If you are into sports or fitness in general, then you probably know that the heart rate – either while exercising or resting – is a really important factor to take into consideration to have a full understanding of a person’s health status. That’s why products such as HR chest straps and fitness bands with heart rate monitors exist. Since you may want to only one use one device at a time, here we compare a generic HR strap versus the MGCOOL Band 3; let’s see which’s coming out on top!
The MGCOOL Band 3 is equipped with an accurate optical sensor coupled with advanced algorithms that make the whole heart rate monitoring process more accurate. The band is also designed in such a way that the recording of the heart rate starts automatically as soon as you wear it. There is no need to press any buttons because the integrated optical sensors will detect the presence of the band by itself. The G-sensor and IR sensor instantly recognize obstacles and hurdle together with the optical sensors to start monitoring the heart rate.
After syncing with the companion app, you will then be able to see all the abnormal peaks along with the percentage levels. So you can have a progress graph of your heart rate from the first day of use.
In addition to the heart rate monitoring, the MGCOOL Band 3 is also capable of monitoring sleep, steps and the ability to deliver reminders during periodic intervals. To view the parameters on the 0.66-inch OLED display, you just need to raise your hand. The band is also water resistant and can be used while swimming.
On the other side, an HR chest strap can only measure your heart rate when you turn it on. It’ll potentially be more accurate than a fitness band but you aren’t going to see a huge difference in the numbers. So, it’s really hard to suggest getting a chest strap when a cheaper fitness band like the Band 3 from MGCOOL can do the same thing and much more.