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Nandu Talwalkar
2004-06-21, 15:12
I agree that styling is not a big deal in many situations. It is a factor however, since unlike other small network boxes, Squeeze/Slim are meant to be viewed. Like 'em or not, the iMac and the iPod are styled as they are because some people like slick electronics that look slick as well.

As I mentioned in my first post, I understand that hardware mods are possible. But why wouldn't Slim Devices offer a different chassis at a price premium to address situations in which a "small network box" would look out of place? I believe that a decent market for such an option would exist, and that Slim's lack of this option is the only reason the dorku would ever generate any interest.

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From: Jason [mailto:jason (AT) pagefamily (DOT) net]
Sent: Monday, June 21, 2004 4:14 PM
To: 'Slim Devices Discussion'
Subject: [slim] Styling


I don't really see the styling as being a big deal at all. The Squeeze/Slim
is a small network box, and that's what it looks like.

You can find plenty of information on people who built aftermarket/hobbyist
shells for the slimp3.. I'm sure it would not take a whole lot of
modification to make those cases work with a Squeezebox.

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[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of Nandu Talwalkar
Sent: Monday, June 21, 2004 9:16 AM
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Subject: [slim] Styling

I don't feel that previous posts regarding styling have been fully
addressed. The Squeezebox has the styling of a network appliance such as a
SOHO router. The SliMP3, whose styling I prefer to the Squeezebox, has more
of a "hobbyist kit" look. It seems that a non-negligible number of people
would find these styles unsuitable for use in certain situations, such as in
a formal living room and/or with high-end equipment. I am not knocking the
current or past chassis styles, which of course have many, many suitable
uses. Consider this a feature request.

Brushed metal with a component-type profile might be a start. To reduce
development and manufacturing costs, maybe all the internals and external
connections could remain the same, with only the chassis being replaced.
For future versions, perhaps something with less depth that is
wall-mountable.* I realize that all of these options can be had today with
some elbow grease, but I'm willing to pay $75 to $100 for something
off-the-shelf.

Do others agree? Is there any traction for this idea at Slim Devices?


* These options will bring to mind the Roku vaporware. Please don't respond
with attacks on the Roku because my question has nothing to do with the
Roku. I am a big fan of Slim Devices and of my SliMP3. However, a larger
display option would also be nice ;-)