TechGadgetsReview: Muse S (Gen 2)

Review: Muse S (Gen 2)

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Here is our review of the Muse S (Gen 2).

Using advanced EEG technology to respond to your mind, heart, and breath, Muse S is a comfy brain sensing headband that helps you understand and track how well you focus, sleep and recharge so you can refocus during the day and recover each night.

Immersive and intelligent sleep soundscapes (aka Digital Sleeping Pills), personalised insights, and forget-it’s there comfort give you the ultimate home sleep support. 

What’s in the box?

The box contains the Muse S headband, the pod, USB charging cable and guide.

A Closer Look

Using the Muse S

In order to use the Muse S you need to install the Muse: Meditation and Sleep app, which is really easy to do. Then you follow the steps to setup and configure the Muse S.

Final Thoughts

I’ve been curious to try this type of device for a while, so when I was offered the opportunity to review the Muse S (Gen 2) I jumped at the chance.

The Muse S comes in a nice box that opens up to two additional boxes, one containing the headband and the other the USB charging cable and pod. Once you have charged up the pod (and the battery lasts for several nights) the next stage is to download and install the app and follow the simple steps to set up the Muse for the first time, this includes sync’ing the Muse with your device, fitting the Muse comfortably to your head, and a number of other settings.

One thing that I assumed would possibly put me off was trying to sleep with a headband on, and especially one with a pod on the front. I was pleasantly surprised when after a few minutes I forgot it was even there! It’w worth pointing out that the headband itself can be washed to keep it clean and fresh!

All of this is very quick and easy to do and then it’s time to test it out.

The Muse can just record all your readings, which on it’s own is very useful, but the real additional benefits come from the immersive and intelligent sleep soundscapes (also known as Digital Sleeping Pills). The idea of these is to help you fall asleep and then to fall back asleep if you wake up, and they work really well!

You can choose the DSP that suits you best – there are lots to choose from so it’s worth given them all a go to find out which one or ones work best for you. Personally I find listening to the Thunderstorm DSP works best for me.

Talking of readings, the Muse S records various readings, including sleep tracking information, position tracking, EEG, heart rate and more. The readings are stored and are easy to access and to see what you have been doing. The app also gives you a score and guides you to make your score better, which at the end of the day is what you want and need. You earn points for everything you do so you can set yourself targets. There are some great guides for helping with breathing too and you can instantly see and hear the results.

Even after a single night of use I found that I had slept a little better – and the more I used it, the better sleep I had. Looking at the stats from those first few nights were a bit of an easy opener and so it was great to be able to figure out what was causing some of the sleep issues and to help fix those issues. For me, a lot of those were taking time to fall back asleep if I woke in the middle of the night, and the DSPs really helped me to reduce the time it took to fall back asleep.

The Muse S comes with a number of features and guided meditations, but if you then add the Premium Subscription and you get so much more! Subscribers gain access to Muse Biofeedback+ and over 500 Guided Meditations from renowned meditation instructors including collections like sleep, performance, stress, and more. It really adds to the whole experience and is worth checking out.

If you have sleep issues, or you want to know more about what’s happening when you sleep, or you want some meditation help, then you really should take a look at the Muse S (Gen 2), it’s made a real difference to my sleep, and it could do the same for you too!

The Muse S (Gen 2) is available now priced around £329.99.

You can learn more and order one from the Muse website here.

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edneyhttps://moviesgamesandtechcom.wpcomstaging.com
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

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