V – 8.5/10
P – 8/10
F – 9/10
D – 10/10
U – 8/10
Verdict: Perfect for both gamers and non-gamers to have.
Known as one of the most popular top-tier brands in the e-sports gaming industry, Razer and its beloved CEO, Min-Liang Tan are forever changing and innovating the ways gadgets and gamers alike are viewed across the globe. From producing top-quality mice, keyboards, and headsets to full-fledged gaming systems, Razer has now set their sets on providing gamers a better way of managing one’s lifestyle with the introduction of its flagship model, the Razer Nabu Watch.
Fitness on your Wrist
With the ability to not only tell time, the NabuWatch can also track the amount of steps that have been taken, how many miles you have travelled, and the amount of calories you have burnt in a single day. Just when I thought I’ve run out of excuses of being a stereotypical gamer who doesn’t see the light of day, Razer goes ahead and destroys that stereotype in one fell swoop.
I decided to take the NabuWatch out for a test run one sunny, Sunday afternoon with a two-hour futsal session filled with blood, sweat, and cuss words (tears came when I found out how I actually fared after two hours). Although I do partake in futsal twice a week, I am actually still far from being fit and healthy, and the NabuWatch took every opportunity to notify me about it. Upon checking the results through the Nabu app on my smartphone, it reminded me as to why I’ve never invested in a wearable fitness tracker.
Aside from tracking the amount of calories you’ve lost during the workout, you can also check the amount of minutes you’ve spent active. This is a great way to pace yourself and ensure you get the most out of your workout.
Sleep is for the Weak
If you ever felt that you’re not getting enough sleep or unsure as to why your sleeping pattern is erratic, the Nabu Watch is here to help thanks to the Sleep Tracker feature. It will show the timeslots you were actually asleep, restless or awake. With the app, you can now track your sleeping patterns and find a way to get your eight hours and not feel groggy for the following day. However, one slight hiccup from the sleep tracker in the Nabu Watch is movement. Tossing and turning, even while in deep sleep, is considered as restless so take the data with a pinch of salt.
Stay Connected On-The-Go
Thanks to its quick and easy Bluetooth connection, the NabuWatch stays connected to your device all day and night long, or until the battery runs out. Thankfully, that can last up to seven days on a single charge. Aside from being able to track your health and fitness through the app, you can also receive push notifications to the NabuWatch from your device like how you would with your device. To view, simply press the power button the scroll through the notifications on the smaller secondary screen and peruse at your own discretion.
Although it doesn’t allow you to manually respond to said notifications, you are still able to read your messages away from prying eyes (and girlfriends). What would make this feature even better is to display the entire length of the message notification instead of just the beginning of it.
Shake & Make
One stereotype that has been around for ages regarding gamers is being anti-social. How true that statement is, we will never know for sure. To clear the air, Razer introduced its handshake feature, which allows you to share social network information with another person who is also rocking a Razer wearable on their wrist. Simple shake their hand and the Nabu Watch will do the rest for you; all you have to do is show up.
Although not as accurate as I’d like it to be, Razer has hit this one out of the park with its rugged, no-nonsense look while still being highly functional in many ways. Covered in Razer’s signature colours of black and green, the Razer Nabu Watch is a must-have for the brand’s fans; regardless of whether you are a fan of health and fitness or not.
Written by Wi-Liam