Mio Alpha 2 Heart Rate Monitor Sports Watch Review

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Product Description:

Mio ALPHA 2 boasts all the features of the original award-winning Mio ALPHA plus more! Mio ALPHA 2 heart rate sport watch provides EKG-accurate heart rate data at performance speeds — without a chest strap — along with distance, calories, and pace. Mio ALPHA 2 connects to smart devices via Bluetooth 4.0 to provide athletes with all the training and tracking features of their favorite fitness apps. The best in heart rate technology and cool new features are packed into this comfortable, easy to use sport watch.

Feature Table:

Display LCD
Fitness Tracking
Heart Rate Monitoring
Sleep Monitor X
GPS Sync to watch
Comfort Score 83
Battery Life 3 Months
iOS Compatibility
Android Compatibility
Windows Compatibility X
Color Options 2
Water Proofing 3 ATM
Warranty 1 Year
Review Score 8.3

Common Questions:

What comes in the box with the Mio Alpha 2?

In the box you will receive the Mio ALPHA 2 heart rate monitor watch, a USB charging dock with magnetic alignment, the Mio ALPHA 2 Quick Start Guide, and Mio ALPHA 2 Warranty Information.

What colors does the Mio Alpha 2 come in?

It can be purchased in black with a bit of green on it, black with lots of yellow, and black with lots of pink.

What mobile devices does the Mio Alpha 2 work with?

Currently, the Mio Alpha 2 is compatible with iOS and Android devices. You can get the Mio Go app from the app stores for those platforms.

What 3rd Party apps does the Mio Alpha 2 work with?

The Alpha 2 is compatible with some 3rd party apps including MapMyRun, MapMyRide, Wahoo, Digifit, RunKeeper, Endomondo, and Strava.

Does the Mio Alpha 2 come with a warranty?

Yes, a one year limited warranty.

What Others Are Saying:

Jill Duffy, PC Mag:  “If you’re looking for a runner’s watch and a heart rate monitor, you should definitely check out the Mio Alpha 2, which combines both in a comfortable and durable wristband.”

Kieran Alger, Wareable:  “If you like things paired back, all you care about is heart rate tracking and you’ve got money lying around, this might just be your perfect heart rate monitor. But for everyone else the Mio Alpha 2 probably just doesn’t have enough. It carries a fairly premium price tag for a fitness tracker without packing the breadth of features to back it up. So while it looks good, is comfortable to wear and delivers accurate heart rate training data, with so many capable fitness trackers, smartwatches and smartphone apps on the market, the Alpha 2 just feels like it’s been left a bit behind.”

Valentina Palladino, Tom’s Guide:  “As a dedicated workout watch, the Mio Alpha 2 offers one of the best heart-rate monitors available in an easy-to-wear design.”

Review:

The Mio Alpha 2 stands out the most for it’s excellent heart rate monitoring features. That is the area that Mio specializes in and so it is no surprise that the Mio Go app also is geared towards heart rate monitoring. The rest of that app is perhaps not as good as some of the competition apps (like FitBit, Jawbone, Misfit, etc) but Mio makes up for this by having support for a lot of 3rd party apps, including Nike+, RunKeeper, MapMyRun, MapMyRide, Wahoo, Digifit, Endomondo, and Strava.

While the heart rate monitor is excellent, the Mio Alpha 2 is missing some features you would expect to get in this price range of fitness trackers. For instance, there is no sleep monitoring. The device also doesn’t have much for smartphone features and Windows phones are not supported at all.

The Mio Alpha 2 has a fairly standard watch design. I certainly like it better than the Mio Fuse design, which was bigger and bulkier. The Alpha 2 comes in three possible colors, all of which essentially are black with a bit of color added (you can get green, yellow, or pink).

Much like the Mio Fuse, I would recommend the Mio Alpha 2 to anyone looking primarily for a device with excellent heart rate monitoring features. If you are more in the market for a general fitness tracker or need other features, perhaps this isn’t the device for you. Check out our best fitness trackers under $200 and our best fitness watches pages.

Mio Alpha 2 Heart Rate Monitor Sports Watch

Mio Alpha 2 Heart Rate Monitor Sports Watch
8.3

Good

8/10

    Pros

    • Excellent built in optical HR monitoring
    • Mio Go is setup to show lots of HR stats
    • Lots of good 3rd party apps
    • Good battery life

    Cons

    • No sleep monitoring
    • Not much for smartphone features
    • No Windows phone compatibility
    • Very few color options
    • High price