Review of the Asus VivoWatch-an ambitious and neat exterior is ruined by misleading measurements and results.
I would like to begin by acknowledging that I have not been attracted to smartwatches and activitytrackers until further notice. That is why I have not much to compare with when I’m in this test range Asus VivoWatch in test bench.
Unisex for the feminine side
Judging from the look on the box, attach the Asus up to nicely design with clean lines and a touch of retro-look.
The screen is black and white, which helps to conserve battery life and at the same time give a stylish look, without too many artificially inflated colors.
Whether one likes the design and size may be a matter of taste – to my liking is the clock a bit too small – granted, my wrist does not belong to the least, but I think the visions a little too small.
Conversely, my wife fell head over heels for the Agency’s appearance, and has therefore assisted with feminine input for this test. It has been sitting glued to her wrist the first few days, but the first enthusiasm was quickly, since the Agency began to show unrealistic and very optimistic measurements.
Pulse and step monitor – 400 steps by brushing teeth
ASUS VivoWatch has built-in heart rate monitor that seems convincing and accurate. The pulse will be measured 24 hours a day and also be used to measure the user’s fitness level.
The built-in pedometer is far more inaccurate than the heart rate monitor. I am aware that the steps will be discussed on the basis of movements and thus is of course there is the risk of “step-like” movements will be recorded.
These faulty movements occur during brushing, where among other things the clock easily register 400 steps – Yes, I know that there is a margin of error, but what will be more registered as a step?
One morning my wife out of bed, looked to the children, walked down the stairs to the ground floor and into the kitchen to make coffee – Bum! 1044 progress registered since midnight, and she certainly does not mean she has walked in his sleep.
The pedometer that helps to form the whole picture of the user’s activity level is so noisy imprecise and a borderline useless – vice versa, many will probably be pleasantly surprised when VivoWatch gives some very optimistic measurement results.
Slept for two sections of The Black list
With Asus VivoWatch you can register its sleep and even get a picture of the quality of sleep. Agency detects your heart rate and how much you’re fiddling around in Dynes.
Isolated around a night’s sleep is wrong very accurately recorded how long I have been asleep, and also shown how long I have been in “Comfort Sleep” – so the good sleep.
The length of the sleep I can positively confirm, however, whether “Sleep Comfort” is true, I have not placed to assess.
The problem of sleep monitoring comes when sedentary activities also recorded as sleep. My wife had a day wearing one Asus VivoWatch and together we saw two sections of The blacklist. Two sections of the big criminals and the Keen Reddington lasts about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
At the end of the second subparagraph, checked my wife VivoWatch, who revealed that she had slept 1 hour and 14 minutes. I was instantly annoyed and accused her of being anti-social when we now had to watch movies together. To my great surprise, however, she could tell in detail about both sections, which is why it quickly could be ruled out that she had slept.
My conclusion must therefore be that sleep is recorded at a low heart rate and inactivity, which unfortunately provides the basis for a very inaccurate picture of the real sleep.
Happiness Index – hot air
Happiness Index is a number that shows how your overall health is based on the registered sleep and exercise. Hmmm, now that we’ve found that sleep is recorded randomly and imprecise, may Happiness Index probably also qualify as inaccurate and at worst misleading.
I therefore accuse Asus to have invented Happiness Index, to add extra functionality to a simple and feature poor clock. Happiness Index is to the best of my knowledge and belief hot air!
Training – only the years are recorded
With a long press on the Agency’s only physical button, you can start a training session, which acts as a stop watch, calorie counter, heart rate monitor, etc.
It makes good sense, if one is to run, as it is the only activity agency can figure out how to track. In other words: Are you for strength training, cycling, or else you will not be able to use VivoWatch to register your training exactly.
Synchronization – No third-party apps
ASUS VivoWatch synchronizes with Asus ´ s own HiVivo app for Android and iOS – I have tried to connect the watch to a LG G2, but it is at no time managed to pair the two devices. It went better with different application for iOS – Here there was instant connection, and the subsequent synchronization slipped easily and painlessly, albeit a little slowly.
In HiVivo you can see a detailed statistical picture of one’s activities, and sleep pattern and the much ballyhooed Happiness Index.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to synchronize with for example Endomondo why will have to get used to another new friend-training-universe, if you want more out of VivoWatch than that you can get via the display on the wrist.
Battery and charger – power for many days
On the ninth 24-battery indicator found themselves on a questionable low level. It was now I began to consider finding the charger forward, so that the Agency could get a much needed shot of energy.
ASUS abandoning that agency can keep battery for up to 10 days, which is probably not completely beside. On the 10th day, however, the Agency lost the ability to measure heart rate, why a charger was required.
It is very positive that the Agency may hold more than one working day, which often is the “standard” for much of the fancy electronics many uses in everyday life.
But whether the Agency can keep seven or ten days does not mean so much to me. As long as I don’t have to find the charger forward each and every day when I come home from work, I am very well satisfied.
It annoys me, however, that Asus VivoWatch needs to be recharged by placing the watch in a little plastic holder into which a microUSB cable connected. It works, because it will be forced usmart to bring the small holder, if you want to be sure to be able to charge the watch.
Conclusion – good attempt, but absurd result.
Asus has done a really nice attempt to make a stylish and smart activitytracker, but it all falls slightly to the ground when the measurements that spit it out is not valid. It makes some points agency useless and absurd.
The heart rate monitor function seemingly perfect, while the pedometer seems very random in its results.It’s actually really too bad, since the physical environment and mind around the clock are good. Most are kept in a tight and simple design which is supported well by the black/white monitor, which simultaneously is the catalyst for a long battery life.
The most positive with VivoWatch is clearly designed and long battery life, but the results of the measurements are pulling almost the clock all the way down in the dust.
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