The Mi Band Pulse activity tracker wearable from Xiaomi is so budget friendly, it could be a Christmas stocking stuffer, as it sells for
Xiaomi is a Chinese manufacturer and one of the top three wearables vendors in the world — Fitbit holds the top spot, while Apple and Xiaomi are vying for the runner-up position, depending on the data-set you consult.
The Mi Band Pulse tracks steps and exercise (as well as distance, estimated calories and active minutes), communicating this information via Bluetooth to a simple, attractive Mi Fit app. It monitors sleep, and provides a vibrating wake-up call if you want it.
The device itself is a small metallic component that fits into a plastic band. It’s light and comfortable enough to forget. The metallic bit pops out for charging — and you don’t need to do that very often either, with up to 30 days’ tracking on a single full charge. Finally, it’s water and dust resistant. This means it can survive a shallow dunking, but it’s best not to go swimming with it.
The downside? There’s no real display; the metallic module has just a few basic LED backlit areas.
The inclusion of a heart rate function is the real surprise at this price.
A wearable device remains a nice-to-have, but a price like this means it is suddenly much more accessible.
Mi Band Pulse
Cool factor: ***
Value for money: *****