Misfit announced its Ray minimalist-looking fitness tracker in January. It was designed to be stylish and never taken off — because the more often a tracker is worn the better it can do its job.

I’ve been using Ray since mid-March and the tracker’s done everything it’s supposed to and it’s done those things pretty well. Also, I haven’t taken the thing off (except to switch the band from one wrist to the other) since the first day I put it on.

The good stuff | Ray’s comfortable, light, looks good and doesn’t require charging. It can be worn with other wristlets (watches, other wearables). The tiny band is essentially waterproof (resistant to 50 meters) and it tracks a lot of types of data. Ray also works with iOS and Androids running Bluetooth 4.0 or later.

The bad stuff | Ray doesn’t have a screen and will eventually require you to replace its three button cell batteries. Many of the bands’ notification and remote features require your smartphones’ Bluetooth to be always on. The tracker does not have a heart rate monitor and the Misfit community is still small.

I had been using a Fitbit Zip and researching fitness bands for a long time before finally deciding on Misfit’s Ray. What sold me was the simple design and the essentially waterproof body. The Ray doesn’t look tacky next to the watch I already wear every day and I can track all the time, even while sleeping and showering. Ray’s also a lot better looking than the Fitbit Flex, Fitbit Alta, Jawbone Up or the Garmin Vivofit 2… in my opinion.

The only checkbox that wasn’t marked off my list was the heart rate monitor function. Though, many hard core runners would point out, monitoring your heart from the wrist is far less accurate than from a chest strap.

Design

Ray is a small cylindrical tube made of anodized aircraft-grade aluminum. There’s a small LED light toward one end of the tube that gives you information by displaying different colored lights (incoming calls are green, texts are blue, etc). It’s actually pretty surprising how much Ray can tell you with its multicolor LED.

If you take Ray off and flip it upside down, you’ll see Misit’s logo in the center and small dot that reminds you which end to twist off if you need to swap out the batteries.

I purchased the sport band version of Ray because I knew I’d be running with the tracker often and didn’t want the leather band to get gross. The sport band is made of TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane). If you’ve never felt this type of material before, it’s fairly soft but a lot stronger than a softer silicone rubber would be. The band is easily adjusted (longer or shorter) to fit ay wearer’s wrist. And, this one’s important, Ray’s band stays securely fastened even during high-intensity workouts.

Inside the ends of Ray’s body are 8mm spring bars (like the ones normal watches have), which means you can really use any watch band that fits or get a creative with your own DIY band or chain. Misfit also designed a few accessory bands and chains for Ray that owners should be able to buy soon on the company’s site.

Even though Ray was designed to be tough, it’s still pretty. I honestly can’t think of a better word to describe it. Ray could totally pass as unique jewelry with the right band. But at the same time, it doesn’t feel feminine. So, you can dress it up or down and really make the Ray fit your style.

Accuracy

I did a few tests to see how accurate Ray is at step tracking by comparing its data to the number of steps taken with my iPhone 5s and my older Fitbit Zip while doing various activities: Going about my business on a regular weekday, going for a 5K (3.1 mile) run and going for a 30 minute walk. All these tests were done with Ray on my wrist, so it’s worth noting that totals could change if you wear it on your ankle, around your neck or keep it in your pocket. You’re supposed to tell the companion Misfit app where you wear Ray to get more accurate counts.

Source : TechNoLeah

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