There are now plenty of iPod nano (s aapl) wristband accessories out there to choose from. But a new one from Kickstarter record-breaker Scott Wilson’s Mnml design studio does a remarkable job of standing out from the crowd, thanks to attention to detail you won’t find in the competition.
The LunaTik Lynk is a new take on Wilson’s excellent LunaTik, which along with the TikTok, were funded via Kickstarter last year and began being sold via the Apple Store earlier in 2011. The Lynk uses the same semi-permanent watch conversion approach as the LunaTik (hence its first name), but introduces a bracelet consisting of aluminum links for that full-metal experience.
The Lynk comes in either anodized aluminum for a matte silver finish, or, like my review unit, in a PVD-plated all-black version that’s coated down to the screws, and even the interior of the clasp, which for sure won’t be seen by anyone but you. That’s the kind of attention to detail I’m talking about, as is the silicone coating on the underside of the band’s links, which make the band comfortable on the wrist and also ensures it won’t go slip-sliding around too much even if you wear it a little loose.
If you aren’t familiar with the original LunaTik’s design, it features a two-part case for the nano that you use an included set of allen keys to separate and put back together once you’ve slid in your nano. It’s a little fiddly, which may be the one downside of this nano strap, but the idea is that once its in, it’s in, so you shouldn’t have to repeat the process very often. That’s a caveat for any LunaTik product from Mnml: It’s designed as a nano “conversion kit,” so if you’d rather have quick access to your device, the Deckster may be a better option in the same price range.
You can still use the nano on your wrist with headphones and access all the controls with the Lynk, however, since open sides provide access to those parts of the device. But the locked-in construction helps the nano sit lower to your wrist than with some competing models, which is welcome when using the nano as a watch, since it’s oversized to begin with. And if you like the band but not the nano, Mnml will soon be offering its own, perfectly nano-shaped quartz analog watch units to fill in.
The Lynk is amazingly light thanks to the aluminum construction — much lighter than it looks. Despite the lightness, however, it feels remarkably durable, too. Plus, the wide band and PVD finish really draw attention to the wrist. This one has already netted more comments from friends and family than the TikTok did when I was testing out that unit.
Do we need more iPod nano wristbands? No, but as any watch collector worth their salt knows deep down, no one really needs more than one watch, either, but that doesn’t stop you from buying them. The LunaTik Lynk improves on its forebear in every regard, looks amazing and is comfortable to wear (more so than most metal watches, in my opinion). At $129.95 for the aluminum finish, or $139.95 for the black PVD, it isn’t cheap, but style hardly ever is, and that’s exactly what the Lynk has in spades.