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ASUS ZenWatch

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75 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
75

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).

Engadget Review

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.

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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
75 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
75

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).

Scores

Engadget

75
 

User Reviews

70
ulinielen
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
90
alskdf
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
100
dbwest
I really like this watch. It looks really nice and pretty flashy. It's very...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
83
Average Critic Score
 
80
Engadget
In the end, though, the ZenWatch's balance of looks, performance and relatively low price make it a worthy choice for anyone who wants and Android Wear device and doesn't want to wait for all the second-gen devices to come out.
 
80
The Verge
If you’re going to buy a smartwatch, you should buy something that you feel comfortable wearing all the time. The ZenWatch fits that bill, while still doing the things I want a smartwatch to do.
 
90
Android Authority
The Asus Zenwatch brings elegance and class to the Android Wear space at a surprisingly competitive price, which is why we’ve decided to give it our Editor’s Choice Award.
 
80
Gizmodo
If you're sure you want an Android Wear device, the ZenWatch is among the best.