Acer Leap Ware www.acer.com
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.