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Misfit Ray Activity Tracker – User Review | GadFit

March 27, 2016

The Misfit Ray ($99.99) is a breakaway from the signature flat disc design that we’ve come to associate with Misfit Wearables.

While it’s being marketed as a discreet everyday fitness tracker with a heavy focus on customisation, activity tracking and pseudo smart notifications is still at the core of Misfit’s newest product.

Misfit was recently purchased by the Fossil Group and the Misfit Ray was their last product to be released as an independent company. I had the Misfit Ray for a week and here’s what I have to say.

MISFIT RAY IN SHORT

PROS

  • All day activity tracker
  • Tracks steps, distance, calories
  • Automatically tracks and tags active durations
  • Automatically tracks sleep
  • Runs on 3 button cell batteries for 6 months, no recharging required
  • Vibration enabled for smart notifications, alarms and move alerts
  • Water resistant to 50m
  • Changeable wrist bands
  • Discreet looking
  • Misfit Link compatible

CONS

  • High price for limited features
  • Limited functions on Misfit Link app
  • Weak vibration
  • Lack of screen

As usual, I’d recommend you browse through the entire review to check out the workings of the Misfit Ray fitness tracker thoroughly.

LOOK AND FEEL

The Misfit ray is a lightweight tubular fitness tracker crafted out of aluminium. It is discreet looking with a single slit of LED at one end. The Misfit logo is emblazoned at the back of the Ray tracker.Misfit Ray -on-handPersonally I think it actually looks pretty good with the right accessory wrist band. Perhaps something metal, maybe even leather. But the sport band that came with the $99.99 Misfit Ray just looks cheap. Yet I couldn’t bring myself to cough up another $20 for a leather band. If Misfit had the foresight, it wouldn’t cost them much to throw in both bands honestly. Oh well.Misfit Ray -claspThe wrist band has a single clasp that determines the tightness of the Misfit Ray when worn.

The Ray runs on 3 button cell batteries that will supposedly power the fitness tracker for 6 months so no recharging is necessary. A single twist and pull on the correct side of the wrist band allows the user to replace the batteries on their own. It’s simple and convenient.

However, those replacement batteries are hard to come by. Where I reside (Singapore), I have yet to see one of these replacement batteries anywhere and it seems the only option I have is online purchase!Misfit Ray -battery-removal-and-replacementThe device is vibration enabled so you can set alarms and movement alerts. The LEDs will also flash different colors based on the progress towards activity goal for the day, or to indicate different types of notifications.Misfit Ray -logo

The only way to interact with the Misfit Ray is by tapping on the fitness tracker. Also the Misfit Ray is water resistant to 50m.

FUNCTIONS AND DATA PRESENTATION

The Misfit Ray is an all day activity tracker that tracks steps, distance, calories. It also automatically tracks sleep and activities throughout the day.Misfit Ray -activity-mobile-app-screen-captureFrom the week of usage, sleep tracking duration was pretty accurate. Also it detected the period during the day when I was active and tagged it. I have the option of indicating what activity it was that I was participating in.

The Misfit mobile app interface has remained the same for the last year or so. There’s also a web dashboard which I never use because all the information is already available on the mobile app.

A double tap on the Misfit Ray will cause the LED to light up and indicate the progress towards the activity goal for the day.

Red: 0-24%

Red and Orange: 25 -49%

Red, orange and yellow: 50-74%

Red, orange, yellow and white: 75-99%

Flashes all the colours of the rainbow: 100% and above

The vibration allows the Misfit Ray to be used as an alarm to wake up to, smart notifications or simply as a reminder to get up and move after prolonged inactivity.

I thought the strength of the vibration was too weak. I tend not to wear the fitness tracks snugly around my wrists and only do so when I’m handling optical heart rate sensors when a tight fit is required. So I adopted a looser fit with the Misfit Ray and noticed that there are times when I would miss notifications if I’m too engrossed in other things.

Unfortunately the strength of the vibration cannot be tweaked at present.

Misfit Move

Misfit Ray -movement-alertThis is Misfit’s version of reminding the user to move after being sedentary for an extended period of time; which is up to the user to set. The Misfit Ray tracker will vibrate and orange light will flash from the LED slit.

Smart notifications:

Incoming calls will cause the LED to flash green while text messages will bring up a blue light. Both notifications will be accompanied by vibrations. There are no notifications for mobile apps like Whatsapp or facebook. Also you can’t set what colour light should flash for calls or text messages; it is pre-set.

Misfit Link

Misfit-Link-Misfit Ray This is the mobile app that allows the Misfit Ray fitness tracker to double up as a presentation clicker, selfie button, music player and so on. Unfortunately the only configuration left is a triple tap. So even for playing music, you’re resigned to allocating the triple tap to pause, play the next track or go back.

While taking selfies is still fine, I can’t for the life of me imagine scrolling to the next presentation slide by tapping 3 times on the Misfit Ray. Nevertheless, it is still an additional function that the Misfit Ray features.

ANYTHING ELSE?

The Misfit Ray is a no frills activity tracker that doesn’t look like one. If I could draw a comparison, it closely resembles the Jawbone UP2 series of fitness bands in terms of aesthetics but with more functions.

3rd party vendors like Skinomi  has already released carbon fibre coloured prints to accessorize the fitness tracker itself. Misfit Wearables have yet to release any official accessories or wrist bands for the Misfit Ray as of publish.

MISFIT RAY IN A NUTSHELL

While the Misfit Ray is a breakaway form Misfit Wearable’s signature form, the lack of features has its setbacks if the price is set too high. I for one have difficult reconciling Misfit’s fitness platform, the Misfit Ray fitness tracker with the premium I have to pay for.

I’m not against paying a premium for a powerful fitness tracker but the Misfit Ray seem a tad too simple in appearance to warrant a price tag of $99.99. If I had to choose, I’m more leaned towards the new Fitbit Alta. The Fitbit Alta’s display is not always on so it can also double up as an accessory with changeable wrist straps.Misfit Ray -feature-2If aesthetics is a huge consideration when it comes to purchasing and wearing a fitness tracker, then the Misfit Ray is worth considering. Otherwise, you’d be better off spending a bit more money on a dedicated fitness tracker, preferably something with GPS and heart rate monitoring capabilities.

The Misfit Ray is available at $99.99 at Misfit.com for the sports band version and $119.99 for the leather band bundle. You can also purchase the Misfit Ray from Amazon where there’s usually a small discount and free delivery depending on where you reside. Plus your purchase helps to fund the running of this site!

Thanks for reading. As usual, drop me a comment if you have further queries and I’ll try my best to answer.

18 Comments

  • Reply Maxime June 6, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Hi there,

    Just received my Ray today in France. After happiness, it’s really a deception to see that my product don’t make notifications for text messages. I’ve got the vibration for calls, but nothing for text. Any suggestion ? (I’m on iPhone 6S Plus and using native app for text messages)/

    • Reply Michael S June 7, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      Hi Maxime,

      I just tried the native text messages on iPhone 5S and the notification feature worked fine.

      I do have to point out that the text notifications only come on when the phone is in standby mode. The notifications will not show up on the Ray if the phone is in active mode. For example messages that pop up while you’re using the phone.

      When it comes to text notifications, the Ray only vibrates and flashes blue light when you miss messages.

      Hope that helps.
      Mike

      Messages which you’re reading or c will not activate the vibration and light on the Misfit Ray.

  • Reply Matt August 15, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Hi great review,

    I just got mine but really cant work out how to control my msic with the misfit link app. Says it will only work with the shine. Can you let me know how you got it to work? Or do a blog on it?

    • Reply Michael S August 18, 2016 at 10:18 am

      Hi Matt,

      I was digging out my Misfit Ray and wanted to “show” how the Misfit Link app works but the battery is dead and the coin cell 393 batteries are surprisingly difficult to find!

      Anyway, I looked around and found a video (in French unfortunately) that actually shows the Misfit Ray controlling music playback.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxJD0-qvy1I

      Scroll to 5 minutes 20 seconds thereabouts.

      I’ll provide more details when I can get my hands on the batteries.

      In the mean time, hope that helps.
      Michael S

  • Reply Andréanne Marcoux September 19, 2016 at 12:54 am

    How can i see selfie ? I’m not sure how to use it…

    • Reply Michael S September 21, 2016 at 10:03 am

      Hi there,

      You have to set your phone to selfie mode and remotely capture the photo with the ray tracker. Have you downloaded the Misfit Link app to customise the selfie function?

      Mike

  • Reply Helena December 9, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Hi. I’ve had my Ray for about 4 weeks now, and have gone through 2 sets of batteries. I’m not tapping frequently, and use the app to check progress. Do you have any hints as to why the batteries are being drained so,quickly ?

    • Reply Michael S December 11, 2016 at 2:53 am

      Hi there Helena,

      I always found it useful to remove the Ray completely, or any Bluetooth device for the matter, from the connected mobile device. And then connect it again. If that doesn’t work, this is the link to drop Misfit Wearables support a note.

      https://misfit.com/contactform/

      Hope that helps.
      Mike

      • Reply anup December 31, 2016 at 9:23 am

        hi mike ,
        this might be late comment from me..but i am using misfitray since more than a month now..i tried using d selfie option via misfit link app however there is no way u can add ray..it only search for shine..apart from this rest of notification is working like gem infact now there is additional notification feature now for watsapp..mail..instagram..twitter etc..cheers!!!

        • Reply Michael S January 1, 2017 at 4:30 am

          Thanks for the update Anup. Always happy to hear that things are working out.

          Would you want to drop Misfit Support a ticket? I had no issues using my Ray for taking pictures on the connected mobile device.

          Mike

  • Reply Ben December 30, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Hi Mike, I wondered if you knew if it was possible to wear the Ray around the ankle? I would need to wear it round my wrist and ankle due to my work and still do the counting that I’m after. Thanks

    • Reply Michael S January 1, 2017 at 4:28 am

      Hey Ben,

      Misfit actually allows you to indicate where you wear your device and placing it on the shoe is one of the options. Since the shoe and ankle are just side by side, I don’t see why not!

      Hope that helps.
      Mike

  • Reply Ben January 3, 2017 at 12:40 am

    thanks Mike!

  • Reply l g February 26, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    My Misfit Ray does not show if I sleep during daytime. Is that normal?

    • Reply Michael S February 27, 2017 at 11:28 am

      Hi there,

      The Misfit Ray is not capable of tracking day time sleep such as nap…so it’s technically not wrong.

      Mike

  • Reply Linda B March 29, 2017 at 8:37 am

    I have a Misfit Ray. On the app it shows a weight “goal” as 20 lbs higher than my current weight (it shows that correctly). Why would it show a goal of 30+? How do I change that?

    • Reply Michael S March 29, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Hi Linda,

      I’m unsure of the reasons or cause but I do know how to change it.
      Tap on the “me” icon
      Scroll down and change the weight goals.
      Hope that helps.
      Michael

  • Reply Tony June 12, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Hey Michael
    I got my Ray for 3 weeks
    This one tracked my steps not match to Google Fit or S Health (my phone is Galaxy Note 5)
    I wear Misfit Ray on left wrist, and hold my phone on right hand.
    For example:
    Yesterday, I had a running with my friend.
    My Ray counts 8432 steps
    S Health counts 10431 steps
    What should I do with my device?
    Can I update firmware for it? and how?
    Thanks

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