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Not exact item pictured, even better
on June 8, 2009
I just received this a few days ago, and when opening the package I was a little surprised at what I saw. The car charger was actually a little smaller than the one pictured, which is great because I always seem to have trouble finding a product that fits well in my lighter socket. So if the car charger looks too bulky for you, you may get one smaller than the one pictured.
The zune USB cable has a better feeling of quality than my original OEM cable. Both sides have nice molded plugs with a much better strain relief than the cheesy rubber tube on the original zune cable. The only problem is the first couple times I plugged in the zune end, it was a bit stiff to get back out. Slightly bending the plug down solves this.
The wall charger was also much smaller than the one pictured and has an extremely cheap feel to it. Also the red light on the plug stays on whether the USB is plugged in or not.
All in all, an absurdly great value for your dollar.
Update: After owning this for a month, I have noticed one problem with the charge cable. It obviously is not shielded. My car stereo has a line in headphone jack on the front. When I have the charger hooked up I notice a high pitched whine in my speakers, whether my zune is playing or not. The sound goes away when I unplug it. There is no problem when I use my OEM cable. Also not a major problem, but there is no built in fuse in the car charger. Usually a pretty standard feature but not a deal breaker. Your cigarette lighter is on a fuse anyhow. Not to mention the zune doesn't pull that much power.