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Microsoft Band 2

Microsoft Band 2
alaScore 89

1153 reviews

Aug, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1153 reviews of Microsoft Band 2. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Smart Watches for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Smart Watches the Microsoft Band 2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Microsoft Band 2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 573 user reviews of Microsoft Band 2 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Smart Watches on Amazon.co.uk.

83% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Band 2 - MediumMicrosoft Band 2 - Medium

Aug, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Microsoft Band 2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 338 user reviews of Microsoft Band 2 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Smart Watches on Amazon.com.

71% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Band 2 - MediumMicrosoft Band 2 - Medium

Aug, 2017

Expert review by: matthew miller (zdnet.com)

Microsoft Band 2 review: Powerful life tracker captures massive amount of data

 

Microsoft improved in the areas where I saw issues with the first Microsoft Band, making the Band 2 the ultimate activity tracker to help you improve your lifestyle.

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...

Dec, 2015

Expert review by: Brett Howse (anandtech.com)

The Microsoft Band 2 Review

 

At the end of October in 2014, Microsoft surprisingly released a late night press release about a new device they were launching. It was the Microsoft Band , which is a fitness wearable that was a key component of their Microsoft Health service. It was...

At $249, the Band has gone up in price since the first genration’s $199 price, but the redesigned styling and addition of a barometer likely make it worth it, at least for those not already invested in the ecosystem. It’s in the same ballpark of...

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Jeremy Kaplan (digitaltrends.com)

Microsoft Band 2 review

 

A greatly improved design fixes flaws from Microsoft's first wearable, but quality issues dog the Band 2.

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Chris Velazco (engadget.com)

Microsoft Band 2 review: Still flawed, but a step in the right direction

 

Microsoft's getting a little better at this whole "wearable" thing.

Much-improved design ; Microsoft Health is useful, thoughtful ; Guided workouts are still great ; Third-party app selection is getting better

Battery life is still short ; Interface can be a little obtuse ; GPS can take ages to find you

Microsoft's first fitness tracker was a clunker, but the Band 2 is more refined, with a comfortable design and a thoughtful software platform that has gotten better over time. Even so, there are still some kinks Microsoft needs to work out, and the...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Lauren Goode (theverge.com)

Microsoft Band 2 review: An identity crisis on your wrist

 

Why, exactly, has Microsoft made another fitness tracker? If you ask Microsoft why the company is making the Band 2, as I have over the past few weeks, you'll get a variety of answers. Some will...

Built-in GPS ; Works with Windows, Android, iOS ; Customizable workouts ; Granular breakdown of activity data

Uncomfortable to wear ; Two-day battery life ; Data sync issues ; Doesn’t work with Bluetooth accessories

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Timothy Torres (pcmag.com)

Microsoft Band 2

 

Like the original, the Microsoft Band 2 fitness tracker is full of useful features and valuable stat-tracking, but it's simply uncomfortable to wear.

Nice AMOLED display. Tracks calories burned, heart rate, runs, sleep, steps, workouts, and more. Delivers smartphone notifications.

Uncomfortable, bulky design. Not waterproof. Pricey.

Conclusions The Microsoft Band 2 is definitely an improvement over its predecessor. Its fitness tracking is much more detailed, plus it's gained several noteworthy features like Cortana integration and a barometer. The built-in workouts are still...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Scott Stein (cnet.com)

Microsoft Band 2 review

 

I'm staring at the screen on my Microsoft Band 2. I want it to tell me something. I want it to help me.

Comfier design; lots of smartwatch-like notifications; solid heart-rate monitoring, step counting and automatic sleep tracking; built-in GPS; can track golfing, biking and running; works with Android, iOS and Windows phones.

Still offers merely adequate 48-hour battery life; expensive; workout and coaching guidance isn't helpful or clear; doesn't provide social connectivity and only makes a few health-based insights.

Microsoft's slowly improving fitness band remains seriously ambitious, but it still lacks the better battery life and helpful daily coaching needed to justify its price.

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Microsoft Band 2 (medium)

 

Is this too much to expect out of a fitness band? Possibly. It's probably my fault. I'm overweight. I have high blood pressure. I've known about these things for years. I cover wearables and many fitness bands, and despite trying to get a routine...

Comfier design; lots of smartwatch-like notifications; solid heart-rate monitoring, step counting and automatic sleep tracking; built-in GPS; can track golfing, biking and running; works with Android, iOS and Windows phones.

Still offers merely adequate 48-hour battery life; expensive; workout and coaching guidance isn't helpful or clear; doesn't provide social connectivity and only makes a few health-based insights.

Microsoft's slowly improving fitness band remains seriously ambitious, but it still lacks the better battery life and helpful daily coaching needed to justify its price.

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Chris Davies (slashgear.com)

Microsoft Band 2 Review

 

It's fair to say that Microsoft's original Band was never the most ergonomically satisfying of wearables. In fact, it looked more like a prototype that skipped the final design stage and just went straight out to customers. Now, with the Microsoft Band...

Microsoft has played to its audience with the Band 2. Existing owners appreciate the breadth of data the wearable collects, and that has been increased in the second-generation version. It fits better, is more comfortable than before (if only a...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: John V. (phonearena.com)

Microsoft Band 2 Review

 

When we think about fitness bands, the last thing to come to mind for most folks will probably be Microsoft, but it shouldn't, as the original Microsoft Band proved itself in being a Swiss Army Knife of sorts for the segment – attached with an equally...

Improved slimmer, more ergonomic design ; Curved design contours better against the wrist ; Packs more sensors than most fitness trackers ; Extensive ecosystem with the Microsoft Health app ; Compatible with many devices

It’s really expensive ; Water-resistance is still underwhelming ; No automatic sleep tracking

Priced at $249.99, the Microsoft Band 2 is easily at the upper echelon of the wearable fitness tracker category. In that regard, it’s competing against other notable, high-end trackers like the Fitbit Surge and Basis. Even more pressing, it’s reaching...

Nov, 2015