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Microsoft Band

Microsoft Band
alaScore 88

451 reviews

Oct, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 451 reviews of Microsoft Band. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Microsoft Band is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Microsoft Band

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 361 user reviews of Microsoft Band from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk.

78% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Jeremy Kaplan (digitaltrends.com)

Microsoft Band review

 

With sensors to Sunday and more power than a race car, Microsoft's Band is the most advanced fitness band ever. It's also a simply bad product.

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Michael Calore (wired.com)

Review: Microsoft Band 2

 

Microsoft has rebooted its popular fitness tracker, bringing us this year's new Band 2.

Nov, 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: A revamped fitness band, inside and outside

 

The band has a new design and enhanced software, but there are some key things Microsoft's health super-tracker still lacks.

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 : Scott Stein Dan Graziano (cnet.com)

Microsoft Band, reviewed: A truly ambitious but flawed smart fitness band

 

All-day heart rate, tons of notifications and downloadable workouts: the Microsoft Band wants to rule fitness on your wrist, but it's not there yet.

The Microsoft Band works with Android, iOS and Windows phones, tracks all-day heart rate, has an impressive set of smart notifications, has built-in GPS for runs and can download workout suggestions.

It has mediocre battery life; it's not swim-friendly; Bluetooth syncing and pairing can be buggy; the Microsoft Health app isn't that easy to use, and learned insights seem few and far between. Heart-rate accuracy seems to be a little inconsistent, too.

Microsoft Band is an ambitious first crack at a smart health wearable that throws in a ton of features and cross-platform support, but it's just not as easy to use or as functional as it should be.

Nov, 2014

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Microsoft Band medium

 

At $200, it's competitively priced to other fitness watches, too: it's the same price as the Basis Peak , and not far off what the Fitbit Charge HR and Jawbone Up3 will cost. It's only available in the US for now, but it's coming to the UK in April for...

The Microsoft Band works with Android, iOS and Windows phones, tracks all-day heart rate, has an impressive set of smart notifications, has built-in GPS for runs and can download workout suggestions.

It has mediocre battery life; it's not swim-friendly; Bluetooth syncing and pairing can be buggy; the Microsoft Health app isn't that easy to use, and learned insights seem few and far between. Heart-rate accuracy seems to be a little inconsistent, too.

Microsoft Band is an ambitious first crack at a smart health wearable that throws in a ton of features and cross-platform support, but it's just not as easy to use or as functional as it should be.

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Jill Duffy (pcmag.com)

Microsoft Band

 

The Microsoft Band may be teeming with features not found in most other activity trackers, but none of that matters if you can't stand wearing the thing.

Packed full of features. Tracks steps, workouts, runs, calories burned, heart rate, sleep. Includes some smartwatch functionality. Customizable screen.

Wildly uncomfortable. Not suitable for petite people. Lackluster app. Touch screen is difficult to manipulate while in motion. No tracking for bicycling. Requires a mobile phone; currently no computer syncing or Web interface. Lacks calorie-logging...

One benefit of the Microsoft Band, however, is that it also tracks distance, and distance is a far easier metric to verify than steps. Stride length and other factors make steps-per-mile vary wildly from person to person, but at least with a mileage or...

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : David Pierce (theverge.com)

Microsoft Band review

 

I slept terribly last night. I don't know exactly why, but between going to sleep at 11:56PM and waking up at 6:49AM, I woke up 12 times. I got two hours and 45 minutes of light sleep and one hour...

Collects a tremendous amount of data ; Guided workouts are awesome ; Simple, easy navigation ; Cross-platform support is crucial

Not enough battery life ; No waterproof = no good ; What am I supposed to do with all this data? ; Big, bulky, and expensive

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Travis Pope (gottabemobile.com)

Microsoft Band 2 Review

 

At $249.99 the Microsoft Band 2 definitely isn’t an impulse buy. It firmly competes with the Fitbit Surge on every specification and sensor. They’re also priced identical. The Fitbit Surge offers many of the same features as the Microsoft Band 2, while...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by : Scott Schaen (chipchick.com)

Microsoft Band Review

 

Microsoft has a fitness band? You better believe it because the Microsoft Band is one of the best wearables on the market right now. The Band is loaded up with just about every feature, and it's a fraction of the price of the soon-to-be-released Apple...

Competitive pricing, Gorgeous screen, Clear and clean user interface, Intuitive Touchscreen, GPS, UV Detector, Full notifications, Compatible with wide array of smartphones, Goal tracking ; The Bad: Requires Phone to Sync, Face scuffs quickly, creates...

Requires Phone to Sync, Face scuffs quickly, creates significant battery drain for your paired phone

Apr, 2015