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Microsoft Zune
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Overall 8
8.4

It's Time To Zune Out

AskMen.com
26 June 2009
  • Summary: Let’s just admit it: For a long time it was embarrassing to be a Microsoft Zune owner. While all of your buddies where showing off their flashy iPod touches and iPhones that they could control at the swipe of a finger, you were covertly lugging around the MP3 player equivalent to a brick.
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Overall 8
8.0

Microsoft Zune (120GB) Review

LAPTOP Magazine
2 October 2008
  • Summary: The new Zune can't beat the iPod classic's battery life or game support, but it does have a better screen, useful music-discovery features, and wireless. Ultimately, the 120GB Microsoft Zune is an excellent iPod classic alternative and gives you significantly more features for the same price.
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Overall 7
7.3

Zune

AskMen.com
22 July 2008
  • Summary: The Zune is Microsoft ’s attempt to compete with Apple ’s iPod , and it’s now closer than it has ever been to its competitor. The second generation is sleeker and comes in a variety of different colors: pink, red, black, and Green.
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Overall 8
8.0

Microsoft Zune 80GB

PC Magazine
7 December 2007
  • Conclusion: The new Zune is trimmer, has a larger screen and increased capacity. Add its wireless abilities to the equation and you've got a player that (gasp!) trumps Apple's iPod classic.
  • Pros: Large screen. Easy to navigate. Syncs wirelessly. Wireless player-to-player file sharing. Zune Marketplace is vastly improved. Customizable body.
  • Cons: Low resolution for a large screen. Earbuds have microphonic issues. Zune Marketplace offers a limited video selection. Full wireless syncing capability will be added in a firmware update.
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Overall 7
7.0

Microsoft Zune

PC Magazine
7 December 2007
  • Conclusion: Tight software integration, a subscription plan, and slick design make the Zune an interesting, if not compelling, iPod alternative.
  • Pros: Nice design. Easy-to use. Three-inch screen. Wireless music & photo sharing with other Zunes. Good integration with software.
  • Cons: Small hard drive. Non-replaceable battery. Weak Battery Life. No PlaysForSure support. No Podcasts or Video offering in Zune marketplace.
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Overall 8
8.0

Microsoft Zune 120GB

PC Magazine
7 December 2007
  • Conclusion: Still the best hard drive-based portable media player on the market—the feature-barren iPod classic can't compete with the Zune's top-notch navigation and added wireless abilities.
  • Pros: Wirelessly syncs to your PC. You can buy music wirelessly and purchase tunes you hear on the radio. Increased capacity. Large display. Touchpad is still excellent. User interface is good-looking and easy to navigate.
  • Cons: Too many steps required to play a song. Requires a $14.99-per-month subscription or prepaid MS points for wireless streaming and downloading.
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Overall 8
8.0

Microsoft Office

MacNN
25 May 2004
  • Excerpt: The Good Superb integration, excellent file-sharing with Windows users, easier access to various tools throughout The Bad Excellent Office v.X may not require upgrading for some Mac users, some incompatibility with Wintel version in PowerPoint symbols, added upgrade cost.
  • Pros: Superb integration, excellent file-sharing with Windows users, easier access to various tools throughout
  • Cons: Excellent Office v.X may not require upgrading for some Mac users, some incompatibility with Wintel version in PowerPoint symbols, added upgrade cost.
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Overall 7
7.0

Expert Review

Good Gear Guide.au
25 October 2007
  • Summary: The Zune may well make a solid addition to the MP3 player market. It's a nice-looking player offering good audio quality. However, its features (particularly the Wi-Fi) don't go as deep as they should. There's currently nothing to suggest that the birth of Zune marks the death of iPod.
  • Pros: Good audio quality - on a par with the most recent iPods and Creative players, Excellent interface and display, Crisp video
  • Cons: Limited Wi-Fi, Early synchronisation glitches, Volume could be louder
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

Good Gear Guide.au
25 October 2007
  • Summary: All in all, the 80GB Zune is a decent choice as an 80GB MP3 player. It sounds great, its interface isn't a hindrance, and its pricing is right in line with the competition. Accessories and features such as premium headphones and an FM tuner give it at least one area where it's a step up from an iPod...
  • Pros: Intuitive controls and interface, wireless syncing
  • Cons: Comparatively low screen dpi
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Overall 8
7.9

Microsoft Zune 30GB (Black)

Active Network
14 October 2007
  • Conclusion: So my overall view of the Zune is this, from a music playing point of view I can’t find much to fault the Zune, the sound quality and the ease of accessing tracks is great. Where we are let down is the marketplace, it isn’t well designed and the way for payments is poorly done, it also lacks video...
  • Pros: L, ovely Screen, Easy to use, Good sound quality, Decent Radio
  • Cons: Price, Lacks features
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