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Though it still hasn't grabbed consumers like some manufacturers had hoped, the smartwatch market is growing rather quickly, and a number of good options are currently available. For some users, price may be one of the key factors holding them back from buying a smartwatch. While many watches cost at least $250, and some can run hundreds of dollars more, ASUS’s latest ZenWatch 2 we'll be showing you here is available for as little as $129. Of course, any time we see a budget-friendly smartphone, laptop, tablet, or smartwatch we assume sacrifices were made to keep the price low. In the case of the ZenWatch 2, this is somewhat true but you may be pleasantly surprised by all the features it has... Read more...
One of the more elegant looking smartwatches on the market is the ZenWatch by ASUS. At this point, the first generation model isn't long for this world as ASUS preps a ZenWatch 2, but if you favor price and bang-for-buck over cutting edge features, now is the time to strike -- Newegg just knocked $50 off the price of the original ZenWatch, bringing the cost of ownership down to $150.That's $200 less than the least expensive Apple Watch, and while that's a bit of an apples to oranges comparison (or Apple to Android), it's something to think about if you're platform agnostic. Yes, the original ZenWatch is about to become a last generation product, but it's also a solid offering that's not even... Read more...
The original ASUS ZenWatch was originally announced back in September 2014, but the smartwatch market is moving at an incredible clip these days, so the Taiwanese OEM has deemed it necessary to unload a next generation Android Wear model: the ZenWatch 2. While the ZenWatch 2 retains design familiarity with its predecessor, it is now available in two different case sizes (echoing a similar move by Apple with the Apple Watch), which should make it more appealing to both men and women. The larger of the two smartwatches features a 49mm stainless steel case paired with an interchangeable 22mm strap, while the smaller 45mm stainless steel case comes with an 18mm strap. ASUS is also stepping up the... Read more...
It’s all starting to make sense now. Back in late January, ASUS chairman Jonney Shih remarked that future smartwatches from his company would have much longer battery life than what we’ve seen with its first offering: the Android Wear-powered ZenWatch. "As a companion device, its central processing unit and operating system should be more simplified than the current version, so that I can use it for up to seven days on one charge, rather than for just two days,” said Shih. Now we’re seeing the result of ASUS’ efforts to improve the battery for its smartwatches, and it’s the VivoWatch. Rather than the merely adequate 2 days of battery life that you’ll get with the ZenWatch, the VivoWatch instead... Read more...
One of the challenges smartwatch designers face is that of battery life. Understanding that users don't want to be bothered with frequent recharges, companies are devoting a lot of time and R&D into figuring out how to extend battery life. Looking to up the ante, ASUS over the weekend hinted that its next smartwatch might be able to run for up to seven days before needing a recharge. That's in stark contrast to Apple's goal, which is to get its Apple Watch to last all of 19 hours before needing a charge. Active use would be far shorter -- Apple is aiming for 2.5 hours to 4 hours when running an application nonstop. How will ASUS be able to offer dramatically improved battery life compared... Read more...
It's been a bit quiet over at ASUS lately, and apparently that's because the company's been hording a bunch of product announcements for IFA in Berlin. Wasting no time at the convention, ASUS came out swinging with bunch of new products, one of which is the ZenWatch, the company's first wearable device in partnership with Google. ASUS wisely chose to go with Android Wear, which in our opinion is the most promising wearable platform out there (we'll have to wait and see how Apple counters). As such, the ZenWatch is able to seamlessly pair with any smartphone running Android 4.3 or later. The ZenWatch sports a soft genuine stitched-leather strap and quick-release clasp. The 2.5D curved glass is... Read more...