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78 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Surge solves some of Fitbit's problems with better food and sleep tracking, while adding GPS and heart rate monitoring to the mix. But its bulky, utilitarian design and high price will limit its appeal.

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Pros
  • GPS and heart rate monitoring are welcome additions
  • Fitbit finally solved its sleep-tracking problem
  • Food database is robust and easy to use
Cons
  • Design is better suited for the gym than the office
  • Slightly bulky body and strap
  • Pricey for an activity tracker, even one with GPS
78 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

78
 

User Reviews

30
Pat_Cat
A poor product that's more likely to be frustrating than useful. - Engadget
20
Mike_F
DO NOT BUY!! It breaks after a few months of use.The band itself will peel and...read more
80
13danav
I am happy to see that you are thinking about buying the Fitbit surge. This...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
81
Average Critic Score
 
80
Recode
If you’re a runner who wants a GPS watch that gives you an idea of what your heart rate is, without needing a chest strap, and you sometimes do things like yoga and weight lifting and spin, you have my blessing.
 
80
Time
The Surge is one of the best devices out there for athletes looking for a feature-packed fitness tracker and who don’t mind the sporty stylings or the high price tag. ... But as Fitbit readily admits, the Surge isn’t a proper smartwatch by any means—and that could be a problem for Fitbit.
 
80
Mashable
If you're a serious runner who wants data logging and training tools and less focused on getting smart notifications, the Surge is a very worthy buy.
 
100
PC Mag
With continuous heart rate monitoring, GPS, and broad appeal, the Fitbit Surge is the best all-day fitness tracker to date.
 
80
Tom's Guide
The $249 Fitbit Surge is an all-day, everyday activity tracker that packs a continuous heart-rate monitor and a GPS sensor into its comfy frame.
 
80
DC Rainmaker
If you’re primarily looking to use it for steps and sleep, and 24×7 heart rate monitoring ... it does well there. It’s just unfortunately not for someone that wants absolute HR accuracy – which, I suppose is sorta the point of the device.
 
70
Wired
The person who will get the most out of the Surge is someone who wants the constant fitness tracking Fitbit is known for, and also wants to wear a more traditional digital wristwatch.
 
80
ChipChick
Surge is my favorite Fitbit to date. As an activity tracker, it can mostly do everything the Fitbit Charge HR can do, other than GPS. ... Unlike most other smart watches, Fitbit figured out how to offer an always-on display and still maintain a battery life of more than a few days.