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Acumen Heart Rate Monitor

Acumen heart rate monitorAcumen is a manufacturer of a small range of low-priced but well-regarded heart rate monitors. It markets these under the Ergo brand, although they are also known as EON. It also markets the Hydra Alert series of heart rate monitors that also help ahtletes monitor fluid loss. You can read more at the Acumen website.

One of the most popular of the company's products is the Acumen EON Basix Heart Rate Monitor Watch (picture). According to the company's product description:

* Standard Heart Rate Monitoring

* Acumen's Patented EZ-Set Target Zone with Visual and Audible Alarms Audible Alarms

* In-Zone Goal Count Down Timer

* Calorie Counter

* Water Resistant up to 30 meters

I have not been able to find independent reviews online of the Acument heart rate monitor. However, the EON Basix has attracted some customer reviews at Amazon.com, and these can provide useful guidance.

Here is one, from a reviewer who awarded the monitor five stars (out of five):

Consumer Reports and Prevention magazine both identify this HR monitor as one of the best. (I had considered Polar, but you pay $10-20 more for comparable features and you have to send it back to the manufacturer when the battery needs to be replaced.) Out of the box, the Acumen has been user-friendly.

It has good instructions included and the options are well organized. A note included in the manual says they've upgraded the battery to one with a 2.5 year life. And they include an extra battery, so I'm set for 4-5 years.

I used it for the first time yesterday and was very happy. The alarm let me know when I was over or under the target zone and the strap didn't slip at all. I'm really glad I went with Acumen.

And here is a four-star review:

This heart monitor was easy to set (time and use functions) and easy to use. Since it uses a strap, the heart rate monitor is continuously working and is very easy to read even while doing exercise. The chest strap is easy to clean and the wrist monitor is easy to read as it has a large face and is magnified. It does the job and is not overly priced.

The monitor was very highly rated by Consumer Reports in its February 2009 edition.

* Get More Information and the Latest Price on the Acumen Heart Rate Monitor.

See also my Guide to Buying the Best Heart Rate Monitor. And check out the heart rate monitor bestseller rankings at Amazon.com to see what people are currently buying.

November 23rd, 2009

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