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The Amazfit Bip U Pro is another very impressive smartwatch that’s surprisingly affordable.


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In case you’re keeping score, Amazfit introduced about 37 new wearables last year. OK, not quite that many, but a bunch — and I’ve had the opportunity to test-drive many of them.

One definite standout: The Amazfit Bip U Pro, which debuted just last month for a very reasonable price of $70. If that price wasn’t low enough to get you to jump, how about this? For a limited time, Cheapskate readers can get the Amazfit Bip U Pro for just $55 with promo code CNET2021.

The Bip U Pro is, unsurprisingly, an upgraded version of the Bip U, which has been on the market for barely two months. There’s little point in buying the latter when the Pro is just $10 more and adds one crucial feature: built-in GPS. It also adds built-in Alexa, which isn’t nearly as crucial but can be nice to have.

(As it happens, you can get the Bip U for just $45 right now, using that same CNET2021 code. But, again, for the extra $10, I recommend going Pro.)

Like the majority of Amazfit watches, this one packs in a wealth of features — some implemented better than others, but overall a very solid roster. It sports a razor-sharp 1.43-inch color screen, heart-rate and blood-oxygen monitors, over 60 sport modes, women’s health tracking and a battery that’s good for up to nine days.

What you don’t get here is an always-on option. If that’s important to you, consider the Amazfit Bip S, which is currently on sale for $60 at Amazon and has a lower-resolution transflective screen. However, it offers only about 10 sport modes and no Alexa.

None of the Bip models let you reply to or dictate text messages, and they don’t automatically detect workouts. The clunky, sometimes confusing companion app — bafflingly named Zepp — remains a thorn in the entire Amazfit lineup, but it’s far from a deal-breaker.

Indeed, based on the couple weeks I’ve spent with the Bip U Pro, it might just be the star of that lineup. The hardware is pretty superb, the fitness features capable, the price borderline unbelievable.

Your thoughts?

Originally published last month. Updated to reflect new sale price. Removed expired bonus deal.


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