Microsoft 30 GB Zune (Black) - Review

Let's get one thing out of the way first, no the Zune isn't as good as the latest Apple iPod. Right we've done with that and now we will concentrate on the stand alone Zune without comparing it to Apple's creation. Microsoft has finally taken its own action in creating a worthy music player, for […]

Let’s get one thing out of the way first, no the Zune isn’t as good as the latest Apple iPod. Right we’ve done with that and now we will concentrate on the stand alone Zune without comparing it to Apple’s creation. Microsoft has finally taken its own action in creating a worthy music player, for the last few years they have created the software for companies like Creative and Toshiba so they can go on to produce hardware that will hopefully take the MP3 buying public by storm, unfortunately that hasn’t happened with any of the hardware releases over the last few years, with that well know music player ruling the headphones.

Microsoft 30 GB Zune (Black)
Company: Microsoft
Website: http://www.zune.net
Estimated Street Price: $249

This time round Microsoft has decided to not only create the software itself, but also to take over the hardware design as well. While it may be a little while before we see proper Microsoft designed Zune’s (this one is designed by Toshiba and is very similar to their gigabeat hardware) this first effort isn’t bad at all from a music fans perspective.

Introduction

Size and Weight

  • 4.4 in. x 2.4 in. x 0.6 in. (h x w x d)
  • Weight: 5.6 ounces

Battery[1]

  • Music, up to 14 hours (wireless off), up to 13 hours (wireless on); pictures, up to 4 hours; video, up to 4 hours
  • Charge Time: 3 hours; 2 hours to 90%

Display

  • Size: 3.0 inches
  • Orientation: Vertical and Horizontal
  • Resolution: 320 x 240 pixels

Audio

  • Windows Media® Audio Standard (.wma): Up to 320 Kbps, CBR and VBR, up to 48-kHz sample rate
  • MP3 (.mp3): Up to 320 Kbps, CBR and VBR, up to 48-kHz sample rate
  • AAC (.mp4, .m4a, .m4b, .mov): Up to 320 Kbps, Low Complexity (LC), up to 48-kHz sample rate

Pictures

  • JPEG (.jpg): All resolutions (desktop software will automatically convert to 640x480 at sync time)

Video

  • Windows Media Video (.wmv): Main Profile, CBR or VBR, up to 1.5 Mbps peak video bitrate, 320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames per sec., with Windows Media Audio up to 192 Kbps, 44.1 kHz, stereo audio; Simple Profile, CBR, up to 736 Kbps video bitrate, 320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames per sec., with Windows Media Audio up to 192 Kbps, 44.1 kHz, stereo audio.

Wireless

  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g
  • Range: Up to 30 feet

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