They say Microsoft will be looking to revamp perhaps their humblest hardware product in October, in addition to rolling out high-end new Lumia phones, a Surface Pro 4 “laplet”, and possibly an Xbox One Mini too.
We mean, of course, the Microsoft Band, originally priced at $199.99 and up for grabs after a cool 50 bucks discount at $149.99 on Amazon. The deal was kicked off just as the device manufacturer’s e-store hiked the tariff up from $150 to $180, and is currently unbeatable.
Best Buy almost matches its arch-rival’s generosity as far as the small Band is concerned, but the medium variant costs $168 and the large $176 over at BB. The greatest thing about Amazon’s promotion is there’s no signaled expiration date in sight, so you could well wait and see what the sequel brings to the table, and then circle back to the original if the upgrades aren’t worth it.
Battery life and overall fitness tracking reliability should be high on Microsoft’s to-improve list, though at the end of the day, for $150, the OG Band offers plenty. Heart rate, skin temperature, UV and sleep monitoring, step counting, calories burned and more, all on a pretty neat full-color 1.4-inch display.
You can also pull essential notifications from synched Windows Phones, Androids and iPhones, and the two-day-lasting wearable accessory resists dust and splashes to handle most of your outdoor activities. Bottom line, it’s hardly an Apple Watch “killer”, but sports nuts on tight budgets who like their info organized on a wrist-worn screen may not be able to turn it down.