PC SHOW 2016

Wearables

Fitbit Blaze
Fitbit BlazePHOTOS: FITBIT, GARMIN, JAWBONE, TOMTOM

1 Fitbit Blaze

$268 (usual price $318)

Booth 6026, 6027

This fitness tracker monitors your all-day physical activities and heart rate as well as automatically monitors your sleep.

When paired with your smartphone, its 240x180-pixel colour touchscreen display shows notifications such as incoming calls, text messages and calendar alerts. It has a five-day battery life.

Its SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition system recognises and records continuous movement including biking, hiking, Zumba and even tennis. As it comes with on-screen workouts from FitStar, it also doubles as a personal coach.

2 Garmin Fenix HR

$839 (usual price $899)

Booth 5089

Garmin wants you to wear this GPS multi-sport training watch, Fenix 3 HR, all the time.

With its built-in wrist-based heart-rate monitor, it can track your runs and record workout statistics including heart rate and distance, whether you are swimming, cycling or doing a triathlon.

But it is not just a fitness watch.

It monitors your fitness indicators and doubles as a smartwatch to display notifications when paired with your smartphone (Android or iOS).

Built into it are an altimeter, barometer and compass to provide real-time information on your surroundings. Its rugged good looks let it fit in whether you're in the gym or the boardroom.

3 Garmin Vivoactive HR

$389

Booth 5089

Making its debut here at the 2016 PC Show, Garmin's Vivoactive HR is a GPS smartwatch with a colour touchscreen display (205 x 148 pixels). So you can run, bike or ski without needing a smartphone connection to access GPS.

With its built-in heart rate monitor, the watch can track your heart rate and let you know your exercise intensity.

Being a smartwatch, it displays the same notifications you receive on your paired smartphone so that you are always kept in the loop with the latest news, e-mail and social media updates.

4 Jawbone Up3

$289 (usual price $309)

Booth 6016

Featuring the handiwork of renowned Swiss designer Yves Behar, Jawbone Up3 looks great and works even better. It not only monitors your daily physical activities but also measures your resting heart rate with its heart-rate monitor. Your sleep phases are also automatically tracked, so you can better understand your sleep patterns and get a better night's sleep.

Your workouts are automatically recognised and logged, so you do not have to worry about remembering to press this or that button.

It has a slim anodised aluminium casing with a rubber wrist strap. It is available in silver, red, black, blue and gold.

5 TomTom Spark Cardio + Music GPS Fitness Watch

$349 (usual price $399)

Booth 6000B

If you love to run with your own choice of music, TomTom's Spark Cardio + Music GPS Fitness Watch is the GPS running watch to get.

Its integrated music player has 3GB of internal storage, so you can have your own choice of music via Bluetooth headphones.

The Spark's built-in GPS and heart-rate monitor not only tracks your runs but also automatically monitors the number of steps you take, the calories burnt and your sleep duration. It also tracks your heart rate all day at 10min intervals.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 02, 2016, with the headline 'Wearables'. Print Edition | Subscribe