The Fitbit Blaze doesn't really feel good sufficient to put on every single day

The Fitbit Blaze doesn't feel nice enough to wear every day

The Fitbit Blaze is a brand new sort of system for the corporate. It is the primary hardware Fitbit has made that could possibly be categorised as a smartwatch, albeit one with a serious concentrate on health fairly than the extra versatile and comparatively function-packed strategy that characterizes Android Put on and the Apple Watch. However simply as with different smartwatches, the Fitbit Blaze aspires to be one thing you will need to put on in your wrist — past the fluoroelastomer bands that resemble the bands present in different Fitbit units, the corporate can also be promoting extra premium leather-based and metallic straps. The query is whether or not the entire package deal is fascinating sufficient to need to put on in your wrist every single day.

After spending a while with the Blaze on the CES present flooring, I am unconvinced that it is a watch I might need to put on every single day. The entire package deal felt mild, which is sweet for one thing you will put on whereas exercising, nevertheless it additionally felt low cost. I attempted a mannequin with a leather-based band that was too small for me, however my drawback was extra with the standard of the band fairly than the match.

Past the band, the odd metallic casing that matches round the primary tracker unit equally felt fairly uninspired and type of flimsy. Whenever you put the entire package deal collectively, it is simply not a really compelling factor to put on from a appears and luxury perspective.

That is a disgrace, as a result of Fitbit has lengthy been profitable at constructing strong health monitoring merchandise, and the Blaze seems to be no exception. The house display of the watch exhibits the time and allows you to shortly flip via totally different stats like steps, distance walked, energy burned, and so forth. You’ll be able to then swipe left and proper to enter the Blaze’s different options, like beginning exercises, viewing extra particulars health stats and so forth. For extra on the Blaze’s function set, click on right here.

The display itself seems effective; it isn’t distinctive however it does the job. It should not suck down a lot energy as a result of Fitbit says the Blaze ought to final “as much as” 5 days on one battery cost. It is also not fairly as responsive as I might have hoped for, however at the least it is acceptable.

For $200, the Fitbit Blaze is sensible when it comes to its function set — for those who’re into health monitoring, it is a strong choice that throws in a couple of useful smartwatch options like music controls and a few primary notifications. Sadly, the combo of the hardware’s feel and appear makes it not one thing I might advocate for most individuals. If you would like a health-targeted, wrist-worn tracker, there are extra superior choices, and if you would like a smartwatch, you are higher off with Android Put on or the Apple Watch.

Nathan is a senior editor at Engadget and was previously an editor at The Verge. A semi-current San Francisco resident by means of Boston, Nathan covers Google, gaming, apps and providers (particularly music), bizarre web tradition and rather more. He’ll evaluate nearly any odd piece of hardware that comes his means. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys the superior meals SF has to supply and loves taking pictures round northern California.