Microsoft - Band Smartwatch (Large) - Black Thermal Plastic
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Microsoft Health helps you live a healthier lifestyle
Get real-time wellness insights on your wrist. Learn which exercises burned the most calories during your workout, how much restful sleep you got last night and much more.
Stay informed with the Microsoft Health app and a full-featured Web dashboard
The app lets you track progress toward fitness goals with easy-to-understand charts, and the Web dashboard provides insights unique to you in your favorite browser.
Built-in GPS lets you monitor your runs
Measure the distance you've run and track your pace and route. Save your favorites to retrace your steps and challenge yourself later.
Get notifications at a glance
Check incoming calls, texts, social updates, weather, finance and more on your wrist without pulling out your phone.
Cortana becomes your virtual personal assistant
Cortana lets you reply to text messages, take notes or set reminders with your voice. Plus, get traffic notifications and stay on top of sports, stocks, weather and more.
Capacitive full-color display in a thermal plastic band with an adjustable-fit clasp.
Compatible with most current smartphones
Works with iPhone, Android and Windows Phone.
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- Band Smartwatch (Large)
- Charger, 2 lithium-ion batteries
- Owner's manual
- Global PositioningGPS
- Operating System CompatibilityAndroid, Apple iOS, Windows Mobile
- Operating SystemWindows
- Metrics MeasuredCalories burned, Distance traveled, Heart rate, Hours slept, Pace, Sleep quality, Speed, Steps taken, Temperature
- Screen Size1.4 millimeters
- Water ResistantYes
- Maximum Depth of Water Resistance0 feet
- Band MaterialOther
- Product NameBand Smartwatch (Large)
- Data Plan RequiredNo
- Model Number4M5-00003
- Model FamilyMicrosoft Band
- ColorBlack Thermal Plastic
- Color CategoryBlack
- Water ResistantYes
- Shock ResistantYes
- Maximum Height of Shock Resistance3 feet
- Maximum Depth of Water Resistance0 feet
- Processor Speed0 gigahertz
- Built-In MicrophoneYes
- Form FactorWristwatch
- Product TypeSmartwatch
- NFC TechnologyNo
- Wi-Fi CompatibilityNone
- Bluetooth EnabledYes
- Bluetooth VersionOther
- Charging Interface(s)USB
- Battery TypeLithium-ion
- Clock DisplayYes
- Display TypeDigital
- Display ScreenYes
- Color DisplayYes
- Adjustable BrightnessNo
- Backlit DisplayYes
- Clasp TypeOther
- Band ColorBlack
- Case MaterialPlastic
- Case Back MaterialPlastic
- Adjustable Band LengthYes
- Band Length10.5 inches
- Band Width19.30 millimeters
- Case Thickness0.36 inches
- Case Width0.76 inches
- Product Height4.8 inches
- Product Width4.8 inches
- Product Depth1.7 inches
- Product Weight10.6 ounces
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts1 year limited
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Labor1 year limited
Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 242 reviews(242 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Good productPosted .
Overal my experience in the past three weeks have been nothin short of good does everything it says it will an pretty spot on with accuracy ...gotta charge it every few days but guessing that it's always keeping track of this or that it needs that power but it's not a big deal to meI would recommend this to a friend
Rated 2 out of 5 stars
Good for what it doesPosted .
Nice device to track your fitness activites. Does as it says. My favorite thing it does is track my sleep. I work a overnight job, so sleep tracking is important to me. This band is cool in many ways, tracking sleep, distance ran, distance walked, time spent weightlifting, constant heart rate monitoring, elevation changes, UV sensor to tell you how long it will take to get sun burnt, email notifier, text reader, weather checker, and Facebook notifications. My only problem is comfort and durability. Comfort feels awkward due to the shape of the band. The large screen read out is easily scratched so buy a screen protector. Overall quality of the product doesn't hold up well since it is only splash/sweat resistant. And the housing of the sides seem to only wear out with in two months exposing sensitive parts of the band. Also I noticed that the metal used around the charging area and heart monitor began to peel and or bubble when worn during workouts. Not impressed on durableness after two months of everday minimal use.No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Brand response from MicrosoftOutreachTeamPosted .
The Microsoft Band has a Limited 1 year hardware warranty. Please contact us so we can assist you with a possible replacement at: http://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-band/en-us/support/warranty
We apologize for any frustration this has caused and hope this was helpful to you.
Rated 2 out of 5 stars
Works but coatings peel!Posted .
The band works well, but not quite as well as my wifes fitbit. The app is not as good. The shocking part is the coatings on the band started peeling off after less than a year of use! Pretty dissapointing for a $200 purchase.No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
High Value as a Smartwach & Fitness BandPosted .
The Microsoft Band holds high value as a Smart Watch as well as being a quality fitness band. The majority of consumers will appreciate the standard pedometer & sleep stats that virtually all smart watches and fitness bands provide, but the Microsoft Band adds the ability to read your heart rate, view text messages, see Facebook & email notifications, and log routes using GPS without a requirement to lug your phone with you on your journey. Besides the plethora of features the Microsoft Band offers, the value really comes in with compatibility. The Microsoft Band is the only smart watch that can be used with Windows Phone, iPhones, & Android phones. This means that your $200 investment will travel with you even if you get a new phone. Consumers often have their favorite device/operating system, but this doesn't mean we should be stuck with an old phone because you purchased a fitness band or smart watch that functions exclusively with one operating system. PRO: MORE FEATURES / BETTER VALUE THAN FITBIT The most popular fitness bands are the Fitbit line of products. At $94.99 the Fitbit Flex can be found almost anywhere. The price seems great, but this device has no screen which means you must use your phone to view any specific information - This gets old very quick. If you are going to spend around $100 you will very quickly realize that anything worn on your wrist 24 hours a day should at least tell you the time. The next jump up in the Fitbit world is the Charge at $129.99. Now you can finally see what time it is and review the most basic information right on your wrist, but the features mostly end there. You will be able to see the name & phone number of calls coming in to your synched device, but that is it - which falls short of being a helpful or fun smart watch. In order to have a Fitbit with similar features to the Microsoft Band, you must climb up to the $249 Surge with the heart rate monitor. You can now read text messages, but the screen is colorless, the device lacks style or any individuality, and it is more expensive than the Microsoft Band which has just as many features. PRO: NOTIFICATIONS The Microsoft Band allows you to customize which notifications you see on your wrist. Facebook updates, emails, text messages, Amber alerts, weather updates. Select which information you would like to see and get a light buzz on your wrist the next time new information is available. Finally you can read text messages in business meetings! PRO: REMINDERS While similar to Notifications, Reminders deserves to be mentioned independently. When paired with a Windows phone, Cortana can remind you to do a certain task when you arrive at a certain location. Example: My wife asks me to purchase Cilantro the next time I am at the store - which I will never remember on my own. So, I use my Microsoft Band to bring up Cortana and I simply say, "Cortana, the next time I am at Albertsons - please remind me to get Cilantro." (Be nice/polite to robots. When Skynet is goes live, you'll be glad you were.# Cortana will have me verify which Albertsons I go to. And, the next time I pull into the Albertsons parking lot, my wrist will buzz and I will see a message reminding me to buy Cilantro. Happy wife - happy life. PRO: INTERNAL GPS While most fitness bands and smart watches will show you a route that you have run, most require your phone to go along with you. The Microsoft band will track your route without your phone present in any way. Leave that bulky phone at home. It is never comfortable to have your phone bouncing in your pocket, strapped to your arm, or stuffed in your shirt #ladies?#. PRO: LESS CANCER Sure I'm being a bit sarcastic here, but Skin Cancer is no joke. If you are worried about your exposure to the Sun, the Microsoft Band does come with a UV Sensor. PRO: HEART RATE MONITOR If you're not a fitness fanatic you may think you don't care about the heart rate monitor, but this is probably not true. The Microsoft Band uses the sensor to track your heart rate all day and all night. This means the sleep tracking info you see is more accurate. See not only the length of time you slept, but the quality of sleep you are getting. With heart rate info the Band doesn't simply guesstimate based on arm movement - it can sense when you're body is actually relaxed. PRO: SCREEN & SCREEN PROTECTION FINALLY a hardware manufacturer who understands that screens get scratched. The Microsoft Band comes with a screen protector - not just temporary plastic to protect the screen while in the box. Also, the colorful screen can be easily read in both low light & bright sunlight. PRO: SUPPORT / UPGRADES Unlike the Fitbit, the Microsoft Band receives frequent software updates which adds new features. So far they have added a cycling app, a keyboard, and more. Read about the updates here: http://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-band-update-adds-new-tools-a-keyboard-and-an-sdk-for-apps/ PRO: WEARABILITY Unlike any other Smart Watch or Fitness Band, the Microsoft Band was designed to be worn either on the outside of your wrist - or on the inside of your wrist. You will be surprised how comfortable & convenient it is to read with your palm facing upward. Excellent for runners and couch potatoes alike. PRO / CON: WATER The Microsoft Band is definitely not water proof, but don't turn away before you get the following information. Microsoft states that it is "dust and splash resistant", but they go out of their way to repeatedly say that "The Microsoft Band is not waterproof and should not be immersed in liquid for any period of time." The Microsoft Band meets the following certification related to water: IPX7: Protection against temporary immersion in water #at depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes#. All of the manufacturer info related to water can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/band/waterresistance Though Microsoft clearly promotes caution, users have put the Microsoft Band to the test dunking it completely under water without any major problems. Microsoft website suggests that the microphone would be the first to experience issues if the band is exposed to water. Take a look at the main user test: http://youtu.be/ANcH-eLv9jw I wouldn't suggest Deacon buy Microsoft Bands for all of his Smokers #and Mariner has gills, so he'd ruin his Band for sure#. You probably shouldn't shower while wearing your Microsoft Band, but you can certainly wash your hands #and perhaps dishes# without worry. PRO / CON: BATTERY LIFE The Microsoft Band loses battery life the same way as a smart phone. The more the screen is on, the more you use GPS, and the more notifications you receive - the faster your battery drains. That being said, Jack Bauer would have no problem making it through a full episode on a single charge. Simply charge the phone while you shower, or while you're on the computer and you wont run into any battery life issues. 45 minutes will charge the band to about 80% while another hour will get you to 100% #from the back to the middle and around again#. PRO / CON: CHARGING CABLE The charging cable is magnetic which leaps into place on the back of the Microsoft Band with a satisfying click. #The link is almost as strong as the bond between your dragon & your ponytail.# The downside is that the charging cable is not Micro USB. This means that unless you want to pay extra to purchase additional charging cables #or take the cable with you wherever you go#, you will only be able to charge the Band in one location. CON: COMFORT The largest complaint about the Microsoft Band will be comfort - which is obviously a very big deal when buying something you will be shackled to your wrist the majority of your waking hours. The Band contains many components on all sides of your wrist making it rather rigid. It barely opens wide enough for you to slip your wrist inside. Don't worry though - the majority of those wearing the Band agree the discomfort fades #and may even become 50 shades of wonderful#. Luckily the Band is adjustable - regardless of the size you purchase. CON: SIZE / MATERIAL The Microsoft Band is bulky due to all of its batteries and components. For those of you #like Jack Traven & me# who wear G-Shock watches #when saving the world one bus at a time# - you'll understand that such bulky wrist-wear can make it difficult to put on a jacket or long sleeved shirt. The bulk with the matte / rubbery finish makes it extra likely to get in the way. If your sleeves or cuffs fit tight, you may have a hard time wearing the band. CON: NO SPEAKER While the Microsoft Band does have a microphone next to the screen, it does not include a speaker. Sadly, this means that Cortana's sultry voice is stifled and she must communicate with us via text. For now we'll just have to squeeze into our high wasted antique future slacks, boot up our digital copy of HER, and comb our creepy mustaches while we melt to the sweet sounds of ScarJo. CON: NO MUSIC Because the Microsoft Band has no user accessible memory, we cannot store our music on the device. It also means there is virtually no chance of music being added as a feature with future software updates. If you want music while you run you'll need to bring your phone along. Or, forget the phone jog like John Cusack - 20 pound boom box raised above your head, trench coat flapping behind you like a khaki cape with sleeves.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Best in ClassPosted .
The Microsoft band is my second fitness band. My reasons for switching to the band are related to data, syncing and compatibility. The Band is the wish for increased fitness data, heart rate, workout tracking and sleep tracking. All fitness trackers do distance or steps but a good workout is very dependent on heart rate and most trackers do not have that capability or lack the other info items. The Band has the ability to track everything I needed. The Band took things much farther, it alerted me of incoming calls, appointments, texts, alerts, alarms, reminders to take a break from work, and more even Cortana. And a bigger bonus from me its water resistant so I will not kill it if I take a shower by accident or get caught in the rain. It has been a real time saver, reminding me of events, appointments and tracking my health. The Apps available are great and continue to grow in number. It is a bit bigger that some health bands but is not the largest. It also can function as a watch. And just for the record I do not work for Microsoft but I am a cheer leader when it comes to the band. Its a great product.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
So far the best wearable tech I've ownedPosted .
Microsoft's Band is quite under-rated by many sites and people, however I have found it to be comfortable (hardly weighing more than a normal watch) and have quite a few useful features. It is a band that has a 2+ day battery life and works with any platform our there at the moment (Windows, Android & iOS). This makes it quite unique that your wearable tech doesn't have to be upgraded if you decide to switch to a different phone later, unlike the Samsung Gear that I had (which had to be paired with a Samsung Device). Keeps a great log of all of the information and syncs easily with the phone. Has a Starbucks app for it that lets you pay with the watch ... I don't use it, but others find it useful. The Cortana integration is great, and once you get used to replying with the onscreen keyboard, that's nice as well. I do wish it came in other colors or had a swappable band, but since the battery is part of the band that would probably be a bit difficult for them. And maybe with the second version they could work on making it waterproof.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great Product from MicrosoftPosted .
I was originally skeptical about this band from Microsoft, but I always had a curiosity about there products. Even bought a windows phone just to try something new. Either way though I have the nike plus watch I wanted something with a heart rate monitor, and I didn't want to spend $350.00 and wait for the apple watch. I must say this product is great so far. It connects easily with my iphone 6 plus. The only bad thing I have to say is make sure you get a screen protector for it. It scratches very easily. Other than that I am more than happy with my purchase.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
The Best Fitness Band AvailablePosted .
I am a pretty active person, involved in running, biking and weight lifting multiple times per week. I have tried about all the different brands of activity trackers and smartwatches available over the past year, and this one has by far been the most useful for my lifestyle. Good battery life (average of two days battery life, unless you activate the GPS on a run, then you will need to recharge that night) and a slew of sensors to give you data. There are really only three negative comments that I have about the Band: 1) It is a bit bulky on the wrist, so be prepared to take it off to put on some long sleeve shirts 2) A screen protector should have come standard with the device, because if you do not use one your display will be filled with scratches immediately 3) Lack of apps - however Microsoft recently opened up the code to programmers, so hopefully over the coming months this will be remedied.I would recommend this to a friend