The wearable for gamers.
Razer has always been known to make various gaming peripherals. From their line of gaming mice and mechanical keyboards, every gamer out there knows the brand and what it stands for. Which is why it is somewhat a surprise that the company has released a new smartwatch to join the already saturated market of wearables, released alongside its current line of Nabu-branded devices.
The Razer Nabu Watch looks oversized when worn on the wrist. It retains the same green and black color scheme we’ve come to know about the Razer lineup. The design might appeal to some, but I honestly wasn’t a fan of the size and design. Add to that the strap that’s wide and thick which adds to the overall bulk of the smartwatch.
The Razer Nabu Watch features buttons reminiscent of those digital watches. There are four buttons on both sides offering the most basic functions: Set, Mode, Adjust and Light.
You may not notice it at first but the Razer Nabu Watch has two displays. One panel is powered by a regular watch battery that can run for about 12 months. This is that screen that shows the current time.
Right below that is a smaller OLED based panel. It is where notifications and messages are shown, along with various fitness metrics when you use it for your workouts. The small screen somehow isn’t good enough to display all your notifications, especially if they are a lot.
You pair the smartwatch using Bluetooth through an app available for both iOS and Android. You would also need a Razer account to sign up and use the app. once paired, you will see all the current fitness metrics available on the Dashboard. You can also set goals according to the workout you want, which is a good way to keep track of your progress.
What’s weird is that the Razer Nabu Watch randomly counts steps even if I wasn’t moving. I ran on while wearing a Huawei Watch and an Apple Watch Series 2 and both gave similar results and the one taken on the Razer Nabu Watch was way off.
It would’ve been great if Razer included some gaming-based features, especially since they’re a gaming company in the first place – but that itself is non-existent here.
The good thing though is that the Razer Nabu Watch offers a great battery life – I started using it on a Monday and by Wednesday afternoon I still have 35 percent battery left.
Razer makes some of the best gaming peripherals available. Unfortunately the same can’t be said with the Razer Nabu Watch.