At the Consumer Electronic Show, participants usually expect to see futuristic looking pieces of technology. But it seems that some companies aim to turn that concept on its head, because Razer’s new Nabu Watch is a blast from the past in terms of its design, looking more like a watch from the 90s instead of something from 2016. This watch keeps the trend of old school in the same way that Sony did with its unveiling of a high-tech turntable for high-resolution audio vinyl record playing.
Although at first glance the Nabu Watch looks like a clunky device covered in rubber and metal buttons, that description is not entirely truthful. The Nabu has two screens, a large LCD one meant to display the time and date while a smaller OLED screen is used to display fitness-related information. This device is actually a fitness tracking wearable, even though it looks more like a classic Casio G-Shock instead of a FitBit wearable.
What is interesting is the fact that the Nabu can function as a normal watch when the fitness part runs out juice, something that normal fitness trackers are not capable of. Because it has two batteries, the OLED display can run for almost 9 hours continuously before requiring a recharge while the watch part can last for up to 18 months, after which its replaceable coin cell battery can be thrown and switched to a new one.
The Razer watch can connect to any iOS and Android smartphone through its Bluetooth connection, being linked to the Nabu app in order to better track your accomplishments and amount of calories burned. It can survive falls for up to 16 feet and can function underwater at depths of almost 160 feet. If you are in the dark, the watch also has a backlight in order for you to see its display.
In regards to notifications, the Nabu is rather discreet, sending small vibrations through its motor. The single colored 128×16 OLED screen will notify you in regards to distance travelled and steps taken at just the press of a button while the larger display can sync up to any timezone in order to perfectly tell the time.
The Nabu Watch is not entirely marketed towards fitness enthusiast, with the main demographic being users that simply want a discreet way of reading phone notifications without too much of a hassle while still being capable of reading the time. Razer fans in general will more than likely line up in order to purchase the Nabu, taking into account that Razer has amassed a rather large fan-base through its gaming-related peripherals that some say are some of the best on the current market.
Although Razer’s Nabu Watch is a blast from the past, its design is actually somewhat refreshing, as weird as that may sound, in comparison to the sleek and futuristic designs that most smartwatches have. But the price is rather hefty, considering that this watch is not entirely “smart”, with basic models being available for $149. The Forged version of the device comes with machined stainless steel buttons comes at the price of $200.