As the first wrist activity-band with a built-in heart rate monitor, the Basis B1 helped pave the way for a generation of fitness trackers that provided more information than just the number of steps you take in a day. With the Peak, Basis is adding another wrinkle: smartphone notifications. Taking a page from more-expensive smartwatches, this $199 device will now let you see who’s calling or texting, without having to take your phone out of your pocket. But others have caught up to Basis’ game; did the company do enough to stay at the head of the pack?
Editor’s Note (8/4/16): Basis has issued a recall of every Basis Peak due to reports of the watch causing blisters and burns through overheating. If you own a Basis Peak, please go to the Basis support site to fill out a form for a full refund. Also, as Intel will be shutting down Basis Peak services at the end of 2016, we no longer recommend consumers purchase this device. We have adjusted the rating accordingly.
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