Photos and Features
The black and green theme continued from the packaging all the way to the Nabu. Both the smaller and larger band have an oval shape. All of the flat black finish is a grooved rubber. On the inside there are two bright green areas’ where the Nabu keeps all of its electronics. The smooth clasp is made of aluminum and on the opposite side of the clasp the rubber goes all the way through to give a little flexibility to help with getting the Nabu on and off. Unlike Fitbit, the Nabu doesn’t have an adjustable band. Without an adjustable band it does allow the Nabu to have a consistent thickness all the way around. The two different Nabu sizes aren’t really all that far apart, 6mm to 6.6mm officially.
Razer slipped all of the model, manufacturing, and FCC information onto the solid green plastic area on the inside of the Nabu. This also includes the serial number for RMA use as well.
The most important external feature of the Nabu is the built in notification screen. Razer kept things very simple with a one-line OLED screen and one button o control everything. This is where we see the biggest changes from the original developer edition of the Nabu as well. The original Nabu had a much larger OLED screen that would show multiple lines of your messages and had a larger readout for time or the number of steps you have walked. That model had its single button in the screen as well. The retail Nabu moved the button to the side in an effort I assume to prevent the button from being bumped. The smaller screen most likely improves battery life as well as keeps costs down. The original also had a second readout as well to show you that you had a notification. Overall the Nabu’s screen is actually larger than the Fitbit Charge but the shorter height does make checking the time a little harder, but the two inches of width allow you to read messages.
When you first get the Nabu Razer does include a small sticker on the inside to explain how to open up the band. It’s simple though, there is a magnet in the latch and you just slide it to the side to open it all up. The right side of the latch is also removable to be swapped out with the smaller clasp they included. To do this you open up the band, crab the clasp and twist it 90 degrees and pull the clasp out. Then of course you do the opposite to put it back together with the smaller or larger clasp.
To keep the Nabu charged Razer includes a proprietary charger. Part of me would much rather they use a micro USB charger to make the Nabu easy to recharge on the go but I understand that this design allows for the Nabu to be a little more resistant to water. The cable clips on to the back of the screen side of the band. There are two contact points and you just snap the charger in place and go to town. The cord is extremely short though, I’m sure that will be a problem for some people.