There can nev­er be too many good watch­es, and, per­haps guid­ed by this, fol­low­ing the announce­ment of Asus Zen­Watch 2, the Tai­wanese com­pa­ny offered the world anoth­er “smart” watch — this time not run­ning Android Wear.

More of a fit­ness track­er in the form of a watch than a smart­watch, the Asus VivoWatch meets most of the needs of users who want to mon­i­tor their phys­i­cal con­di­tion, and even offers some­thing unusu­al in this regard. In addi­tion, they show the time and trans­mit noti­fi­ca­tions from your smart­phone. And most impor­tant­ly, they do not need to be charged every day. Well, are you intrigued?

Specifications Asus VivoWatch

  • Screen: 128×128, mono­chrome (black and white)
  • Sen­sors: 3‑axis accelerom­e­ter, opti­cal heart rate sen­sor with Asus VivoPulse tech­nol­o­gy, UV sen­sor
  • Wire­less inter­faces: Blue­tooth 4.0
  • Syn­chro­niza­tion: auto­mat­ic with Asus HiVi­vo appli­ca­tion
  • Secu­ri­ty: IP67
  • Pow­er con­sump­tion: up to 10 days of bat­tery life in nor­mal mode
  • Band size: 22mm (stan­dard)
  • Weight: 50 grams

Packaging, set

The device comes in a white box with the mod­el name, com­pa­ny logo and prod­uct image on it.

Inside the box are the watch itself, a micro-USB cable, a user man­u­al, a war­ran­ty card and a spe­cial charg­ing cra­dle with five pins. It has a spe­cial latch that ensures a tight fit of the watch on the con­tacts.

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Appearance

The Asus VivoWatch smart watch­es do not shine with unusu­al shapes and exclu­sive fin­ish­es; their appear­ance is close to a clas­sic wrist­watch, sim­ple and strict. At the same time, the gad­get is dis­tin­guished by a har­mo­nious design and high-qual­i­ty mate­ri­als.

Asus VivoWatch review: watch of life

The watch has a square screen and its shape is rec­tan­gu­lar with round­ed cor­ners. The frame of the case and the lugs for attach­ing the strap are made of stain­less steel, the sur­faces are plas­tic, the front is cov­ered with pro­tec­tive curved glass Corn­ing Goril­la Glass 3.

Above the screen is an inlaid Asus logo that match­es the met­al frame. Under the screen there are ultra­vi­o­let radi­a­tion inten­si­ty sen­sors and an indi­ca­tor strip, which in nor­mal mode shows the bat­tery charge lev­el, and in train­ing mode — heart rate, safe or increased.

On the right, under the met­al frame, there is a chrome but­ton with which you can unlock the watch, and with a long press, you can start the train­ing mode.

Asus VivoWatch review: watch of life

On the back side, in the cen­ter, there is a heart rate sen­sor with Asus VivoPulse tech­nol­o­gy, above it there are charg­ing con­tacts.

Asus VivoWatch review: watch of life

Ergonomics

The watch is con­trolled main­ly through the touch screen. The phys­i­cal but­ton locat­ed on the right “at three o’clock” is used to unlock the device — this can­not be done from the screen; sev­er­al clicks on it only briefly turn on the back­light.

Once the watch has come out of sleep mode, you can swipe left, right, up and down, scrolling through screens with var­i­ous data.

The watch strap is made of sil­i­cone that is pleas­ant to the touch, has a clas­sic clasp, and has two straps into which you can tuck the free end of the strap.

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There are no com­plaints about the ergonom­ics of the Asus VivoWatch; the watch fits and looks great on the hand, and weighs only 50 grams.

The Asus VivoWatch case is pro­tect­ed accord­ing to the IP67 pro­to­col, and in prac­tice this means that the watch can with­stand immer­sion to a depth of one meter for 30 min­utes: rain, show­ers and even swim­ming are not scary for the watch, but you should not dive into it.

Screen

The Asus VivoWatch has a black and white screen with a res­o­lu­tion of 128x128 pix­els. The approx­i­mate phys­i­cal dimen­sions of the screen are a square with sides of 2.3 cm (the man­u­fac­tur­er does not indi­cate exact data).

There is no need to talk about col­or ren­der­ing: infor­ma­tion is dis­played on the screen in white on a black back­ground.

Asus VivoWatch review: watch of life

If you tap on the screen sev­er­al times or briefly press the side but­ton, the back­light turns on. It illu­mi­nates the dis­play so that data can be read in the dark.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the screen does not have an anti-glare coat­ing, and it catch­es all the fire­flies. In addi­tion, the view­ing angles are very small.

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Of course, the screen can­not be con­sid­ered one of the trump cards of the device when com­par­ing it with oth­er smart watch­es. How­ev­er, in fact, it copes with its func­tion quite well: it is not too dif­fi­cult to look at the watch with­out glare pre­vent­ing you from know­ing the time or heart rate data.

Interface

To pair your smart­phone with the watch, you need to install the HiVi­vo app — the watch runs on its own plat­form and does not use Android Wear. The appli­ca­tion is avail­able for both Android and iOS; devices are con­nect­ed via Blue­tooth.

Asus VivoWatch review: watch of life

Using the appli­ca­tion, you can choose a watch face: there are both ana­log and dig­i­tal. There’s not much to go around, but there are still options.

The main screen of the appli­ca­tion dis­plays all the data for the day: the num­ber of steps tak­en, max­i­mum heart rate dur­ing the day, calo­ries burned. Also, at any time here you can check the HI num­ber — the so-called Com­fort Index, cal­cu­lat­ed based on data on the qual­i­ty of sleep and phys­i­cal activ­i­ty of the user. The index is expressed as a num­ber from 0 to 100, and the clos­er to 100, the bet­ter. The val­ue “70” in the screen­shot is an aver­age val­ue, it can be bet­ter.

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The appli­ca­tion allows you to set an alarm, set up noti­fi­ca­tions for incom­ing mes­sages and calls. You can turn on warn­ings about the need to warm up if you have been sit­ting in one place, because move­ment is life. To remind you of this, the watch will vibrate, and a lit­tle man will appear on its screen urg­ing you to move.

On the same app screen, you can set your step and calo­rie goals for the cur­rent day.

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The main empha­sis of the appli­ca­tion is on pro­vid­ing infor­ma­tion on dai­ly activ­i­ty and all kinds of sta­tis­tics. The appli­ca­tion shows activ­i­ty by hour in the form of a sim­ple and con­ve­nient chart. You can even view infor­ma­tion by steps per hour. By the way, the pedome­ter in the device works very accu­rate­ly.

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Also, dur­ing the day, the watch peri­od­i­cal­ly mea­sures the owner’s pulse and dis­plays the results in a visu­al graph, and the max­i­mum val­ue for the day appears in the sta­tis­tics.

Asus VivoWatch review: watch of life

Calo­rie con­sump­tion data is dis­played in a sim­i­lar way. They are cal­cu­lat­ed in accor­dance with dai­ly activ­i­ty, that is, those received with food intake are not tak­en into account — only con­sump­tion.

Asus VivoWatch review: watch of life

The watch tracks the wear­er’s sleep and con­tin­ues to mea­sure his heart rate while he sleeps. In addi­tion to the total time, peri­ods of deep (so-called “com­fort­able”) sleep are tak­en into account, and sev­er­al graphs with cor­re­spond­ing indi­ca­tors may appear in the appli­ca­tion.

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The appli­ca­tion dis­plays the mod­el iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber, soft­ware ver­sion, and the abil­i­ty to update the device firmware. Data from the app can be shared with Google Fit and Apple HealthK­it.

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Direct con­trol of the device occurs from the touch dis­play, which first needs to be unlocked by press­ing the side but­ton. Fur­ther, all actions are per­formed using swipes across the screen; flip­ping works in two direc­tions: hor­i­zon­tal and ver­ti­cal.

Swip­ing right opens the heart rate screen and instant­ly starts mea­sur­ing it. Anoth­er swipe to the right — and the user sees what time the alarm is set for. The next screen pro­vides UV data from the sen­sor below the dis­play. And the last screen con­tains indi­ca­tors of dai­ly activ­i­ty for the day: the num­ber of steps tak­en and calo­ries burned.

Swip­ing down will open the Com­fort Index (HI) for the cur­rent day. The next ver­ti­cal screen is sleep infor­ma­tion. The last screen con­tains data obtained in train­ing mode, which is turned on and off by long press­ing the mechan­i­cal but­ton.

When a mes­sage arrives on your smart­phone, a noti­fi­ca­tion opens on the watch, and the mes­sage itself can be read almost com­plete­ly. The watch also begins to vibrate notice­ably when the gad­get receives an incom­ing call.

The device in operation

The Asus VivoWatch per­formed excel­lent­ly in use. This is real­ly quite a “smart” and con­ve­nient device that com­bines the func­tions of a watch, a fit­ness track­er and dis­plays noti­fi­ca­tions from a smart­phone. The device accu­rate­ly counts steps and quick­ly mea­sures heart rate, and the installed UV sen­sor also works cor­rect­ly. Dur­ing test­ing, the smart­watch showed a low lev­el of radi­a­tion — the sky was most­ly over­cast. But the very idea of ​​equip­ping a device designed to help main­tain a healthy lifestyle with a UV sen­sor seems very suc­cess­ful — in the open air in the sum­mer this will eas­i­ly avoid exces­sive, and there­fore harm­ful, expo­sure to ultra­vi­o­let rays.

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The heart rate mon­i­tor not only pro­vides sta­tis­tics, but also helps con­trol the load dur­ing aer­o­bic exer­cise. The Asus VivoWatch is equipped with an LED indi­ca­tor that glows green dur­ing aer­o­bic exer­cise mode. If the load becomes too high, the indi­ca­tor warns about this by chang­ing col­or to red.

The Asus VivoWatch has a Blue­tooth 4.0 mod­ule on board; there were no prob­lems with its oper­a­tion.

Autonomous operation

The Asus VivoWatch has a rather weak black and white screen with dim back­light­ing, and this is done to increase bat­tery life. Most “smart” watch­es can­not sat­is­fy even two days of work, while VivoWatch works for about 10 days with­out recharg­ing: in four days, VivoWatch lost only a third of its charge.

In train­ing mode, when heart rate is mea­sured con­tin­u­ous­ly, the watch can work with­out recharg­ing for up to 24 hours.

To charge the watch, you need to insert it into a spe­cial cra­dle with a latch and con­nect it to a micro-USB cable. It will take about two hours to ful­ly restore the bat­tery charge.

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Results

Asus VivoWatch is a smart watch-track­er with the nec­es­sary min­i­mum of func­tions that work cor­rect­ly. They are suit­able for those who mon­i­tor their health and do not need a mul­ti-col­or screen with a bunch of dif­fer­ent dials. The device has a pedome­ter, heart rate mon­i­tor, UV sen­sor, sleep and calo­ries burned coun­ters; it will wake you up at a set time and remind you of the need to move if the own­er has been sit­ting at the com­put­er or in front of the TV. The only weak point of the watch is the black-and-white screen with a weak back­light, but it more than gen­er­ous­ly com­pen­sates for this in the long bat­tery life.

Asus has made an excel­lent gad­get, both in appear­ance and in capa­bil­i­ties. The watch is extreme­ly easy to con­trol by swip­ing hor­i­zon­tal­ly and ver­ti­cal­ly, and with the help of the data it col­lects, you can eas­i­ly mon­i­tor the state of your health, on which, as you know, the qual­i­ty of life large­ly depends.

Pros:

  • stain­less steel frame;
  • long bat­tery life;
  • UV sen­sor, heart rate mon­i­tor, pedome­ter;
  • con­ve­nient appli­ca­tion for Android and iOS.

Msinus­es:

  • black and white screen;
  • weak back­light;
  • mod­est per­son­al­iza­tion options.