Soundbrenner Core is where things get interesting. It’s a similar polycarbonate device but with upgraded looks and a whole new concept. For starters the Core model is a functioning digital watch, meaning it shows the actual time which Pulse does not.
When linked with a phone, it pushes notifications letting you know what’s going on. It has built-in motion sensors so the screen lights up when you flip your wrist which I found quite pleasing.
Visually it was more appealing, slightly smaller with an aluminum wheel and two function buttons on the side. Metronome mode has more options than Pulse had, and they could be set up on the device, without involving a phone in the process.
Core packaging had more equipment, in comparison to the Pulse. The watch came with a body strap included that was additionally charged for the Pulse model.
In the packaging there was also the standard wristband but with a magnetic base, charging cable, earplugs and a magnetic mount for the tuner.
What makes Soundbrenner Core a 4 in 1 product is that it can be used as:
- Vibrating Metronome
- Decibel Meter
The device body can be removed off the base and be attached to a tuning peg on a guitar for example. For a more stable and secure connection, Soundbrenner included the magnetic mounter for this exact purpose.
Core has an internal microphone that picks up the sound and shows the specific tone you’re creating on screen allowing you to tune the instrument.
Decibel meter is another novelty, it runs on the same integrated microphone, monitors volume level and alerts the user when the loudness can impair your hearing, hence the stylish earplugs in the package.
Vibrations are noticeably stronger than your usual smartwatch, and that is thanks to the eccentric rotating mass motor, or ERM. ERM powers the watch and with a haptic driver delivers a shake that is 7 times stronger than in a regular smartphone or smartwatch, so not noticing a notification is not a possibility.
Downside of such strong vibrations is shorter battery life, but there are settings options that can be tweaked in order to prolong battery life, like vibration strength, and active screen time.