Review of the Prestigio Smart Health Body Fat Scale & Blood Pressure Monitor
The Prestigio Smart Health collection of products includes a Pedometer (reviewed previously), a Blood Pressure Monitor and two types of Scales (one for Body Fat and one for Body Mass). For this review we were given the Blood Pressure Monitor and Body Fat Scale to try out in combination with the free app for iOS. The Blood Pressure Monitor (BPM) and Body Fat Scale (BFS) are both available for purchase through the Prestigio online store or on Amazon for about £60 and £80 respectively. To find out more about how these devices work, do read on.
WHAT IS TRACKED?
BPM: Just like it says on the tin, the BPM measures your blood pressure, heart rate and syncs with the app to let you know how you compare to the ‘normal’, as well as previous syncs.
BFS: Again, pretty self-explanatory, the scales measure your weight (in either lbs or kgs) and let you keep track of them through the app – which also kindly tells your BMI score.
BPM: I have nothing to really compare this to, but the devices Seems to be accurate enough and picked up on my known low blood pressure, which is a good sign. I also tested after a coffee or exercise a couple of times and it gave the expected increases in pressure and heart rate.
BFS: On this occasion, I actually had a set of scales that I trust to compare the scales to and am happy to say they seem perfectly accurate and work well. So much so that I’ve started using these instead of my previous set – thanks to the sync function with the app. APPS Both devices sync with the Prestigio app that is available free on iOS (which also syncs with the Pedometer). The functions for both the BPM and BFS are good and use nice graphs to track your readings over time, allowing the user to see weight loss over time or how your blood pressure alters in the morning or evening. Here are some pictures that illustrate better than I can really explain:
BPM: With a handy set of instructions for how to put the device on and use it, the BPM really is easy to use. The display is big and shows all the information clearly, with a helpful Bluetooth icon that let’s you know it’s syncing with the app too. All in all, a well designed and executed smart way to check your blood pressure.
BFS: Again, the display is bright and clear, with a similar icon to let you know it’s syncing with the app. Not much you can get wrong with a scale, but again it’s a well executive piece of kit.
Both devices sync with the app via Bluetooth and this works pretty well I did notice that it’s worth having the app open before you switch on the BPM or BFS for use. Overall the devices both told you when they were trying to sync (and if they failed), so I have no real faults to report on the syncing front.
Both devices run on regular batteries and in the time I’ve been testing them out (a couple of weeks) I’ve not had a need to replace them, so I can’t tell you how long they last. But the fact that they both use regular, shop bought batteries means it’s pretty simple to replace them and they should last a pretty good length of time, as they’re only powering the relatively small LCD displays each have, respectively.
BPM: At £59.99 (on Amazon) the device is actually more expensive that the pedometer that would likely accompany it. Comparing it to other ‘at home’ alternatives it also still seems on the high end in terms of cost, but if you want a smart device that is part of a family of devices that all play well, then maybe this is the one for you.
BFS: Compared to the Fitbit and Withings alternatives, £84.99 (Amazon) is a reasonable price for a set of smart scales. The discussion as to whether ‘smart’ scales are worth the expense compared to logging your weight manually from a £10 set of scales is one for another day, but for what they are the BFS is priced about right.
The Prestigio Blood Pressure Monitor and Body Fat Scales are a really nice pair of devices to work alongside the Pedometer that is also in the Smart Health family. They are priced a little on the high side, in my opinion, but if you want to be able to keep track of your blood pressure and weight then you can’t do much better than using these devices. Now for the ultimate question…would I recommend them to a friend? Well, if the friend wanted a family of devices to buy into that allow them to track these data points, then I definitely would! For less than £200 you could buy the full 3 device family and start using them quickly and easily. I’m also most excited about the potential to plumb these solid devices into Apple’s new health app, enabling me to sync everything into a single app, no matter which pedometer I use.