HP Smartwatch – The MB Chronowing
The MB Chronowing
HP, know more for their popular lines of printers and laptops, snuck into the smartwatch arena with very little pomp and circumstance to deliver their first foray into the market. What we got was the very stylish and “normal” looking watch with some smart tech inside
While technically a smartwatch, it significantly pales in comparison to many of the competitions standards. The likes of the Apple Watch, Galaxy Gear and LG offerings, this watch is firmly in pre-school to their post-grads.
Don’t let this fool you, the MB Chronowing is still a pretty nifty bit of gear to have around your wrist and will last a whole week, as opposed to the day or two from the other offerings. It is also not tied down to a single operating system and will happily function with an iPhone 4s and anything running android 4.3 or above
Starting off with what it doesn’t have, just to get it out the way. There is no touchscreen and no crisp colour display, HP have opted for a monochrome LCD screen with three physical buttons for navigation, not unlike the Pebble, nor will it track a heartbeat or your fitness in any way.
What the watch WILL do is notify you of text messages, emails, calendar alerts and other user-defined notifications with a gentle vibration. It will display text on the screen and keep you up to date with weather, news, sports and more. Taking another leaf from the book of Pebble, the MB Chronowing will also be water resistant to 5ATM (in real terms this is safe for the shower and shallow waters).
The MB Chronowing is out now in the US for $350, with a limited edition featuring a sapphire crystal coated display, alligator strap and an authenticity card hand-signed by Michael Bastion for $650 (only 300 will be made of the limited edition). No details on an EU release as of yet.