The Razer Nabu fitness tracking wearable now has a cheaper brother. The Nabu X is a slightly dumbed-down version of the original Nabu wristband, but it mostly just gets rid of the display in order to keep the cost down, and replaces it with three LEDs.
The three LEDs light up based upon the type of incoming notification that you receive, such as a call, alert, text message, etc. It may not be the best solution for some users, though, as a screen is essential for some workflows.
The $50 price tag for the Nabu X cuts the original Nabu’s price in half, which is a huge price reduction for simply getting rid of the screen, as the Nabu X has the same fitness tracking capabilities as its bigger brother.
What’s more is that the lack of a screen allows the Nabu X to last 5-7 days on a single battery charge, which is certainly admirable, and the band is waterproof for as deep as 3.28 feet for 30 minutes, so you’ll be able to keep it on in the shower without any trouble at all.
However, the lack of a screen may not be entirely enticing to users, as they’ll have to yank out their phones to see what a certain notification is about, but if you’re looking for something simple and cheap, the Nabu X aims to fit into this category.
The Nabu X will go on sale next month, which is a much quicker release timeline than the original Nabu, which was announced a year ago and wasn’t actually launched until about a month ago.
The Nabu series from Razer enters a market that is continuously being flooded and saturated with more and more smartwatches and wearables, but the Nabu seems to be doing fairly well for itself, as it’s currently sold out in the Razer Store.
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