For several years now, the French brand Withings has made it a point of honor to monitor our well-being and our health. In addition to a range of scales and other activity trackers, the firm has also launched into the design of connected watches. No umpteenth touch screen here, however, but on the contrary, a clever mix between a classic analog watch (with hands), and connected functionalities, for a more 'traditional' side. at wrist. With its new ScanWatch 2, the group is betting on offering a truly small connected health station. Our complete test.
Withings ScanWatch 2: premium design and ease of use
With its new connected watch, Withings obviously promises the most advanced ScanWatch, with health monitoring provided 24 hours a day. Priced at €349.95, the Withings ScanWatch 2 is available in two sizes (38 and 42 mm) and is delivered in nicely reworked packaging, more compact than ever. The first impression is very positive, with a watch which immediately displays a very elegant style, but also an assembly which exudes quality. A little press on the side button, and the watch immediately invites the user to pair it with the Withings home application (Health).
For the record, pairing (Android/iOS) is essential to start using the connected watch (if only to set the time) © Withings
As always with Withings, pairing is not only extremely simple, but it also requires a maximum of two minutes with the watch in hand. Once integrated into the Health application, the ScanWatch 2 watch is immediately usable, but it will of course be necessary to spend a few moments in the settings box, in order to configure the information to be displayed and various other options, as does to receive or not incoming notifications (Calls, SMS, Calendar…).
The upper screen allows you to display various information, while the lower (needle) screen is dedicated to the daily step goal © Withings
Operation is very (very) accessible, with overall “passive” here on the user side. Understand by this that the watch will itself monitor the health of the wearer, who can, if he wishes, launch an ECG or even a heart rate measurement at any time. From the watch, it is impossible to respond to a message, accept a call, or modify any parameter… In short, the ScanWatch 2 will not disrupt your productivity any more than a “classic” watch. A good thing.
Like the previous model, the ScanWatch 2 is intended to be a hybrid watch, both elegant, analog and connected © Withings
At any time, you can of course check the number of steps taken during the day (via the screen or the lower dial to see at a glance where you are in relation to your daily objective), the distance traveled, the floors climbed
As on a ScanWatch Horizon, you can quickly get an overview of your blood oxygen saturation © Withings
You can also launch a sporting activity, although here again, the watch is responsible for recognizing an activity itself, before reporting the information inherent to the latter in the Health application. And if your rowing or elliptical bike session has not been identified as such, you can always modify it afterwards, via the application.
A fitness sensor temperature… but still no GPS sensor
One of the big new features brought by this second generation of ScanWatch is its continuous body temperature monitoring system, an option absent from other models, including the ScanWatch Horizon (€499). In fact, its use is relatively confusing at first glance, but rather simple.
At the back, we find “a revolutionary miniature heat fluctuation sensor and an ultra-precise temperature sensor for calibrating heart rate and accelerometer data’ 8221; © Withings
Indeed, the sensor will mainly be responsible for detecting variations, in relation to a so-called “reference“ temperature. As with the majority of other tracking functions, the user does not have to do anything, except check possible temperature differences via the application and/or the device. watch screen.
The temperature system makes it possible to visualize any deviations observed, compared to a reference temperature © Withings
Enough to observe in particular that our temperature frequently varies by around 1° over 24 hours, even if, in our eyes, this function still lacks a little clarity in terms of the information displayed on the screen.
Regarding the GPS sensor, the observation is simpler, and more bitter too, since this ScanWatch 2 is completely devoid of it. A “classic” for the brand, which will therefore require sports users to take their smartphone with them during a running (or walking, cycling) session to follow their journey. What a shame… In the same vein, the watch does not have any NFC chip either.
A “real watch”, pleasant to use every day?
Elegant and connected, adapts to all situations. Sleep tracking requires, the watch is intended to remain on your wrist 24 hours a day, and the latter knows how to be very discreet. On a daily basis, we obviously appreciate all the connected features, but also the very practical incoming notifications, without forgetting… autonomy.
The new Withings ScanWatch 2 is available in 38 mm and 42 mm © Withings
Indeed, unlike a smartwatch (Apple Watch, Google Pixel Watch…), the watch hybrid signed Withings can benefit from significantly greater autonomy, namely around 30 days. Something to see coming“, and anticipate any disappointment, the watch automatically entering energy saving mode when the battery becomes too low (so as not to lose the time display ).
Good news also on the charging side, since Withings had the excellent idea of modifying the base provided, with here a small sliding block into which you insert the watch. In this way, the watch is perfectly held, but it also prevents the watch from being positioned incorrectly on the support, as could have been the case before. An excellent point.
Finally, as for the Withings application, it still proves to be just as simple to use, bringing together on its page of ;home the main information, namely steps taken, sleep quality and heart rate.
Finally, we should point out that with this second version, Withings has slightly increased the entry price, with a ScanWatch 2 whose price is set at €349, compared to €279 for the first model at its launch. /p>
Our opinion on the Withings ScanWatch 2
As was the case with previous models, this new ScanWatch 2 from Withings is an excellent alternative for those who wish to have their own. offer a connected watch, without requiring the functions of an Apple Watch (or similar). The ScanWatch 2 is a stylish watch, like a “classic watch“, but benefits from some basic (but very practical) connected features, like incoming notifications. Added to this are the numerous health monitoring functions, which do not require specific action on the part of the user, as well as a battery life of 30 days which is still very appreciable. Too bad, however, for the GPS, still absent, the body temperature management system, still a little messy, and the selling price, on the rise.