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Ozeri 4x3 Razor Digital Pocket 3D Review

Ozeri 4x3 Razor Digital Pocket 3D
Best Buy Award
Price:  $20 List | $11.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Small and accurate.
Cons:  Finicky buttons and LCD screen. Only retains one week of data.
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Dimensions:  2.4 x 1.4 x .25 inches
Weight:  1/2oz
Battery Life:  months
Manufacturer:   Ozeri

Our Verdict

Ozeri's Razor pedometer fall right in the middle of the pack in most of our scoring metrics. It hits a reasonable price point, is almost as accurate as those at the head of the group, and is the most compact of the clip-style devices. We give it our Best Buy award for an affordable, classic step-counter. If you are looking for super simple fitness and activity tracking, this could be the tool for you. If you are looking for motivation and enhanced long-term data management, look at one of our award winning pedometers. The Editors' Choice award-winning Striiv Smart brings full game and app function to the clip style pedometer.

New Updates - August 2016
This award-winning pedometer has been updated. It now includes a new MotionLock feature.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Jediah Porter

Last Updated:
Saturday
November 1, 2014

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The Updated Ozeri 4.3 Razor Digital Pocket 3D vs. The Old Version


The latest version of this pedometer features a new MotionLock component designed to stop activation while moving in a vehicle. In addition, the Razor Digital Pocket 3D is now equipped with a 30 day memory in contrast to the 7 day memory in the original version. The updated version looks identical to the previously tested version, coming in 3 color options; black, yellow, and blue.

Check out a side-by-side comparison below, with the blue model pictured on the left and the original black version shown on the right.
Ozeri 4x3 Razor Digital Pocket 3D Blue
Ozeri 4x3 Razor Digital Pocket 3D

Hands-On Review


The Ozeri 4.3 Razor Digital Pocket 3D is the most compact clipped device in our review. It is slim, accurate enough, and has a simple data collection and viewing interface.

Performance Comparison


The Ozeri 4x3 Razor Digital Pocket 3D device and all of its parts. It comes with a spare battery  a leash  a screwdriver for replacing the battery  and a separate pocket clip.
The Ozeri 4x3 Razor Digital Pocket 3D device and all of its parts. It comes with a spare battery, a leash, a screwdriver for replacing the battery, and a separate pocket clip.

Interface and Data Management


This device shows time, steps taken today, the time spent in activity, calories burned, grams of fat burned, and distance walked. It also shows the number of steps taken each of the seven previous days. As a new day is recorded, the oldest day and associated data is dropped from the memory. For most of our testers, this most recent data was the most relevant anyway. If you get in the habit of maintaining a streak or gradually elevating your activity level, seven days of data is plenty for tracking trends and maintaining inspiration past lighter days. Clicking through the various information fields is easy and intuitive.

This photo shows the Ozeri Razor's screen in exercise time mode. The device tracks the total time spent moving.
This photo shows the Ozeri Razor's screen in exercise time mode. The device tracks the total time spent moving.

The Ozeri step count and distance display mode. The distance is a function of the number of steps and the user-measured and entered stride length.
The Ozeri step count and distance display mode. The distance is a function of the number of steps and the user-measured and entered stride length.

The opening screen in the selection of options on the Ozeri is the step count and time.
The opening screen in the selection of options on the Ozeri is the step count and time.

Portability


If a clipped on pedometer works for your wardrobe and lifestyle, this is a great device. It is thin, compact and unobtrusive. The profile and overall size is basically half the volume of the other two belt-clipped devices in our review. The clip is a low-profile, friction-fit plastic piece. Sometimes the clip and device become separated inadvertently. In order to address this, the Ozeri Razor comes with a lanyard strap to back up the sometimes unreliable plastic clip. As long as your pockets aren't too cluttered, one can carry the device in a pants pocket. The primary disadvantage of this is the potential for accidental pushing of the buttons. Additionally, the accelerometer is not calibrated for carry in this location. As a result, we did not test for accuracy in pocket carry.

The Ozeri Razor in pocket clip mode. The "leash" serves as a backup. This back up is crucial  if the device is to be carried like this. Normal jostling will dislodge either the device from the clip  or the clip from the pocket.
The Ozeri Razor in pocket clip mode. The "leash" serves as a backup. This back up is crucial, if the device is to be carried like this. Normal jostling will dislodge either the device from the clip, or the clip from the pocket.

Durability


In our testing, the basic function of the Ozeri remained viable. However, a portion of the LCD screen has occasionally gone blank. Also, the small buttons times got stuck in the pushed position a few times. In this case, accessing the different data screens was impossible without manipulating the stuck button to free it up. This little bit of manipulation is a minor hindrance. Also, since resetting the step count requires the push of two buttons, the device could in theory be more easily cleared. We could simulate this sort of failure while jostling the device around, but did not have any accidental data-clearing events in our actual use.

Accuracy


With a 1.8% inaccuracy score, the Ozeri scored solidly above the middle of the pack. Whether indicating distance or step count, it got very close to recording the actual data.

Ease of Set-up


This device is easy to setup. The instructions are clear, the buttons are well-labeled, and the required information is minimal and easy. In our testing, we performed the set-up procedure a few times. In all of these iterations, regardless of who did the deed, a complete set-up required just five to six minutes.

Best Application


This is an excellent pedometer for someone who can't or won't carry a smartphone everywhere. If you have and carry a smartphone already, our Best Buy winning Pacer is more efficient. However, if your personal and professional dress code allows for a belt-clipped device and you are looking for very simple activity data for today and the last week, the Ozeri will serve you well.

Value


The closest comparison in our test roster is the Omron Hj-112 Digital Pocket. They both function well enough. The Ozeri is marginally more accurate, and is slightly more reliable. The outright failure of the Omron's "aerobic" mode suggests a less robust product. The higher degree of accuracy and slightly smaller form of the Ozeri is worth a few extra dollars. In short, the Ozeri is an excellent value. It is tempting to also compare the value of the two Best Buy winners. However, the Pacer App and this pedometer are very different products. Their similarity is in the data collected. Both count steps. However, the Razor uses dedicated sensors and can be clipped to the user's belt and forgotten. Only those that are disciplined about carrying their smartphone everywhere will glean relevant data from the Pacer. Anyone who clips on the Razor in the morning will benefit from the information it reveals and collects.

Conclusion


This is a classic pedometer. Wrist-mounted activity monitors like the Garmin Vivofit are generating more buzz and excitement, but for many the classic belt-clip style and simple data interface will be welcome and useful. We give this pedometer our Best Buy award for the best value simple pedometer.
Jediah Porter

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   May 6, 2016 - 10:58pm
Wry · Hiker · Hellandback, CA
I suppose there are many people who want to count steps and calories, have the pedometer automatically start over daily and keep a record of previous days' stats.

I'm not one of those people.

I want a pedometer that I start at the beginning of a hike, walk or run, then stop at its end. I just want to know the distance I go each time. That requires entering a stride length when I start each time cause the length is different per the activity.

Does such a pedometer exist?

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Jan 1, 2015 - 03:22pm
Furrari458 · Fisherman · Nevada
A comprehensive review by Jediah Porter and I quite agree with his comments on this model which by the way is last year's 2013 product. I still have this device but after successfully changing the battery this year found that I had lost my set up booklet. Any way to get another copy? There is a pdf online but it is for a newer model.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.


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