The Withings ScanWatch Horizon combines proven Withings activity tracking with the design and quality of modern luxury dive watches. Withings also offers the watch in blue in addition to the green variant featured in the video. As is typical of the manufacturer, the ScanWatch display is highlighted by a mini PMOLED screen. The pre-assembled metal watch and bracelet combination isn’t ideal for sports activities, but Withings includes a 20mm plastic bracelet in addition to the Oyster Metal Link bracelet. The sports bracelet remains in the same color as the dial.
The watch is charged through a charging base. The manufacturer includes a set of tools that can be used to adjust watch straps without the help of a watchmaker. The tool is not vendor specific; accordingly, non-Withings wristbands may also be adjusted. Since the changes in the store cost between 5 and 20 euros, you can save a few euros depending on the bracelet you choose.
The case is made of stainless steel, while the front is made of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The ScanWatch is waterproof to a depth of 100 meters or 10 ATM. This isn’t comparable to other watches that have listed up to 30 ATM in the datasheet, but it’s certainly enough for most users. The bezel can be rotated to mark a time or calculate time zones.
The battery life of the Withings ScanWatch Horizon is special: even with continuous monitoring activated and daily use for weeks, the battery bar barely drains. In normal operation, the Withings ScanWatch Horizon lasts about 30 days. It can last about 20 more days in power saving mode. So charging can become a minor matter.
The ScanWatch has the beautiful appearance of an analog watch and offers the benefits of a digital smartwatch with built-in sensors for fitness tracking. You can control the watch by pressing gestures and turning the crown. What the screen displays can be configured in the Health-Mate app. In addition to activity data, this also includes alarms such as the wake-up call, incoming calls or push notifications for all apps installed on the smartphone. After a short synchronization, all other fitness values and details can be clearly displayed in the app or in the browser for all Withings devices in the home. Whether you’ve reached your daily activity goal is also shown on the lower dial.
Activity tracking usually starts automatically when the watch detects activity. Therefore, it is not always necessary to start a training session manually. The recorded data can be adjusted later in the app if, for example, the duration was not recorded correctly. Step counting seems very accurate in the test. Comparing the values of the WalkingPad X21 with the data collected by the ScanWatch, the biggest difference is 18 steps. Routes can be tracked via connected GPS in combination with smartphone. The collected data can be shared with applications such as Strava.
In addition, ScanWatch offers sleep monitoring with a large amount of data in which respiratory disorders are also detected. The watch also offers SpO2 tracking to determine oxygen saturation and heart rate tracking. The measurement is performed every 10 minutes in everyday life or continuously during sports activity. A special feature of the ScanWatch is the integrated ECG which, if present, can also detect atrial fibrillation. For the ECG, a hand is placed on the clock for 30 seconds. The watch then creates a detailed diagnostic report. If you then consult a doctor, the exported data can be easily presented to you. Withings himself points out that the sensors and their accuracy have been validated by medical institutes and hospitals. The LMU Munich also belongs to these institutions.
The test shows that the Withings ScanWatch Horizon is a durable watch that the manufacturer has not compromised on in terms of build quality. In practice, the Withings ScanWatch Horizon can also turn out to be a very nice watch with great features. I just wish the green was a bit more prominent on the green version. For many runners, a stand-alone GPS without a smartphone connection would certainly be an advantage. The Withings ScanWatch Horizon is a stylish watch that can also do justice to its second role as a fitness tracker. Thanks to the second bracelet you are equipped for every situation. The Withings Scanwatch Horizon is currently available on Amazon for just under €500. Withings offers a 5 year warranty on the watch.
- very chic design
- Available in different colors
- stainless steel casing
- Scratch resistant sapphire crystal
- rotating bezel
- Mini PMOLED display at the front
- Useful app connection
- easy setup
- integrated ECG
- Very good battery life
- Two bracelets included.
- High quality bracelet adjustment tool.
- Water resistant to 10 ATM only
- No own GPS
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