Razer announces the cheaper Nabu X


Razer has one smartband already, the Nabu.  Now they are releasing a cheaper version of the Nabu, called the Nabu X.  The Nabu X is very similar to the more expensive Nabu, with one major exception, the screen has been removed.  Instead of a screen the Nabu X uses three, colored LEDs that you can program with the companion app.  The idea is that you can program the LEDs to flash a certain color for different notifications.  This still leaves you needing to pull your smartphone out of your pocket to read notifications, but it sounds like a good deal for people that want a simple smartband.

The Razer Nabu X looks simple, but is actually quite the full featured smartband.  This inexpensive smartband has several features that you would expect in more expensive devices.  Not only will the colored LEDs tell you when notifications arrive, but they will also tell you how close you are to reaching your step goal for the day.  On top of that, the Nabu X will monitor your sleeping habits, has some water resistance built in (not enough to go swimming) and has a battery that will last up to 7 days.  My favorite feature though is the ability to exchange information with another person wearing a Razer Nabu or Nabu X smartband just by touching bands together.  Supposedly, a high five is enough to transfer information from one person to another.

The original Razer Nabu retails for about $100.  The Nabu X will retail for $50, unless you are a Razer insider, in that case you can pre-order the smartband for $20.  Razer insiders will receive the Nabu X as early as January 13th, but the general public will be waiting for awhile because Razer has yet to set a release date.

Source CES 2015, The Verge and Gizmodo