gadget.Microsoft Zune HD
“She loves me, she loves me not, she loves me…” At least that is
what it feels like with the Microsoft Zune HD ever since rumors of it
started flying around the Internet. Microsoft has just confirmed that
the Zune will make its metamorphosis from caterpillar to a beautiful
butterfly with the Zune HD - a new piece of hardware that will bring
unprecedented levels of enjoyment for your portable listening and
viewing experiences, and with it, hope that will place it in a viable
position to at least threaten the iPod’s dominant position in the
portable media player market.
What’s new with the Zune HD, you ask? Well, it will feature an
integrated HD Radio receiver that enables users to tune in to
higher-quality sound compared to traditional radio on the go. Users can
also help themselves to the extra song and artist data broadcast by HD
Radio stations in addition to extra channels from their favorite
stations multicasting in HD. If you find that not according to your
liking, there is always the option to switch to its HD2 or HD3 channels
for additional programming.
Hardware-wise, you will get a spanking new bright OLED touchscreen
display that allows you to flip through music, movies and other stored
content with relative ease, where the 480 x 272 resolution on its 16:9
widescreen display works perfectly well to convey visual stimuli
without being a pain to your eyes in the long run. A HD-compatible
output also allows you to playback supported HD video files from the
Zune HD courtesy of a premium HDMI audiovisial docking station straight
onto a HDTV in 720p resolution - although this will require you to fork
out more dough as the HDMI audiovisual docking station is sold
separately. A full-screen Internet browser with multitouch support and
Wi-Fi connectivity completes the list of features.
This has GOT to be the next mp3 player I get... I dont even want the iPod Touch anymore... well, ok, maybe just a little haha.