Fitbit Charge HR Review

fitbit-charge-hr-plumThe Fitbit Charge HR is a great fitness tracker that helps monitor your sleep quality and wake you with a silent alarm. It is designed to track your steps, active minutes, floors climbed, calories burned, distance and heart rate continuously.

You can also see time of day, daily stats and call notifications on the OLED display. It tracks your activities for 24 hours a day, even when you are sleeping. You can even sync it to your phone. The Fitbit Charge HR may looks like the older Fitbit bands, but it more powerful.

Fitbit Charge HR is certainly a great device to motivate people to exercise more. They made a simple game of it. Reach a goal, get a reward, share it with your friends, and compete.

FitBit Charger HR’s features:

  • 24/7 heart rate tracker monitors workout intensity and calorie burn
  • Continuous, wrist-based heart-rate tracking
  • Sync stats wirelessly
  • Set goals and see progress
  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Access real-time stats
  • See call notifications
  • Bright OLED display
  • Sleep monitoring
  • Pedometer
  • Available in two colors: Black or Plum


The Charge HR looks nearly identical to the discontinued Fitbit Force before it. It has an OLED display that displays steps, time, and other data. You just need to press the side button to see anything on the display. The strap attaches with a standard watch buckle-type clasp, making it less likely to pop off. At the bottom, you can see an optical heart-rate monitor with green LEDs. The Charge HR comes in two colors; plum and black. It comes in two sizes, too; large and small. It comes with its own USB dongle for charging.

Heart beat

Once attached on your wrist, the Fitbit Charge HR immediately gather the heart-rate data and it does it all the time. Combined with a built-in barometer and accelerometer to measure steps, and distance travelled, while the heart-rate sensor constantly records beats per minute.

This heart-rate technology is known as Pure Pulse and available on both the FItbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge. In theory, heart rate combined with other sensors can provide a fuller picture of a person’s health.

Call notifications

The Fitbit Charge HR provide call notifications from a smartphone by vibrating and displaying the caller ID on the screen. The app is available for Windows Phone, iOS and Android.

With this you can wirelessly syncs your smartphone with the Fitbit Charge HR over Bluetooth. You can also sync it with your PC using a USB Bluetooth dongle that provided in the box.

The app


The Fitbit Charge HR’s app is simple and very easy to use, and it is available for Windows Phone, iOS and Android users. When you open the app, you will get the information about your data, including stairs climbed, calories burned, distance travelled, heart rate data and total steps.

With this feature you can see your active minutes, which is the amount of time where your heart rate elevated. The metric can also be tapped to show historical data. You can try to beat certain goals and get rewards. Share and then compete with your friends. I think it is a great idea to stay motivated.

Sleep tracking

fitbit-charge-hr-sleep-trackerAs we mentioned, sleep tracking is now performed automatically on the Fitbit Charge HR, which means no more missed nights of sleep. On the Fitbit Charge HR, sleep tracking is now run automatically, so it means no more missed data. The results are easy to understand, the blue block is your sleep duration and the total time is displayed below it. There are also vertical lines that mark when you turn or toss.

The only drawback in my opinion, it is not designed to designate light or deep sleep like other sleep trackers.

The advantages:

  1. Vibration alarms
  2. Comfortable supple band
  3. Sleek, modern minimal design
  4. Call notification

The disadvantages:

  1. No text notifications
  2. Not waterproof
  3. Heart-rate data erratic

List Price:$149.95 USD
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List Price:$149.95 USD
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Schwinn-430-Elliptical-machineSchwinn Fitness is a brand that is renowned for its high-quality bicycles, and their elliptical machines are made with the same precision and quality. You will never mistake the Schwinn 430 elliptical for a high-end elliptical trainer. It offers 20 resistance levels, 22 preset exercise programs and a 20-inch stride length to help you reach your fitness goals. The machine is also reported to be stable and quiet.

The Schwinn 430 elliptical trainer is ideal for your home gym and for everyone who want a low impact workout. Regular use on the elliptical trainers will increase lung capacity while improving your health. The Schwinn 430 can provide an effective cardiovascular workout by combining lower and upper body coordination into one impact-free motion. In order to ensure your comfort during workout, this trainer is built with Magnetic ECB (Eddy Current Brake) resistance. Eddy Current Brake technology has the advantages of quiet operation, little to no maintenance costs, reliability, and no friction. The technology is the best form of resistance for fitness machines and is usually only found on higher end elliptical trainers.

Resistance20 Levels of Eddy Current Magnetic
Drive SystemHigh speed high inertia perimeter weighted flywheel
Incline10 degree manual ramp range with 6 positions
Stride20”  Precision Path™ Stride
Display TypeSchwinnConnect™
Secondary: 1.0” X 5.0”
Main: 3.0” X 5.0”
2 LCD window System
Display ReadoutsGoal achievement/ User indicator / Intensity meter / % complete indicator / HR zone indicator / Profile / Resistance level / Calories / Speed / Pulse / Distance / RPM / Time
Quick Keys10 for resistance
ProgramsTotal: 22
Other: (4 beginner + 4 advanced + Custom)
Heartrate: 8 (4 beginner + 4 advanced)
Profile: 9 preset
Maximum User Weight300 lbs
Media TrayYes
Water Bottle HolderYes
USB ConnectionYes – USB charging and data export to and Schwinn connect
Sound SystemYes – acoustic chamber for big sound
FanYes – 3 speed
HandlebarsMoving and static
FootplatesLarge articulating with cushioning
Heart Rate MonitorGrip
Performance TrackingGoal Tracker
Other FeaturesTransport wheels / 2 integrated levelers
PowerAC Adaptor (included)
Warranty InformationFrame: 10 years
Labor: 90 days
Electrical: 1 year
Mechanical: 2 years


 The Advantages:

  1. Large articulating footplates with cushioning.
  2. Good warranties. 1 year on labor, 2 years on parts and 10 years on the frame.
  3. The Schwinn 430 can support up to 300 pounds.
  4. You can connect and upload your workout data to Schwinn Connect or MyFitnessPal to get more information about your workout and stay motivated.
  5. The machine comes with many useful accessories, such as: a three-speed cooling fan, a tablet or book holder, speakers and MP3 player input and a water bottle holder.
  6. Designed with eddy current resistance for your comfort.
  7. Transport wheels for easy movement from room to room.

 The Disadvantages:

  1. For most users the assembly won't be quick.
  2. The incline level is adjustable, however you need to do it manually by lowering or raising the handle.
  3. Lacks of chest heart rate monitors but you can still monitor your heart rate by grasping the handle.

Some Real Users Reviews:

Schwinn 430 Elliptical reviews 1

Schwinn 430 Elliptical reviews 2


List Price:$999.00 USD
New From:$577.00 USD In Stock
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List Price:$599.00 USD
New From:$387.00 USD In Stock
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