The Mio Fuse is the most durable device we tested, and offers a comprehensive suite of sensors and data management. With some information, including time, available on the device and an ultra secure attachment method, there is sure to be a niche of consumer for whom the Mio is just right. For the most part, our Editors' Choice winning FitBit Charge HR is a little more polished and certainly less bulky. The Misfit Shine is a tiny fraction of the bulk and half the cost of the Mio Fuse, but does not have any sort of heart rate sensor. The Top Pick Garmin VivoFit 2, with its chest band heart rate sensor and comprehensive data management platform, is at least a little better suited to the dedicated athlete looking for a fitness tracker.
Mio Fuse Review
Cons: Bulky. Wrist-mounted heart rate monitoring has inherent flaws.
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Mio Fuse, from its large and solid construction to its app that points you first to your dedicated training sessions, is a wrist-mounted Fitness Tracker and heart rate monitor that emphasizes formalized training. It also works for day-to-day activity monitoring.
Interface and Data Management
Mio's app is a utilitarian interface for organizing both day-to-day activity and formalized training sessions. Immediately upon opening the app one is presented with a summary of recent actual training sessions. Other products have apps that summarize your entire day in the default app "home screen". The Editors' Choice Fitbit Charge HR, for instance, shows your progress toward your daily goal right away. This sort of data, with the Mio Fuse, requires a little digging. This is great if you train every day and consider your formalized training the bulk of your activity. Most, however, use a Fitness Tracker like this to monitor and motivate "normal" day time activity for general health.
Depth of Data
- Sleep Tracking
- Heart Rate
- Distance/Step Count
- User Entered Data
Accuracy, Durability, and Construction Quality
The Mio band is super secure, the construction is robust, the battery lasts comparable to other similar featured products, and the step count accuracy is beat by only the Fitbit One. The Mio is the toughest device we tested.
Ease of Set-up and Use
Like most modern electronics, in the smartphone age, the set up is clear and intuitive. In our "here, figure this out" test, the Mio Fuse was easily set up and configured for tracking activity and training.
Portability and Wearability
The Fuse is the most bulky tracker we reviewed. Some liked the more rugged look, but most wished it were more compact.
This is a rugged, reliable piece of equipment for those looking for a utilitarian, no nonsense approach to fitness tracking. Beware the limitations of wrist-mounted heart rate sensing and you should be well informed and well served by the Mio Fuse.
The Mio Fuse is best compared to the Fitbit Charge HR and Jawbone UP3. These three devices are the only ones we tested with wrist-mounted heart rate monitoring capability. In that category, the Jawbone is the most expensive, while the Mio and Fitbit are the exact same price. The Mio is more rugged than the Fitbit, but the Fitbit is strong enough and offers slicker data management in a more compact package.
If you are looking for the toughest, most secure wrist-mounted fitness tracker we tested, the Mio Fuse is perfect for you.
— Jediah Porter