ASUS VivoWatch BP review: a “smart” watch with GPS and tracking pressure changes


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Most manufacturers, when developing their smart watches, are now focusing on design and

functionality including music player,contactless payment, and sometimes the ability to use it as a standalone device with LTE support. ASUS in the development of VivoWatch BP was guided by slightly different priorities and went to the side of health monitoring functions, while not forgetting about such an important thing as battery life. They were presented back in 2018 at the Computex exhibition. In fairness, it’s worth remembering that the company still had the ZenWatch line, which was aimed at a larger audience.

  1. What is interesting about ASUS VivoWatch BP?
  2. What is in the box?
  3. What does the ASUS VivoWatch BP look like?
  4. What about the screen and hardware stuffing?
  5. What about charging and battery?
  6. What with interface and features?
  7. In the dry residue

What is interesting about ASUS VivoWatch BP?


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Of course, ASUS VivoWatch BP has allstandard set of a modern wearable fitness gadget: a watch can count steps, calories, measure a pulse, track a dream and receive notifications. But, more interestingly, the watch can track blood pressure trends using the built-in ECG and PPG sensors, analyze the general condition of the body based on a number of criteria and give general advice on exercises and activities (HealthAI function). In addition, there is a built-in GPS module for building routes during outdoor activities. They promise that from one charge the watch can work up to 28 days. There is IP67 splash protection.

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What is in the box?


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ASUS VivoWatch BP come in cardboardmedium-sized box in bright colors, without any special design frills. Only the most necessary information. Inside there is a clock, an impressive charging dock, a MicroUSB cable and documentation.


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What does the ASUS VivoWatch BP look like?


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ASUS VivoWatch BP is not “stylish”accessory ”, as most modern smart watches are usually positioned. They look very amateur. They are made primarily of matte plastic and have an elongated shape with rounded corners. The entire front panel is covered with glass, but the touch screen occupies a relatively small part of the surface.


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To the left of the screen is a roundECG metal electrode. It protrudes slightly above the surface. A little lower - sensors for photoplethysmogram (photocells). This whole design will work with similar sensors on the back of the watch.


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On the right side is the only mechanical button to activate the display.


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On the opposite side there are contact pads for connecting to a charging dock.


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On the back there are two large metalplates that are responsible for measuring ECG. And in the middle, between the plates there is an optical FPG sensor for measuring heart rate, as in most modern smart watches.


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The strap is made of medical silicone and has20 mm wide. I will not argue, but it seems that it can not be replaced. In any case, if such a procedure is possible, it is most likely through a service center. A standard buckle clasp with holes is used. There are many of them and the adjustment range is large. I think it’s suitable for any hand.


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ASUS VivoWatch BP thin lightweight (total 45 g) andComfortable, wear them comfortably. The degree of protection they have is only IP67, so they are not afraid of splashing water and light rain. You can’t swim in them. Yes, and take a shower, I suspect, is also not worth it. In appearance it is somehow generally difficult to evaluate them: ASUS did not pursue the goal of making them beautiful. They look strange, but not too striking due to the black color of the case.

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What about the screen and hardware stuffing?

This is perhaps the shortest and most boring section.of this review: the ASUS VivoWatch BP has practically no additional functions, so no productive filling is needed. Moreover, ASUS does not provide detailed information. The watch uses a square color display with a diagonal of 1.26 inches, the type indicated is LCD. This is a color transflective screen, that is, in bright light it mainly reflects, and the backlight is needed only in the dark. Brightness can be adjusted. Its main advantage is a very high energy efficiency.


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The clock works on a proprietary OS, so there is no question of any gigahertz or gigabytes. Of the wireless modules, interfaces and sensors, there are Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, an accelerometer, ECG and FPG sensors.

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What about charging and battery?

One of the important advantages of watches is theirautonomy. ASUS does not talk about battery capacity, but promises 28 days of operation. Of course, this indicator can vary significantly depending on the frequency of use of GPS and so on. But, in any case, it will be extremely difficult to land them in less than 2 weeks.


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The gadget is charging from the docking station of a very unusual shape. Charging occurs quickly, according to personal feelings, an hour and a half.

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What with interface and features?

To get started, let's figure out the interface of the watch itself. Functions are turned over by horizontal movements, vertical - additional pieces within individual functions. The main screen is a watch in different variations. There are five of them, they change in vertical movements and differ in appearance (digital, arrow), as well as additional information displayed. For example, steps, calories, heart rate, battery charge and so on.


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Scrolling from right to left openfunctional tabs: steps (and if you swipe vertically with calories, touching the chart by hours), sleeping for the current day (and the “comfortable sleep” indicator, it's hard to say), messages (you can’t answer), starting exercises (there is a choice between the street and indoor activities, as well as information on steps, calories, etc.), a section with settings (including brightness, language, goals and reference materials), a section with an alarm clock, timer and stopwatch, heart rate monitor and pressure measurement. According to personal measurements, the heart rate monitor has very good accuracy, the error does not exceed 5%.


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Of course, the most interesting is the measurementpressure and PTT index (pulse transition time for measuring blood flow in the human body, determining the emotional state). It is worth immediately answering one important question: no, ASUS VivoWatch BP is not a compact tonometer on the arm. Moreover, for adequate operation, the watch needs calibration using a stationary tonometer. You need to make several measurements and enter them manually in the application. And to maintain accuracy, such calibrations will need to be repeated from time to time. And at the same time, of course, there will be an error.


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So why is this needed? The answer is written by ASUS itself on its website: for around-the-clock tracking of the tendency of changes in blood pressure and analysis of the state of the body. Simply put: to understand what happens if you have problems with pressure and you feel worse, but you don’t have a tonometer at hand. By accuracy, the scatter of percent is 7-8. Although I believe that accuracy can be improved by more regular calibration (I had the opportunity to make only one run with several measurements):


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For full work with the clock is usedAsus HealthConnect app (available for both Android and iOS). It looks pretty concise, so to speak. There are 3 main tabs (below): health information, device and settings. Health information is presented in the form of square blocks-widgets, by clicking on each one you can get more detailed information with graphs by day and week. There is a separate item “Level of stress relief”, which is calculated along with the pressure, but it is difficult to say what practical benefit it is. In the exercises section you can see maps with your routes. There are a number of indicators that are entered manually, including blood sugar, of course, weight, age, gender. You can also separately keep a schedule with reminders for taking medications. There is a thing called HealthIA, which on the basis of all indicators gives recommendations on activity and sleep (you need to use it for at least a week to get the data).


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The application also updatesfirmware, language settings and more. The application is not the most “friendly”, but you can figure it out. His only problem is that at times there are oddities with synchronization and data is not transmitted the first time.

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In the dry residue

Asus VivoWatch BP is a pretty niche gadget: it is difficult to recommend to someone who is just looking for a “smart” watch with a heart rate monitor. Rather, the target audience is a bias towards people who are more closely monitoring their health. For example, athletes, people with poor health and elderly people (they just point directly to the official ASUS website). Asus VivoWatch BP is not a stylish accessory, but rather a tool for continuous monitoring of heart rate, pressure, sports activities, medication tips and so on. They cope with these goals, and this helps with a long battery life and an easy-to-manage interface of the watch itself (the application is another story). The watch will soon be on sale for 6000 UAH

5 reasons to buy ASUS VivoWatch BP:

  • convenient design;
  • extremely simple clock interface;
  • the presence of ECG and FPG sensors;
  • GPS module
  • long battery life.

2 reasons not to buy ASUS VivoWatch BP:

  • you need more functional and more stylish smart watches;
  • Not the most convenient branded application.

ASUS VivoWatch BP

A smart watch with GPS, a full standard set of fitness functions, pressure change tracking, a reflective color screen, IP67 protection and long battery life.

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Technical specifications ASUS VivoWatch BP

Display
color transflective, 1.26 inches

Dimensions
48x42x12 mm

Weight
45 g (with strap)

operating system
proprietary

Sensors
accelerometer, ECG, FPG, GPS

Communications
Bluetooth

Degree of protection
IP67

Autonomy
up to 28 days

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