The ASUS ZenWatch 2 is rea­son­ably priced, com­fort­able to wear, and packed to the brim with fea­tures. Need we say more?

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Dis­play 1.63-inch AMOLED w/ 2.5D curved Go­rilla Glass 3 // Dis­play Res­o­lu­tion 320 x 320 pix­els // In­put Phys­i­cal but­ton, touch­screen // Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Blue­tooth 4.1, Wi-Fi // Bat­tery 400mAh recharge­able Li-ion // War­ranty 1-year // Con­tact ECS As­tar Sdn Bhd // Tele­phone (03) 6286 8222 // URL my.asus.com

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APRIL 2016 If we were to ask you to name a dozen dif­fer­ent smart­watches off the top of your head, you'd prob­a­bly be able to blurt them all out in record time, com­plete with a smug look on your face. How­ever, we're pretty sure you'll be left flab­ber­gasted if we were to nar­row down the cri­te­rion to An­droid Wear-pow­ered smart­watches in­stead, which in­clude the Asus ZenWatch 2.

Un­like the many smart­watches that we've had the op­por­tu­nity to re­view over the past year – in­clud­ing the Garmin Fore­run­ner 235 in this month's is­sue – the ZenWatch 2 is ac­tu­ally run­ning on a fullfledged OS that's de­vel­oped by Google specif­i­cally for wear­ables.

Nat­u­rally, that also means the ZenWatch 2 is packed with proper hard­ware as well, such as a 1.2GHz Qual­comm Snap­dragon 400 pro­ces­sor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of eMMC flash stor­age.

Suf­fice to say, we didn't en­counter any per­for­mance is­sues while we were non­cha­lantly swip­ing our way through the An­droid Wear in­ter­face on the ZenWatch 2, which was done via its 1.63inch, 320 x 320 al­ways-on AMOLED dis­play (with a pixel den­sity of 278 ppi). And while we have no qualms with its bright, crisp, and re­spon­sive dis­play, we do, how­ever, wish that it came with slightly thin­ner bezels.

As far as com­fort is con­cerned, the ZenWatch 2 is eas­ily one of the most com­fort­able smart­watches we've worn to date. Its lightweight watch face doesn't make you want to gnaw it off af­ter an en­tire day of wear­ing it, while its in­ter­change­able sil­i­cone strap was very ac­com­mo­dat­ing to our wrist.

And thank­fully so, as there are many great things that you can do with the ZenWatch 2, all thanks to the An­droid Wear OS. Hav­ing it push your smart­phone's no­ti­fi­ca­tion is a given; you can also have the ZenWatch 2 track your fit­ness and sports ac­tiv­i­ties as well, us­ing the built-in Google Fit app. It does so very ac­cu­rately too, de­spite its lack of a GPS mod­ule. The 220-odd steps that it took us to walk from our car to the of­fice ac­tu­ally trans­lated to 219 steps on the ZenWatch 2, which is slightly off the mark, but the ac­cu­racy is still praise­wor­thy nonethe­less.

You can even have the ZenWatch 2 per­form quite an ex­ten­sive num­ber of ac­tions with just your voice, like send­ing a What­sApp mes­sage to a friend, or hav­ing it set an alarm for a par­tic­u­lar time. Don't worry, the voice recog­ni­tion sys­tem on the ZenWatch 2 is pretty spot-on. As long as your pro­nun­ci­a­tion skills are up to par, you won't have to end up re­it­er­at­ing the same com­mand a hun­dred times over be­fore it regis­ters.

With av­er­age use – which pri­mar­ily con­sti­tutes of read­ing the fre­quent What­sApp, Face­book Mes­sen­ger, and Gmail no­ti­fi­ca­tions that crop up – we man­aged to wring out one and a half days of bat­tery life from the 400mAh bat­tery, which is pretty im­pres­sive con­sid­er­ing its hard­ware and ca­pa­bil­i­ties. If you're go­ing to be us­ing it mostly to tell the time, you should eas­ily be able to make it past two days be­fore hav­ing to give it a recharge.

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The ZenWatch 2's me­tal crown can be pressed to turn the screen on and off, and long-pressed to bring up the apps menu.

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