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Timex Helix Gusto HRM Evaluation


The Timex Helix Gusto HRM is a brand new entrant within the aggressive wearables house. This health band, with its options and worth, competes straight with the Mi Band Four and the Honor Band 5. It has all of the options anticipated of health bands right now – step counting, distance monitoring, sleep monitoring, coronary heart price monitoring, and a number of other sports activities modes for higher calorie burn calculations. The worth of this wearable is Rs. 2,295 in India, and there are vibrant choices for the band color – Blue, Gray, Purple, and Turquoise Blue. There’s additionally a variant that lacks coronary heart price monitoring, priced at Rs. 1,495.

With so many choices out there at across the similar worth level, does the Timex Helix Gusto HRM stick out as a winner? Is it higher than the Mi Band 4? We discover out.

Timex Helix Gusto HRM design and interface

The Timex Helix Gusto HRM health band that we had for overview had a Turquoise Blue band. The silicone band wraps across the wrist and is slightly broad. It has a metallic buckle slightly than the rubber peg mechanisms seen on many health bands as of late. The strap is kind of sturdy and holds the tracker module firmly.

This machine has a 0.96-inch color OLED show which is kind of massive, and permits for large textual content that may be learn simply even when it is brilliant outside. There’s only one capacitive contact button beneath the show for navigation. The tracker module itself has a boxy rectangular form, however total, the Timex Helix Gusto HRM seems to be fairly interesting.

It’s gentle and fairly snug to put on on the wrist, and the strap feels premium. It additionally proved to be sturdy, withstanding fairly just a few unintentional falls throughout our overview. There was no noticeable put on and tear on the strap or on the perimeters of the tracker module even after weeks of utilization throughout which we popped the module out of the band a number of occasions.

Timex Helix Gusto HRM has a metallic buckle and the strap is kind of sturdy

Coming to the UI, the capacitive button permits you to navigate by way of totally different sections of the UI. There are three watch faces you can select from – one which reveals complete details about your coronary heart price, steps, battery life, date, and time; one which shows the space coated however not the date; and the final one which reveals solely the date, time, and battery stage.

Tapping the capacitive button permits you to see your step rely, distance coated, energy burnt, coronary heart price, sleep sample, sports activities mode choice, and message notifications. Lengthy-tapping when on the guts price part will activate the guts price monitor, and the tracker will then show it on the display screen. The Helix Gusto HRM helps real-time monitoring and measures your coronary heart price whereas in any sports activities mode as properly.

The band lets you choose from a number of actions together with strolling, operating, biking, badminton, basketball, desk tennis, climbing, and soccer. Whereas doing any of those actions, you possibly can activate the sports activities mode to trace your energy burnt, coronary heart price, and different knowledge. The sleep monitoring part provides you particulars in regards to the hours you’ve got slept, and the messages part reveals you all of your notifications in a single place. There’s additionally a Settings part that has choices equivalent to ‘Discover Telephone’, which makes your paired telephone ring so that you could find it.

Timex Helix Gusto HRM battery life

The most important speaking level in regards to the Timex Helix Gusto HRM is its battery life and charging velocity. The Timex Helix Gusto costs utilizing a flat USB plug that juts out of 1 finish of the tracker module. This tab-like plug stays hidden when the tracker is contained in the band. Timex hasn’t included a charging adapter contained in the field, so customers must depend on any USB charger they have already got, or a pc’s USB port. Whereas this sounds simple sufficient, we noticed that the wearable did not all the time cost with some adapters. Plugging it in after which twiddling with it a bit made it begin charging typically, however we did even have to surrender with some adapters.

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Timex Helix Gusto HRM will be charged utilizing a USB adapter

The battery took about two hours to cost absolutely, and lasted for as much as 5 days of common use. Throughout this era, we had notifications turned off, and used the machine solely to trace sleep and steps. We additionally examined the Helix Gusto HRM with heavy utilization of the sports activities, badminton, and operating modes, and it then lasted for less than three days. In any case, our real-world expertise did not even remotely come near the corporate’s claims of up to 15 days of battery life. That is slightly disappointing, on condition that rivals such because the Mi Band 4 (Review) provide about two weeks of use on a single cost.

Timex Helix Gusto HRM efficiency and monitoring

To check the efficiency and monitoring accuracy of the Time Helix Gusto HRM, we put it by way of a collection of exams. First, we went for a 1km run to examine its distance monitoring accuracy. The wearable doesn’t have in-built GPS, so it depends in your paired telephone’s GPS to measure the space coated. The wearable logged 1.18km on a 1km stretch that we had measured beforehand utilizing the odometer of a motorbike. That is considerably acceptable; and is extra to do with the accuracy of the telephone’s GPS than the accuracy of the health band.

In our steps take a look at, we walked for precisely 1,000 steps, counting them manually, and on the finish of that the Timex health band had recorded 908 steps. That is means off, if we examine it with the Mi Band 4, which was virtually completely correct in its steps take a look at. Additionally, we seen that it continued to document steps even after we had been on a motorbike or using in a automobile.

The Helix Gusto HRM is touted to be waterproof, and whereas we could not take it for a swim, it managed to outlive showers properly sufficient. Sleep monitoring appeared correct, nonetheless, the info reveals solely the variety of hours you have got slept, and is not as detailed as what you get from different units, which often consists of deep and lightweight sleep interval indicators, plus accounting for time spend awake in the course of the sleep cycle. The guts price monitor provided acceptable outcomes.

Timex Helix Gusto HRM companion app

The Timex Helix Gusto HRM pairs with the Helix Timex app discovered on the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. Customers must log in and fill of their weight, top, and different profile particulars originally. Pairing the watch with our Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro was a easy affair, and there have been no hiccups in establishing the app both. The homepage reveals your weight, steps taken, energy burnt, and the variety of steps left in your each day aim. Scrolling down, you possibly can see your BMI, your final coronary heart price measurement, and your sleep and train knowledge as properly.

There may be an occasions tab that allows you to add occasions for which you want a reminder. Nevertheless, it would not allow you to add a selected time at which you wish to be alerted. Solely imprecise choices equivalent to “2 hours before” or “1 day before” are provided. The System tab has lots of choices you can set for the band. The Notification Alert part permits you to resolve what sort of notifications you need displayed on the Helix Gusto HRM. You may toggle them for calls, SMS messages, WhatsApp, and Fb. A DND choice permits you to mute notifications all day or for a selected time interval. There’s additionally a Digital camera choice that allows you to use your health band as a distant shutter button to take images. The System tab additionally reveals you whether or not the band is related by way of Bluetooth or not.

Final of all, the Profile tab reveals you your common steps and whole distance coated, and allows you to set totally different objectives equivalent to dropping fats, getting stronger, constructing muscle, bettering endurance, or bettering athletic expertise.

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Timex Helix Gusto HRM would not provide detailed sleep statistics

Whereas the app affords detailed step monitoring with weekly and month-to-month stats, sleep and coronary heart price monitoring is not as detailed as we might prefer it to be. There is not any weekly or month-to-month knowledge out there for each, not like in different apps that supply complete knowledge. By default, the notifications on the band vibrate a bit too loudly and for longer than we want, and there is no option to soften or shorten that.

Additionally, we might’ve favored broader choices to customize notifications as properly. When you are alerted {that a} message has been acquired, there is no option to learn the total textual content on the band itself or ship a reply from the band itself. These notifications are greatest stored turned off, as they’re extra annoying than helpful.


The Timex Helix Gusto HRM, at its worth, affords a color AMOLED show, a sturdy and sturdy design, consolation on the wrist, and helpful coronary heart price monitoring statistics. It seems to be fairly good too, however there are just a few limitations that we can’t ignore. Battery life is fairly poor, particularly in case you are an intense consumer. Charging this machine is usually a activity typically, given its fussy adapter preferences. Additionally, notification vibrations are too loud for our liking. You must both take care of it or flip vibration off fully. We additionally can’t ignore the wrong steps monitoring. There are lots of choices available in the market, and you must positively contemplate the Mi Band 4 (Review), which is priced virtually the identical at Rs. 2,299.




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