The second generation Microsoft Band is an impressive fitness wearable, packing in 11 sensors and a curved, AMOLED touch screen display. However, it is priced at $249, which puts it $50 above the debut price of its predecessor.
That brings us back to the original Band. Just last month, Microsoft had the wearable on sale for a low, low price of $99. At the level, we figured that stocks would deplete relatively quickly and fitness gurus would be forced to pony up for the more expensive second generation Band. That’s obviously not the case, as retail partner Best Buy still has plenty available, and has dropped the price by another $20, taking the original Band down to just $79.99.
Don’t get us wrong, the second generation Band does look snazzier, it’s a lot more comfortable to wear and it includes an additional sensor: a barometer. But is all of that worth $170 more than its predecessor? You be the judge, but I’d personally suck up wearing a chunkier device along with the less advanced 1.4-inch TFT display and pocket the rest of the money.
We have no idea how long Best Buy plans on keeping pricing this low; Microsoft’s previous low price of $99 has already shot back up to $129.99.