By Andrew Liszewski
The standalone timer is yet another gadget made almost obsolete by app-capable smartphones, but the Enso Pearl from Salubrion manages to make a strong case as to why you’d still want to keep one around. The most obvious reason is the timer’s stylish circular design (enso is a Japanese word meaning circle after all) and the ring which is drawn onto the LCD display as the timer counts down, providing a more graphical way to visualize how much time is left.
The Enso Pearl seems particularly targeted at those who like to meditate or do yoga since it can be programmed with up to 50 interval timers right after another for taking you through a meditative sequence. But it also serves as a compact and relaxing travel alarm since it plays the chimes of Tibetan or Japanese singing bowls instead of some incredibly annoying electronic screetch. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if all that’s worth $99, or if you’ll just stick with the basic timer in the iPhone’s clock app.