ASUS has a spiffy new smartwatch with a few handy features you won't find on competing devices. Like other smartwatches, it links with your smartphone to grab alerts, notifications and new messages, and displays them right on your wrist. But it also serves as a handy remote control of sorts for your phone, letting you perform all kinds of remote actions by tapping and waving your hand in front of the watch face. The new wearable device, which went on sale Nov. 9 for $200, is also one of the more attractive smartwatches on the market. But is the ZenWatch the right smartwatch for business users? Here are three features that help make it good for work.
Compared to the plastic, boxy offerings from many other smartwatch makers, the ZenWatch has a pretty classy design. Its curved metal face conforms to your wrist for a comfortable fit, and it comes with an attractive brown-leather strap. If you want to pair your smartwatch with a business suit, ASUS' new device is a pretty good pick.
The ZenWatch lets you control your smartphone by registering various taps and gestures on your watch's screen — a feature you won't find on other smartwatches. For example, you can unlock your smartphone or tablet by tapping the watch's display, or silence incoming calls by waving your hand over the watch face. ASUS also packed in a feature that lets you use your watch to locate your smartphone by forcing it to ring, even when it's in silent mode.
Of course, the main reason to own a smartwatch is to receive alerts right on your wrist, where you can't miss them. Like pretty much every other smartwatch on the market, the ZenWatch links with your smartphone via Bluetooth and pulls in all kinds of notifications to alert you about new calendar events, emails, text messages, phone calls and more. You can even compose new emails and text messages using only the ZenWatch's voice-dictation feature, when you need to fire off a quick reply. The device can also monitor your Google accounts to automatically deliver information like flight delays and package-tracking alerts. It only works with Android smartphones, though.