August 18, 2022
Timex Helix Gusto HRM Review

Timex Helix Gusto HRM is a new entrant in the competitive wearables space. This fitness band, with its features and price, directly competes with the Mi Band 4 and Honor Band 5. It has all the features expected from today’s fitness bands – step counting, distance tracking, sleep tracking, heart rate monitoring and multiple sports modes for better calorie burn calculations. This wearable is priced at Rs. 2,295 in India, and there are vibrant options for the band color – Blue, Grey, Purple and Turquoise Blue. There is also a variant that lacks a heart rate monitor, which is priced at Rs. 1,495.

With so many options available at almost the same cost, does the Timex Helix Gusto HRM stand out as the winner? Is it better than Mi Band 4? we find out.

Timex Helix Gusto HRM Design and Interface

The Timex Helix Gusto HRM fitness band we reviewed had a turquoise blue band. The silicone band wraps around the wrist and is quite wide. It has a metal buckle instead of the rubber peg mechanism seen on many fitness bands these days. The strap is strong enough and holds the tracker module in place.

The device features a 0.96-inch color OLED display which is quite large, and allows for large text that can be read easily even in outdoor lighting. There’s a capacitive touch button just below the display for navigation. The tracker module has a boxy rectangular shape, but overall, the Timex Helix Gusto HRM looks quite attractive.

It’s lightweight and comfortable enough to wear on the wrist, and the strap feels premium. It also proved durable, despite a few accidental falls during our review. There were no noticeable wear and tear on the sides of the strap or tracker module even after weeks of use, during which we took the module out of the band several times.

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The Timex Helix Gusto HRM has a metal buckle and a strong strap

Coming to the UI, the capacitive buttons let you navigate to different sections of the UI. There are three watch faces you can choose from – one that shows comprehensive information about your heart rate, steps, battery life, date and time; one that displays the distance covered but not the date; And the last one which only shows the date, time and battery level.

Tapping the capacitive button lets you view your step count, distance covered, calories burned, heart rate, sleep pattern, sports mode selection, and message notifications. Long tapping on the heart rate section will activate the heart rate monitor, and the tracker will display it on the screen. Helix Gusto HRM supports real-time monitoring and measures your heart rate even in any sport mode.

The band lets you choose from a range of activities including walking, running, cycling, badminton, basketball, table tennis, climbing and football. While doing any of these activities, you can turn on Sports Mode to track your calories burned, heart rate, and other data. The Sleep Tracking section gives you details about your sleeping hours, and the Messages section shows you all your notifications in one place. There’s also a Settings section with options like ‘Find Phone’, which rings your paired phone so you can locate it.

Timex Helix Gusto HRM Battery Life

The biggest highlight of the Timex Helix Gusto HRM is its battery life and charging speed. The Timex Helix Gusto charges using a flat USB plug that protrudes from one end of the tracker module. This tab-like plug is hidden when the tracker is inside the band. Timex didn’t include a charging adapter inside the box, so users have to rely on any USB charger they already have or a computer’s USB port. While that sounds simple enough, we noticed that the wearable didn’t always charge with certain adapters. Plugging it in and then working with it for a bit sometimes caused it to start charging, but we had to give up with some adapters as well.

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The Timex Helix Gusto HRM can be charged using a USB adapter

The battery took about two hours to fully charge and last for five days of average use. During this period, we turned off notifications, and used the device only to track sleep and steps. We also tested the Helix Gusto HRM with heavy use of sports, badminton, and running modes, and it only lasted three days. In any case, our real-world experience didn’t even remotely come close to the company’s claims of up to 15 days of battery life. This is quite disappointing, considering that competitors like the Mi Band 4 (Review) offer around two weeks of usage on a single charge.

Timex Helix Gusto HRM Performance & Tracking

To test the Time Helix Gusto HRM’s performance and tracking accuracy, we put it through a series of tests. First, we went for a 1km run to check its distance tracking accuracy. The wearable doesn’t have in-built GPS, so it relies on your paired phone’s GPS to measure the distance covered. The wearable covered a distance of 1.18km at a distance of 1km, which we previously measured using a bike’s odometer. This is somewhat acceptable; And it has more to do with the accuracy of the phone’s GPS than the accuracy of the fitness band.

In our steps test, we walked exactly 1,000 steps, counting them manually, and at the end the Timex fitness band recorded 908 steps. If we compare it with the Mi Band 4, which was almost completely accurate in its steps test, it’s totally different. Also, we noticed that it continued to record the move even when we were on the bike or in the car.

The Helix Gusto HRM is supposed to be waterproof, and while we couldn’t take it for a swim, it managed to survive the rain well. Sleep tracking seemed accurate, however, as the data only shows the number of hours you’ve slept, and isn’t as detailed as you’d get from other devices, which usually include indicators of deep and light sleep duration. , as well as accounting for the time spent awake. in the middle of the sleep cycle. The heart rate monitor produced acceptable results.

Timex Helix Gusto HRM Companion App

Timex Helix Gusto HRM paired with the Helix Timex App google play store and apple app Store, Users will initially have to log in and fill in their weight, height and other profile details. Pairing the watch with our Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro was a smooth affair, and there were no hiccups in setting up the app either. The homepage shows your weight, steps taken, calories burned, and the number of steps left in your daily goal. Scrolling down, you can also see your BMI, your last heart rate measurement, and your sleep and exercise data.

There’s an Events tab that lets you add events for which you need reminders. However, it doesn’t let you add a specific time at which you want to be alerted. Only vague options such as “2 hours ago” or “1 day ago” are offered. The Device tab has a lot of options you can set for the band. The Notification Alerts section lets you decide what type of notifications you want to be displayed on the Helix Gusto HRM. You can toggle them for calls, SMS messages, WhatsApp and Facebook. A DND option lets you mute notifications throughout the day or for a specific time period. There’s also a camera option that lets you use your fitness band as a remote shutter button for taking photos. The Devices tab also shows you whether the band is connected via Bluetooth.

Lastly, the Profile tab shows you your average steps and total distance covered, and lets you set various goals such as losing fat, getting stronger, building muscle, improving stamina, or improving athletic prowess.

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Timex Helix Gusto HRM does not offer detailed sleep statistics

While the app offers detailed step tracking with weekly and monthly statistics, the sleep and heart rate monitoring isn’t as detailed as we’d like. There is no weekly or monthly data available for both, unlike other apps that provide comprehensive data. By default, notifications on the band vibrate a little too loudly and for longer than we expected, and there’s no way to soften or shrink it.

Plus, we’d love the wider options for customizing notifications as well. While you are notified that a message has been received, there is no way to read the full text on the band itself or send a reply from the band itself. These notifications are best kept off, as they are more annoying than useful.

Decision

The Timex Helix Gusto HRM, at its price, offers a color AMOLED display, a sturdy and durable design, wrist rest, and useful heart rate monitoring stats. It also looks quite nice, but there are some limitations which we cannot ignore. Battery life is pretty bad, especially if you’re an intense user. Charging this device can sometimes be a chore, given its fussy adapter preferences. Plus, the notification vibrations are way too loud for our liking. You either have to deal with it or turn off the vibrations altogether. We also can’t ignore wrong step tracking. There are a lot of options in the market, and you should definitely consider the Mi Band 4 (Review), which costs around Rs. 2,299.

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