LG Heart Rate Monitor Earphone review: good fitness gadget, poor earphones
LG's new earphones are an interesting way of recording and monitoring your heart rate without strapping something to your wrist. If you typically listen to music while exercising, it's an even better fit. At this price, however, the sound quality isn't quite good enough.
- Accurate heart-rate readout
- Works with iOS and Android smartphones
- Companion app is surprisingly feature rich
- Has a lot of wires for Bluetooth headphones
- Sounds quality isn't great
- Incompatible with normal headphone sockets
Heart rate monitors are no longer the exclusive domain of fitness gadgets. The last 12 months have seen sensors make their way into smartphones and wearables, replacing for many of us the need for a standalone pulse monitor. The problem is a lot of these options have been unable to deliver accurate heart rate mesurements, partly because those sensors have to maintain contact with your skin; if they slip, then the readout skips. Maybe LG has the answer, then: Put heart rate monitoring technology into a pair of Bluetooth headphones. If you're like me and are constantly wired for sound during workouts, what could possibly be better?
LG's Heart Rate Monitor earphones link to an iOS/Android app, with absolutely nothing burdening your wrists. LG's fitness app can even add your exercise sessions to a step counter, so long as you buy LG's optional Lifeband Touch fitness band. What's more, the app also integrates with other fitness apps like RunKeeper. It all sounds great on paper, but there's a problem: the headphones don't actually sound good. Let me explain.