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Razer Nabu Wins Best of CES 2014 Readers' Choice Award

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 7 comments

There is no mistaking which device you preferred at this year's CES 2014. The Razer Nabu fitness tracker/smartwatch/bracelet was the hands-down, top choice of the Tom's Guide readers, and we can see why.

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Not only does the Nabu displays text-message alerts, call notifications and fitness goals, it can transmit data with other Nabu devices. For example, if two Nabu wearers shake hands, they can be instantly linked via social networks such as Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn to follow one another or exchange contact info. Third-party app developers will have access to the data on the device, so you’ll be able to use your existing fitness and social apps with the wristband. Razer tells us that Nabu wearers have control over which information is shared, and can opt out of this functionality by hand-picking the type of info that is shared.


We really like the dual-screen interface of this simple wristband. The Razer Nabu features a 32 x 32-pixel OLED display on top of your wrist, that shows simple icons. Razer calls this the Public Display, and it’s meant to alert you that there’s an incoming notifications without broadcasting it to the people around you. This second screen, the 128 x 32 Private Messages screen is located on the underside of your wrist. It shows message previews rather than just icons.

While exact pricing and availability haven't been announced, we know the developer model will be just $49. So we're hoping Razer keeps things affordable for this versatile device.

While it's true that Razer handily took home the win for this competition, the Alienware Steambox and MatCatz R.A.T. Tournament Mouse both make valiant efforts. Bringing up the rear were the Samsung UHD 105" Curved TV, the Pebble Steel smartwatch, the da Vinci 3D printer and the Parrot miniDrone.

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    biohazrdfear , January 10, 2014 8:07 AM
    *Rolls eyes* I don't care if its 50 bucks. Its very low end technology if you ask me. I'm still waiting for Smartwatch prices to drop a little more, for I'll be getting a Galaxy Gear.
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    brazuka331 , January 10, 2014 8:30 AM
    guy complains about "low end technology" for $50. Whats high end stuff but also wants it cheap. just go home.
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    biohazrdfear , January 10, 2014 8:37 AM
    *Rolls eyes* I don't care if its 50 bucks. Its very low end technology if you ask me. I'm still waiting for Smartwatch prices to drop a little more, for I'll be getting a Galaxy Gear.
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    biohazrdfear , January 10, 2014 8:40 AM
    Quote:
    guy complains about "low end technology" for $50. Whats high end stuff but also wants it cheap. just go home.
    I'm not complaining about anything. And I never said anything about wanting it cheap. And I sure as hell didn't say I'm buying it. I'm not buying a POS Razer wristband that just displays text on a small screen. And I don't see why this crap got the best of CES. Its nothing fancy. Says the guy who JUMPS to conclusions. Just go home.
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    sevags , January 10, 2014 9:20 AM
    Seriously this useless tech won? It isn't innovative, it isn't cool, it will never hit mainstream (if i bought one I probably would never get the chance to shake somones hand who is also wearing one), it isn't unique, and better alternatives already exist. Other than the price there is nothing to see here. My favorite at CES is the Corsair cherry mx 16.8m color keyboard, not a wrist band that Nike created years ago minus the phone status features.Also who would want to wear this ugly thing everywhere all the time? Definitely not for professionals this is more for teenagers trying to read txts while driving and not get a ticket for it. If you want a fitness tracker look elsewhere. If you want a smart watch look elsewhere. If you are addicted to your phone and wan a cheap way to leash yourself closer to it then get Nabu.
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    WithoutWeakness , January 10, 2014 11:35 AM
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    My favorite at CES is the Corsair cherry mx 16.8m color keyboardDefinitely not for professionals this is more for teenagers
    > wristband that sends alerts for incoming e-mails and messages is for teenagers> gets excited about multicolor LEDs on a keyboardDo you still have a clear acrylic case with tri-color 80mm LED fans and are looking for a keyboard to match? Multi-color LED's are hardly worthy of a "Best of CES" award compared to the other tech shown off at the show, including this Razer band. It's not the most groundbreaking innovation but I think this or something like the Pebble watch are much more ideal solutions than Samsung cramming a smartphone on your wrist and getting 6 hours of battery life out of it.
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    rwinches , January 11, 2014 10:46 PM
    This is a prime example of 'vote for the worst'Come on Toms you have to be kidding, this is not innovative, does not represent best of tech and should have never been a choice.Toms is quickly becoming the 'Consumers Reports' of computer/IT tech.,with test setups that want all equipment to be as quiet as a HTPC and use less power than a low cost laptop and most testing is about synthetics and file conversion or super high resolutions like 1440.
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