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conclusion:We like it

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The Basis B1 Band is a stylish, watch-like tracking device that should make die-hard fitness fans happy. The B1 Band has a retro look to it that PC Mag calls "casual and straightforward," but they still had some issues with the overall design, like that the "backlighting is horrifically dim." Knowing that users would be wearing the device on their wrist all the time, Basis made the B1 Band water resistant, but Popular Science says they "wouldn't go deep-sea diving" though they were able to wear it everyday in the shower with "no problems." On the backside of the device are sensors to measure your blood pressure, steps, intensity, and exertion of your workout, and sleep metrics which allows you to tie them into what Basis calls "Habits." Habits are what Basis uses for motivation, awarding you points for things as simple as wearing the device, not sitting, and even going to bed. TechCrunch says the use of Habits "encourages you to visit the website often and unlock new rewards," but "rewards are so open-ended it's difficult to remember some of them" and the B1 Band "won't remind you." show more

Critic reviews

8.0
5 reviews
  • Durability
    7.0
  • Portability
    7.4
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.0

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User reviews

7.9
7 reviews
9.0
Popular Science Feb 14, 2013

The Basis is the most expensive fitness tracker I've tried, at $200, but I certainly would not recommend any of its competitors, which are often only slightly cheaper and are far, far less capable. It's a damned awesome product, and I'm going to keep wearing mine.

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8.0
Gizmodo Mar 27, 2013

Personally, I won't give up wearing my watch nor will I be wearing two watches anymore but the B1 is without a doubt the best activity tracker available today. (And I've tested just about all of them.) Too bad it's backordered till who knows when.

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8.0
PC Mag Mar 20, 2013

Tech and fitness enthusiasts should run out and buy the $199 Basis fitness watch immediately, as it's by far the most interesting activity tracker on the market. Cautious consumers, however, should wait for version 2.0, as the hardware design could use a few tweaks.

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7.0
TechCrunch Mar 18, 2013

Rather than making a kitchen-sink sports watch, Basis has produced a cool, streamlined monitoring device that is, for the first time in the space, eminently usable and promises some interesting potential.

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8.0
Digital Trends Jun 29, 2013

Fitness freaks should probably seek out hardware more specific to their activities, but for those looking to understand and influence their daily activity at a granular level, the Basis is the best device of its kind that we’ve seen.

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First Looks

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CNET Jun 11, 2013

It's relatively compact and light compared with many all-metal timepieces I've owned. I also think the habit approach to changing people's behavior has a shot at succeeding and hopefully motivating people (not just the fitness-crazed) to live a better lifestyle.

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9.0
kongster kongster

This health tracker is wonderful - I don't have any issue with it. However, the thickness of the device may be a little too thick for some. I wish the next generation one will get thinner and more stylish. In terms of function, it is by far the best. I had experience with Fitbit Force &...

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9.0
BradShoemaker BradShoemaker

It is easy to find current steps, calories and HR. Determining if targets are met requires a simple sync. Next design should be water proof to eliminate the need to remove. Also battery remaining graphic is unhelpful; days of power remaining would be ideal. A reminder in the app to recharge...

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2.0
dilipprasad dilipprasad

Steps counter counts 2000+ less steps than fitbit one or fitbit flex Heart rate monitor: pretty accurate under home use but non functional during aerobics activity or perspiration. Sleep tracker: very impressed with sleep tracking ability of this device. Battery: have to charge every day. My...

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8.0
geraldteo geraldteo

The best fitness tracker on the market, packs a heartrate monitor, GSR and accelerometer combined to identify activity, resting and sleeping states transparently. Addictive to keep checking your progress throughout the day. The only bad part is that the face's plastic scratches easily. I cut up...

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9.0
prez prez

I've used the jawbone Up, the Fitbit Force, and now the Basis B1. I find it the most accurate, the best to wear, and the software provides accurate and meaningful analysis.

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