Acer Leap Ware

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The Acer Leap Ware is the com­pany’s first smart­watch that’s been de­signed with the fash­ion-con­scious in mind. It’s set to cost ¤ 139 (ap­prox £ 118) and will launch later this year. We got to try it out on a rooftop at Acer’s Global Press Con­fer­ence in New York City and our ini­tial impressions were mostly pos­i­tive.

Its most im­pres­sive fea­ture is its fit­ness mon­i­tor. The Leap Ware uses a Me­di­atek MT2523 chipset and MT2511 bio-sens­ing chip to cal­cu­late how hard you’re train­ing. The tech­nol­ogy in­volved is ac­tu­ally quite sim­ple – you just need a heart-rate mon­i­tor, the wearer’s age and a sim­ple cal­cu­la­tion – but a sur­pris­ing num­ber of smart­phones still do not of­fer this func­tion­al­ity.

An­other stand­out fea­ture is the Leap Ware’s five-day bat­tery life. How is the bat­tery per­for­mance so good? It’s all down to its e- Ink dis­play. e-ink doesn’t make for the most at­trac­tive dis­play, but it’s great for in­creas­ing a de­vice’s bat­tery life and can also work in harshly lit en­vi­ron­ments.

How­ever, where the de­vice re­ally ex­cels is in its looks. Eye-catch­ing de­sign is not some­thing you would nor­mally as­so­ciate with Acer – just take a glance at its pre­vi­ous wear­able, the Liq­uid Leap. But the Leap Ware’s smart cir­cu­lar face, made from Corn­ing Go­rilla Glass SR+, and choice of a sporty rub­ber or more for­mal leather strap, means it looks stylish on your wrist.

On the down­side, we were dis­ap­pointed with the Leap’s per­for­mance. Swip­ing around the An­droid Wear screen was a pretty laggy af­fair. So although we can’t see the Acer Leap Ware elec­tri­fy­ing the wear­ables mar­ket from its slum­ber, we do think it’s a solid ef­fort that of­fers pretty good value for money.

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