I recently had an unfortunate mishap with the Zune HD review I have been working on. Quite discouraging so I thought I would boost my spirits by posting this Zune accessory review.
DLO is an official accessory maker for the Zune and maker of other accessories beyond cases for a few other players. These two particular cases are among three DLO makes for the Zune HD. Featured in this review are the “Action Jacket” an arm band sports case and the “Jam Jacket” which is a silicon case featuring a cord wrap. The third case absent from this review is the HipCase which is a leather flip top case with a non -removable belt clip. (…holding out for a Noreve leather case)
If you are looking for a silicon case, this would be my pick. The silicon material used is not the cheap stuff you would find on those dirt cheap accessories on eBay. There is definitely some quality control going on with the DLO cases. But best of all is the cord management on the back. The cables tuck nicely under the back flap when wrapped up and are secured with the top of bottom notch. Though if you are not one to go for the cord management feature this case might not be for you.
The second case design for the runners or gym goers is meant to be worn on your arm. Making a user friendly active case for a touch screen player is difficult to do and I think DLO did an OK job, but problems do arise with the thick plastic face and being able to activate the touch screen. Its not that the Zune wont respond though the screen its that the screen doesn’t fit flush enough with the screen. Trying to press some of UI elements near the edges of the screen prove to be difficult due to the plastic face bowing out too far. It is very easy to miss press something thought the thick plastic. If you spend some time manipulating and molding the case around the Zune you can improve this, but don’t plan on taking it out without having to mess with it again to get the screen aligned right.
Now I will caveat this with the fact that I have only used this arm band case a hand full of times at the gym and some runs outside. What might happen as I have seen with other cases is that it will loosen up and form better to the Zune like a broken in sneaker further improving the usability.