The New Balance 52534NB Life Trainer offers a slightly different approach to health and fitness tracking: it focuses totally on tracking heart rate, steps taken, and calories burned.
Many fitness monitoring devices are designed to be nearly all-in-one, tracking activity, sleep, heart rate, interactive online app/data interpreting, goal setting and fitness community support, etc.
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1. New Balance in the box
1. Battery life:
The 52534NB operates on one Lithium battery. Battery life is described as “long” by users, but no specific time frame is offered.
The 52534NB has a Life Trainer with a 7-day graphic memory to enable the user to review calories burned, steps taken, and a total distance per day. It has an onboard watch with an LED display.
The tracker’s Calorie Monitor uses the wearer’s metabolic rate combined with the exercise and heart rate to generate a total estimated calories burned. All readouts – steps, calories, heart rate are displayed on the watch-like face of the tracker.
Users have commented that the white-on-black LED display is a bit difficult to read in bright outdoor light and that the step counting/calories burned tracking are somewhat questionable. The step count seemed “generous” to some users as did the calories burned estimate.
Also, the steps do not accurately measure unless the user’s hands are moving (i.e., there is no accurate step counting when the wearer is carrying anything that prevents hand movement).
This particular model of the 52534NB features a bright pink and black band that is reversible. The LED is a white-on-black display. The buttons that enable navigation through the different functions are located on one side of the tracking device.
According to information provided with the tracker, the 52534NB is water resistant up to 30 meters. No chest strap is needed for monitoring the heart rate. The tracker has 3 sensitivity levels for accurate step readings. It has an exercise time range of 10 hours and a 7-day graphic memory that enables the user to review calorie burn/steps/and total distance per day, viewable on the LED display. The Heart Rate Touch (HRT) provides an on demand heart rate reading on the display.
The tracker does not sync with any device or app: it is fully self-contained and functioning.
The 52534NB comes with an instructions booklet. No setup or syncing to other devices is required. Setting the watch requires the user to press and hold one of the buttons on the watch side in order to enter and adjust the functions settings.
NOTE: The tracker automatically resets at midnight.
2. Final verdict:
The New Balance 52534NB is modestly priced in comparison with many pedometer/fitness tracker devices currently on the market. It is a fairly simple, easy-to-use device for tracking steps, calories burned, and heart rate.
The 52534NB is well-suited for newer fitness trackers who do not expect highly detailed feedback about their workouts.