Microsoft Band 2 Wearable Goes on Sale
The updated health and fitness tracker hits store shelves in time for the holiday shopping season.Microsoft's second stab at health and wellness wearables, the Band 2, is now available for purchase, according to an Oct. 20 company announcement. Revealed alongside the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 during Microsoft's hardware event in New York City last month, the new Band is a massive overhaul of its blockier predecessor. Despite an early burst of demand and a wealth of functionality, the first Band drew criticisms for its bulky dimensions and a flat screen that contributed to an uncomfortable fit. Featuring a sleeker profile, a curved display and an extra sensor, the updated hardware is meant to be brought along for more activities, with or without a companion smartphone. "The Microsoft Band now features an eleventh sensor, a barometer, to measure elevation gain and loss with even more precision. Great for hiking, biking or even floors climbed," said Lindsey Matese, senior public relations manager for Microsoft Band and Health, in a company blog post. "Plus, built-in GPS stores your data right on your wrist, so you have the option of leaving your mobile device at home while you hit the trail or the road."
The wrist-worn device retails for $249.99—$50 more than the original Band—and is available at Microsoft Stores along with Amazon, Best Buy, Dell.com and other online sellers. A total of 11 sensors, including the new barometer, enable several health monitoring capabilities, including continual heart rate, ambient light detection and galvanic skin response, to name a few.