Finally the new Withings Body Cardio brings advanced scale measurements to home! | IT Gadgets Review

Withings, the consumer electronics company owned by Nokia, has unveiled its new Body Cardio internet connected scale. I have been using Withings Smart Body Analyzer (WS-50) for years and have been very satisfied on how an electronic scale has accompanied my journey towards total wellness. But how does this new Withings Body Cardio (WBS04) stacks up?

Withings Body Cardio Weighing Scale (WBS04) - main image
Withings has made some of the best smart bathroom scales on the market, and this new Body Cardio does come with a few extra special features:

– supports Pulse Wave Velocity
– bone, water and muscle mass, weather

This is on top of the standard measurements (weight, fat, heart rate) taken by any typical weighing scale.

Withings Body Cardio Weighing Scale (WBS04) - retail packaging

Withings Body Cardio Weighing Scale (WBS04) - actual with manual

 

The Body Cardio represents the first consumer scale that uses Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV). PWV measures the speed that vibrations from your heartbeat travel along your arteries and provides an indicator of the stiffness of arteries and of cardiac health. Thus, it can detect arterial stiffness caused by problems like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and has a strong correlation with stroke, heart attack, and other cardiac events.

Withings Body Cardio Weighing Scale (WBS04) - unboxed
Square in shape (12.8 by 12.8 inches) and with a low profile (0.7 inches high), the scale has an aluminium base and feels very sturdy. A small screen at the top cycles through your measurements when you take a reading.

Withings Body Cardio Weighing Scale (WBS04) - front view

According to Withings, Body Cardio can provide accurate results and stability on any types of surface – be it wooden floor, tile or even on carpet.

The tempered glass top, comes in either black or white, each with a silver bar running down the middle. Light stripes on the scale show where to place your feet to get a Pure Wave Velocity reading. One is expected align the heels with the second line from the bottom.
Sadly, the Body Cardio runs on a rechargeable lithium ion battery instead of a handful of AA or AAAs. It is quite inconvenient to move the scale to get a recharge on a desk, assuming it is clutter-free in the onset. The consolation – a typical full charge will last for 12 months.

Withings Body Cardio Weighing Scale (WBS04) - charging port
Tracking of the vital measurements is done through the standard Withings Health Mate app. The initial pairing of the Body Cardio to the app is straightforward through the simple instructions within the same app.

Withings Body Cardio Weighing Scale (WBS04) - setup - choose body cardio

Withings Body Cardio Weighing Scale (WBS04) - setup - bluetooth detect and connect

Withings Body Cardio Weighing Scale (WBS04) - setup - scale connected

This scale can work with up to 8 users, each of them recognized automatically by their weight and other measurements. Each user is connected to their own Health Mate profile automatically.

 

Withings Body Cardio Weighing Scale (WBS04) - app information stats

Withings Body Cardio Weighing Scale (WBS04) - app data stats

Withings Body Cardio Weighing Scale (WBS04) - weigh in

 

It is noted that water mass tends to fluctuate with the weather. It is highly recommended to note these points to obtain a more accurate reading:

  • Abstain from eating and drinking within 4 hours of the test
  • Avoid exercising within 12 hours of the test
  • Void (urinate) completely prior to testing
  • Do not drink alcohol within 48 hours of the test
  • Avoid taking diuretics prior to testing unless instructed by your physician

The Withings Body Cardio scale is available direct from Withing’s website and it is priced at USD 179.95.
PROS
a. Advanced measurements now made available at home (weight, water, fat, bone mass, heart rate, and arterial health. Shows weather forecast.)
b. Rechargeable battery & long lasting per full charge (12 months).
c. Sleek, good design.
d. Low profile.
e. Syncs via Wi-Fi automatically.
f. Support multiple user profiles (detected by weight ranges).
g. App works with multiple OS platforms (iOS, Android).

CONS
a. Cannot disable bioelectrical impedance measurement (not suitable for pregnant women).
b. PWV may not be easy to use for first timers.
c. Not easy to interpret some data for normal consumers (e.g. % bone mass – which level is ideal?).
d. More expensive vs other competitors’ product.

 

[Comparisons (front view) – Left : Smart Body Analyser (WS50), Right : new Body Cardio (WBS40)]

Withings Body Cardio Weighing Scale (WBS04) - compare with body analyzer (front view)

[Comparisons (bottom view) – Left : Smart Body Analyser (WS50), Right : new Body Cardio (WBS40)]

Withings Body Cardio Weighing Scale (WBS04) - compare with body analyzer (back view)

[Comparisons (thickness) – Left : Smart Body Analyser (WS50), Right : new Body Cardio (WBS40)]

Withings Body Cardio Weighing Scale (WBS04) - thickness

 

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