More or less functionally identical to the just-unveiled Microsoft Band 2, the decidedly cumbersome first-gen model clearly needs an affordability boost to preserve some minimal mainstream appeal. Originally priced at $200, the 2014 Band dropped to $150 a few months back, then fluctuated between $120 and $150 for a while.
Now, at long last, the Microsoft Band is listed for $100 on the Redmond-based manufacturer’s e-outlet, and our hope is we’re not dealing with yet another flash sale. We’ve seen a couple of those already, including at third-party retailers, but before we could even tell you about them, they expired, and the cross-platform-supporting wearable jumped back to $150.
Currently, Amazon sells the Band in exchange for around $120, whereas Best Buy charges $130 a pop. The Microsoft Store has all three sizes in stock, and no matter how thick your wrist, you can pay just one Benjamin.
The abundance of sensors is hands down the fitness tracker’s main forte, including GPS, gyrometer, accelerometer, optical heart rate sensor, UV and skin temperature, but the full-color TFT display isn’t half bad either, if you ignore its awkward shape.
Remember, a vastly refined sequel has recently gone official, and it’s up for pre-orders stateside at $250. Pretty hefty gap, so the OG may still be worth a shot.