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Microsoft Zune HD

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83 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

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

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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83 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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User Reviews

80
danielrh
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
100
Waffles42
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
80
tgarlanger
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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Average user Score
 
80
danielrh
08.09.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
100
Waffles42
05.01.13
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
80
tgarlanger
03.22.13
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
rowilo
03.08.13
I replaced my Sony Network Walkman with the Zune HD. This was a big jump for me. I was convinced that Atrac was a better format than MP3 or WMA from my reading. I haven't noticed any difference in sound quality. This device is small, compact, easy to navigate and the music store is so much better than Sony's store. Oh, not to mention Sony shut their store down. The HD radio is a nice feature which also works well. However, you really cannot watch video on this device. It is way too small a screen. Also, it takes a long time to load video onto it in the first place.
 
90
mdkitzman
11.02.12
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
50
mig0
09.28.12
A disappointing product with a lot of problems. - Engadget
 
90
m2j
09.14.12
The Zune was a great device. It's fashionable to hate Microsoft though so it got buried. I was a little bummed that they eliminated the ability to send songs directly to other Zune users, I used to do this on the subway for fun. The thing looks great, feels even better. Sadly, it only exists within the universe of the Windows phone, which I think is a stupid idea. I think it was a superior device to most of the competition, only really getting stiff competition from Apple, and comparing to mini computers like the iPod Touch isn't really fair, this belongs in the iPod Classic category. It's a dedicated media player and although there are some apps (bells and whistles) it's really built to play music and movies and by golly, it does it better than everything else on the market. The OLED screen is the sexiest thing ever, I know it's probably costly to manufacture, but it looks so damn good, I can't believe there's hardly anything (if anything) on the market with OLEDS. Humbug.
 
90
blacksteele
06.26.12
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
100
jkavanagh58
06.25.12
Great device for music. I still use it for working out and other tasks where I won't risk my phone or want to be interrupted by phonecalls and messaging.
 
90
drichter92
06.20.12
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget

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