The Microsoft Band could have quietly simply turn out to be the most effective worth within the fitness tracker house, however in all probability not with the model the corporate hoped for.
Microsoft introduced a completely redesigned Band at a press occasion in New York this week, and now it has slashed the price on the previous model by 35 %. The unique Microsoft Band clearly had its points, but it surely’s exhausting to fully write-off at simply $129.99.
Who is aware of how lengthy the low cost will final as Microsoft clears out stock and ushers within the new era. However that price positions the Band under the Fitbit Charge, which doesn’t have a contact display or a coronary heart fee monitor, and may’t do issues like test electronic mail.
It additionally places the unique at simply over half the price of the new Microsoft Band, which is able to price $249 when it launches on Oct. 30.
Doubtless, the new model is a massive step up from the primary. I’ve been a longtime Microsoft Band consumer, however I nonetheless discover the unique extraordinarily uncomfortable. The new Band is lighter, extra form-fitting and trendy. There have been some upgrades internally, like including a barometer to observe elevation modifications. However total, the performance is about the identical.
The largest draw back to the new Band is the price, which jumped $50 from the unique’s ordinary price of $199. And now that the previous model is even cheaper, it turns into an fascinating possibility.