There's been some reports around the Web that early versions of the Microsoft Band 2 have had issues with easily-torn wristbands, with customer return rates registering at rather high levels (you may not want to trade in your Apple Watch for the Band 2, even if the deal is sweet). A new report says that, despite Microsoft's silence on the subject, the company has created thicker, tougher wristbands with Band 2 models bearing a particular Lot Number.
Rod Trent of Supersite Windows says that his Band 2 fitness band bears the Lot Number "1550," which refers to the "50th" week of 2015 (hence the "15"). Since his Band 2 wristband was made in 2015, he'll need to replace it. Fortunately, for those who purchase the Band 2 now, they'll have a Lot Number of "16XX," with the first two digits representing the year in which the new Band 2 wristband was manufactured. These individuals will have a tougher wristband than those whose Band 2 models were crafted last year. For those who want to go ahead and buy a Band 2 with a tougher wristband, keep in mind that you should be able to pick up the Band 2 for $174.99, seeing that we've heard nothing about this deal having ended. If you find out this is the case, feel free to comment below.
So, if you've been waiting for a Microsoft Band 2, you can congratulate yourself. It seems that the statement "now is the right time" couldn't be more applicable than this moment.