James Gabb Reply to on 15 February 2017
|A set of scales is one of those little things that all households have, but very few ever use or pay attention to. As a result, many people find themselves getting increasingly out of shape without even noticing. It is difficult to track and monitor your weight manually, so very few people do. A set of Bluetooth scales changes this, as they sync with your phone and automatically update, track and chart your progress. Most Bluetooth scales sit in a price range well above the average consumer's affordability, giving them a 'premium' but not essential status. They can often exceed £70, and offer a slew of functions from body fat percentage to water weight, bone density and muscle mass. However, this expensive tech has now trickled down into more affordable products such as these scales by 1byone.
How do these 'budget' scales stack up against rival body monitors? Impressively well, as it turns out.
I ordered these and paid full price; no incentive here for a review. When they arrived, they were easy to set up and were boxed in decent if plain packaging. I downloaded the accompanying app as instructed and set about testing them against my older, non-bluetooth body-monitoring scales. The 1byone, with repeated tests over the course of two hours, maintained a consistent set of results. My body fat percentage, weight, muscle mass and water mass data was synced to the phone with no problems each time and remained the same. My rival, non-bluetooth scales, however, varied enormously by ranges of 1-5kg in weight on repeated testing and body fat percentage differences of between 1-10%!
I tested them at the same time the next day, by which time my weight had changed slightly, and the same results occured. The 1byone scales remained consistent with repeated measurements, but my older ones varied enormously again. They remained consistent even when using the product on different floor surfaces; wood, vinyl and thin carpet.
The scales are well built and weighty; my only fault being one of the electrodes was angled slightly differently to the remaining three. However, the display was bright, attractive and looks far more premium than it's price my suggest, looking just as impressive with its frosted glass and metal electrodes as products twice its value. The scales and app sync together remarkably quickly and gives you the option to save the data. No connection problems have been encountered so far after three weeks of use.
The app itself is rather basic and has quite an un-intuitive user interface. It can take a while to find and navigate the charts and menus but once you've figure out the navigation it works exactly as it is supposed to. It doesn't have the slickest design, but in terms of pure functionality there have been no problems at all. It gives you all your data on a single screen, you can swipe left and right to look at previous readings, and it produces charts of weight/time to be able to effectively visualise your progress. This is an enormous aid to anyone wanting to lose weight, as they can see themselves losing the weight.
I paid full price for this product and was not incentivised to write this review. I do, however, feel that technology this good should be available at affordable prices and for this, the 1byone scales pull out all the stops. My only gripe, and the reason I have omitted a star, is because I believe the user interface on the app could be friendlier and more visually attractive.
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