Is the Microsoft Band 2 waterproof?

No, the Microsoft Band 2 is not waterproof. The story doesn't end there, however. The Microsoft Band 2 actually meets the IPX7 standard in testing, but Microsoft insists the Band 2 is not intended to be immersed in water. If you try and it breaks, it won't be covered by the warranty.

IPX7 means protection against temporary immersion in water at a 1-meter depth for 30 minutes, but Microsoft does not recommend you trying that. The good news is that light rain and hand washing shouldn't harm your Microsoft Band.

Here are some important notes from Microsoft:

  • Your Band is not waterproof. Light rain and handwashing shouldn't harm it, but do not immerse your Band in liquids of any kind. Do not wear your Band while swimming or in the shower.
  • Your Band is dust- and water-resistant but not waterproof. Wet environments may damage it.
  • Your Band isn't intended for swimming. Remove it before swimming for recreation or fitness.
  • Your Band isn't intended to be worn in the shower or tub. Remove it before showering or bathing.
  • Your Band is intended for indoor/outdoor use in the presence of rain, snow, or brief splashes of water.
  • Microsoft doesn't guarantee that your Band will operate normally if you use it in water or other liquids. It may be damaged if water enters it.
  • If your Band has been immersed in water or the microphone is wet, the microphone may not function properly.

While you might be discouraged from getting your Microsoft Band 2 near water, it actually meets some standards for dust and water-resistance:

  • IP6X: No ingress of dust. Complete protection against entry of dust.
  • IPX7: Protection against temporary immersion in water (at a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes).
  • IP67: Meets both the dust- and water-resistance standards above.

So there you have it. Even though the Microsoft Band 2 is not waterproof, it is dust- and water-resistant. It should be fine with sweat, light rain, and normal washing. If it does get wet, try to dry it promptly with a clean, soft cloth.

Are you happy with the Microsoft Band 2 being dust and water-resistant? Did you wish it was waterproof? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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