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19 November 2012

ePulse 2 Strapless HR Monitor

The video pretty much sums it up pretty well: this is a great idea theoretically, but it’s just too far behind the competition at this point. Without any connectivity, there’s no way to analyze your data over time, and no way to easily change the settings. I really like the idea of a strapless HR […]

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The video pretty much sums it up pretty well: this is a great idea theoretically, but it’s just too far behind the competition at this point. Without any connectivity, there’s no way to analyze your data over time, and no way to easily change the settings.

I really like the idea of a strapless HR monitor, but just don’t see the practicality for anywhere that requires winter clothing for your sport. A strap that goes around my forearm rather than my chest would be a great alternative, and if it connected to my current GPS watch and I could retain all of that info, I’d be in heaven.

Unfortunately it feels a bit cheap on the construction side (maybe I’m just getting too used to Apple products), the battery life is way too low (not to mention having to go through an annoying reboot process if you completely drain the battery). It’s usable for it’s singular purpose: strapless HR monitoring – as long as you don’t need warm clothes on.

After reading several reviews on Amazon, there are a lot of pleased people out there, so it definitely has a market. And it does seem that this version is a big upgrade to the first. But for me, there’s a lot of work to do to make this a great product: better display, better battery life, better connectivity, easier setup (although the one-button HR monitoring works great).

Cost: $90-$130

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