $260 (usually $300) and the Sense was $330 (usually $400).
Regardless which approach you select to go, the Fitbit Luxe is, I believe, well-positioned by way of each options and design. If you care about design, it’s the way in which to go — if operate is your purpose, you may pay just a little extra for a smartwatch with extra capabilities or rather less for a health tracker with higher monitoring options.
The Fitbit Luxe begins at $199.95 in Canada and is obtainable on Fitbit’s web site and at different retail places.
“If you care about design, the Fitbit Luxe is the way to go — if function is your goal, Fitbit’s smartwatches and Charge trackers are better options.”