This article first appeared in HWM May 2012.
If you’ve been to an Apple reseller store lately, you’d have seen numerous wristband accessories for the 6th and 7th generation iPod Nano. Sporting various designs and materials (cloth, plastic, metal – you name it), their prices can vary quite a bit as well. But if we were to pick one that we feel truly complements the industrial design of the Nano, it had to be the LunaTik Lynk.
Much like the original, Kickstarter record-breaking LunaTik watch band, the Lynk is a two-part ‘conversion kit’: you basically slide the Nano into the aluminum frame, and then tighten the screws with the supplied Allen keys. The band is made up of aluminum links with a butterfly clasp in the center. To remove excess links, the only tool you need is a paper clip. And for those with a big wrist, extra links are provided. The underside of the links uses silicone, which we presume is to prevent the metal links from ‘biting’ your skin. The whole conversion process took us about five minutes, and we recommend going slow when tightening the screws. If you’ve a screen protector applied on the Nano, be prepared to remove it, as the fit is pretty tight.
Once assembled, the all-metal contraption looks great (if not oversized for a watch), and certainly feels more premium than the original LunaTik that uses a rubber strap. Despite the metal construction, it doesn’t feel heavy. In addition, you still have access to all the connectors (dock, headphones) and controls (volume, sleep/wake) on the sides of the Nano. If silver isn’t your favorite color, the Lynk also comes in an all-black PVD version. The only gripe we have is its price. Even the cheaper silver Lynk is more expensive than the Nano itself, which starts at $180 for the 8GB version.