The next generation of Scosche’s hyper-accurate armband heart rate monitor has officially launched. It sports an all-new look, expanded features and variable activity modes.
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Announced earlier this year at CES 2018, RHYTHM24 is a heart rate monitor for your forearm or upper-arm. Its made of a silicone and polycarbonate hybrid with a soft elastic strap. This makes it comfortable to wear and much easier to put on than a chest strap. The device boasts Valencell’s latest PerformTek technology, which reads your heart rate through your skin with both green and yellow optical sensors. This combination ensures greater accuracy across all skin tones.
Scosche’s original RHYTHM+ is a highly popular device that has long been overdue for an update. When it was launched a few years ago, it was one of a kind. That is not the case any more and there is direct competition in the form of Polar OH1 and Wahoo Tickr Fit.
Still boasting both Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ connectivity, RHYTHM24 brings a number of improvements over the original. As its name implies, the gadget will now run a full day between charges, a significant boost to the 8 hours of its predecessor.
Another important upgrade is waterproofing. The second generation device has an IP68 water-resistance rating, which means it will just about survive a swim session. Just as important, RHYTHM24 also comes with internal memory which safely stores your readings allowing for phone-free training.
There are five training modes and two multi-modes to choose from and a LED battery indicator with lights to indicate heart rate zones. On top of that, the device boasts a heart rate variability (HRV) mode that monitors the time between each heartbeat for stress and recovery tracking. There are also profiles for a number of activities such as swimming, running and cycling.
The heart rate monitor is compatible with a ton of fitness apps. This includes RunKeeper, Map My Fitness, Strava and all other software that support Bluetooth Smart. It will also play nice with fitness devices that support ANT+ technology.
RHYTHM24, as well as its interchangeable armbands in a variety of colors, is available now at Amazon. We will be testing the heart rate band in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for our review.
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