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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Colorware Zune Customization: Proceed At Your Own Risk

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Hardware" @ 07:00 AM

There are some reviews that go wrong right from the beginning, and it's a real struggle to get through them. This is one of those reviews. First, a bit of background: the people at Colorware were glad to customize my Zune for me so I could review the process and the results. Colorware has been doing custom paint jobs on hardware for years, everything from laptops to gaming consoles to iPods - and recently they started to offer their customizations for the Zune. You can either purchase a Zune from them for between $325 and $385 USD (the price varies based on the amount of customization you select), or you can send them your Zune and they'll customize it for you. If you get the entire Zune in the same colour, it costs $74 USD. If you customize each of the four parts with a different colour, it can run you up to $134. Some quick math tells us it's a better deal for you to buy a Zune for $209 [affiliate] and save yourself $48.

I was really excited about getting a customized Zune, and I'd heard great things about Colorware. Step one was to pick the colours: Colorware has a great Flash-based colour selection tool that allows you to mix and match the colours for your Zune - the problem is that they assume you have a black Zune and there's no way to change it to white, brown, pink, or red. When I was configuring my Zune, this was the design I ended up picking (notice the black buttons - I thought that meant they'd make the buttons black):

Figure 1: The preview from Colorware's online tool. I selected the "solid" rather than metallic colours.

They have a process they call X2 Coating Technology, which is described as a scratch resistant plastic coating that acts as a seal over the paint job. I was expecting a Zune that was as tough as ever but with a new look. What's not to love? When my white Zune arrived back, it looks fantastic, but the buttons were white (see below). That's when I realized that they changed everything on the Zune except for the buttons. Disappointment #1. It still looked amazing though - the colours were bright and had a glossy sheen. Photos below.
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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Instant Zune Makeover From Decalgirl

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

As nice as it is that Microsoft offers the Zune in several colours (currently that count is black, white, brown, red, and pink) you might want a different colour. Or, better yet, you might want your Zune to be adorned with an image or pattern. What do you do? You check out the Zune decals from Decalgirl. Long known for Xbox, iPod, and laptop skins, Decalgirl jumped on the Zune bandwagon quite quickly after launch, offering a large variety of Zune-sized decals. They sent me a couple to review – here's what I thought of them.

Ordering a Zune decal is easy enough – they have a Zune section for their decals, and there are over 90 different designs. The price is the same regardless of design - only $6.99 USD per decal – and shipping is reasonable at $2.25 USD to a US-based address for one label, and a not-quite-so-reasonable $9.25 USD to Canada. I'm not sure about the rest of the world, but they do ship to a large number of countries. The breadth of designs is impressive – regardless of your own sense of personal style, odds are good that you can find a decal that matches your mood and style. They have all manner of designs, all with creative names: Demonic Mitosis, Envy, and Woodland Camo just to name a few. You can even fulfil your Cuella De Vil fantasy if that's your fancy.


Figure 1: Nine of their 90+ designs.

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Friday, January 5, 2007

Zune Decals Arrive From DecalGirl.com

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Accessories" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.decalgirl.com/browse.cfm/2,230.htm



The fine folks at DecalGirl.com sent me two Zune decals to check out, and they look fantastic - very vibrant, great quality image prints, and the material has a nice feel to it. Unfortunately, because of the problems I'm having with both my Zunes, I didn't think it made sense to apply them. As soon as I have a non-dysfunctional Zune, I'll be slapping these on and taking some pictures.


Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Zune Thoughts Wallpaper Section Launched

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Content Creation & Management" @ 06:57 PM



Last night we quietly launched our wallpaper section here on Zune Thoughts, so if you're looking for some perfectly sized 240 x 320 images that will look great on your Zune screen, take a peek at our collection. We've started out small, with a collection of 26 of my own personal photos that I thought would look good as wallpaper. I've been given permission from a very talented digital artist to create wallpaper images from his work, and I know our very own Darius Wey is planning on adding some images of his own. I don't expect our collection to get up into the 1000's of images, but every image you see is carefully prepared, lightly compressed, and used with the permission of it's creator, so 100% legal. Enjoy!


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