We don’t get to hear a lot about Salutron’s LifeTrak activity trackers, with the likes of Fitbit and Jawbone getting most attention these days. While the LifeTrak range doesn’t look as sexy as some of the more popular trackers, it does offer a viable alternative for those who don’t want to pay a premium for the well-known brand. Today, we’re presenting you with the LifeTrak Zone C410 activity tracker, which we find, delivers great value for money.
LifeTrak Zone C410 offers a viable alternative for those who don’t want to pay a premium for the well-known brand.
- Water Resistance: 30 Meters
- Battery: Replaceable Coin Cell CR2032
- Display: Digital
- Warranty: 1 year, Excluding Battery
- Durable polyurethane band
- SureSnap Clasp locking mechanism for easy closure
- Impact resistant polycarbonate lens
- Reliable shock tested to 8kV Contact and 15kV Air (IEC6100-4-2)
- FCC, CE, ROHS compliant
The LifeTrak Zone C410 isn’t the sexiest activity tracker on the planet (it’s kinda large) and can even remind you on a cheap digital wristwatch. It is more powerful than that, have no doubts about it; its silicone strap feels comfortable to wear and can be easily replaced (if needed). The C410 is also a water-proof device.
Similarly to other fitness wrist-bands, the LifeTrak Zone C410 can track your heart rate, calories burned, steps taken, distance travelled and sleep patterns.The built-in, always-on LCD screen displays the time, date and activity type. The big metallic button below the screen is used to toggle through the activity types, and two buttons on the right side will: a) show graphs of your fitness data (hourly or daily); and b) allow you to turn on the Workout mode. Pressing both buttons will activate the backlight, which for some reason is not very bright and lacks contrast.
Similarly to other fitness wrist-bands, the LifeTrak Zone C410 can track your heart rate, calories burned, steps taken, distance travelled and sleep patterns. Setup is easy, involving Bluetooth pairing process and installation of the free Argus fitness app, which is available for iPhone and Android devices. The application will present the data in a hexagonal format, showing calories burned, steps taken and distances travelled. This information can then be seen on a graph by tapping on a hexagon.
To check your heart rate, you should make sure that the metal plate on the back of C410 is in good contact with your wrist; then, just hold down the front button and wait for the result to pop-up. It’s that easy.
Exercise aside, you’ll be surprised how many calories you can burn just by leading your everyday life. This could come especially handy for folks looking to shed a few kilos by tweaking their diet.
Once the Workout function is turned on, the LifeTrak Zone C410 will start tracking calories, steps, distance and workout time separate from your daily tracking. Although it seems redundant, the separation of Workouts and daily tracking will help fitness enthusiasts keep track of the distances they’ve been running, walking or cycling so they could better monitor their progress over time.
Perhaps the coolest thing about the Zone C410 is its ability to automatically detect when you’re sleeping. The wrist-band does this by monitoring your motion and arm posture, though if you don’t “trust” it – you can always manually turn on the sleep mode. Furthermore, the LifeTrak Zone C410 can also serve as an alarm clock and wake you up when you’re in the lightest stage of sleep through gentle vibrations. I’m sad to say this handy feature hasn’t worked for me.
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Like any other activity tracker, the LifeTrak Zone C410 is going to be your best new friend. In a way, it will know you better than you know yourself within just a few weeks.
As we’ve said at the beginning of this article, the C410 will have hard time winning a beauty contest. On the other hand, it’s water-proof and comes with a battery that can last for one year. Finally, at $99 – it’s more affordable than many of the competing wrist-bands and we assume that will be its key selling point.