Can the Microsoft Band stand up to more than mere splashes of water?

Can the Microsoft Band stand up to more than mere splashes of water?
The Microsoft Band has come along at a perfect time for Microsoft. With the holiday shopping season about to kick off a week from Friday, the software giant has the Microsoft Band to push at its online and physical Microsoft Stores. In fact, there has been so much demand for the wearable, that lines have been forming inside brick and mortar Microsoft Stores.

According to some published reports, the Microsoft Band has an IP 54 certification. That means that it is protected from dust and splashing water. A Microsoft Band water test has been posted on YouTube to check whether the device does protect against splashing water, or if it does perform better (or worse).

The first test was to see whether the wearable stands up to sweat or rain. To duplicate those conditions, the device was put under a faucet of running water. Running perfectly after getting dried off, the Microsoft Band met the first test with a thumbs up. Next up was the submersion test. The Band was submerged in water for 10 minutes and not one iota of damage could be detected. So back it went for another 10 minutes, and once again it emerged from the sink unscathed.

So it would seem that the Microsoft Band could be resistant to more than just splashes. However, at $199 (and very hard to find, especially during the holiday shopping season), you might not want to take it into the shower or in the pool, even as a test. Why take that chance? It does, however, seem good to go in the rain.



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source: ITW

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7 Comments

1. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

what's the point of a health tracking band that can't even be submerged in water, or at least withstand a little dunk in the pool?

6. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I would LOVE to see a band that tracks swimming! Why not?! The technology is there and manufacturing has figured ways to get the tech submerged and operating fine! Why stop at swimming? Scuba?! What if people get eaten by a shark... and need the GPS to be tracked inside the intestines (have been watching Shark Week re-runs. I know Shark Week is not truly scientific, and has become increasingly dramatized. Hashtag JAWS.)

2. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Who wants to have Microsoft in their wrists? Seriously...

3. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

speak for yourself buddy there are plenty of consumers that do

4. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

A lot of people apparently, judging by the amount of interest this band has generated. I'll certainly be getting one if they ever release it in the UK, though it seems this version was just to test the concept and we'll have to wait for the second version before they start mass producing bands and selling them across the world.

5. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

The Microsoft Band is selling surprisingly well. Went over to my local Microsoft Kiosk (not a big box store) to pick up Halo and asked about it. I was SUPER surprised to hear it was in HEAVY demand. I was left scratching my head... I think the price point is a bit high, but perhaps I am wrong. The market (including bands from Jawbone and FitBit) is fetching some pretty crazy prices... so why not, I guess. I have bought a FitBit Flex and have not seen it worth the price I paid. However, I would like to note, that they do have a GREAT team backing the product.

7. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Compare it to some of the Jawbones. There's a new model out that's $180 ($20 less than the Band) and doesn't do nearly as much.

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