Microsoft Band, Medium (4M5-00002) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
This item at this price, sold by Amazon.com, is currently reserved exclusively for Prime members.Prime free trial and invitee customers: We will automatically apply an Amazon.com Gift Card to your Gift Card Balance in the amount equal to the Prime exclusive discount after you become a paid Prime member. If you cancel your paid Prime membership or return the qualifying smartphone within the first 3 months of your paid Prime membership, we may void your Gift Card or charge you in the amount of the Gift Card. Terms and Conditions apply.
- Wrist Circumference: 6.4" - 7.4"
- Achieve your wellness goals by tracking your heart rate, steps, calorie burn and sleep quality. Track your golf game and your health with Microsoft Band and TaylorMade.
- See email previews, calendar alerts, incoming calls, texts, and more at a glance
- Works with Windows Phone, Android and iPhone
- Use the printable sizing guide below under product information to get the right size
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers also shopped for
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Have a question?
Find answers in product info, Q&As, reviews
From the manufacturer
Set wellness goals and get personal insights to help you achieve them. Maximize your fitness with Guided Workouts, and track your heart rate, steps, calorie burn, and sleep quality.
24-hour heart rate monitor: 24-hour heart rate monitoring gives you a better understanding of your calorie burn, sleep patterns, and resting heart rate.
Guided Workouts: Fun and challenging workouts from fitness partners like Gold's Gym, Shape, and Men's Fitness with exercise prompts on the band and instructional videos in the app.
Calorie tracking: Count the calories you burn each day. View daily or weekly stats, set goals, and receive a virtual 'high-five' when you reach them.
Be more productive
Get email preview and calendar alerts on the go. Take notes and set reminders with your voice using Cortana personal assistant. Hit the road and track your route without being tethered to your phone.
Email: Monitor and preview email activity right on your band, so you don't have to pull out your phone in the middle of your lunch date.
Calendar: Stay in sync with the calendar on your phone, and get reminders of important events throughout the day so you can be where you need to be.
Cortana: If you're using Windows Phone 8.1, you can take notes and set reminders with your voice using Cortana personal assistant.
Stay connected at a glance
See incoming calls, texts, social updates, weather, and more on your wrist. Works with Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone.*
Calls: See incoming call and voice notifications on your band.
Texts: Get your text messages right on your wrist. Reply instantly with a standard quick response like “I’ll call you later” or create your own set of personal replies in the app.
Facebook and Facebook Messenger: Stay up to date on Facebook without having to check your phone. Get the latest posts, comments, photo notifications, and personal messages on your band.
Enjoy built-in GPS for run mapping, UV sensor, and a bright, full-color touch screen. Microsoft Band is water resistant, so rain or shine, hot or cold, it goes where you go.
Actionable insights: Microsoft Health Intelligence Engine gives you personal and actionable insights to guide you towards healthier living.
Built-in GPS: The built-in GPS measures the distance you've run and tracks your pace and route. Save your favorites to retrace your steps and challenge yourself later.
Display: The full-color touch display is bright and easy to read, even in direct sunlight.
UV Monitor: Get a quick read of the UV index while you're out and about.
Microsoft Band integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Health to track real-time fitness—heart rate, steps, calories burned and sleep quality—to provide actionable insights for healthier living.
Download Microsoft Health on the platform you own.
Works with Windows Phone 8.1 update or later, iOS 8.1.2 and many Android 4.3-5.0 phones, with Bluetooth.
* Microsoft Health app required; available in English only. Works with Windows Phone 8.1 update, iOS 8.1.2, and Android 4.3-5.0 phones, with Bluetooth. Cortana only available with Windows Phone 8.1 update. Some features including Cortana require a data or Wi-Fi connection (ISP fees apply). Android is a trademark of Google Inc. iPhone is a trademark of Apple Inc.
**For limitations on water resistance and details, see microsoft.com/band/waterresistance.
Microsoft Band helps you achieve your wellness goals by tracking your heart rate, steps, calorie burn and sleep quality, and makes you more productive with email previews and calendar alerts at a glance. Maximize your fitness with Guided Workouts, 24-hour heart rate monitoring, automatic activity counting, and run mapping. Take notes and set reminders with your voice using Cortana personal assistant on Windows Phone. See incoming calls, texts, social updates, weather and more on your wrist. Works with Windows Phone, Android and iPhone.1
Legal Disclaimernew in box no warranty. use with zagg screen protector recommended
Read reviews that mention
Showing 1-3 of 743 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Step accuracy: I counted steps manually several times, and even did that while carrying boxes and groceries to and from the car - it worked perfectly, and kept an accurate count. I even tried fooling it by rocking back and forth a few times, and it didn't count these fake steps. Very sophisticated.
Charging: It lasts 2-3 days, depending on what you are doing. However, it charges quite fast, so occasionally when sitting at the computer I take it off and charge, or simply charge while in the shower, and I have only run out of juice once when I forgot and wore it in the shower.
I wish: That there were more apps and partners. That the HR monitor could alert me to target zone entry/exit. That the HR value on the screen could be displayed persistently. But these are all possible with software updates, and they are obviously being pretty aggressive about the improvements. With 10 sensors, there is amazing potential here, and I don't see it getting obsolete for quite some time!
My fitbit is lonely, sitting in a dark drawer every day, all by itself...
Phone integration: Love, love, love this. it was not a consideration at all for me when I bought it. In fact, I thought it was a little ridiculous. However, now I get a txt or notification, I see it immediately, without taking phone out of pocket, or running into a different room. It is kind of freeing, actually. If you have Windows Phone, the Cortana integration (which I discovered by accident) is a real plus! I can set location dependent reminders, etc.
Fit: I cannot wear a watch, and haven't worn one for years. This has a very light, comfortable fit, and it takes a couple days before I am annoyed by it, and taking it off for a few minutes every day during a shower is plenty. I think it is because of the stiffer band, and how it fits around wrist bones, etc., that makes it so comfortable. I can see how this could possibly be uncomfortable for others, so best just to try in store if you can.
Heart rate: This is quite accurate, and almost perfectly matches what I see on the machines. I did have to start wearing it face down, however, which puts the heart rate monitor directly on the underside of the wrist. Otherwise, it was losing connection for me, and averaging at 30 seconds, would always be low.
Sleep tracking: This was one of the main things I bought it for. I have used the sleep tracking and health app to plot my sleep over time, and I can see it getting better every day through my diet and exercise program. Would be great if the Health App actually plotted it for you and drew a graph vs having to do so in Excel.
I am a big fan of this so far, and Microsoft is pushing out updates fairly often, so it only gets better from here. Biggest drawback is not being able to swim with it, although it is documented as water resistant.
TIP: Paul Thurrott and Rafael Rivera have put together a FANTASTIC "Field Guide" for the Microsoft Band in PDF, MOBI, and ePub formats (you can import it into Kindle, iBooks, etc.): http://windows81book.com.
I'll try not to rehash what I read in the other reviews. This is a great device. The amount of data that it collects is amazing. While the device really shines with Windows Phone, the mobile app also feels like a 1st class citizen on iPhone (there is also a sync app for both Mac and Windows). The sleep monitoring is particularly impressive (I had no idea I was waking up so much). I can even pay for my Starbucks with it.
* Tracks a lot of data. So much potential here.
* Built in heart rate monitor.
* Works on Windows Phone, iPhone, and Android
* As "connected" as the Band is, it leaves you wanting more (perhaps a good thing?). Needs more apps & connections (HealthKit, etc.)
* Would LOVE to see a music player controller tile with pause/play/next/previous controls.
After a few days of ruminating on the Pebble, two bothersome themes were tormenting me in the middle of the night:
1. There's were a disproportionate amount of negative feedback by Pebble buyers who voiced anger about Pebble's flaky Bluetooth and unresponsive customer service. Maybe that was only in the beginning, but it was scary nevertheless.
2. A voice in my head kept asking "Do I really want to get a watch that has a display that is just like the Palm PDAs I owned between the late-1990s and early-2000?" No! I did not want to go back there. While, the new Pebble Time which features a Paperwhite color screen will be available in a month or two, I simply did not want to wait. I want notifications on my wrist NOW!!!!
So I went back to the drawing board and did multiple searches to find what other watches work well with iOS devices besides the Apple watch and the Pebble.
Surprisingly, the Microsoft Band kept coming up as a top choice.
So I ordered it from Amazon and here's what happened next:
►►► A VERY BAD FIRST DATE
Using the sizing diagram, I found that my wrist size was on the lower end of medium. So that was what I ordered.
✘ Yes, like many others have stated, it looked and felt like its designers had recklessly jammed a lot of hardware into rigid, almost inflexible Band -- and wound up with something that is more like a tracking device for people under house arrest.
✘ Things went downhill from there: Scratches from light use!!!! And then, the display totally went wacko...looking like the very last transmission from a starship under heavy attack by Klingons...
►►► I ORDERED AN EXCHANGE WITH ONE SMALL ADJUSTMENT THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING FOR THE BETTER
I ordered an exchange. But on a whim, I decided to order the small size, rather than the medium recommend by the sizing printout.
►►► 2ND TRY...ALL MY HOPES AND DREAMS FULFILLED!
✔ The 2nd Microsoft Band I got had zero glitches. I immediately put on a Skinomi Screen Protector.
✔ But most exciting thing was by going from medium to small, the Band actually looked and felt acceptable. When turned toward the inward orientation, facing the same direction as the palm, the band didn't look as gross as it did initially.
►►► THE HALO NOW AROUND MY WRIST
Now that I've settled in for a few days, here is my report card on the Microsoft Band
❖ Appearance: B-
Now that I have the correct size, it looks like a halo around my wrist as there is open air between my wrist and the sides of the band where I was told the batteries reside. While it is not "beautiful," it is, at least, not embarrassing.
❖ Sizing: C-
The sizing chart they have you print is way off. And yes, I made sure that it was the proper scale. In the next go-around Microsoft needs to consider using an actual measurement of circumference rather than eyeball the thickness of one's wrist from the side.
❖ Ease of Setup: A
Hardly looking at the instructions, I had it charged up and paired with the Health App on my iPhone 6 Plus with no problem. The Bluetooth connection is robust and I have not experienced any glitches.
❖ Ease of Use: A
With two buttons, one for sleep/wake/turn on/ turn off and the the other to select an action, breeze through the functions was easy.
❖ Tools and Features, Part I, Notifications: A
Using the accompanying Health App for the iPhone (a different version for Windows and Android users), I was able to establish the pecking order of the content I wanted to deliver. I put texts, emails, and notifications first followed by cycling (as in bicycle), running, general exercise and sleep.
Surprisingly, the size of the screen and the ability to do swipe gestures both horizontally and vertically, all works together pretty well.
When text comes, I actually read enough to catch the gist and, as intended, it keeps me from having to look at my phone. I can able to then stay focused on the tasks at head with fewer invasive interruptions.
❖ Tools and Features, Part II, Heath and Activity Tracking: A
So far, I've used the cycling module to track my metrics during a spinning class. It does does a great job of not only tracking, but also motivating me to perform at my very best. In fact, as I writing this, I'll be going another class, I feel really pumped up about it.
A big favorite of is also the sleep tracking. I've never paid attention to sleep and I know I should. By tracking sleep quality and the times I wake up in the middle of the night, it's made more conscious of things I can do improve the quality of my sleep (i.e. stop looking at my phone while I fall asleep).
❖ Settings: A
The settings are straight forward and easy to adjust. One most important settings to me was to set up "Watch Mode," which allows you to display the time and date continually so that you Band can be used as a watch. My impression is that it uses very little power and that it's impact is on battery life is barely noticeable.
❖ Battery Life: A
Of course, we'd all love for the battery to go for an entire week like the Pebble. But the trade-off in battery life for smart phone like graphics is acceptable. My Band goes for a day and half without a change. To simply forget having to charge it, I just plug it into the convenient magnetic plug when I take a shower or during meal times.
❖ The Heath App: B
The Health App is where most of the customization of you Band's content takes place. You can not only display the order in which they appear as you swipe from right to left, you can also remove content modules that are irrelevant to you.
As well, you can modify the color theme and wallpaper.
❖ Available of 3rd Party Apps: C
The scarcity of apps clearly sucks as I was only able to find two 3rd party apps. One of the turned out to be pretty good though. Called Reband, it allows you use your own images as well paper. You can see an example of that among the pictures that accompany my review.
►►► ABOUT THOSE CORTANA RUMORS: POSSIBLE GOOD NEWS
Another great thing about the Microsoft Band -- which I'm crossing my fingers about -- is this:
A few days ago, I spoke to someone at Microsoft who has had contact with the Band development team. He stated that for IOS users, we will soon have the same ability to speak commands to our Bands that Windows Phone users currently have. However, contrary to the rumors, he said it would come in the form of Siri integration. Again, I cannot say with absolute certain that this is true but, it does seem to make sense.
In the battle of the bands, the Microsoft Band is hardly the joke I originally though it was, especially after I got the right size. It delivers the snippets of text, emails, weather, ITTT content, and news without disrupting your flow. As well, its renewed my enthusiasm about my workouts and even helped me to develop better sleep habits.