ASUS ZenWatch

75
Engadget
Score
75

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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ASUS ZenWatch review: subtle and stylish, with a few shortcomings

Summary

ASUS's first Android Wear watch is one of the most stylish we've seen, and feels great on the wrist, to boot. Unfortunately, it suffers from mediocre battery life, an erratic heart monitor and an unsightly bezel surrounding the screen. In the end, though, the ZenWatch's balance of looks, performance and relatively low price make it a worthy choice for anyone who wants an Android Wear device and doesn't want to wait for all those second-gen models to come out.

Pros
  • Handsome, understated design
  • Feels good on your wrist
  • Inexpensive compared to competing models
Cons
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Clasp can get in the way of clothes
  • Heart rate monitor isn't always reliable
ASUS ZenWatch review: subtle and stylish, with a few shortcomings

The war for your wrist isn't going to wind down any time soon: We've already seen the industry's biggest players take a stab (in some cases, multiple ones) at perfecting their wearables. ASUS isn't quite as prominent as other names on that list, but that just makes its $200 ZenWatch all the more interesting The Taiwanese company -- probably best known for its quirky phone-tablet hybrids -- has put together an inaugural smartwatch that's dripping with style. In fact, it's the first smartwatch I've worn that's ever attracted random compliments from passersby (in two countries, no less), not to mention the first one that didn't make me feel like a complete nerd while wearing it. Alas, it takes more than just a sweet face to make a smartwatch worth owning.

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Scores

Engadget

75
 

Breakdown

Design and form factor
8.5
Features
6.5
Ease of use
7.0
Battery life
7.3
Portability (size / weight)
8.0
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Specs

ZenWatch

Form factor
Other
Operating system
Android
Storage type
Internal storage
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Specs

ZenWatch

Form factor
Other
Operating system
Android
Storage type
Internal storage
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