Microsoft Band 2

6.9/10 AVG.
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  • Microsoft Band 2

The Microsoft Band 2 is better designed with more functionality than ever, making it one of the fitness trackers to have this year.

- Lily Prasuethsut , TechRadar 

Specs / Features


Size Medium fits wrists 6.4"-7.4" | Continuous heart rate monitor tracks your heart rate, calorie burn, and sleep quality | Works with Windows Phone, Android and iPhone* | Get email, text, calendar, and call alerts on the go | Tracking for running, biking, golf, and more

Size Medium fits wrists 6.4"-7.4" | Continuous heart rate monitor tracks your heart rate, calorie burn, and sleep quality | Works with Windows Phone, Android and iPhone* | Get email, text, calendar, and call alerts on the go | Tracking for running, biking, golf, and more

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Specification

Specification
Brand Microsoft
Model 4M5-00002
Size 12 x 12 cm (4.7 x 4.7 in)

Reviews (6.9/10 Avg. rating)


Sunday Express

A sequel that’s better in almost every way

from Sunday Express

Microsoft Band 2 is a compelling refinement of last years’ fitness tracker. The Redmond technology firm has softened the harsh manacle-esque design that made its first wearable infamous, and increased the functionality of Microsoft Health’s data-fuelled smarts.

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Microsoft Band 2 is a compelling refinement of last years’ fitness tracker. The Redmond technology firm has softened the harsh manacle-esque design that made its first wearable infamous, and increased the functionality of Microsoft Health’s data-fuelled smarts.

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Pocket-lint

Function over form

from Pocket-lint

If taken on its features alone, the Microsoft Band 2 would be the smart band to beat, because it offers more than most of the competition out there.

The problem, however, is that the Band 2's design still isn't good enough. An activity tracker or smartwatch is a device you want to wear all day, but the Band 2 is just grating. Having to wear it at night after enduring a day is just a step beyond too.

Like the original device, the Band 2 has heaps of potential. Tweak the design to factor in comfort, trim the physical scale, and Microsoft could have a winning device. For now, however, it's an echo of the original: the Band 2 isn't quite there yet, hindered once again by form, not by function.

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If taken on its features alone, the Microsoft Band 2 would be the smart band to beat, because it offers more than most of the competition out there.

The problem, however, is that the Band 2's design still isn't good enough. An activity tracker or smartwatch is a device you want to wear all day, but the Band 2 is just grating. Having to wear it at night after enduring a day is just a step beyond too.

Like the original device, the Band 2 has heaps of potential. Tweak the design to factor in comfort, trim the physical scale, and Microsoft could have a winning device. For now, however, it's an echo of the original: the Band 2 isn't quite there yet, hindered once again by form, not by function.

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Gizmodo

Ugly, uncomfortable, but great for workouts

from Gizmodo

There’s a whole plethora of fitness trackers out there, some of which have all the same sensors that the Band is packing around the same $379 price. They also come in packages that look prettier and don’t slowly eat your wrist over the course of a day. In other words, you should probably buy one of those.

But while the hardware of the Band itself sucks, the Microsoft Health software is leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. It isn’t limited to Band users — you can already integrate with apps like RunKeeper and Strava, and that list keeps increasing. In a lot of ways, the Band feels like a Microsoft proof-of-concept, sorta like the original Surface tablet, or Google’s earlier Nexus phones. It’s a way of highlighting the fantastic cross-device platform Microsoft has created, but no-one else is using. And while I’m never going to wear the Band 2 day-to-day, Microsoft will still be getting all the details about my gym sessions.

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There’s a whole plethora of fitness trackers out there, some of which have all the same sensors that the Band is packing around the same $379 price. They also come in packages that look prettier and don’t slowly eat your wrist over the course of a day. In other words, you should probably buy one of those.

But while the hardware of the Band itself sucks, the Microsoft Health software is leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. It isn’t limited to Band users — you can already integrate with apps like RunKeeper and Strava, and that list keeps increasing. In a lot of ways, the Band feels like a Microsoft proof-of-concept, sorta like the original Surface tablet, or Google’s earlier Nexus phones. It’s a way of highlighting the fantastic cross-device platform Microsoft has created, but no-one else is using. And while I’m never going to wear the Band 2 day-to-day, Microsoft will still be getting all the details about my gym sessions.

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ZDNet

Powerful life tracker captures massive amount of data

from ZDNet

There are a ton of daily activity trackers, but none with as many sensors as the Microsoft Band 2. You can fully customize the tiles you have on your Band so that you can have it focused on running and workouts, smartwatch notifications, or miscellaneous apps like Starbucks, weather, and news.

The vast amount of data collected by the Microsoft Band 2 on the Microsoft Health website is incredible. With the ability to export that data as an Excel spreadsheet or CSV file, it's great to know the data is yours too.

I mostly spend my fitness time running outside, but know that as I get older I need to do more work to keep my muscles in shape. The guided workouts motivate me to do just that and I find value in them while on business travel where I may not be able to get out and run during busy work days. You get the benefits of a coach on your wrist with the new Band.

While I personally find the Band 2 to be very comfortable, virtually disappearing on my wrist, it is a larger device that may not work for those with smaller wrist sizes. I look forward to seeing what Microsoft does to push the limits on the hardware now that it has an established database in Microsoft Health. 

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There are a ton of daily activity trackers, but none with as many sensors as the Microsoft Band 2. You can fully customize the tiles you have on your Band so that you can have it focused on running and workouts, smartwatch notifications, or miscellaneous apps like Starbucks, weather, and news.

The vast amount of data collected by the Microsoft Band 2 on the Microsoft Health website is incredible. With the ability to export that data as an Excel spreadsheet or CSV file, it's great to know the data is yours too.

I mostly spend my fitness time running outside, but know that as I get older I need to do more work to keep my muscles in shape. The guided workouts motivate me to do just that and I find value in them while on business travel where I may not be able to get out and run during busy work days. You get the benefits of a coach on your wrist with the new Band.

While I personally find the Band 2 to be very comfortable, virtually disappearing on my wrist, it is a larger device that may not work for those with smaller wrist sizes. I look forward to seeing what Microsoft does to push the limits on the hardware now that it has an established database in Microsoft Health. 

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What Mobile

Tons of sensors, charges in minutes

from What Mobile

For sheer hardware, the Microsoft Band 2 is still the ultimate fitness wearable with masses of sensors and some excellent software. Unfortunately, it’s also pricier than its predecessor and doesn’t necessarily offer any new killer features to justify the hike. The design is still dodgy and the battery needs improvement; two points which we think are pretty important for a fitness wearable to get right. You’re on the right track Microsoft, just keep heading for the finish…

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For sheer hardware, the Microsoft Band 2 is still the ultimate fitness wearable with masses of sensors and some excellent software. Unfortunately, it’s also pricier than its predecessor and doesn’t necessarily offer any new killer features to justify the hike. The design is still dodgy and the battery needs improvement; two points which we think are pretty important for a fitness wearable to get right. You’re on the right track Microsoft, just keep heading for the finish…

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Stuff

An iffy battery life and ropey iOS app hold the Band 2 back from being a top fitness tracker

from Stuff

If you’re not that fussed about all the bells and whistles then you can buy one of the aforementioned trackers and get a good understanding of your fitness level.

But the Microsoft Band 2 is more tailored to those serious about fitness and improving their health, rather than just hitting 15,000 steps each day. Especially as it comes in at a hefty £200.

It's size and design makes it a little ungainly, but the excellent software and sheer amount of features mean that it's an excellent piece of wearable technology for the 21st century fitness fanatic.

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If you’re not that fussed about all the bells and whistles then you can buy one of the aforementioned trackers and get a good understanding of your fitness level.

But the Microsoft Band 2 is more tailored to those serious about fitness and improving their health, rather than just hitting 15,000 steps each day. Especially as it comes in at a hefty £200.

It's size and design makes it a little ungainly, but the excellent software and sheer amount of features mean that it's an excellent piece of wearable technology for the 21st century fitness fanatic.

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Expert Reviews

Primarily a fitness wearable while a rudimentary smartwatch

from Expert Reviews

The Band 2 is an improvement over the original, then, but not a massive one. Despite tweaking the design of the original, issues such as the bulky strap return, albeit to a lesser extent. The curved screen is a genuine improvement, as is the premium metal finish, and battery life is finally long enough to get you through a working day when you’ve enabled GPS for the morning commute.

It’s primarily a fitness wearable, so while it has rudimentary smartwatch features, they aren’t up to the same standards as either the Apple Watch or Android Wear. However, it wipes the floor with most dedicated fitness bands thanks to comprehensive tracking metrics and a detailed web interface. If it actively explained what the data it gathered represented, it would be ideal, but currently you have to go out of your way to translate your results into a suggested course of action. When Microsoft works out a way to translate the gathered data and explain to less fitness-minded users (like myself) how to improve, it could be on to a real winner, but right now the Band 2 is still something of an also-ran.

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The Band 2 is an improvement over the original, then, but not a massive one. Despite tweaking the design of the original, issues such as the bulky strap return, albeit to a lesser extent. The curved screen is a genuine improvement, as is the premium metal finish, and battery life is finally long enough to get you through a working day when you’ve enabled GPS for the morning commute.

It’s primarily a fitness wearable, so while it has rudimentary smartwatch features, they aren’t up to the same standards as either the Apple Watch or Android Wear. However, it wipes the floor with most dedicated fitness bands thanks to comprehensive tracking metrics and a detailed web interface. If it actively explained what the data it gathered represented, it would be ideal, but currently you have to go out of your way to translate your results into a suggested course of action. When Microsoft works out a way to translate the gathered data and explain to less fitness-minded users (like myself) how to improve, it could be on to a real winner, but right now the Band 2 is still something of an also-ran.

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Tom's Guide

Sleeker curves but smartwatch price

from Tom's Guide

Not only is the Microsoft Band 2 packed with sensors — eleven in all, including GPS, heart rate and a UV monitor — but it does so in a far more attractive package than the original. In my two weeks wearing it, there was a lot I liked about the Band 2, but in many areas, I found it didn’t measure up to other fitness trackers. Its sleep tracking and heart rate algorithms have to be improved, but most of all, I wish its battery life were longer.

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Not only is the Microsoft Band 2 packed with sensors — eleven in all, including GPS, heart rate and a UV monitor — but it does so in a far more attractive package than the original. In my two weeks wearing it, there was a lot I liked about the Band 2, but in many areas, I found it didn’t measure up to other fitness trackers. Its sleep tracking and heart rate algorithms have to be improved, but most of all, I wish its battery life were longer.

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Recombu

Leaner and meaner

from Recombu

As with its predecessor the Microsoft Band 2 straddles the worlds of activity tracking and smart wearables rather well. It offers perhaps one of the most robust experiences compared to other fitness-centric devices like the Jawbone UP3 and Sony Smartband 2, but also adopts a focused take on the smartwatch.

The design is also a significant improvement over its predecessor’s, even if it still feels big and bulky – a symptom of its sensor-rich innards. We’re not all that surprised by the £199.99 price tag, which places it at the upper end of the activity tracker price scale, but for those who really like the idea of the quantified self, there are few better options out there. 

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As with its predecessor the Microsoft Band 2 straddles the worlds of activity tracking and smart wearables rather well. It offers perhaps one of the most robust experiences compared to other fitness-centric devices like the Jawbone UP3 and Sony Smartband 2, but also adopts a focused take on the smartwatch.

The design is also a significant improvement over its predecessor’s, even if it still feels big and bulky – a symptom of its sensor-rich innards. We’re not all that surprised by the £199.99 price tag, which places it at the upper end of the activity tracker price scale, but for those who really like the idea of the quantified self, there are few better options out there. 

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TrustedReviews

Great screen, easy to setup, but battery life isn't great

from TrustedReviews

The Microsoft Band 2 is a marked improvement on its predecessor. It has a more intelligent design and wealth of new tracking features, thanks to the addition of a barometer sensor.

However, a few niggling issues remain. Its design still isn’t quite right, resulting in the Band 2 feeling uncomfortable to wear during certain exercise. Its application offering is also a little lacking compared to the Apple Watch and most competing Android Wear smartwatches – which limits its appeal to anyone outside of the Windows 10 Mobile or Windows Phone 8.1 ecosystem.

If it was priced in line with a fitness tracker then this wouldn’t be an issue. But with prices starting at £199 it’s fairly expensive, and for fitness fanatics there are better and more affordable options out there, such as the Moov Now.

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The Microsoft Band 2 is a marked improvement on its predecessor. It has a more intelligent design and wealth of new tracking features, thanks to the addition of a barometer sensor.

However, a few niggling issues remain. Its design still isn’t quite right, resulting in the Band 2 feeling uncomfortable to wear during certain exercise. Its application offering is also a little lacking compared to the Apple Watch and most competing Android Wear smartwatches – which limits its appeal to anyone outside of the Windows 10 Mobile or Windows Phone 8.1 ecosystem.

If it was priced in line with a fitness tracker then this wouldn’t be an issue. But with prices starting at £199 it’s fairly expensive, and for fitness fanatics there are better and more affordable options out there, such as the Moov Now.

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Amazon.com Reviews Summary

1,490 from Amazon.com

1,490 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Microsoft Band 2. Ratings are generally negative, averaging 2.8 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

5.6/10

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7 from Amazon.ca

7 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the Microsoft Band 2. Ratings are generally negative, averaging 2.1 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

4.2/10

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