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65 Engadget Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
65

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

If Microsoft Health ever lives up to its ambitious goals, it could be game-changing. But right now, the Microsoft Band is the only device available for it. And the Band seems more like a prototype than a consumer device. It's bulky, uncomfortable and has disappointing battery life. You could get a comfortable fitness tracker for less, or a capable smartwatch for a few bucks more.

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Pros
  • Works on iOS, Android and Windows Phone
  • Lots of data, thanks to a raft of sensors
  • App has a clean design and shows promise
  • Connects to Cortana on Windows Phone
  • Guided workouts are extremely helpful
Cons
  • Hardware is uncomfortable and poorly designed
  • Microsoft Health is mostly promise
  • Smartwatch-like battery life
  • Does too many things, many of them poorly
  • Seriously, the Band is really uncomfortable
65 Engadget Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
65

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

65
 

User Reviews

70
Yvonne
Personally I'm a ride and die fan for this watch.....easy to use....the hardest...read more
40
siepod
Purchased the band upon initial release, and like many was excited. As with...read more
90
ALEXSWLI
Full Disclosure--I do work for Microsoft. But I'm not a loyalist for personal...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
65
Average Critic Score
 
70
Engadget
The Band seems more like a prototype than a consumer device. It's bulky, uncomfortable and has disappointing battery life. You could get a comfortable fitness tracker for less, or a capable smartwatch for a few bucks more.
 
60
The Verge
The Band hardware needs a lot of work, and the software needs to be fully realized and tuned ... If you’re in the market for a fitness tracker right now, this probably isn’t the one to buy. It's a prototype, and an expensive one. It's a first try, because Microsoft had to start somewhere.
 
40
Digital Trends
With sensors to Sunday and more power than a race car, Microsoft’s Band is the most advanced fitness band ever. It’s also a simply bad product.
 
80
Yahoo
Yes, the Band is chunky and industrial looking. But it’s got more features for its size than any rival yet, and it does a lot of things no other gadget can. And the fact that Microsoft intends to make it as compatible as possible? That’s going to be healthy both for Microsoft and for you.
 
70
PocketNow
This is very much a “version 1″ product ... As things are right now, the Microsoft Band and Microsoft Health system is pretty good, but the really interesting thing will be watching it improve as the software evolves.
 
60
Gizmodo Australia
The Microsoft Band isn’t terrible, and there’s plenty of room for it to improve with updates later on. It’s just too bad the Band shipped half-baked.
 
70
PC Mag
The Microsoft Band may be teeming with features not found in most other activity trackers, but none of that matters if you can't stand wearing the thing.
 
70
CNET
Microsoft Band is an ambitious first crack at a smart health wearable that throws in a ton of features and cross-platform support, but it's just not as easy to use or as functional as it should be.