This is one of the worst pedometers I’ve ever had – and I’ve had a lot. The basic concept of the New Balance Via Pulse Heart Pedometer is OK: it counts steps and calories at the same time it tracks distance and elapsed time. There is also a clock. This is a pendulum counter, so it only counts in certain orientations, such as when worn on your belt. It’s bulky, too, at 2½" × 1¾" × 1" thick). The big difference from other pedometers is the infrared fingertip pulse meter on the case, which doesn’t work.
There are five buttons, of which three are useful. A "pulse" button turns on the pulse sensor, a "mode" button switches between three display screens, and a "clear" button resets the step counter. Supposedly, when you press the pulse button and place a fingertip on the sensor; your heart rate displays. I say “supposedly,” because it never happens.
Here’s what’s right:
- Large, clear display.
- Reasonably accurate step count, though only if properly positioned.
- Fairly easy to enter weight and step length in the setup phase
Here’s what's wrong:
- It’s bulky
- A pendulum actuator is clumsy and outmoded.
- The pulse meter never works.
- Barely touching the "clear" button will reset step count.
I give this pedometer thumbs down because its big selling point, a pulse meter, doesn’t work; and because you can’t depend on it to count steps for more than a few minutes at a time. You should also look for pedometers with accelerometers instead of a pendulum. It’s also better to get a pedometer that’s less easy to reset or to just get one that automatically resets itself every day.
The New Balance VIA Pulse Heart Pedometer is only useful for people who can wear it where it won't be "compromised" by clothing or by bending over, and for those who simply wants to count steps or measure distance over a specific time interval. For anyone else, it isn’t worth the price of its worthless pulse meter.