Fitbit Luxe Fitness Band Hands-On
In April, Fitbit has unveiled the Fitbit Luxe, a fitness band with a sleek buttonless design. It is dubbed as Fitbit’s thinnest touchscreen fitness tracker to date and the first Fitbit tracker with a color screen with various new clock faces. It also boasts several fitness monitoring features as well as multiple functions. Check out more of it through our hands-on below.
The Fitbit Luxe is a slim fitness and wellness tracker featuring a polished stainless steel case with an interchangeable silicone strap. It sports a 0.76-inch AMOLED color screen that automatically adjusts its brightness to the ambient light, but you also have the option to adjust it to dim, normal, or max manually. The display, although small, is bright, and you can still clearly see it even under direct sunlight. More so, Luxe now features an Always-On Display mode.
The unit we have comes in Black with Graphite Stainless Steel. However, it is also available in Lunar White with Soft Gold Stainless Steel and Orchid with Platinum Stainless Steel.
Moreover, the package comes with the Fitbit Luxe fitness tracker, a longer extra band, and a magnetic charging cable.
Found underneath Luxe are the sensors, pins for charging, and the brand’s logo. As for sensors, it is geared with a 3-axis accelerometer, optical heart rate monitor, and red and infrared sensors for oxygen saturation (SpO2) monitoring. It also has a vibration motor to nudge you with notifications and water resistance of up to 50 meters.
Setting it up, like any other Fitbit device, heavily depends on the Fitbit app. Just follow the process, and it will detect the Luxe and link to it via Bluetooth. If you see a notification for an update, make sure to download and install it first so that you can enjoy all the features.
You can also access the clock faces, standard Fitbit apps, and other customization settings from the Fitbit app.
As it is made as a fitness and wellness tracker, Luxe gives users access to Fitbit’s wide range of advanced health and wellness features.
In the tracker, you’ll find six exercises by default, including Walk, Run, Bike, Swim, Workout, and Treadmill. Users can also choose from 20 different exercise modes in the app, including Golf, Pilates, Spinning, or Tennis. Nevertheless, those who prefer running, biking, or hiking can also use connected GPS from their phone to check real-time pace and distance.
However, from the clock face, swipe up to see your current health and fitness stat. It shows the battery percentage, as well as your core stats, hourly steps, heart rate, number of days you exercised, cycle track, sleep duration, and more.
On the other hand, by swiping left or right, you’ll also see notifications (for calls, texts, and apps), relax sessions, alarms, and timers.
By swiping down from the top of the screen, you’ll find common settings for the device, including Do Not Disturb (DND) mode, sleep mode, screen wake, water lock, and other settings.
In addition, the Fitbit Luxe is also equipped with stress management tools for automatic activity and sleep tracking.
Further, Luxe provides a Sleep Score that lets you keep track of the duration and the quality of your sleep. This is indeed helpful to let us know if we are getting enough high-quality sleep. Through the app, it also allows you to set bedtime reminder and your target sleep schedule. Thanks to this, I found out that I badly need to get more sleep.
Luxe also has the Reminders to Move feature. With this, Luxe vibrates to remind you that it’s time to move, encouraging you to hit 250 steps each hour. I find this feature a helpful reminder that we must move or stretch our bodies at least every once in a while. You also can turn it off or customize it when you want to receive reminders in the app.
What’s more, users may also get insights into their wellbeing in the Fitbit app with the Health Metrics dashboard, which tracks breathing rate, heart rate variability (HRV), resting heart rate (RHR), and oxygen saturation (SpO2).
Tailored for women, this tracker also features menstrual health monitoring, which is beneficial for birth control, menstrual cycle tracking, and period and fertility predictions.
It’s also great that Luxe comes with a 6-month Premium trial subscription. With Fitbit Premium, users can receive a detailed breakdown of their Stress Management Score, including other information. Plus, Premium members also get to access over 45 mindfulness sessions, sleep score details for advanced analysis, over 150 video workouts, video recipes, health metric dashboard, deeper personalized insights every day, and more. After the 6-month trial for Luxe, Premium is available for PHP 485 per month or PHP 3,900 per year.
For the battery, the Fitbit Luxe only lasts up to five days of battery life depends on the usage. On the other hand, charging the tracker from 5% to 100% takes an hour and a half. It could have been better if it came with longer battery life, though.
Overall, Luxe is chic, light and is something you can comfortably wear every day. Thus, it indeed does a great job as a fitness band for tracking the essentials. Also, despite its small built, it is jam-packed with useful fitness and wellness features. However, it is also worth noting that its price tag is hefty, considering that some other bands provide most of the features mentioned at a lower price. Nonetheless, if you’re a fan of Fitbit devices, you might want to check this one out.