Microsoft Band

6.9/10 AVG.
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  • Microsoft Band
  • Microsoft Band
  • Microsoft Band

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Specification

Specification
Size 1 x 2 cm (0.4 x 0.8 in)
Weight 60 grams (2.1 ounces)

Reviews (6.9/10 Avg. rating)


Best fitness tracking wearable to date

from Coolsmartphone

The Band is a great product and it is by far and above the most accurate wearable I have seen to come out yet (I haven’t tested the Apple Watch). However it does need some fine tuning when it comes to usability, particularly on the iPhone and Android side of things. If tracking fitness is y... More

The Band is a great product and it is by far and above the most accurate wearable I have seen to come out yet (I haven’t tested the Apple Watch). However it does need some fine tuning when it comes to usability, particularly on the iPhone and Android side of things. If tracking fitness is your primary goal from a wearable, then I would go for it. If like me, you use your wearable as a second screen for handling notifications, then maybe I would suggest you look elsewhere.

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Clunky design makes it unlovable

from PC Advisor

The Microsoft Band is the most Microsoft product imaginable. It does useful stuff. And mostly it does that stuff well. But it is ugly and uncomfortable and no-one is ever going to point at a Microsoft Band and say 'I want one of those'. Which is a shame, because having used it for a while - and d... More

The Microsoft Band is the most Microsoft product imaginable. It does useful stuff. And mostly it does that stuff well. But it is ugly and uncomfortable and no-one is ever going to point at a Microsoft Band and say 'I want one of those'. Which is a shame, because having used it for a while - and despite issues with battery life and distance measurement - I like it and will probably keep using it. Whether that is enough to make people drop £169 inc VAT to get one when they can buy an Android Wear watch for an additional £100 is the key question. I suspect they won't.

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Heaps of potential offset by design downfall

from Pocket-lint

It has great potential for expansion and evolution considering Microsoft's commitment to add new features in time, which could eventually put it up there with genuine training aids and sports watches rather than 24/7 fitness trackers. Its price and battery life might be more forgiven in those cat... More

It has great potential for expansion and evolution considering Microsoft's commitment to add new features in time, which could eventually put it up there with genuine training aids and sports watches rather than 24/7 fitness trackers. Its price and battery life might be more forgiven in those categories too, but in terms of design and comfort we'll await the second-generation product more eagerly.

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Competitive pricing, gorgeous screen, clear and clean user interface

from Chip Chick

It didn’t take Microsoft long to figure out what people want in a fitness tracker. Off the bat, the Microsoft Band is one of the best wearables on the market. It tracks all the right things, the screen is gorgeous, the U.I. is usable, and the smartphone integration has notifications down pa... More

It didn’t take Microsoft long to figure out what people want in a fitness tracker. Off the bat, the Microsoft Band is one of the best wearables on the market. It tracks all the right things, the screen is gorgeous, the U.I. is usable, and the smartphone integration has notifications down pat. The accuracy of steps seems about right and it’s on par with FitBit. That said, we actually had better luck with Microsoft’s heart rate monitoring over some of the competitors. Nicely, Band has an indicator for when it’s actually locked onto your heart rate and its getting a good read.

The Micrisoft Band comes with only a $199 price tag, which is quite the deal considering how well it competes with the top smart watches and fitness bands. Unfortunately, it’s still a tough device to get your hands on, so you’ll see Microsoft Band selling for over $200. It’s currently available from Microsoft.com and ships before May 6 (as of posting). 

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Surprisingly good

from The Telegraph

The Microsoft Band was comfortable to wear, easy to use and made me work out more efficiently - which given its awkward appearance, all came as pleasant surprises. The Microsoft Health app has some way to go in presenting the data it collects in more coherent, easily-trackable ways, but the devic... More

The Microsoft Band was comfortable to wear, easy to use and made me work out more efficiently - which given its awkward appearance, all came as pleasant surprises. The Microsoft Health app has some way to go in presenting the data it collects in more coherent, easily-trackable ways, but the device itself has great potential to become a real go-to market leader. It just needs to deliver on what Nadella promises.

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Has the potential to be the best fitness tracker

from TechRadar

There is so much potential here it's killing me. I love the Microsoft Band, but it's breaking my heart, knowing it can do so much more.

It seems as if Microsoft thought cramming fitness, fitness and some more fitness would make the band a feasible tracker. It's not a bad idea, but it w... More

There is so much potential here it's killing me. I love the Microsoft Band, but it's breaking my heart, knowing it can do so much more.

It seems as if Microsoft thought cramming fitness, fitness and some more fitness would make the band a feasible tracker. It's not a bad idea, but it would be nice to do something with all that data. I can see the Microsoft Band reaching Jawbone UP24 levels of awesome once the Health app really gets going.

The company has struck a fine balance between fitness and functionality, but I'd like to see it executed better, and I feel like Microsoft can definitely do better - heck, it's 80% there in my book.

For now, $199 (about £125, AU$230) is too high a price to pay for a fitness tracker. That's especially knowing you can find a device among the hordes of other trackers out there that is, dare I say, just as good as the Microsoft Band.

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Accurately measures calorie burn thanks to its always-on heart rate sensor

from PhoneArena

Clearly, the Microsoft Band is more than your traditional fitness tracker. In that regard, it’s quite compelling that for something new, it’s already a versatile option that’s also rich in its app ecosystem. Yeah, it also blends in some smartwatch functionality, like Cortana int... More

Clearly, the Microsoft Band is more than your traditional fitness tracker. In that regard, it’s quite compelling that for something new, it’s already a versatile option that’s also rich in its app ecosystem. Yeah, it also blends in some smartwatch functionality, like Cortana integration for Windows Phone, which allows us to do things like set reminders, ask for weather conditions, and even do some mathematical calculations.

With its sticker price of $199.99, it’s undoubtedly expensive for just a fitness tracker – easily encroaching smartwatch territory. It’s certainly a costly investment for something that’s first and foremost a fitness tracker, but it has a considerable advantage over the majority. In fact, it’s evident by its touchscreen display, constant-on heart rate sensor, and all the other sensors included in its package. Still, there are several areas that are concerning, like its uncomfortable feel and poor battery life that make it tough to classify it as the perfect fitness tracking band.

Ultimately, though, the Microsoft Band is an insanely intelligent tracker filled with some serious tech inside of it, but it’s simply not built for the rigorous and arduous activities that diehard fitness junkies need to keep pace with them. 

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It looks awful, it feels awful

from Wareable

In terms of design the Microsoft Band is a chunky beast at best and an absolute insult to the wearable tech movement at worst. We get the feeling that Microsoft cares more about getting its software onto as many systems as possible than it does about winning a hardware battle and sees the Band as... More

In terms of design the Microsoft Band is a chunky beast at best and an absolute insult to the wearable tech movement at worst. We get the feeling that Microsoft cares more about getting its software onto as many systems as possible than it does about winning a hardware battle and sees the Band as an early, and cheap, way of gaining some ground. However, GPS is a big plus point and the fitness tracking, while basic, works well enough. 24/7 heart rate monitoring is also crucial and, with a device selling for under $200 that also boasts a decent, if unspectacular, colour touchscreen display – Microsoft’s newest wearable isn’t all bad. We’d love to mark it higher – the feature set and the tech on board, combined with that price tag are impressive – but we just can’t look past the fact that, as a wearable, it fails on a fundamental level…in that it’s not wearable at all.

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Don’t call it a smartwatch

from Pocketnow

Just because a smartwatch is, by nature, a poor interface for interacting with a computer system, that doesn’t mean it’s completely unnecessary. A wrist-worn gadget is very good at providing one-way glance-able information (like the time) as well as collecting data from sensors attach... More

Just because a smartwatch is, by nature, a poor interface for interacting with a computer system, that doesn’t mean it’s completely unnecessary. A wrist-worn gadget is very good at providing one-way glance-able information (like the time) as well as collecting data from sensors attached to your body, and that’s really where the Microsoft Band shines. It’s primary goal is collecting data about your health and the wrist-worn gadget does that very well. This is very much a “version 1″ product though as some of the sensors in this fitness band aren’t even being taken advantage of in the software just yet. As things are right now, the Microsoft Band and Microsoft Health system is pretty good, but the really interesting thing will be watching it improve as the software evolves.

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A tale of pitfalls and promise

from Engadget

Despite having spent the last three years in development, the Band still feels like a proof of concept. The abundance of tech crammed inside makes it seem like Microsoft was focused on showing off all the capabilities of its new health-tracking platform, rather than on building a consumer-friendl... More

Despite having spent the last three years in development, the Band still feels like a proof of concept. The abundance of tech crammed inside makes it seem like Microsoft was focused on showing off all the capabilities of its new health-tracking platform, rather than on building a consumer-friendly wearable. If Microsoft were to sell the Band as some sort of demo unit for OEMs or a developer device, its physical faults would be forgivable. But the company insists that the Band is also a consumer-ready product and I couldn't disagree more.

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