Basis Peak Review

A fitness tracker / smartwatch hybrid with accurate tracking and a great watch-like wrist band.

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Product Description:

The Basis Peak is a newer fitness tracker that aims to compete with the best trackers out there while beating them on price.  The Basis Peak could probably just about be considered a smartwatch, or at least a top of the line fitness tracker. The design itself is more of a watch style, and if you were wearing it with dress clothes, no one would look twice (unless they’re a fitness tracker nut like me).

The device uses Gorilla Glass 3 with a touchscreen, backlight display. The device is built with forged aircraft-grade aluminium. You can buy the Peak in white or black, but there are also other colored bands that you can buy.

Probably the best thing about the Basis Peak is the sensors. It uses four sensors, an optical heart rate engine, 3-axis accelerometer, skin temperature, and galvanic skin response. The sensors are accurate, and the device seems to have a lot of data for you to look through.

The Basis Peak now gets iOS and Android phone notifications.

Feature Table:

Steps, Calories, Timer
Heart Rate Monitor Yes, no chest strap needed, tracks 24/7
Sleep Monitoring Automatically tracks, includes REM/deep sleep, restlessness, sleep quality, and more
Smartwatch notifications Yes, for text, calls, emails, calendar events, and habit alerts
Waterproof Up to 5 ATM (aka splash proof)
Battery Up to 4 days

Common Questions:

What comes in the box with the Basis Peak?

Includes the device itself, a silicone strap (you can buy other colors) and magnetic charger.

Does the Basis Peak work with an app?

Yes, the Basis App works on iOS and some Android devices (see below for details). The app has quite a bit of data in it, and some of the sections include the dashboard, habits, activity feed, and chart view.  The watch only shows recent activities, so for overall stuff you’ll need to sync with a phone.

What mobile devices is the Basis Peak compatible with?

iPhone: The Basis Peak app for iPhone is compatible with the following devices using iOS 7 or higher: iPod Touch (5th Generation), iPhone 6, iPhone 6+, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 4s

Android: Peak supports these phones on Android 4.4.2: HTC One, HTC One M8, LG Nexus 5, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S4; and these phones on 4.4.4: LG Nexus, Samsung Note IV.

Will the Basis Peak data work in other apps?

Currently, no.

How long does the Basis Peak battery last?

Up to 4 days. That’s not particularly great when you consider some of the Garmin devices last for a year, although it really is a decent amount of time considering this is on the brink of being a smart watch.

Does the Basis Peak come with a warranty?

Yes, it is a limited one year warranty on parts and service.

Who would the Basis Peak be a good fit for?

The Basis Peak is a fitness tracker for people that need sensors instead of a pedometer, so for like people that do a lot of sit-down activity like lifting weights rather than runners. If you are a tech nut, you also might like the cutting edge sensors, although if you wait other devices will have better sensors soon too.

What is not good about the Basis Peak?

Unfortunately, the Basis Peak is lacking in some areas. It is on the expensive side for a fitness tracker. It doesn’t have a great display. It doesn’t work on some devices. The data doesn’t sync with other apps.  It kind of is stuck in that awkward place where it is pretty good for a fitness tracker, but more expensive too, and it is not quite at the level of some smart watches, while only being a bit less expensive then them. It doesn’t have GPS and can’t track distance. It doesn’t work with your phone to do notifications.

Would you recommend the Basis Peak?

At this time, I think people interested in the Basis Peak should just upgrade to a smart watch instead. It isn’t a huge extra expense, and you get so much more.

What Others Are Saying:

Dana Wollman, Engadget:  “Despite its relatively high price (and a few imperfections), the Basis Peak is still one of the best fitness trackers you can buy right now. That’s mostly because of how automated it is, with the ability to track your sleep and workouts without you having to enter any sort of special mode.”

Jill Duffy, PC Mag:  “The Basis Peak impresses with its ability to automatically track runs, walks, bicycle rides, and sleep, without you having to do a thing. The built-in heart rate monitor works well, and overall, it’s the best activity tracker you can buy right now.”

Review:

The Basis Peak is in that awkward place where it is a bit too expensive when considering its features and what the competition has. What it does, it does well. This is one of the more accurate fitness trackers on the market.

I like that the band is actually a watch band that stays on your wrist, although that is way too uncomfortable to wear 24/7 or at night, which kind of discounts the whole excellent sleep monitoring that this device has. The battery isn’t that great, lasting up to 4 days. The device also lacks a heart rate monitor, something that every device in this price range has.  I’m not a big fan of the Basis app, which is a big issue as this device doesn’t support 3rd party apps.

For me, there are just better devices on the market and I suggest passing on the Basis Peak. However, this really isn’t a bad device. Other than being a little light on features and a little expensive, it really does do a lot of stuff well.  It does have accurate tracking, which might be a major selling feature to some people.

Basis Peak

Basis Peak
8

Good

8/10

    Pros

    • Really good sleep monitoring
    • Pretty accurate tracking

    Cons

    • No 3rd party apps
    • No Windows phone support