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Microsoft Band 2 review: This health-oriented wearable still faces big hurdles

What the Microsoft Band 2 smartwatch does, it does very well. But buyers wanting to download apps and other games are out of luck.

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At a Glance
  • Microsoft Band 2

    PCWorld Rating

    The Microsoft Band excels at tracking your home and work life, and analyzing how to make it more productive. But its lack of apps ultimately prove disappointing.

At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    The Microsoft Band excels at tracking your home and work life, and analyzing how to make it more productive. But its lack of apps ultimately prove disappointing.

    Pros

    • 2+ days of battery life
    • Strong analytics and configuration options
    • Equally adept at improving home, work life

    Cons

    • Almost no third-party apps
    • "Bracelet" form factor is limiting
    • Text-centric display isn't as attractive as competition

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