Company: HYPER by Sanho Corporation
Product: HyperLink Steel Bracelet
Price: $59 (Indiegogo)
Compatibility: Apple Watch
Date: Nov. 7, 2015
The Apple Watch, and most certainly the mid-tier stainless steel version, is perfectly suited to (and looks best alongside) a metallic, stainless steel band. Yet the problem with this, of course, boils down to price. Because once you’ve coughed-up the $549/$599 for the Apple Watch itself, a Cupertino-designed stainless steel bracelet costs another $400 on top.
Luckily for stainless steel Apple Watch owners like me, a new, inexpensive stainless steel bracelet called HyperLink can be ordered right now (using an Indiegogo campaign). This bracelet looks great, and at just $59 it costs a heck of a lot less than Apple’s own $449. Sure, there are some shortcomings, but how does HyperLink feel, and is it worth the cost? Let’s take a closer look at the product in a hands-on review.
I’ve been using HyperLink with my Apple Watch for a couple of months now, and it’s an all-round great accessory for the smart watch. For starters, it looks fantastic. Though HyperLink doesn’t use the same slotted link design Apple’s own bracelet does (opting, instead, for more traditional links), it nevertheless is a beautifully crafted band. The stainless steel shines brightly, much like the casing on the Apple Watch itself, and the bracelet uses a classic clasp which is easy to click together.
Removing individual links from the bracelet is easy to do, but you will need a dedicated tool in order to separate links from the band (these can be purchased online, and I picked a great pack up from Amazon for just £5). In this respect, removing links isn’t as simple as it is with Apple’s carefully-crafted Link Bracelet. There are HyperLink bands for the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch, and between the two wrist sizes of 130-215mm are supported.
One of the biggest concerns I’ve had in the past with third-party bands is the security of the bracelets’ connection to my Apple Watch. It’s a big worry, for me, that a third-party band will disconnect from the Watch. With HyperLink, I actually ended up receiving two bands; oddly, the first wouldn’t connect in to my Apple Watch (it was as if the lugs were too thick for the casing), yet the second proved to be a perfect fit. In all my time of using HyperLink, I’ve found the connection to the Apple Watch to be very secure.
HyperLink is indeed available in two sizes, but it’s also available in two colors: traditional stainless steel, or a Space Black steel. In this way, it’ll perfectly suit any Apple Watch you own.
The bottom line, then, is that HyperLink is a superb accessory for your Apple Watch. It looks beautiful, it’s comfortable to wear, and it works as advertised. Already, I’ve recommended the product to friends and family.
- This is a beautiful product which looks great.
- It is comfortable to wear and is easy to secure.
- There are multiple sizes and designs.
- You can’t argue with the price!
- You’ll need a special tool to adjust the size of the bracelet.
Aesthetic Appeal: ★★★★☆
Wow Factor: ★★☆☆☆
Build Quality: ★★★★☆
Buy now: $59 from Indiegogo.