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Damion Chaplin
01-07-2007, 06:00 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.proporta.com/F02/PPF02P05.php?t_id=559&t_mode=cat' target='_blank'>http://www.proporta.com/F02/PPF02P05.php?t_id=559&t_mode=cat</a><br /><br /></div><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><em>&quot;True to Proporta&rsquo;s tag line of &lsquo;Everything Covered&rsquo;, Proporta has released accessories for the Microsoft Zune &ndash; a welcome addition to Proporta&rsquo;s current MP3 range which includes accessories for the entire iPod family, Creative and iRiver MP3 players.&quot;</em><br /><br />Proporta has released a line of accessories to fit the Zune - and not a moment too soon.&nbsp; My Zune has needed case since I pulled it out of the box the first time.&nbsp; While there aren't any pictures yet, Proporta cases are now for sale on their website.&nbsp; If they're anything like the similar products for other devices that they make (and they very likely are) then they're probably going to be well worth the money.&nbsp; Available now are:<br /><br />&bull; <a href="http://www.proporta.com/F02/PPF02P05.php?t_id=2968&amp;t_mode=des" target="_blank">Zune Silicone Case</a>: <em>&quot;Give your Microsoft Zune a tough, protective skin and prevent scratching and impact damage with the Proporta Microsoft Zune Silicone Case. Cut aways give access to ports and controls so that you can use your device in the case.&quot;</em><br />&bull; <a target="_blank" href="http://www.proporta.com/F02/PPF02P05.php?t_id=2834&amp;t_mode=des">Zune Alu-Leather Case</a>: <em>&quot;The Proporta Microsoft Zune Alu-Leather Case is beautifully hand crafted to meet the exact specifications of your Microsoft Zune handheld. It features our trademark &lsquo;Screen Saver System&rsquo; which uses a sheet of rigid, lightweight aircraft grade Aluminium to line the Case, protecting your delicate device screen from crushing and impact shocks.&quot;</em><br />&bull; <a target="_blank" href="http://www.proporta.com/F02/PPF02P05.php?t_id=2835&amp;t_mode=des">Zune Aluminum Case</a>: <em>&quot;The Proporta Microsoft Zune Aluminium Case is beautifully designed and finished to meet the exact specifications of your Microsoft Zune MP3 player. It is made of aircraft grade aluminium with a tough anodised finish and completely lined with soft, protective neoprene.&quot;</em><br /><br />Plus they have a number of other products that are not specifically made for the Zune but would work very well, like the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.proporta.com/F02/PPF02P05.php?t_id=1851&amp;t_mode=des">Mobile Device Sock</a> and the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.proporta.com/F02/PPF02P05.php?t_id=42&amp;t_mode=des">Aquapac Waterproof Case</a>.&nbsp; Personally, I've got my eye on that Aluminum Case.&nbsp; How about you: What's your carrying solution?&nbsp; Still using that slipcase that came in the box?<br /></span>

01-07-2007, 08:44 PM
One of the first things I did was look for a case for my Zune.

I originally looked at the DLO Jam Jacket (http://www.dlo.com/Products/jjzune_Prod.tpl?command=showpage&cart=11637089452038688http://) as I liked the idea of a tight fitting "skin" that allowed me access to all the functions but would keep me from scratching the unit up. The problem was it didn't come with any screen protection.

My second choice was Belkin's Acrylic Case (http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=301298). Again, it looked like a nice tight fitting option and had openings to access the various functions. However, once I got it home and popped my Zune into I discovered one major flaw that made me take it back. My fingers were to big to reach the controls through the openings! At 6'8" I'm not exactly a small person :) so I've probably got fingers bigger than most. But it is something to take into consideration. With a hard case there's no room for flexibility if the opening is to small.

My third choice, and the one I went with, was the Toughskin from Speck (http://www.speckproducts.com/zune-toughskin.html). It's a nice rubberized case that protects the Zune, has a hard plastic shield for the screen that doesn't detract to much from picture quality, and the controls are very responsive underneath the rubber coverings. Last but not least it had one additional feature I personally like. It has the ability to completely remove the belt clip option. So there's no irritating "bump" sticking out of the back of the case if you don't want to use the clip. The only potential issue I can see is it may be to thick to fit into the dock. Not having one, I'm not sure if it will be an issue or not, but I do know that without the case the Zune slid right into my Logitech mm50 speakers (Not that they support it) and with the case it's to big for the slot now.

Damion Chaplin
01-08-2007, 10:41 PM
Wow, I'm 6'4" and I rarely see people taller than me. Usually I'm the Irken-approved Tallest. So I completely understand the fingers-not-reaching-the-button problem.

A case with no screen protection is worse than no protection at all; it gives you that false sense of security that makes you forget the most precious part of your unit is still exposed...