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79 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

At $150, the VivoWatch manages to beat the crowd bycombining a handy feature set with an elegant design -- one that you could easily wear in the office. With a bit of polishing on the app side, this will make a compelling option for casual runners.

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Pros
  • Elegant design
  • Highly visible heart rate zone LED
  • Automatic sleep tracking
  • Great battery life
  • Continuous heart rate monitoring
Cons
  • Doesn't track distance
  • No app notifications
  • App still needs some polish
  • Can't export data to third-party apps
79 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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AliceCalch
My New ASUS VivoWatch – I May be in LoveThe movie “Her,” which came out...read more
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90
AliceCalch
My New ASUS VivoWatch – I May be in LoveThe movie “Her,” which came out in 2013, was one of my favorites. For those of you who have not seen it, the story is simple – a guy going through the last stages of his divorce buys a computer and installs artificial intelligence in it. Ultimately, he falls in love with his computer. That’s kind of how I am feeling about my new AUS VivoWatch. While it doesn’t talk to me in a sexy voice, it does have new technology and features that I absolutely do love.Here’s Why I am in Love1. Just the design itself is very cool. It is sleek, stylish, and I am not in the least bit self-conscious about wearing it at work, as I have been with some of my earlier gadgets. It just looks like an expensive, classy watch!2. I base my diet on how many calories I think I will burn in a day, but of course I never quite knew how many I actually burned. Now I do. At the end of the day, after work, my workout, and on those days that I run, I have a total count of calories burned – this feature alone had me sold immediately.3. The great display of heart rate zone is exactly what I need, because, as I work out and run, I can easily change from one zone to the next by altering my intensity. I have a pretty good idea of how much time I want to spend in each zone, and now I can see that zone readout easily, no matter what I am doing. Very cool feature!4. The same goes for my heart rate. I know where I want to be with each type of workout routine and when I run, so I can vary my intensity to get the rate I want for the time that I want it. No more guessing and no more wearing a stupid chest strap to get the number.5. One of the best features of this watch is the battery life. Can it get any better than 10 days? I don’t think so. This is a huge selling point.Only One Criticism Have I HeardSome people don’t like the fact that this watch does not monitor and display distance. This is just not an issue for me, and here’s why:1. I have 5 different running routes, and I already know the distance of each one of them. I don’t need a watch to tell me what I already know.2. Those who choose unknown or new routes can always wear a pedometer the first time – no need thereafter.My recommendation – get it now!