83
Global
Score
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Zune HD review

Summary

from $190+
Pros
  • Gorgeous new UIResponsive touchscreenZune Pass
Cons
  • Limited beyond music and video playbackUnclear roadmap for applicationsNo Mac compatibility
Zune HD review

When we broke news and images of the Zune HD back in April, we were more than a little excited. There had been talk -- and rumor -- of a widescreen, touchscreen Zune for some time, and seeing the fruits of Microsoft's labor made it clear that the company had done its homework. As time wore on and we reported on the official announcement, confirmation of NVIDIA's awesome Tegra chip inside, and news that the Zune Marketplace would extend into Xbox Live, we were downright giddy at the possibilities. Finally the much-anticipated, heavily lusted after micro-slab has been brought to market -- and it's not just the unit itself. Along with the release, we're seeing new desktop software, the Zune brand move towards a connected experience for Windows computers, and the expansion of the Zune Marketplace and ecosystem -- replete with applications designed just for the Zune HD interface.

So the time has come for the Engadget review. Does the Zune HD finally match up with Microsoft's ambition, and can it stand up to the heat and ubiquity of the competition? Read on for all the answers.

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Scores

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Breakdown

Portability
8.8
Capacity
6.6
Ease of use
7.7
Media support
6.7
Video quality
9.2
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Specs

Zune

Type
Audio / video player
Media type
Internal storage
Audio codec support
AAC, MP3, WMA
WiFi
yes
Installable apps
yes
Audio playback time
up to33 hour
Video playback time
up to8.5 hour
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Specs

Zune

Type
Audio / video player
Media type
Internal storage
Audio codec support
AAC, MP3, WMA
WiFi
yes
Installable apps
yes
Audio playback time
up to33 hour
Video playback time
up to8.5 hour
View Full Specs
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86
 

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8.6
 

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