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LifeTrak Zone C410 Watch Review

LifeTrak Zone C410 Watch [1] is a fitness watch by Salutron, Inc [2].

Salutron Inc. was founded in 1995, one of the first companies of its kind to develop On-Demand ECG accurate heart rate monitoring solutions. Our growth began within Commercial Cardio Equipment; we soon made a name for ourselves in chest straps and watches. We have designed and developed Heart Rate monitoring solutions for both the fitness and wellness worlds, under a multitude of brands. Salutron has grown to become a “body monitoring solutions” technology house. We have expanded the capabilities of our proprietary technologies over the past decade and continue to revolutionize and lead the body-monitoring world with our Free Living Solutions.

I have not heard of LifeTrak till Jeremy from Axtro Sports [3], exclusive distributor for Lifetrak in Singapore, dropped me an email asking me whether I am interested in reviewing the C410, which is a fitness watch.

Having owned fitness bands like the Fitbit Flex [4], Jawbone UP [5] and Nike Fuelband [6], I thought the fitness watch might be interesting.

You can get the LifeTrak Zone C410 for S$125 online from axtrosports.com [3] or from the following physical locations:

LifeTrak Zone C410 - Box Front [7]
LifeTrak Zone C410 – Box Front

LifeTrak Zone C410 - Box Open [8]
LifeTrak Zone C410 – Box Open

LifeTrak Zone C410 - Box Back [9]
LifeTrak Zone C410 – Box Back

LifeTrak Zone C410 - Box [10]
LifeTrak Zone C410 – Box

LifeTrak Zone C410 - Box Contents [11]
LifeTrak Zone C410 – Box Contents

Specifications

LifeTrak Zone C410 [12]
LifeTrak Zone C410

LifeTrak Zone C410 - Strap [13]
LifeTrak Zone C410 – Strap

LifeTrak Zone C410 - Side [14]
LifeTrak Zone C410 – Side

LifeTrak Zone C410 - Buttons [15]
LifeTrak Zone C410 – Buttons

LifeTrak Zone C410 - Buckle [16]
LifeTrak Zone C410 – Buckle

LifeTrak Zone C410 - Back [17]
LifeTrak Zone C410 – Back

Features

It is a Watch

LifeTrak Zone C410 [18]
LifeTrak Zone C410

Since it is a watch, it always shows you the time (doh!) and stats like distance walked, calories burned and steps taken on the main screen. The main screen doesn’t go off unless it detects you are sleeping from the lack of movement for a certain period of time.

LifeTrak Zone C410 - Main Screen [19]
LifeTrak Zone C410 – Main Screen

There are three buttons on the C410 and it takes a while to know what each of the three buttons do (I don’t read manuals :p).

LifeTrak Zone C410 - 7-day and Hourly Stats [20]
LifeTrak Zone C410 – 7-day and Hourly Stats

The top right button cycles through the 7-day and hourly stats.

LifeTrak Zone C410 - Syncing With Argus App [21]
LifeTrak Zone C410 – Syncing With Argus App

Pressing and holding on to the bottom right button will make it sync via Bluetooth.

The watch uses a CR2032 battery which is a commonly used battery [22] for motherboards and calculators. I am guessing the battery should be able to last the C410 watch for about 2-3 years.

Accessing the watch settings to setup the date, time, gender, height, weight and date of birth can be done by pressing and holding the top right button.

LifeTrak Zone C410 - Settings Screen [23]
LifeTrak Zone C410 – Settings Screen

LifeTrak Zone C410 - Settings Screen - Goals [24]
LifeTrak Zone C410 – Settings Screen – Goals

LifeTrak Zone C410 - Settings Screen - Profile Setup [25]
LifeTrak Zone C410 – Settings Screen – Profile Setup

LifeTrak Zone C410 - Settings Screen - Sleep Tracker [26]
LifeTrak Zone C410 – Settings Screen – Sleep Tracker

I am right-handed but I wear the watch on my right hand because my left hand is already full with my Pebble Watch and Fitbit Flex. It still look weird wearing a watch on both hands.

LifeTrak Zone C410 - 15,225 Steps [27]
LifeTrak Zone C410 – 15,225 Steps

Comparing the steps count recorded by my Fitbit Flex (worn on my left hand), the count is about 4.5% more than my C410 (worn on my right hand). I think the value is still acceptable since both of my hands swing differently at times or I might be carrying something using my right hand.

Argus iOS App - My Activity [28]Fitbit iOS App - Steps [29]
Argus iOS App / Fitbit iOS App

I am not really a fan of wearing a fitness tracker to sleep because it feels uncomfortable for me and hence I did not test the automatic sleep detection.

iOS/Android App
The only disappointment I have with this watch is that it works only on iOS with the Argus iOS App [30] which is available for free in the AppStore [31]. Argus doesn’t have an Android app yet but they have plans to have one soon [32].

Argus iOS App - AppStore [33]Argus iOS App - Devices & Apps [34]
Argus iOS App

Argus iOS App - My Activity [35]Argus iOS App - My Activity [36]
Argus iOS App

Argus is not the official app for LifeTrak. LifeTrak do have an iOS app in the AppStore [37] but last I heard that app is still in beta. LifeTrak Android app is reported to be coming in Summer 2014.

*UPDATE 22nd May 2014* The LifeTrack Android app is out in Google Play [38].

LifeTrak iOS App - AppStore [39]LifeTrak iOS App - Splash Screen [40]
LifeTrak iOS App

LifeTrak iOS App - Setup Device [41]LifeTrak iOS App - Pair Device [42]
LifeTrak iOS App

When I tried the LifeTrak iOS App, I couldn’t get it to connect to my C410 after trying multiple times (maybe because it is still in beta). I ended up using Argus iOS App instead and it works perfectly on the first try.

Heart Rate
I am impressed that the watch has the ability to measure heart rate without wearing a chest strap. Having said that, I am not too sure how accurate it is without another device to compare.

Pressing and holding on to the center button measures your heart rate.

LifeTrak Zone C410 - Heart Rate [43]
LifeTrak Zone C410 – Heart Rate

LifeTrak Zone C410 - Heart Rate [44]
LifeTrak Zone C410 – Heart Rate

LifeTrak Zone C410 - Heart Rate [45]
LifeTrak Zone C410 – Heart Rate

Summary
For S$125, I think it is a pretty good price for you to start playing around with a fitness tracker that acts as a watch as well.

However, if you are already using a Pebble watch like me and can’t leave home without it, I am not too sure whether this watch will entice you ( unless you don’t mind looking weird wearing a watch on both hands).

The lack of Android support and the ability to view your stats in a desktop browser are downsides for me.

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Cons: