Metal and Crystal Zune Case Reviews
This review includes our first metal Zune case from Zuneone and crystal clear case from 22Moo.
The metal case has a hinged aluminum body, hard acrylic LCD protector, and foam lining. It comes with a plastic belt clip and nylon wrist strap.
The black lining is bonded to the inside of the case and prevents the metal from scratching the Zune. It also provides an excellent snug fit.
Ports for USB, earphone and the lock
allow for full functionality while the Zune is in the case. The screen protector is bonded to the outside rather than the inside of the case. This prevents it from being dislodged during impact, however adhesive around the rim is visible through the clear protector and gives the case a "homemade" look. Imperfections between the front and rear aluminum clamshells are apparent when the case is closed.
The hinge is robust and is about half the length of the Zune case. The case is held shut by the a tab on the opposite side of the hinge.
In conclusion the aluminum metal case
is fun, protective and unique. With close inspection manufacturing imperfections are obvious but the price is right for this unit. We got ours new on ebay for $4.99 plus $3.75 shipping, that's less the price of a Zune decal sticker. At that price it's safe to assume someone in China is stamping these out for Zune lovers here in the US.
22Moo Crystal Clear Case
The 22Moo crystal case is made from a smoke colored injection molded clear plastic. It has no hinge but the front and rear sections snap together creating an elegant translucent shell for the Zune.
The rear side has a thin kickstand that hinges out, useful for watching movies on an airplane. The stand is thin and the hinge joint is not designed for abuse. Additional features on the rear are a hole for a belt clip and openings for the wrist strap. Although there is an opening on the top for the sliding lock switch it is much too small for a human finger.
smoke color is not dark enough to cause problems with the LCD brightness, videos come through nice and clear. In conclusion the Crystal Clear case is
better looking in person than in photos, it gives the black Zune an extra dark formal look.
Protection is excellent due to the hard plastic material. 22Moo sells the case for $19.95.