RAVPower USB Charging Station Hardware Review

RAVPower USB Charging Station Hardware Review

Dec 9, 2014

It isn’t me. Really.

I know we’ve been harping on being organized… with good reason, too. With all the devices and accessories, it gets busy. Toss in a kid or two (with their own electronics and such) and a company-issued device, and one begins to approach wired purgatory.

So, it makes sense that accessories that help us to more effectively manage these devices will be if a high premium. Thankfully, proprietary cables are not the norm on Android, because solutions like the RAVPower USB Charging Station use cable standardization as a means to being order to chaos. In essence, this series of products looks to a central port for multiple USB cables, theoretically eliminating the need for several plugs and outlets.

RAVPower sent us two iterations of the product to check out: the four (4) port version (pictured) and the six (6) port one as well. Outside the obvious difference in ports, both units are physically similar, but the 4-Port unit is actually slightly smaller than the “6” at 3.6 x 1.2 x 3.5 inches and 6.1 ounces. Both review units are black, but there is also the option of white. Physically, they both have a polished feel, with a non-slip rubber rectangle on the underside. The port reside on one end, and the power input is on the opposite end. Each unit also comes with a detachable power cord and documentation.

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The “6” all but begged to be put through the paces. On paper, it certainly sounds interesting, with three ports rated at a max of 2.4A, and the rest are 1A. Setup is intuitively easy; the unit is plugged into a power source, and then individual electronics can be charged by it via USB cable inserted into onto one of the ports. And yes, the unit charges as advertised. The stated iSmart technology (which adjust charging output as needed) is a simple helper that makes sense.

Where it really shines is the portability. It’s easily slipped in a Go-bag, and while putting it in my pocket isn’t something I would prefer, it can work.

I might be asking too much, but for my needs, even though the unit helps with an organized front, the user will need those USB cables. I am weary about retractable solutions, but maybe, just maybe that could make it perfect. Still, as-is, it is an excellent solution worth trying, and one that lends itself to the notion of being indispensable.

Antec PULSE Lite Bluetooth Headphones Hardware Review

Antec PULSE Lite Bluetooth Headphones Hardware Review

Dec 1, 2014

Antec should be known by now for its mostly great, affordable accessories; we’ve had the opportunity to look at several of its offerings. Its line of headphones, as exemplified by the PULSE (which we reviewed a few months ago), are nice value propositions, and we expected similar of the Antec PULSE Lite Bluetooth Headphones that were sent to us to review.

So what comes in the box? Well, there’s the white headphones, matching white micro-USB charging cable, and ( I liked this small touch) a simple black drawstring carrying pouch.

The unit itself has a mostly hard plastic finish, with soft vinyl framing the ear cups. The headband is fairly thin, and is extensible by making use of a sliding mechanism that allows it to be adjusted to head size. The headphones have an interesting joint configuration at the cups, such that the cups can be turned “out” and folded up, making them more compact — and essentially, more portable — when not in use. The left cup is the business cup, housing the volume dial, micro-USB port and LED. The volume dial also serves as the Play/Pause and power button.

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Altogether, it feels well constructed, and is reasonably comfortable on head.

Pairing it involved getting it juiced up, and then using the aforementioned power button to put the device into pairing mode. After pairing, we got to try out the unit in the real world. It works surprisingly well, providing decent output; it works well with different type of audio, with decent bass presentation. True audiophiles might consider some aspects of the output a bit muddy, but for the most part, it reflects sound quite well. The built-in microphone means calls can be handled if paired with a telephony device.

When compared to its big brother, the Pulse, one does notice the design differences; for example, I believe the former is more comfortable,and manages to be a better sound source overall. The range is on the low end, and I did notice infrequent interference when walls blocked line of sight. One thing I would have dearly loved is optional wired output, but hey, to be fair, more features equals less affordability.

All in all, at $48.99 (via Amazon), it won’t break the bank, and is a decent offering for the price range.

MOS Cable System Hardware Review

MOS Cable System Hardware Review

Nov 29, 2014

At any given time, I am blessed with an opportunity to review a lot of devices and accessories. I enjoy pitting products against each other, and I love the prospect of squeezing functionality out of our mobile devices by pitting accessories against each other. Survival of the fittest

There are very few downsides to this, but if I were to nitpick, I’d whine about the proliferation of cables. They are all over the place, seemingly sticking out of every outlet. With so many devices, and such a need for juice, it’s understandable, but even my workspace does descend into an infuriating pile of cables quite frequently.

This is where MOS comes in. MOS (Magnetic Organization System) is a simple setup that looks to save us from the chaos of cable with a simple main unit and optional secondary pieces.

As exemplified by the review box we received, the central piece of the solution is the MOS itself. It looks somewhat amorphous at first glance, but really leans towards a triangular presentation, with a curved top; it’s designed in such a way that it lightly rests on a surface, with a suction bottom. It is surprisingly portable, but not flimsy in hand, and feels polished with its black finish. The box also contains three magnetized cable ties, and an optional wall-mounting sticker. For those looking for color options, the MOS can also be had in white and/or anodized aluminum.

In essence, the MOS is a magnet. The idea is that it keeps the metal-ended cables we use daily in an organized fashion by having them adhere to it. In reality, it works well, too. The sleek design is very becoming, and the overall efficacy is increased with the optional ties.

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Another element is the optional use of the well-made USB cables one can purchase with it. We go to work with the Indestructible line of cables: Spring micro-USB, Spring Lightning (for newer iOS devices) and 3.5mm male-to-male Spring audio cable. The inner conductors are all coated in a special woven exterior that protects while being flexible. They all have anodized aluminum ends that help with use with the MOS, and the manufacturer willingly parades a no-questions-asked replacement policy if the unit fails for any reason.

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All together, the solution is an effective one that looks good. I like the design and the ability to use it in several ways. Refrigerator. Desk. Car. Living Room. It can be used just about anywhere a random cable appears. Also, the solution can be built to suit. On the flip side, having a magnet besides electronics does make a tad nervous. I’d also prefer more ties; extras can be obtained though.

All in all, this solution is a fine one with potential uses in different scenarios.

Not bad. Not bad at all.

Pricing for the MOS can be found at the MOS purchase page.

Recoil Winders Hardware Review

Recoil Winders Hardware Review

Nov 28, 2014

So, if you’ve been keeping tabs on our hardware reviews, you probably know that my latest rallying cry is organization. Yes, through all the fantastic accessories — and especially amid all the cables we use to power said accessories — we could all definitely use a helper or two when it comes to corralling the requisite wire.

Enter Recoil Automatic Cord Winders.

Its premise is quite simple: it looks to reduce clutter/promote organization by creating a method to “wind up” cables. Think of those extensible cables that one tugs on to make retract. Well, the Recoil Winders kind of takes that concept and runs with it. And, oh, it promises to do so without the ignominy of tangles and such.

The review box the manufacturer sent reveals an unassuming set of items; the winders come in three general sizes, and come in several different colors. The three pack set also has a storage rack to put the Winders in. Outside the box, the Winders look somewhat like a groovy roll of tape sans the tape. The inner barrel rotates on a spring axis, and has a clip. Now, the way it works is that the user takes cable he/she already owns and inserts it unto the Winder.

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To use it one with my USB cord, I folded it into per the instructions, and hooked it unto the unit. The piece automatically winds up the cord when the ends are pulled down, creating a tidy roll-up. Pulling upwards releases it, and releasing the tug locks the unit.

I tried it with several different cords… earbuds, charging cables, audio cables and more. Each time, the unit worked as advertised. My biggest concern is based off the “old school” all-in-one units, that almost always broke and/or gave in to kinks, but so far, the Recoil Winders have been flawless.

Big ups to the manufacturer for just about hitting the Golden Accessory Trifecta: price, choice and functionality. They’re intuitive in design, and the ability to use them with one’s existing arsenal is priceless.

GoSmart Stylus Hardware Review

GoSmart Stylus Hardware Review

Nov 17, 2014

It’s cool to rock styli again.

But beyond cool, can it be useful? Accurate? How about affordable?

Could the GoSmart 200 Stylus bring all these traits to the table?

The review unit GoSmart sent us looked nice in the silver finish; it also sport a black cover, such that it looks like a dual-colored pen. The finish on the silver has just a hint of polish, but not too much, lest one mistake it for tween writing instrument. It feels quite comfortable in hand, and altogether, it looks and feels professional, at home on the lapel of a doctor or in the jeans of a brash venture capitalist. For kicks, it is possible to get this unit with red, white or blue covers.

If one does mistake this for an executive pen, he or she might be excused if the top is on. Removing said top reveals the intricate nib, a metallic, coiled affair that opens into a round end piece that makes the actual contact with the screen. The coil allows for an allowance of give, and angles the flat circle for a “natural” motion on the screen. It’s a bit atypical when looked at the first time, but I’d be lying if I did not find it at least a little cute and intriguing.

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But in this game, looks aren’t everything, and we were quite eager to try out on a host of touchscreen devices. It lived up to its promise when we put it through the paces as the main means of input. On our Samsung Note 4, the GoSmart Stylus proved to be a surprisingly worthy alternative to the stock unit. When oriented correctly, it mimicked a finger quite capably. It works on gesture keyboards, and even did okay as a handwriting tool.

I have to admit the unique nib gives me pause, especially with regards to long-term durability. Also, before use, I found it prudent to ensure the end was angled right, as the input is off when the end isn’t flat on the screen. To be fair, there are replacement pieces for the former concern, and with regards to the second, it didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the unit.

I haven’t yet made the permanent shift to styli as my primary mode of smartdevice interaction, but tools like the GoSmart Stylus make it easy to incorporate it into my workflow. At $19.99, it’s easy to give it a shot.

Jabra Stealth Bluetooth Hardware Review

Jabra Stealth Bluetooth Hardware Review

Nov 14, 2014

I really, really wanna get down to the nitty-gritty with this one: what’s up with the Jabra Stealth Bluetooth Earpiece?

Yes… it’s sleek, as the retail unit Jabra sent us shows: different shades of grey with orange accents, gently-sized at 2.57 x 0.61 x 0.95 inches and 0.28 ounces. Coverable micro-USB port, bluetooth 4.0, NFC and A2DP support, plus retail packaging that also contains micro-USB, earhooks and eargels. There is a dedicated button for Google Now, as well as an answer/redial button incorporated towards the rear and LED. Pairing it with a device is easy and intuitive after the requisite pre-charge.

It looks sleek, and has a smaller profile than the Jabra Style, which we looked at a short while back.

I try not to exaggerate, but fitting the device in my ear allowed me to completely understand Tim Curry’s obnoxious Psych character Nigel St Nigel when he stated, “I feel like an angel baby swaddled in a cocoon of cloud candy.

Yes, this unit feels that good in ear.

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The construction of the ear gel allows for the already lightweight piece to feel, dare I say, natural. To be clear, this is easily the most comfortable unit I have ever tried. I’m one of those old school guys that strenuously avoids using bluetooth earpieces anywhere outside of the house or when driving, but the Stealth had me breaking my own cardinal rule, as I forgot it was on.

Seriously.

When you think about it, this shouldn’t surprise me; I always buy Jabra ear gels to use even with bluetooth earpieces from other manufacturers, so seeing Jabra seemingly perfect the delicate balance between structured fit and comfort should be somewhat expected. It works well in either ear, and I’m able to slip it on with one hand quite easily.

The ear gel also funnels noise beautifully. Noise cancellation tends to be a catchphrase nowadays, but with this unit, it does well, even when used in noisy environments (like soccer fields and restaurants). Calls and music sound rich, and callers actually noted the clarity on their ends.

The companion Jabra Assist app allows for unit geo-tagging, battery monitoring and onboard tutorials.

The ear gel, as it is, is also the center of my biggest gripe. It doesn’t adhere to the main body as well as I would like. Thus, my beloved ear gel does pop off in my pocket and even in my coaching bag. For this reason, I would have to use it with a dedicated pouch, but I might be a bit more persnickety than most. The Google Now button didn’t work the way I had hoped either.

Frankly, that specific drawback would not prevent me from enjoying the $99.99 Jabra Stealth (via Jabra), and I do suspect it has ruined me for other units. Just as well though; it’s all about having my ear feel like an angel baby.

Edifier Prisma Encore Bluetooth Sound System Hardware Review

Edifier Prisma Encore Bluetooth Sound System Hardware Review

Nov 4, 2014

Speakers are big business, and Edifier has a good reputation in that specific sector. It has a host of offerings, portable and not much so, but for the most part, the name invokes quality.

As such, we can’t really pretend to be unexcited by the opportunity to take a look at its Prisma Encore Sound System.

The review package Edifier sent us was sizable, and hinted at the goodness inside. The review box came with several pieces: three main pieces in black finish with silver accents, and several smaller accessories. The main unit is the subwoofer, and there are two satellite speakers; there is also a power cord, adapter, 3.5mm male-to-male audio cable, a remote with battery and documentation.

The speakers have wired plugins for connection to the subwoofer, it (the subwoofer) logically houses the power button, speaker connector ports, volume controls and 3.5mm auxiliary port. The main unit is domed, with the side units following the main design paradigm. Altogether, standing together, the system looks sleek and futuristic without slipping into the area of pretentiousness.

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In action, the setup is intuitive; I was able to get it placed and connected in wired fashion in under two minutes. The sound is rich, expansive and gets loud. The control works well, and I was surprised at the fidelity of the output. Having said that, the cool thing is that the Prisma Encore simply refuses to be a one-trick pony: it also supports bluetooth connectivity. Pairing to a bluetooth source is easy enough, and as long as the auxiliary cable is not plugged in, bluetooth audio is streamed from a paired source.

This combined solution is not really very mobile in nature, but I don’t think that it is trying to be. The semi-permanent nature works as a connected sound system for TVs, mobile devices and everything between. My biggest quibble is the relative size, though. It does take up a good deal of space, but, again it goes to what the unit really is. Pricing might give some folks pause, but in the end, we have looked at more expensive units.

Altogether, I liked the concept: remote control, sleek polished look, and quality output. Edifier has no shame in striving to be one’s one stop shop for audio needs, and it is hard to stop them from taking that title.

It is an Edifier after all.

Boogie Board Sync 9.7 Writing Tablet Hardware Review

Boogie Board Sync 9.7 Writing Tablet Hardware Review

Nov 3, 2014

The only thing that comes close to being as cool as finding an awesome, all-round device? Finding a functional accessory. Opening up one’s device to another tool that can potentially unlock even more usability can be an addictive pursuit, and it’s an addiction I quite like.

The Boogie Board 9.7 is an interesting idea; it’s a slate LCD e-writer device with a stylus that connects to smart devices via Bluetooth and a companion app. The concept is simple: data entered in/on the slate gets transferred to other apps. The 9.7 is a newer iteration of the device, and it is clear that the developer has worked on improvements.

The review unit Boogie Board let us play around with came in mostly clear retail packaging. It is relatively svelte, with mostly black coloring and orange accents. It feels lighter than it looks, coming it at 11 ounces; it packs a 9.5 inch screen in a 11.1 x 7.5 x 0.2 inch frame. It’s rectangular, with slightly tapered sides, and has a slot for the black and orange stylus on the one side. There is a power button nestled in a corner, and a micro-USB slot at the bottom. On the front face, there buttons for saving and erasing, and here are also LED lights here and at the bottom. It’s cautiously stylistic, but is able to convey professionalism.

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In action, the LCD surface is quite responsive under the stylus. The “ink” shows up kind of light greenish, and works relatively well; it reflects sketches and printed word quite equitably. To get even more functionality, one can download the companion Boogie Board app, and connect the unit to an Android device via Bluetooth. With the app, there are some really cool things than can be done, most notably the live writing, in which data written on the board instantly shows up on the smartdevice.

The use scenarios for this are up to the imagination, and this is why this piece is so appealing. I used it as an on-field coaching tool; it beats having a full tablet on the field, and the portability allowed for unrestricted movement. It’s great for recording inspiration, and sketches are easily recorded. The Android sync tool is simple, and helps one to share data. There is Evernote integration via the settings, and I find this to be a big advantage too. The desktop companion software is a plus a well.

I like the incorporated rechargeable battery, but the lack of backlight can be a bit of an issue in some lighting conditions. I also think an incorporated cover would be good, but to be fair, there is a case one can buy.

All together, the Boogie Board 9.7 provides a snazzy option for folks who like to doodle on the go. It’s not too expensive, easy on the eyes and compatible with other Android tools. And yes, it really does save on paper.

AR Health Series: Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor Hardware Review

AR Health Series: Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor Hardware Review

Oct 30, 2014

I had the misfortune of having some serious health issues a short while ago, and, without getting overly conversational about it, it changed me. It made me take health more seriously, and one fringe benefit is that it allowed me to take a longer, more appreciative look at the burgeoning area of connected health devices.

“Burgeoning” is somewhat of an understatement; the category is exploding. As part of my personal fitness odyssey, I’ve had the privilege of trying out interesting connected gear. The Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is one of them.

Personal blood pressure monitors are not new; I have had a generic one for quite some time. While convenient, the one drawback is the collation tool is not self-contained. I used my smartphone to collect the data via my all-round app HanDBase, and while the solution worked, I’d like a more homogeneous fix.

The Withings Wireless BP Monitor isn’t new either, but it’s a product that has continued to improve and is still defining the product category years after its inception.

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The review piece Withings sent us shows the hardware in its retail glory; it’s in the familiar white and green (with chrome-ish accents) finish that Withings is familiar for. It has a prominent pre-formed cuff capable of fitting arms ranging from 9″ – 17″ and has a velcroed end that helps corral the extra strap that is part of the monitor. There is also a prominent bar that runs the vertical length of the unit that houses the batteries and presumably the bluetooth module that the unit uses to connect to devices; on this bar is an on/pairing button with LED. The unit comes with batteries already installed; the box also continues documentation.

Using the device as one getting acquainted with the companion Withings Health Mate app. When connected to the device (via Bluetooth/Bluetooth LE), the device preps to take a reading for a user registered to the device (or, a guest), and tapping “Start” does it. The cuff automatically tightens, and the cuff takes a reading; it promises accuracy within 3 mmHG on either side of a measurement, and also notes WHO systolic grades.

The companion app also serves as a health hub, allowing users to connect other Withings devices to it (like the Withings scale, and consequently allowing for a better health portrait to be created.

One thing I think the monitor could do better is be more like the Scale in its ability to gather seamless readings; as it is, it can only be initiated from within the app, unlike the scale, which can take readings with auto-detect capabilities that can be confirmed later. Also, the connection can be stubborn at times. I also would appreciate the ability to share batches of data via the app rather than single readings.

All in all, it is still a relevant piece of hardware. It isn’t the cheapest investment ($129 on Amazon), but does have the benefit of being relatively well thought out.

AR Health Series: Ssmart Dynamo Activity Tracker Review

AR Health Series: Ssmart Dynamo Activity Tracker Review

Oct 29, 2014

As part of our ongoing health series, we explore connected health accessories with an Android connection. For an introduction to Android Rundown’s mobile health series, check out our editorial.

Health bands and smartwatches are all the rage now; there are several out in the wild, and, thankfully, several corresponding price points. Being healthy is becoming easier to incorporate in one’s lifestyle — in theory, at least. For a lot of folks, having a connected health tracker just makes sense… especially when it can be paired to a ubiquitous always-on device such as a smartphone.

Oregon Scientific is a tech company with good pedigree, and has made a name for itself in the area of personal and home electronics; it’s not too much of a stretch to see why it would throw its hat into the fitness tracker ring. the Ssmart Dynamo Activity Tracker is the fruit of this endeavor.

The Ssmart Dynamo isn’t exactly new, but the review unit shows that, at first glance, it still looks pretty relevant. Outside the box, it’s fairly sedate; the black unit is mostly constructed of hardy rubber, and looks somewhat like a faceless watch, with a logo-ed strap. The stated stats are 3.4 x 5.25 x 3.4 inches, and it weighs 0.8 ounces. It packs a built in battery, a bluetooth module and familiar sports clasp mechanism for securing it to one’s wrist. It has colored LEDs that are hidden when not in use, and there is also a button near the “top” of the device. It has a clean, deliberate feel to it, and almost begs to be put on. The review package also contains a nifty charging cable and documentation.

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Prior to rocking it, the unit has to be charged. I liked the included USB cable; it does use a proprietary charging system, and its suggested that unit be charged for an hour. Then, the companion OS Dynamo App can be downloaded and paired to the unit via long-pressing the Dynamo until the requisite blue light appears. The app serves as the portal to view the collected data, and the way to track data is to do things.

The unit acts like a basic pedometer, and also measures other activities, including sleep. Measurements garnered seem a bit off, and I think this where specific modes (outside sleep) could be useful. The collated data has an on-device shelf-life of a fortnight. It’s comfortable when worn, oo.

The system works as a decent guide, but I think the sync mechanism could be more seamless. To sync data, one has to press the button for a few seconds each time. The app could be a bit more user-friendly, too. The share functionality is useful, and I like the sleep measurements, even though it must be turned on prior to falling asleep.

All in all, the Dynamo might be a tenured product, but it still works in a crowded field. For the health conscious, it can be, at the very least, a great motivator.

Antec LifeBar 10 Portable Charger Hardware Review

Antec LifeBar 10 Portable Charger Hardware Review

Oct 16, 2014

Yes, batteries in mobile devices have gotten better, but in the spirit of being prepared, it just makes sense to have a backup plan. Way back when, getting a couple extra OEM batteries was sufficient. Now, sealed batteries are more commonplace, and having multiple devices at any given time is not unheard of; in any case, all those extra batteries start to add up.

Nah, it makes sense to have a portable battery, and when it comes to mobile power solutions, few are as capable of Antec; hence, checking out the new LifeBar 10 Portable Charger is far from a chore.

It’s a slick-looking unit, with subtly angled corners gently pulling out octagon-ish shapings from “regular” cuboid. At one end, there is a 5V DC micro-USB port that is itself bordered by two USB output ports.There are LED lights and a reset button. The polished exterior is nice to hold, and size-wise, it is quite pocketable at 5.39 x 2.81 x 0.51 inches and 9 ounces. Visually, it feels like it manages to be be stoic and relaxed at the same time.lb2 The review package (retail) also contained a white USB cable and documentation.

It’s advertised as a 10,000 mAh charger, so expectations are high. The LifeBar 10 came with half a charge, so I was able to get it going immediately. I tried it with several devices: S5, M8 and several devices. The charging rate is equitable, even when used to charge other charging units. With two devices being charged simultaneously, I wasn’t able to discern any loss of rate. Little things like the LED flashlight also make it a bit more useful in a crunch.

Also, the standby time is fairly remarkable; It held charge over several days.

Antec, with this piece, shows it is possible to have a decent product that, well, isn’t ashamed of looking good. It is fine accessory, and if we should be so lucky, its manufacturer won’t tire of bringing similar style to the marketplace.

AR Health Series: Withings Smart Body Analyzer Review

AR Health Series: Withings Smart Body Analyzer Review

Oct 15, 2014

Health tools with a mobile component are especially compelling, and as such, we jumped at an opportunity to check out the Withings Smart Body Connected Scale.

The black (white is an option) review unit Withings sent us is pretty much ready to go. At first glance, the first thing that comes to mind is that somehow, the product pictures do not do it justice. It looks like a chiseled dark colored slab. frankly, it look dashing, managing to be modern without being Jetson-silly. The full dark look is accented, and the silver center piece highlights the whole package. The expected display is digital in nature, and still manages to effect art. The battery compartment is at the bottom of the unit, and there is a tab preventing the batteries from cycling; beneath that are two buttons for syncing and selecting units. It looks like a “traditional” scale, but clearly wants people to know it has an extra trick or two up its sleeve. Officially, it comes in at 12.8 x 12.8 x 0.90 inches and 4.62 lbs

The review (retail) box also contained four optional carpet feet which help prop the unit off the floor/ground, and it comes with the four AAA batteries needed to power the unit, and documentation.

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This thing begs to be used. Removing the tab allows the unit to get power, and this is confirmed by the welcome display. Getting on it gets it going, and it immediately starts measurements, but a big part of the health solution is the Withings Health Mate companion app; the app connects bluetooth-enabled Android devices seamlessly to compatible Withings products, and the Smart Body Analyzer is foremost on the list. Pairing (via Bluetooth) is done via the sync button on the bottom of the unit. The app prompts for readings and recordings; based off of profile information with1(like height and age), it measures weight and heart rate, computes BMI, gauges air quality, and otherwise tracks these metrics over time.

The app is the window to these results, and presents them in easy to understand formats, most notably graphs. Overall, the app is bright, with a nice design feel, allowing color to rebound off the white background. The app allows interface with other programs, like RunKeepr, BodyMedia and MyFitnessPal; it imports the stats from these apps. The app also collates data from other connected Withings products, and can be used for multiple people, and even can collect data in guest mode. Data can also be shared from the app, and with a Withings account, one can access data on the web.

I especially like the automatic user recognition, and the advertised four sensors are fantastic in practice.

It gets streaky fast, and that is almost to be expected with such a glossy finish. Data can only be sent singly; I would love the ability to send stuff in batches or ranges.

When it comes to accessories that enhance living, it’s hard to find better stuff on the market than this one. It works well, really partners with one health-wise and looks good doing it.