Microsoft Band 2 is now officially on sale


Microsoft is serious about health and fitness with its wearables.

The original Microsoft Band, released last year, packed some 10 sensors, the most in any mass market consumer wearable device, and this year's Band 2 adds a few more, including a sophisticated VO2 Max gauge that will allow athletes to measure their lung capacity. It's also hugely redesign, and while it's not a beauty in its own right, the new bracelet now has nice curves and a more comfortable fit.

And yes, it boasts a curved display as well, an energy savvy one of the AMOLED kind that allows the Microsoft Band 2 to last some two days between charges - more than any smartwatch, but less than more restricted fitness trackers.

Good news for the health and fitness obsesses is that the Microsoft Band 2 goes on sale today.

The $250 wearable signature new features are as follows:
- new workout types, including the ability to track your golf game and swing strength
- barometer for elevation tracking, VO2 Max sensor for lung capacity, skin temperature sensor, UV sensor
- Cortana integration (works only with Windows Phone devices)
- improved sleep and fitness tracking
- complete compatibility with Android, iPhone and Windows (it's got a web client to show you your stats as well)

You can now buy the Microsoft Band 2 at official company outlets including physical stores and online. You can also pick it up at select Best Buy locations, as well as Dick's Sporting Goods and Sports Authority stores. Finally, you will also be able to order it online at BestBuy.com, Amazon, Dell.com, Taylormade.com and Target.com.


source: Microsoft

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8 Comments

1. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

The Band2 makes the iWatch look like total crap!! yet still cheaper. #TeamMicrosoft *hail!*

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Band 2 is just that a health and fitness tracker. The last band had a 120 mhz cortex-M4 MCU with 2 mb of ram and 64 mb of storage. From the looks of this band it is running with the same MCU and roughly the same storage. So you cannot install music or pair a Bluetooth headset to it. There is no WiFi. Other smart watches can do a lot more. This band like I said earlier is for fitness tracking and not much else.

7. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I would prefer this over other watches at a drop of the hat.

2. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I saw the band 2, and I liked it. It was really light. The only thing I didn't like about it was the curved screen. I honestly feel the flat screen was better for usage.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Way to go Microsoft. I'm picking me one up. Easily looks better than any Android wear device.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Wow, clearly you are blind or something to compare this band to an Android Wear smart watch let alone the 12 different Android Wear smart watches from round to square vs the one band. The band 2 just like it predecessor has to have to the display worn on the inside of your wrist. So when you type on a laptop then the bands display touches the laptop. To say that this fitness tracker looks better then any Android Wear watch, just shows how biased you really are.

8. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Actually we already own this. It feels great and does everything we need it to. I don't need my watch to have its own sim. Others may, I do not.

5. shinywindow unregistered

I agree best looking wearable at the moment and looks more expensive than it is. Also does not look like a toy like krapple watch and Samsung watches

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