LG Heart Rate Monitor Earphone Review

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Heart rate monitors used to be the exclusive domains of healthcare gadgets. However, during the past few months these monitors are featured in wearables as well as smartphones. For many of us, this added feature has saved us from having to buy a heart rate monitor separately. There is a problem, however, with these devices: they are unable to provide accurate measurements of the heartbeat.This problem is caused, in part, because the sensors must maintain constant contact with the skin of the user. If the contact is lost, the reading skips.

LG Heart Rate Monitor Earphone



Taking note of this dilemma, LG has come up with a possible solution: heart rate monitors integrated inside Bluetooth monitors. This is a great device fro all those people who cannot even think about working out with music.

The LG Heart Rate Monitor earphones work with an android / iOS app without causing burden to the wrists. If you choose to buy the optional Lifeband Touch, you will be able to add a step counter the workout session. The app also works with other fitness apps. These are all features that make the LG Heart Rate monitor earphones highly desirable except for one problem: they do not sound very good.

LG’s latest headphones are similar to any hi-tech sports headphones that are available in the market. The in-ear buds are sustained by rubber tubes that keep them securely inside the ears. The fit is supported by another wing which ensures that the buds remain intact in their place when you are running or working out. This is very important because the Heart Rate Sensor must be touching your skin for the purpose of measuring the flow of blood which in turn, gives you the readings.

There is a lanyard clip that features the volume controls and the play/pause buttons. The sturdy clip can be tethered to the t-shirt so that the wires do not get in the way.

The earphones can be plugged into a module with its own clip. It is a small module with a power switch. There are color coded guides to the user’s heart rate.

The earphones cannot be connected through a usual socket because they connect via Bluetooth module. It means that the user must keep the device charged at all times. A well charged battery lasts a round four hours. The battery can last much longer if the user is simply listening to music and not monitoring the pulse during an exercise session.

The heart rate module is located in the right earbud, its sensor pointing to your outer earlobe. This allows relaying of accurate results. In order to get a reading form the heart rate monitor, the user must start the session from the app. Since the sensors remain firmly in place, the fluctuations between readings are minimal.

Now we come to the quality of the sound. While the reading of the Heart Rate Monitor is near perfect, the sound quality is just satisfactory. In my opinion, the manufacturers had to sacrifice the sound quality in order to squeeze in the monitor. Another problem is that when the user turns up the volume, (which is obvious since most people like to workout with loud music) there is some noise leakage.

Pros

  1. The device gives almost accurate reading of the heart rate

  2. Integrates with Android and iOS

  3. Amazing features available with companion app

Cons

  1. There are a lot of wires

  2. The quality of sound is not very good.

  3. Cannot work with usual sockets for headphones

Summary

LG’s earphones are best for monitoring the heart rate without having the need to strap something to your wrists. The price is high, and at such a price, they sound quality should have been better.

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