The 6 Best Computer-Linked Pedometers to Buy in 2018

View your activity data on your computer via USB without a smartphone

Keep track of your walking steps, distance, calories burned and other data with these pedometers that can be downloaded to your computer or to a personal website. While many also link to an app via Bluetooth, there are still people who don't have a Bluetooth-compatible smartphone, iPad, or tablet to sync their data that way. You can view data charts and graphs and see how you are progressing to your goals. These pedometers may have interactive features to connect with other users or experts, and may or may not charge a subscription fee.

There is a full family of Fitbit activity trackers. You can sync any model of Fitbit with either Mac or PC computer via a USB receiver and with mobile apps for iOS and Android. Online and on the app you can track your steps, calories burned, log your calories eaten, and share the info with friends. Models other than the Zip also track your sleep and the latest models give you move reminders when you have been sitting for most of the hour.

The Charge 2 is a current full-featured model that has wrist-based heart rate detection and automatically detects and tracks workouts and sleep. It connects with the GPS of your smartphone so you can view your speed and pace while enjoying a walking workout.

Fitbit also has the Ionic fitness watch, which has built-in GPS so you don't need a smartphone to track your outdoor speed and distance.

Garmin vivofit

The Garmin vivofit fitness band can sync with either PC or Mac via a USB receiver, and also will sync with a smartphone app via Bluetooth. It tracks steps, distance and all-day calories burned and also displays the time of day and date as a pedometer watch. If you want to reduce your sitting time, the vivofit starts alerting you after an hour of inactivity with a growing red Move Bar. You can track your sleep as well as your activity. It will also connect with an optional ANT heart rate monitor chest strap to display your heart rate. Best of all, its battery lasts for a year so there is no annoying recharging to deal with. On your Garmin Connect online dashboard you can view your stats, see badges earned for your achievements, connect with other users and track your diet via MyFitnessPal.

Garmin vivosmart HR

The Garmin vivosmart also can be used either with a computer USB sync or Bluetooth sync to the Garmin app. The vivosmart has the features seen on the vivofit but also has call and text notifications. The vivosmart 3 has wrist-based heart rate detection so you don't have to wear a chest strap.

Polar A370


The Polar A370 has features that use your smartphone GPS, but you can also use it without a smartphone and sync your data to your PC or Mac computer via its micro USB charging connector. This wristband pedometer watch tracks steps, calories, and your progress towards a daily activity goal. It has wrist-based heart rate, but you can also link it with a Bluetooth Polar heart rate monitor. It is waterproof and gives you personalized activity and exercise guidance. It has an advanced sleep tracking system. The Polar website allows you to set a training program and get coaching tips.

Omron HJ-323u Pedometer

This Omron 3-axis pedometer is very accurate and has big, readable numbers. On the pedometer you can view your all-day steps, aerobic steps, distance, active calories burned, pitch (steps per minute) and time of day. You simply remove the end cap and plug it into a USB port to download your data to view on the OmronFitness Dashboard. Set goals, earn badges and track your fitness activities. The dashboard is rudimentary, with only full-day totals rather than minute-by-minute details.

Garmin Forerunner 25

The Garmin Forerunner was a pioneer wrist GPS running trackers. Their current models also track your pedometer steps, activity, and sleep around the clock. You can sync your data via a USB cable to your computer or via Bluetooth to a mobile app. The Forerunner 25 has built-in GPS for distance, time and pace. It has a move bar that alerts you when you are inactive. You can link to a heart rate monitor chest strap to get heart rate zone data. The Forerunner 35 includes wrist-based heart rate detection.


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