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Oakley Thump: Sunglasses for Music Lovers


MP3 players are a hot item today. From the Apple iPod to the Creative Zen Xtras, companies have managed to make MP3 players into many different shapes and sizes. Given their popularity, it was only a matter of time before someone put an MP3 player into sunglasses. Oakley, known for their impact resistant sunglasses, has done just that, releasing their Oakley Thump sunglasses, which combine protective eyewear with ear-drum-busting music playback.

Being the first to market such a gadget is a pretty gutsy move, but I think they did a decent job. The Thump sunglasses are easy to use and functional.

Contents And Pricing

The Oakley Thumps come in two models; a 128 MB version for $395 and a 256 MB version for $495. The lenses of the 256 MB version are polarized.

The 222 page instruction manual looks scary at first, but don't worry - It's only that big because Oakley included instructions in ten languages. The sunglasses are so easy to use that you probably won't even need to consult the manual at all.

The traditional Oakley microfiber bag is included, which in addition to being a soft carrying bag doubles as a cleaning cloth. A five-foot USB2 cable also comes in the package.

There is no included driver CD, because you don't need it. The device is detected automatically by Windows as a removable drive.