Sequent SuperCharger 2.1 Premium HR
“The Sequent SuperCharger 2.1 Premium HR smartwatch by no means wants charging, however its good options do not make one of the best of this fascinating profit.”
- Modern kinetic vitality system
- Does not want charging
- Sapphire crystal
- Nice construct high quality and supplies
- Fundamental health monitoring
- Unreliable health information assortment
- Uncomfortable Eco Tide strap
The hybrid smartwatch is the choice to a touchscreen smartwatch favored by those that aren’t ready to surrender that conventional, analog watch look, however nonetheless desire a diploma of related skill. Thetakes this idea a step additional, because it not solely doesn’t appear like a smartwatch, nevertheless it additionally makes use of a power-delivery system that shares extra with an automated timepiece than it does with an Apple Watch.
Meaning you by no means, ever must cost this smartwatch, because it’s powered by the motion of your physique. That’s vastly tempting, however what in regards to the good bit? It’s simply as essential on a hybrid as it’s on a full smartwatch, and if something, it’s far tougher to implement properly because of the watch not normally having a display screen. The Sequent Supercharger 2.1 has the facility, however does it have the smarts?
I’ve been carrying the Sequent SuperCharger 2.1 Premium HR, the highest mannequin out there from the corporate. It’s created from 316L stainless-steel with an aluminum ring operating across the 42mm case and sapphire crystal over the dial. It weighs about 77 grams with the strap, and is a considerable 14mm thick. This model has a blue dial, however you may also get variations with a white or a black dial. Flip the watch over and it has an open case again, displaying the self-charging mechanism and its rotor, which I’ll come again to later, and within the heart is the guts charge sensor. The crown is sort of giant, has a rubber cowl over the perimeters, and Sequent’s emblem on the tip.
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Sequent makes a giant deal in regards to the watch being designed in Switzerland — the mark of high quality for conventional watches — nevertheless it doesn’t say it’s inbuilt Switzerland, an essential distinction. Nonetheless, it seems to be and feels very properly made. The dial is pretty easy, with the model title and markings stamped on it, and the polished baton indices solely marking the hour. The baton fingers have unfilled heart sections, whereas the hand for the complication has a pink arrow tip. It’s all fairly minimalist, and jogs my memory of innumerable watches from MVMT, Daniel Wellington, and different such vogue manufacturers.
It undoubtedly doesn’t appear like a traditional smartwatch. There’s no display screen, for a begin, and the one complication doesn’t instantly give its high-tech credentials away. It’s a multipurpose indicator displaying step depend, energy reserve, and coronary heart charge. It’s a must to look intently although, because the numbers are very small. There’s additionally a equally tiny LED indicator mild beneath the 12 o’clock mark, which solely operates when the watch is syncing together with your telephone or performing an motion.
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The watch seems to be and feels well-constructed, and I just like the open case again displaying the rotor, which isn’t as stunning as a mechanical motion, however has a sure techy attraction to it. I don’t just like the crown as a result of it’s too large, one thing not helped by the ineffective rubber half across the edge, as you by no means want to show the crown in any respect, making extra grip pointless. It’s additionally a thick watch, and the lugs mounted to the decrease a part of the case solely intensify the peak.
I can dwell with the peak of the SuperCharger 2.1, and the design, though easy, remains to be pleasing, however the Eco Tide strap is dangerous. It’s created from plastic waste taken from the ocean, which is great, nevertheless it’s extremely unforgiving in your wrist. I’ve worn it for a number of weeks and I don’t assume it has softened up in any respect — it’s simply as uncomfortable now because it was on the primary day. It’s not helped by an imprecise double-pin fastening, so the watch is both slicing off circulation or flopping over the facet of your wrist. It’s hooked up utilizing quick-release pins and, at 22mm, altering it for an additional strap isn’t troublesome, however doing this ought to be due to a private model desire, not as a result of the provided one is uncomfortable.
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The Sequent SuperCharger 2.1 is a really modern-looking watch that may undoubtedly enchantment to these interested in the minimalist watches generally marketed on Instagram and by YouTube influencers. Simply don’t order it with the Eco Tide strap.
Earlier than speaking in regards to the good options, let’s speak about the way in which the Sequent SuperCharger 2.1 is powered, because it’s much more technically spectacular than the rest about it. Computerized timepieces convert kinetic vitality from the motion of your physique into energy for the watch’s motion. The SuperCharger does the identical factor, however fairly than gears and is derived, it makes use of a tungsten rotor to feed a micro-generator.
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It’s a neat, high-tech, sustainable, and really hands-off strategy to powering a chunk of wearable tech. Sequent says the SuperCharger has an “infinite” energy reserve, and I’ve worn it for a number of weeks, with a number of days off, and the facility out there has not dropped beneath 95%, in line with the app. If you don’t put on it, the watch will hibernate to preserve vitality. With common use, I doubt the SuperCharger 2.1 will ever run out of energy.
For those who don’t put on the look ahead to a while and the battery does totally run out, a charging pad is included within the field so you may get it going once more. Sadly, this necessitates the inclusion of cost factors on the watch’s case, that are discovered on the left-hand facet and wreck the in any other case clear traces.
Unusually, you may “really feel” the rotor contained in the SuperCharger working because it spins. It’s not distracting, and doesn’t make an audible sound until you maintain it to your ear, nevertheless it’s not one thing you discover with a mechanical automated watch. I fairly favored the feeling, because it made the SuperCharger really feel like a dwelling factor, however I’ve regularly gotten used to it and barely really feel it anymore.
The Sequent SuperCharger actually is a smartwatch you don’t should cost, and that might be a substantial profit to anybody delay by smartwatches normally because of the necessity of day by day charging.
The shortage of any must cost it’s the Sequent SuperCharger’s first step on the street to being a profitable smartwatch, however the good performance must be simply as compelling. This isn’t an Apple Watch competitor and makes no secret of the actual fact, however sadly, it’s not a competitor to another hybrid watch both, resulting from tech that feels years outdated.
Each day step depend Andy Boxall/Digital Tendencies
Exercise information Andy Boxall/Digital Tendencies
Settings web page Andy Boxall/Digital Tendencies
It has primary health monitoring and doesn’t ship notifications, or have a haptic motor. This in itself isn’t a nasty factor, however the operation of the watch and the accompanying app each really feel previous and clunky in comparison with the competitors. Don’t count on something like particular person exercise plans, info like step cadence, or in-depth evaluation of information collected.
Beginning a exercise requires urgent the crown for 2 seconds till the LED flashes blue, the fingers rotate, and the LED goes purple. To finish the session, you press the crown thrice. It’s a little bit bit extra complicated than it must be, however worse is that it doesn’t appear to be very correct. Regardless of finishing the steps, the SuperCharger has didn’t report a number of exercise periods, and since the promised indicator contained in the app doesn’t work — it’s supposed to point out a dot on the exercise mode within the Sequent app when it’s energetic — it’s very troublesome to inform in case your inputs have been profitable.
The center charge recording can be haphazard, with some periods displaying coronary heart charge information and others not, and that’s the identical with the GPS. It doesn’t have GPS inbuilt, so it depends in your telephone’s GPS. Even with the app open on my telephone, it failed to drag in location information throughout a stroll. When a exercise was tracked, the app confirmed distance, calorie burn, time, tempo, and steps. There’s a sleep mode within the app, nevertheless it’s listed as being in “beta,” and I discover the strap far too uncomfortable to put on in a single day anyway.
From a fitness-tracking perspective, there may be vastly extra skill within the $50 Xiaomi Mi Band 6.
The complication on the watch’s dial exhibits step depend throughout the day and coronary heart charge information throughout a exercise session. It appears to be largely per my Apple Watch Sequence 6, nevertheless it’s fairly arduous to inform because of the tiny numbers and much more minuscule interim marks. If requested what my coronary heart charge was, I might solely actually be capable of say, “between 110 and 120 beats per minute,” for instance.
This vagueness is compounded by the sensor not constantly studying your coronary heart charge. You’ll be able to set it to learn each 5 minutes, half-hour, or two hours for day by day use within the app, and it appears to solely replace each jiffy when understanding. The app doesn’t hyperlink with Apple Well being, Google Match, Strava, or another health platform. From a fitness-tracking perspective, there may be vastly extra skill within the $50 Xiaomi Mi Band 6 than within the $482 Sequent SuperCharger.
A fitness-tracking system that’s a ache to activate, restricted on options, delivers questionable accuracy, and affords no approach to share the info it collects exterior of the default app isn’t very inspirational. It’s completely not going to fulfill somebody significantly into health, and its awkward controls will show annoying to somebody who solely makes use of it casually.
Worth and availability
Theas seen right here prices $482. Alternatively, you should purchase the watch with out the guts charge sensor for $428, or a model created from aluminum fairly than stainless-steel with out the guts charge sensor for $374. It’s out there by Sequent’s personal on-line retailer.
As a showcase for the kinetic vitality system, the Sequent SuperCharger is great. The know-how is actually attention-grabbing and has labored properly throughout my time with the watch. Not having to cost a smartwatch, ever, is vastly fascinating, releasing, and by far the largest attraction of the Sequent watch. Sadly, the far much less profitable good options don’t give me a cause to place the watch on. Whereas not displaying notifications is ok, the health monitoring can’t compete with present smartwatches and health bands, isn’t very intuitive, and isn’t detailed sufficient for anybody significantly into sports activities.
It has the suitable credentials for a great watch — a contemporary Swiss design, sapphire crystal, and a chrome steel case — plus that eternal vitality, however with out compelling good performance, the revolutionary means it’s powered is wasted. For near $500, a world of wonderful and extremely fascinating watches — good and in any other case — opens up, and the Sequent watch struggles to compete.
I noticed the unique model of the SuperCharger on the Baselworld watch present in 2018, after which tried the SuperCharger 2.0 for a really quick time in 2019. Now in 2021, regardless of time having handed and the watch getting a coronary heart charge sensor, the SuperCharger 2.1, sadly, feels prefer it’s nonetheless caught in 2019, and that’s not ok when the remainder of the hybrid market has moved onward and upward.
Is there a greater various?
Sure. For those who particularly desire a hybrid smartwatch, we advise taking a look at Casio’s G-Shock vary. The photo voltaic powered G-Shock GBD-200 consists of health monitoring and notifications, for instance, whereas the GBD-H1000 provides GPS and a coronary heart charge sensor to the combo. The Withings ScanWatch is much more health-focused, has a minimalist design, and is created from high-quality supplies. The Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR has an e-Ink display screen to attenuate energy consumption, a coronary heart charge sensor, and extra good options. All price lower than the Sequent SuperCharger.
For those who really need extra good options, then a full touchscreen smartwatch is the one approach to go. We advocate the Apple Watch Sequence 6 or Apple Watch SE for iPhone house owners, or the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 for Android telephone house owners.
How lengthy will it final?
The stainless-steel physique and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal means the SuperCharger ought to maintain its seems to be even with some harsh remedy, plus it’s water resistant to 50 meters and is roofed by a beneficiant five-year guarantee. The app is obtainable for iOS and Android. Supplied the app is stored updated, the Sequent SuperCharger ought to final for a few years, helped by the dearth of a battery requiring steady day by day costs.
Do you have to purchase it?
No. Though the kinetic vitality system is revolutionary, the health monitoring is simply too primary to be of use, and the excessive worth turns into very troublesome to justify.