Microsoft Band 2 Fitness Wearable Falls To $175 For Limited Time

The first day of summer is just around the bend and if you're wanting to shed a few pounds before hitting the beach, a fitness band is a good way to turn that motivation into action. But which of the many different ones available should you go with? One of our favorites is the Microsoft Band 2, especially when it's marked down for sale like it is right now.

Every so often, Microsoft and its partners slash the price of its wearables. Back in February, Dell was selling the Band 2 for $199 and tossing in a free $75 e-gift card to sweeten the pot. Not long after, Microsoft and Best Buy were offering the Band 2 for $175, though the sale ended before Easter Sunday in March. Now two months later, it's again on sale for the same price as before.

Microsoft Band 2

It's also available for a discount at the same locations—for a limited time, you can grab the Microsoft Band 2 for $175 at the Microsoft Store, Best Buy's website, and Best Buy's retail locations, along with Amazon (and potentially other places). If you happen to live close to a Best Buy store and are considering a Band 2, you might want to pop in and try on the different sizes to see which one fits best, even if you plan on ordering online. Here is how the sizing runs:
  • Small: 5.7 to 6.5 inches
  • Medium: 6.3 to 7.5 inches
  • Large: 7.3 to 8.5 inches
If sizing one out at a local Best Buy store isn't an option, you can download and print Microsoft's sizing guide (PDF).

The Band 2 is an improvement over the original Band in several ways. One of the biggest feature upgrades is that of the curved AMOLED display. The original version used a flat display, and while it was serviceable, it wasn't as comfortable as the Band 2's curved panel.

It also has an 11th sensor, a barometer, for tracking elevation. It can come in handy in when climbing steps or hiking in the mountains. Like the curved display, this was one of the most requested feature updates of the original, and Microsoft answered the call.