Introducing – The Casio Edifice EQB 50012:41 pm
There’s been a lot buzz around smartwatches and their technology recently but not many know that Casio has mastered the art of synergizing technology with watches for many years. With a reputation of producing great watches at relatively reasonable prices, this watch isn’t close to being called ‘reasonable’ but for the price, its giving you a lot more than you could expect from any timepiece in the same range. The EQB 500 has been designed to primarily be your daily (dare we say smart) watch.
Essentially a Watch
Why doesn’t it qualify as a proper smartwatch you ask? Well, it doesn’t show you notifications but if you never wanted them to clutter your timepiece in the first place, this watch is a win-win situation. What it does is that it primarily pairs your smartphone with Bluetooth. Bluetooth is activated with a single press of the lower left button. Once connected, the wristwatch downloads all the data it needs to automatically display time in your current time zone.
Bluetooth + Features:
As soon as you install the app, you can either receive time zone updates automatically or simply choose your desired location either from a list of 309 cities, and if you happen to live in the middle of nowhere, just position your place on the map within the application and it’ll sync the accurate time as per your coordinates. That simple! But wait, it has more to offer: the watch is capable of showing your current speed in either kilometers or miles per hour, comes in-built with the Casio world timer feature, enable you to set alarms, get alerts when you receive an email from up to five addresses registered in your contacts and has a useful “phone finder” feature that helps you locate your phone if you’ve misplaced it.
Powered by light:
All of this powered by the rays of the sun. Yes the Edifice is solar powered, so you can forget about the battery running out of juice. Casio’s ‘Tough Solar’ technology creates energy not only from sunlight but also light from fluorescent lamps and other sources. Light captured by a tiny solar panel is used to generate electric power and charge a built-in rechargeable battery with ample capacity to easily power all the features in the watch. Internal mechanics of the watch are a marvel in itself and Casio claim they’re using a motor that is 26 per cent smaller than previous models, allowing it to house the extra electronics needed for the Bluetooth connectivity.
The Classic watch design:
Nothing much to take back from the look of this watch. The design is easily recognizable, similar to the usual Edifice steel watches. The fluorescent green markings are there for the slight extra bit of legibility. The usual tachymeter scale on the bezel is not there! It has however shifted to a sub-dial between three and six o’clock. With a 48mm case size, make no mistake this watch is a lot bigger than most ones out there, but, for a sporty chronograph, it seems to be acceptable. Also, a lot larger dial opening allowed Casio’s designers to place an extra pair of sub-dials that give you a dual time display, and an extra indicator for built-in alarm.
Specs of this watch are summarized below: