The Asus ZenWatch WI500Q is one of the best smartwatch values on the market. The device combines a handsome face with an attractive leather band and a bright display, for less than the price of other premium Android Wear smartwatches. That makes it a good pick for business users who want a smartwatch that will pair well with a suit or other formal business wear. And like any good smartwatch, the ZenWatch pairs with your Android smartphone to deliver messages, calendar alerts and other information right to your wrist, so you never miss an important call or appointment. Check out a full review at our sister site Tom's Guide, or read on to see how this watch stacks up as a productivity device.
- Attractive design: The ZenWatch is a pretty slick smartwatch, with a stainless steel body framed by rose-gold trim. The device also comes with a classy, brown leather wristband. Overall, it's one of the most elegant and professional-looking smartwatches on the market, making it a device that business users can take seriously.
- Value: At just $199, the ZenWatch is also pretty affordable. Some of its closest competitors sell for $250 or more.
- Alerts and notifications: Of course, the reason to own a smartwatch is to have all your alerts and notifications right on your wrist, where you can't miss them. When an email or message arrives on your phone, you'll see it on your watch. You can even use voice dictation to respond, so you never have to pull your smartphone out of your pocket.
- Software limitations: Android Wear, the software that powers the ZenWatch, is very good at pushing alerts to your wrist, but it's pretty limited. You can't browse through your old messages in your email inbox on the ZenWatch (or any other Android Wear device), for example. Make sure that the software suits your needs before you buy.
- Awkward strap: Unfortunately, an awkward clasp mars the watch's handsome leather strap. The clasp is hard to adjust and can come undone easily if it catches the edge of another object. On the bright side, it's a standard 22mm band, so you can swap it out for any other watchband you like.
- No speaker: The Asus Zenwatch vibrates when you have an incoming phone call, then lets you accept or decline the call. It's a handy feature that ensures you won't miss an important phone call. But since the watch itself lacks a speaker, you'll have to pull out your phone to actually take the call.
If you're in the market for an Android Wear smartwatch, the ZenWatch WI500Q is one of the better buys. It's a sleek, attractive device that can actually make you more productive by ensuring you stay on top of alerts, messages and calls. On the other hand, the software that powers the device is still pretty limited. If you want to browse through your old emails and take phone calls on your watch, the Samsung Gear 2 is another good pick, though it's more expensive.