Microsoft and other retailers cut 30% off Band 2, now available for $174.99

Microsoft's Band 2 went on sale in the United States last October, priced at $249.99, $50 more than its predecessor, but it's now available for a good deal less.

Since its launch, the Band 2 has picked up numerous updates, adding features such as distance tracking in guided workouts, music controls and activity reminders. The device is able to track heart rate and location, as well as steps and stairs climbed, and includes a suite of sensors, such as a UV monitor and barometer.

For the second time in recent weeks, Microsoft has slashed $75 (30%) off the Band 2, bringing its price down to $174.99 until April 23. The discount applies to all three sizes of the device, but the large model is not currently in stock on the Microsoft Store.

It's important to select the right size for your wrist, as this may affect the reliability of readings such as those taken by the heart rate monitor. If the small or medium sizes aren't such a good fit for you, the good news is that the device is also available at the same reduced price on Amazon.com and Best Buy, both of which have the large model in stock.

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