Misfit Flash review: A great, affordable fitness tracker

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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

1.5 stars 4 user reviews

The Good The Misfit Flash is waterproof, lasts six months on a single battery, comes with a wristband and clip-on accessory, works with iOS and Android, and tracks steps and sleep.

The Bad Lacks a heart rate monitor; plastic design feels a little cheap; LED readout shows daily progress and blinks hours and minutes, but doesn't show step count.

The Bottom Line The Misfit Flash is a versatile, easy-to-use and extremely affordable fitness tracker that can be worn swimming, too, and it even kind of works as a watch.

7.6 Overall
  • Style 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Ease of use 9.0

My favorite activity tracker last year was the Misfit Shine, a waterproof sleek metal disc that automatically counted sleep and steps, lasted months on a single replaceable battery, popped into accessories including wristbands, clips and pendants, and looked relatively attractive.

Imagine that tracker but in a more affordable version -- it's called the Misfit Flash. It sounds like a B-list superhero, but it's actually an accelerometer-based budget fitness tracker.

The new Misfit Flash does everything the Shine can do but only costs $50 (£50 in the UK, or about AU$55). The catch? It's made of plastic instead of machined aluminum. But it also has benefits. It doesn't scratch up as easily as the Shine sometimes did. It doesn't pop out of its wristband housing as easily, either; the Flash pushes into its accessories from underneath, staying put when you wear it.

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Flash with its band on. Sarah Tew/CNET

The Flash is waterproof to 3ATM, which means it can be worn in water down to 96 feet in depth (Note: water resistant and waterproof tech should never be worn in salt water, though). So you can wear it in the shower or while swimming. Misfit has a fitness tracking mode that recognizes swim activity.

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The Flash has a replaceable coin battery that lasts six months, works with wrist or clip-on accessories, and has a clever ring of 12 LED lights, just like the Shine does. The LEDs are red on the Flash, versus a soft white on the Shine.

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