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I prefer this stylish Fitbit over a smartwatch, and it's still $40 off on Cyber Monday

The Fitbit Luxe is a no-frills, sleek fitness tracker and available at a hefty discount for Cyber Monday.
Written by Sabrina Ortiz, Editor
Fitbit Luxe
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Finding most smartwatches bulky and distracting, I've long held a firm stance against purchasing. Around this time last year, however, I started taking more of an interest in tracking my health, wellness, sleep, and workouts. That said, I finally saw how a wearable could fit into my life --I just needed to look for the right one to fit on my wrist.

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I knew I wanted something sleek, but I wanted a screen large enough so I could easily glance at the time. After intensive research, I landed on the Fitbit Luxe, and after four months of use, I'm happy to report I have no regrets. 

The watch tracks all the usual health metrics, including steps, speed, workouts, and even stress, while still maintaining a very minimal screen and a slim form factor. 

Fitbit Luxe
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The best part is that if you are concerned with aesthetics like I am, there are multiple different bands you can buy to change the Luxe's entire look. For example, I bought the Vanjua Metal Band Compatible with Fitbit Luxe Band for less than $10 from Amazon, which gives the device a jewelry-like aesthetic that lives up to the model's "Luxe" name. This is especially nice if you're concerned about certain wearables (cough cough an Apple Watch) ruining outfits or photos.

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One of my other favorite features is the long-lasting battery life. Fitbit claims it can last up to five days of battery without having to charge it, and in my experience, it can last me a solid three or four days tops. Still, not having to worry about charging yet another device every day is a huge plus. 

Today, the watch is 31% off, saving you $40 on what is already a cheaper wearable alternative, making it only $80. With that purchase, you get the watch, the black/graphite band, and a six-month trial of Fitbit Premium for free. 

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