A quick look at the 3D-printed Microsoft Band Charging Stand

Last week, I reported on the innovative 'Band Stand' accessory for the Microsoft Band. For just $15, you can order up one of these 3D-printer manufactured stands, which lets you run the standard Mircosoft Band magnetic charging cable through it to hold your Band while charging.

Mine showed up late yesterday, and I have to give it a thumbs up.

The order shipped relatively quickly, arriving 7-10 days after the initial order. Packaging was excellent, as both stands were in a bag wrapped in thick bubble wrap to protect it during shipping.

The stands themselves are light and if you are familiar with 3D printed materials, it has that grainy plastic feel to it.

The magnetic charging cable (not included with the stand, but standard with the Band) snaps into the head-mount. It is a very tight fit, requiring perfect alignment of the charger. However, this is a good thing as once this is in, you are unlikely to remove it again. Moreover, you do not want the magnetic charger loose or to pop out.

The rest of the cable runs underneath the stand, and it does not quite clip in, although it is pretty close. The stand is relatively stable without the weight of the Microsoft Band. I may end up using some rug tape on the bottom to make it a little more permanent on my desk for mounting.

The Takeaway

So how well does it work? The Microsoft Band Charging Stand is as advertised. In the newly released video of the Band stand (see above), you get what you see. The Microsoft Band mounts well, and it can give your desk a cleaner, more organized look (plus you could see any notifications, in theory, with it mounted).

The price seems fair for the Band stand, but I'll leave it up to you if you think you need this accessory. At the very least, I can give it a thumbs up if you were curious as to its quality and usefulness.

If interested, you can order up your 3D-printed Microsoft Band Charging Stand direct from Idle Hands Development.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.