Try before you buy: Apple Watch available to rent for $45

Lumoid will let you trial run the Apple smartwatch for a week to see if its the right fit
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Lumoid, the Y Combinator-backed startup, has opened up a wait list for Apple Watch rentals, giving potential smartwatch buyers the chance to try the Cupertino wearable for a week before deciding whether to buy one or not.

Earlier this year Lumoid extended its try before you buy offerings to fitness trackers, adding to the camera tech it originally based its business on.

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For the Apple Watch, it is offering the Sport model for $45 (of which $25 would be taken off of the purchase price if a user decided to take the plunge) or a steel-strapped variant for $55 ($30 towards the buy out price).

With fitness trackers you can select five devices that you want to try out for $20, and you get a week with them before sending them back or deciding to keep and buy the ones that you want.

And while the Apple Watch rental deal is a bit more pricey, it's a nice option for any fanbois who are umming and ahhing on whether to splash the cash or not.

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However, with pre-orders only opening on 10 April, two weeks before the 24 April release date, it's not known how many units Lumoid will have on offer; so don't get your hopes up that you'll definitely be able to secure one.

No harm getting on the wait list though - which you can do right now.


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