ZunZun is a Dutch company that has a great idea. They make sun visor shades for computer laptops 10.5″ and 15.6″ and even GPS units. These shades are essentially flexible hoods that attach via elastic bands around your computer to shade the screen so you can see it and still type on your keyboard. For the record, I like the idea of this product.
I celebrate this idea. I love writing outdoors. I hate being cooped up and lately, my living situation being what it is, I am more prone to cabin fever than ever. While I am no fan of the State of California per se, the state does boast some lovely parks and fabulous beaches. All perfect for kicking back, enjoying the fresh air, temperate climate (seriously…it’s early February and even in January…highs were in the mid 60s) and the crashing of the waves.
I’m a surfer…internet surfer. But still it’s cool to take my laptop out to the beaches near Pacifica or Half Moon Bay and watch the real surfer guys. I’m a (struggling but aspiring) writer so there are a lot of times I just want to be on the beach doing my thing. It’s not possible when you can’t see your screen. Computer screen technology has evolved over the years, yes, but Mother Nature on a California beach still has the last word, and I can’t see what I write half the time.
The hood works. It definitely improves the clarity and reduces glare from the sun. I have not used the ZunZun GPS sun visors, but the design of the GPS visor is what the design for the laptops should be.
The visor for the laptops encircles the screen while the visor for the GPS units are really more of a hood covering the top and sides. As you can see, the visor completely boxes in the screen. You view the screen almost as you would one of those eye exam machines where you view an image through a tunnel. I’ve taken the bottom half of the visor off so that it’s now a three sided gabled hood, much like ZunZun’s GPS visor. A hood design, like the computer sun shade featured here, does not interfere with the user’s keyboarding activity.
Simply put, the product works. It does what it says it’s supposed to do. But the box-like design of the laptop visor makes it awkward to use your keyboard. I’m a type-by-touch kind of person but many keyboardists are not…they look at their fingers to see what buttons or keys they’re hitting. The box-like construction makes that uncomfortable. A better design for the laptop visor would be the design that ZunZun uses for their GPS units: the gable-like hood.
At 19.95 Euro or $27.13 (depending on currency rates), you need to love this product in order to purchase it. ZunZun is a Dutch based company and their products are sold from their website, not sold in stores in the USA.