Lenovo just announced a brand new wearable, the VIBE Band VB10, and we had a chance to check it out during a meeting at the 2015 CES. It’s a unique device, but it’s fairly limited in its appeal right now. We’ll explain why in a moment.
First, the VIBE Band VB10 is compelling because it uses a 1.43-inch E Ink screen, which we found to be sharp enough at 298 x 198 pixels, if not a bit sluggish due to the refreshing required to change the content on the watchface. E Ink is a good choice, however, because it’s easily viewed under direct sunlight, and it also allows Lenovo to promise up to 7 days of battery life, which you don’t get with LCD panels.
There are two buttons on the right side that can be used for controls, though it did seem a little unintuitive during our brief time with the VIBE Band. Maybe it’s because we couldn’t read the instruction manual first. We also like that Lenovo went with an IPx7 rating, which means you can wear the watch while swimming, in the shower or out in the rain.
Now for the bad news: Lenovo said the VIBE Band VB10 only works with the Vibe X2 Pro right now, which is kind of a bummer. It was designed to run on Android 4.4 and newer products, so hopefully we see wider support in the future. The VIBE Band should launch in April.