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101. Creative Labs Rhomba 256 MB MP3
102. Creative Labs 64 MB NOMAD II C
103. Creative Labs TravelSound Speaker
$199.99 list($269.99)
104. Creative Labs MUVO² X-Trainer
105. CREATIVE LABSNOMAD IIc Personal
$23.99 $17.82 list($29.99)
106. Creative Labs Wireless Optical
$104.99 list($229.99)
107. Creative Labs N64-0001 NOMAD II
$128.99 $119.95 list()
108. CREATIVE LABS PCMCIA Sound Blaster
109. Creative Labs PD0160 PC-CAM 300
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110. Creative Labs WebCam Go Plus
$27.79 list($59.99)
111. Creative Labs Modem Blaster Flash
112. CREATIVE LABS Zen Micro Travel
$99.99 list($149.99)
113. Creative Labs Rhomba 128 MB MP3
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114. Creative Labs PC-DVD Encore 12X
list($399.00)
115. Creative Labs Nomad II MG (Silver)
$92.01
116. Creative MuVo TX FM 256 MB MP3
list($219.99)
117. Creative Labs Silver Nomad Jukebox
$26.99 list($49.95)
118. Creative Labs CardCam Value
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119. Creative Labs MK4214 CD-RW Blaster
$189.99 list($229.99)
120. Creative Labs DC-CAM 3200Z 3.2MP

101. Creative Labs Rhomba 256 MB MP3 Player
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B0000DFZ6J
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 8249
Average Customer Review: 3.28 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • No software needed - USB plug and play
  • Large, cool blue backlit split LCD for easy navigation
  • No power adapter needed - Lithium-ion battery recharges via USB
  • FM stereo tuner & FM recorder
  • Up to 16 hours of voice recording

Reviews (29)

4-0 out of 5 stars New to MP3
Being new to MP3s I really had no idea what to get, but after ALOT of research and questions I decided on this player. It has all the features I wanted, like the voice-recorder, and the ability to record from FM tuner (which I like the best). So many times I have heard songs on the radio and wished to record them, now i can with just a simple push of a button. The workings of this player took some time to figure out, but i think i have it down, without the help of a manual or instructions. This player is really VERY easy to use.

The Creative MediaSource software is GREAT!! Makes it super easy to transfer tracks to and from the player. Also nice for converting files to different formats for recording. I've even played my DVD movies on my computer with it (great pic and sound quality).

I have only had this player for about a month but have used it often and tested all of the features more than once. No problems so far (knock on wood).

All-in-all this player is super "user-friendly", even for 'Newbies' like me. It's sleek, small, has a very readable back-lit display (adjustable), nice buttons, and great sound quality (i've hooked it up to external speakers and couldn't believe how loud i put it before any distortion).
There is so much more i could say, could rave for days, but they only give so much room for the review.

4-0 out of 5 stars Rhomba is fine little player
I just received the Rhomba 128M MP3 player and its quite a good value.

Pluses -

Recorder function also with FM radio.
Nice display
Li-on Battery, good life between charges
Windows XP recognizes it as a drive, no need for
special download software like the Rio players.

Negative

Filmsy switching for track forward/backward
No beltclip
Included ear buds are totally useless and built for elephant size ears, you'll need to use another headphone.

No expansion capability

Need a USB charger if you travel (these are about $10)

I have used Rio MP3 players in the past (original MP300 parallel port, RioOne, S35S), but this is more functional.

5-0 out of 5 stars SD
just for the record: last day off my vacation in mexico and i dived into the Carraibean with my digital camera into my pocket :) (don't ask why) and althogh the camera is now mearly scrap (pentax optio s) the memory card works fine and i didn't lost any of my vacation photos with would have been a lot worse - so SD cards are water proof and salt water proof :)

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product !!!
It's surprisingly small which allows me to easily toss it in my pocket. Thus far I've downloaded about 50 songs and still have room for about 30-40 more. The only problem is finding the right place to download from. I avoid Kazaa due to its spyware/adware and virus problems. I currently use MusicMatch which works great with some extra work. I burn a cd first ( which I normally do anyway ), then I use the software that came with the Rhomba to burn from the cd to the Rhomba. There's probably and easier way but this works fine for me. I still recommend the Rhomba for people who are looking for a less costly mp3 player or for first time buyers of mp3s.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this Product !!!!,
read the reviews on the Internet the same way you are reading now. When I went to the store I have been misled by the salesman. He told me that the creative is a great brand and no one returned the product so far. He told me " if it was a bad product creative would have taken it of the shelf by now". I bought the product and it stop working after TWO DAYS" not responding at all. I talked to the customer support and they ask me to send the product to them. It takes along..... time to get it back believe me I havent got the mine yet. Dealing with their customer support is hell. remember I warned you "Dont buy this product" ... Read more


102. Creative Labs 64 MB NOMAD II C MP3 Player

Asin: B00006F6ZI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 11183
Average Customer Review: 4.08 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (40)

4-0 out of 5 stars A Real Review
I bought this player at the end of august 03.
I had been looking for a mp3 player for a while
because I am tearing my hair out on my long train
rides to college. After reading about 100 reviews
on about 10 different websites. i decided to buy it.
the price is well worth it. another bonus is that
it fits the same smart media card as my digital camera.
ok, the ups are thats it fairly light, and small, and
you can listen for hours on 1 battery. the sound quality
is excellent and the volume doesen't distort the higher
you put it. it's got a few other cool extra, voice, time,
5 preset sound settings and a custom one. the downs are
you can't continue listening to the music when going
through the othere extras on the menu. the software
is mediocore, i get a few error messages sometimes, but
then you just try again and it's fine.
overall, i am really happy with product.
and recommend it to anyone who appreciates
value for their money...

4-0 out of 5 stars Best Value for the $
For the price it's really hard to beat it. First thing I did was to go to the Creative site (Nomadworld.com) and I updated the firmware so that it would accept 128 meg smartcards... the whole process was a piece of cake. I can't really see how anyone can survive for long without expanding the base 64 meg memory. The PlayCenter software that comes with the Mp3 Player is fairly intuitive and makes transfering MP3 or WMA files from your computer to the player pretty easy.

Other reviewers have given the Nomad IIc demerits for a perceived lack of volume. I must admit that at the highest volume level it isn't like sitting in the front row of a rock concert. However, I find it more than loud enough to completely drown out the sound system playing at my local health club which is really all I want it to do. I found the sound quality of the headphones to be pretty decent, with good (but not great) bass response. Normally, for any low end CD/MP3 player, you end up chucking the headphones and upgrading to a better pair. Not necessary in this case unless you're a total audiophile with x-ray ears.

The one thing that kept me from giving the Nomad IIc a perfect score is the kludgy way the smartcard was integrated into the unit. Unless you have fingers of steel, you have to take the battery out of the unit first so that you can get enough of your fingers on the smartcard to get it out. Poor engineering.

Highly suggest using Windows Media Player beta 9. I've been creating WMA files at 96Kbps and you get around four files for the price of three Mp3 files at 128Kbps.... and they sound just as good!

3-0 out of 5 stars hit and miss product
After further review I would have to give the Nomad II C a low grade. My son and I each purchased one and initially they were very good products. Unfortunately, the software was not reliable, and the product support less than helpful. We upgraded our system using microsoft XP, which is not compatible with the NOMAD II C,,so in order to download new music, we have to rely on another computer system that uses windows 2000 or 98. The size, weight,and sound is good, but it does have its limitations due to the software issues.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best MP3 Player Ever!!!!!!!!!!
This is the best MP3 player I have ever used. Buy one used though. Buy the one from BryanLane12 for 79.99 (least expensive)

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb quality
I've had this about 8 months for use during jogging and running in races and it's been superb. Inputting music is easy, the player plays three different types of music files, MP3, WMA, and a third I can't remember. I get a lot of volume out of it, and can get even more with Sony buds, that on the cord has a volume controller. Sound does not degrade after an hour or so of exercise. Now I want a memory card, so I can add more music...Heartily recommend this player. ... Read more


103. Creative Labs TravelSound Speaker (Portable, 1-Speaker)

Asin: B00007FKBK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 10287
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (6)

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice but a little lacking
I waited for quite awhile to pull the trigger on these because I believed that anything this size--no matter how well done-- would have limitations. I eventually bought them because they have little competition (one Sony product), I was curious, and I really needed travel speakers for my IRIVER IHP-120. The good news is that they are a noble effort in such a small package; the bad news is (with all respect to the other reviewers) they don't quite cut it if you're thinking that you can get "big" sound out of the small package. I can't quite agree that they provide "room filling" sound (and maybe expecting that is unfair). As a result, I think they'd be better priced at about $50 too.

I've spent a considerable amount of time listening to these with all different types of music and am impressed by the speakers mid and mid-high range---very clean on vocals and acoustic instruments, provided the overall sound isn't too dense. If you're into that type of music, and do not need serious volume, I think you'll like them quite a bit. Acoustic jazz also shows these little speakers to good advantage.

With a more "dense" sound, however, they become "good for their size," but IMO not as good as one might wish--even for the small size. Don't get me wrong--I will not be returning them, but I think if you listen to serious rock, funk or hip hop, their inherent size limitation *do* matter and some disortion may result at high volumes. While I respect the engineering involved and am trying to allow for their diminutive size, I think, all things being equal, Creative would not have compromised their portability and could have added to their sound by making them only slightly larger, charging a bit more, and trying for a fuller sound. As they exist, they are a very neat, compact design that I'd recommend for casual, personal listening given the lack of competition--just don't expect *too* much at higher volumes depending on your taste in music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great sound and great looks!
Amazing sound from such a small package!

I bought these because of the excellent sound they produce, even though the bass response is not thumping. And because they can be powered by 4 AAA batteries or by AC power - most other portable speakers that I could find could not be AC-powered. And the batteries last for a couple of days of lengthy sessions.

Easy to carry around - they fold up neatly and come with a handy black velvet soft carry case. They are not well-balanced when in use - they fall over rather easily. But that's the only negative that I can find with them.

Most of my friends are surprised by the quality of the sound - we've used the speakers plus my iRiver 350 CD player at picnics and BBQs with 6-8 people - as background music providers, they were great.

I have not regretted buying them for a minute, even though they are more expensive than many others around. Creative gear is generally good gear, and these are no exception to that generalisation. You won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars I agree: It's the best
Creative products seem to be hit-or-miss. I've owned many of their speakers and other electronic items -- some of them have been spectacular and others have been mediocre. This one-speaker system is their best product, IMHO. One correction to the review above: the speaker uses 4 AAA (not AA) batteries. It makes a difference -- this speaker is so compact and light!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Buy: The Little One-Speaker System with the Big Sound!
This speaker is fantastic! I bought it to take with me on my tour of Europe (along with my MP3 player) and it was as invaluable as my passport. The Travelsound is tiny (a little bigger than the palm of my hand) and produces wonderful clarity. Also, with four AA batteries, it lasted for days and days without fail (not quite 35 hours as promised by Creative, but almost). Since I've been back, I've plugged it in and used it instead of the internal speakers on my IBM Thinkpad -- big improvement. I've heard other one-speaker systems (including Sony) and this is by far the best I know of in terms of bang-for-the-buck and sound-to-size-ratio.

4-0 out of 5 stars HUGE sound out of such a small system!
First of all, as you know, these speakers are from Creative (my FAVORITE pc accesory maker.)

PRO'S
Small.
Sturdy rugged design.
Reputable company.
Battery or DC outlet powered!
They sound just as good as a LARGE mid-range home stereo!!!
Sleek and high-tech looking.
Comes with a carrying case!!!

CON'S
Doesn't come with a DC wall adaptor!!! Thats not good!
When standing up, NOT very sturdy. It falls over easily.

This thing is DEFINITLY worth it!!! THe bottom line is, is that it sounds AMAZING!!! It really really does! ... Read more


104. Creative Labs MUVO² X-Trainer 512 MB MP3 Player
list price: $269.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000DZBVF
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 11261
Average Customer Review: 3.92 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 100% Skip-free audio, perfect for active exercise
  • Store up to 16 hours of WMA music (64 kbps) or 8 hours of MP3 (128 kbps) music
  • 4 band custom equalizer and 4 equalizer presets
  • USB 2.0 for high speed file transfer
  • Compatible with Windows 98SE, 2000, Me, and XP

Reviews (12)

5-0 out of 5 stars I Rate It At 4.75 Stars
I received the X-Trainer a week ago and, so far, so good.

I purchased this device to use while exercising, not to store my entire music collection. The 512MB flash memory gives me enough space for 5 or 6 albums recorded at 128kbps, which provides fine fidelity. If you want a large storage volume and are not worried about moving parts, take your chances with a hard-disk drive unit.

The earphones are functional if not particularly comfortable. The sports armband is secure and the lithium battery arrived charged and ready to use. The control buttons are simple and easy to use and the LCD display is easily read even with my tired, old eyes. The software provided works well with my Windows XP operating system and moving files back and forth is very simple.

My only complaint is that the X-Trainer wants to replay album tracks by the title of the song rather than the track number. I'm sure there must be a simple solution for this problem but the instruction manual, provided on the CD, is not very helpful. I've tried to find a solution to this small annoyance but to no avail. A simple if cumbersome work-around is to manually retitle each track using an alpha prefix (a_NAME, b_NAME, c_NAME, etc.) in order to hear tracks in the order I want.

Apart from this one small problem, I give the X-Trainer a strong recommendation to musically-inclined exercise buffs!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good step towards a great product....
This was my first MP3 player purchase. I have waited until there was a flash-memory-based product with sufficient capacity to be worth my effort. While the Creative MUVO2 X-Trainer has several attractive features (intuitive/no-hassel interface as add-on hard drive via USB2.0 or USB1.1 connection, mega-battery life - over 24 hours continuous play,noise-free operation - no moving parts, skip free playback - no moving parts, and armband/waistclip, seemless integration with Creative PlayCenter software), it falls short on some critical features:

* Unable to play ".WAV" files without errors
* Playback buttons not very user-friendly - especially compared to other products on the market.
* No FM radio
* No record function/input (microphone)
* Memory only 512 MB & can't upgrade with flash memory cards. Creative either needs to increase memory to 2 gigs (NOT HD), enhance usability/design and increase features.

By the time they re-launch their products, we will be demanding miniature MPEG4/JPEG/MP3/FM... with easy-to-use wireless interfaces on flash memory and infinite battery life for under $300. Viva la consumer :P

4-0 out of 5 stars its our first
I picked this for no moving parts, and easy interface with windows XP. So far, So Good, we use it while out on the ATV's. Ease of use for us is just fine, yea, wish it had more memory, Yea, regular batteries would be nice, but ease of getting MP3's onto it is great, hit play, and enjoy....

3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I owned several memory-, CD-, and HD-based MP3/WMAplayers and honestly I don't know why I get this Muvo2 player. There are simply too many thing that I don't like about this player

1. The control is way too small (less than 1/2" in diameter with 5 functions)

2. The navigation sucks -
a. You can't choose a song directly w/o playing a folder and then advance to the song you want.
b. You can't back out of a folder w/o going through menu | folder option | 1st folder | next/prev folder...
c. Only 2/3 functions of the tiny control wheel is available for navigation.

3. They want you to buy additional battery for $50 instead of using standard batteries.

4. The control wheel and play buttons are completely hidden when the unit is in the case so you have to take the unit out before you can control it.

5. The USB 2.0 and USB charging support are nice. However, you can't use the player in the USB charging mode.

5-0 out of 5 stars Muvo2 X-Trainer 512Mb
Overall opinion:
Would I buy it again? Definitely! Fantastic little player. Best solid state on the market currently.

Pros:
Great clarity, good solid feel, fantastic design (clean and simple), Excellent capacity options considering other players on the market average around 64-256mb), solid state memory definitely a plus. Can recharge through USB or DC adaptor. USB2.0 for fast transfers. Backlighting good idea. Fast playing/startup. Good volume (with earphones).

Cons:
Buttons a bit small - can be difficult to operate when exercising. While sound clarity is fantastic, bass is lacking a little. LCD display is really cool, but maybe not 'glance' friendly. Belt-clip accessory is a bit cheap and plastically (wheres the nice leather/vinyl pouch? or at least they could colour code it?) but ultimately very functional and robust. They dont sell it in Australia yet! (took me a month to order from U.S). ... Read more


105. CREATIVE LABSNOMAD IIc Personal Digital Audio Player / Recorder Bundle

Asin: B000084FD8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 48630
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • No moving parts means skip-free, continuous playback ideal for walking and working out
  • Reprogrammable for future audio formats
  • Integrated memory permits up to 4 hours voice recording, with direct USB upload to PC in WAV format
  • Large backlit display
  • Creative Play Center software for Windows and Mac helps you convert music to MP3 or WMA format, create custom playlists

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Okay unit
I found one on Ebay with 96mb total memory for a decent price. If you can find one on sale or on auction for a decent price, I say go for it.

Sounds quality is excellent with a good set of earphones. Battery life is average. Menu is simple, and unit seems pretty sturdy.

My only complaint is with the software. It often locks up, and will insist on putting files where there's no more room! I have a flash card in there as well, and the software sometimes doesn't want anything to do with it. Can be frustrating. Thankfully, Windows Media Player does file transfers a lot more eaisly.

Basically, don't buy it retail. Look for a sale, or on half.com or ebay.

4-0 out of 5 stars great set for the price
Just paid $... for this unit counting the manufacturer's $... rebate and free shipping from Amazon.com. I run XP and the software is awesome! No problem with the headphones either ( actually backphones which go on differently ) If you can get this unit for what I paid don't hesitate!!!!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Its o.k. for the money
5 stars for the unit and ease of use. 0 stars for the headset which is completely uncomfortable. 1 star for the software which crashed my machine , took over everything and was a pain to work with. It's worse than aol which hoses everything up. Horrible to use. The unit itself is great but you'll have to buy new headphones so factor that in. the voice recorder is marginal. ... Read more


106. Creative Labs Wireless Optical Mouse
list price: $29.99
our price: $23.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00008VF22
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 10942
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Use your mouse anywhere within 4.5 feet
  • Sensor Report Rate: 1500 times per second
  • Designed for comfortable right and left-handed use
  • Scroll-wheel allows for easier Internet surfing, working on documents, and scrolling through presentations
  • Compatible with Window 98, 98SE, Me, 2000, XP

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Liked it!
I purchased this because I liked the look and because it was at a good price. The mouse had a good weight and feel after I received the product. Buyer is happy!

1-0 out of 5 stars Try to avoid!!!
I purchased the creative wireless mouse set, looking at the good price they offer. As simple as it was I should have realised that the price they offer is LOW so is the device. It has major compatibility issues with my Hp laptop. The customer service UNLIKE other companies, has stange customer service timings, (during the normal work hours) and they dont work on weekends also. Strange!
It would be better to spend $10 more and get it from another manufacturer. ... Read more


107. Creative Labs N64-0001 NOMAD II Digital Audio Player
list price: $229.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004RG6K
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 10635
Average Customer Review: 3.79 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Dubbed a Personal Digital Entertainment (PDE) device by Creative Labs, the Nomad II is one of those gadgets that's so fun to play with you'll find yourself forgetting it's useful, too.

When portable MP3 players first hit the market a year or so ago, they were relatively simple devices good for one thing: playing MP3 files. Now it seems, as companies have learned consumers want more than just that, today's devices can no longer be described as just MP3 players.

This version ships with a 64 MB removable SmartMedia card, but we had mixed feelings about Creative's decision to rely solely on removable media. While it has its advantages, in the form of being able to swap out the kind of music you're listening to, we would have preferred 64 MB of onboard memory, with a SmartMedia expansion slot so we could increase the capacity even more if needed.

The Nomad II ships with software called the Creative Digital Audio Center, which is basically a full version of MusicMatch Jukebox Deluxe 5.0 with a Creative Labs skin on it. We liked this addition simply for the fact that MusicMatch Jukebox is simple software to use for creating MP3s from CDs and other audio files. Likewise, while we found the Nomad II Manager software easy to navigate and use, we were left with the feeling that some options were sacrificed in the name of ease-of-use. For instance, the ability to change the order of songs in memory would have been welcome.

From an audio perspective, the Nomad II couldn't have performed any better. The equalizer had good settings, and the ability to program user-defined settings was awesome. Furthermore, a wired remote control and bass-enhanced, behind-the-head style headphones completed the package.

As additional memory is still relatively expensive, and most of us don't have extra cards lying around the house, there will come a time when you'll tire of the songs on the device. And without the presence of your PC--and no additional SmartMedia cards--you're at a loss. This is when the Nomad II's FM tuner came in handy. During morning commutes, it was easy to toggle between The Howard Stern Show and NPR, as the player holds up to 32 FM station presets.

The Nomad II's third--and most overlooked--feature is that of a digital voice recorder. As voice recordings aren't the memory hogs that music files are, the Nomad II can record up to four hours' worth. This feature is perfect for dictating messages to yourself or for the fledging journalist recording interviews. The Nomad II Manager software even allows users to upload voice files from the Nomad II to your PC.

MP3 players are great for music lovers on the go. Because they have no moving parts, they're well known for skip-free music. To test the Nomad II, we loaded it up with some hip-hop and headed down to the local BMX spot in San Francisco. With the player clipped on to a belt, we put it through its paces over a multitude of jumps and with more than enough crashes. We did our best to make it skip, but it performed perfectly (though beware--the Nomad II isn't scratchproof). Only after the battery started to get low (the Nomad II offers anywhere from eight to 10 hours of playback time) did performance degrade. But this was easily remedied by dropping in a new AA battery.

MP3 music--like everything else technology related--is in a constant state of flux. To that end, the Nomad II ships with reprogrammable firmware that should enable it to support future digital-audio formats and software extensions as they emerge. So, hopefully, you'll be enjoying your Nomad II for years to come. --William O'Neal

Pros:

  • Awesome sound
  • Lightweight
  • Excellent behind-the-head style headphones
  • Useful wired remote control
  • USB interface makes connecting to your computer simple and downloading fast
  • Intuitive software
  • Supports numerous digital-audio formats

Cons:

  • No onboard memory
  • Simple software could be more robust
  • Navigating the LCD menu can be a pain
... Read more

Features

  • USB connection offers faster transfer rates and ease of connectivity
  • 64 MB SmartMedia card allows hours of CD-quality audio or voice recordings
  • Built-in FM tuner stores up to 32 preset stations
  • Large icon-based LCD screen with backlight for easy viewing in any environment
  • Upgradable to support multiple digital-audio formats and future software extensions

Reviews (129)

4-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I'll admit it, I'm a techno-junkie. I have to have all of the new-fangled gadgets that are out there. Call it compulsion. I bought the Creative Nomad II for the sole purpose of having one, but after I received the product, I came away with a product I can't help but be pleased with.

For such a small device, the sound on this gadget is incredible. I can't believe I'm listening to an MP3 from such a small device. Let's forget that the SmartMedia card I have holds 64 Megabytes (a feat on such a small card is just unimaginable to me). You can control the treble and bass (along with 4 presets Rock, Pop, Classical, and Jazz). Best of all, the skips are very rare. Unlike what most people have said here, I've had one or two. Nothing major, but a few for some reason. The battery was full, if you're keeping score at home.

I love the voice recorder. This innovation automatically makes the Nomad II a more useful tool outside of listening to music. With the capability to record 4 hours worth of sound bytes (with a 64 MB card), you could record a 3-hour lecture, transfer it to your computer, and keep an archive of them, without worrying about having enough tapes or missing something in your notes.

I only gave the product four stars for a variety of reasons. Even though I marvel at the size of the SmartMedia card in relation to the memory on it, I'm always afraid I'm going to snap it in half when I place it in the Nomad II. If you're careful, you'll be fine. I'm afraid that if I break it, I might have to shell out another ($) or so to replace it. I also found the navigation to be a bit hairy in some instances. Then again, I have a big thumb, so take that comment with a grain of salt. I also did not lkiek the fact trhat I had to buy a separate docking cradle, although Amazon does have, in my research, the best price for it.

Overall, this is a great product. If you want your MP3 player to do more than play music, get this item now!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for music on the go
I was looking for an MP3 player to bring on long runs (I'm a marathon runner) and trips to the gym. This was one of the few MP3 players that met a series of criteria I had chosen: lightweight, capable of carrying over an hour of music, a good remote control, and an FM radio. I've used it for four months and I'm very satisfied. The remote takes a little time to learn how to use, but works very well. The remote clips easily on a belt or clothing, and is both sturdy and light weight. The sound is excellent, and it has performed perfectly on long runs. The software is relatively easy to use for loading songs. Here are the limitations: the FM reception is not as good as on my old Sony FM Walkman. The battery life is fairly short (about 4-5 hours)- I now go running with an extra AA battery as back-up. The software is not very sophisticated. For example, you have to move songs to a different position by moving them one position at a time as you can't drag and drop a song to a different position. You can preset a lot of FM radio stations (32), but setting them is a little tricky- if you push the set button more than a second it switches you to the old preset station rather than setting it on the new station. This can be painful as switching stations is slow. Despite these limitations, the final tribute came from my wife. She scoffed at my purchase as an excess expense in which I got carried away with technology. Now she steals my Nomad II so often that I may have to get one for her if I hope to use it myself!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good until it broke
The unit broke a year after I bought it. I wouldn't buy another player from Creative Labs because it is too fragile. I only used the unit at the gym a few times a week. The first thing that broke was the wired remote, which I found to be very useful. The menu on the unit is easy enough to figure out, but rather slow to navigate. It takes several steps just to check the time. I liked the behind the head ear phones, they don't pinch my ears, but I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. The ear phone sound quality is just average. I'd have to say the quality of the product as a whole is just average.

1-0 out of 5 stars keeps breaking!
I own a Nomad II 64 MP3 player and it has broken for a second time - the warranty was only 60 days, and shortly thereafter, it stopped working, so I had to send it back and have it repaired for [$$$] (on the phone you can only talk to customer service reps, not technicians, and none of them could ever tell me what happend or how to prevent it from happening again in the future). The repair came with another generous 60 day warranty. The repair lasted about a year, and now it is broken again (in a similar but different way) - and I have always been very careful with it and it has never been physically harmed. Now that it is broken a second time I don't see the need to put more money into it, only to have it break again.

2-0 out of 5 stars Does not work right
the player worked right for like 2 or 3 days then started to turn on and off by itself also would not turn on correctly. ... Read more


108. CREATIVE LABS PCMCIA Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Notebook

our price: $128.99
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Asin: B0007XRZ08
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 119420
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Product Description

Creative Labs (70SB053000012) PCMCIA Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Notebook (clamshell). Sound Blaster ... Read more

Features

  • Fits PCMCIA PC-Card Notebook Expansion Slot
  • Connectors - Headphone/Optical Out jack / Microphone In/Line In/Optical In jack / ? Multichannel Speaker Cable Jack for Line Out for 5.1 surround

109. Creative Labs PD0160 PC-CAM 300

Asin: B0000631YQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 32788
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Powerful for a little Web cam
I previously owned a Xirlink Video Media IBM USB PC Camera and it was horrid. The pictures were dark and funky. I decided it was time for me to get one with real power. I shopped around for a camera that wasn't fancy, but would do the job for the right price. This is it. The pictures are far better than what I experienced with the previous one, but they're not perfect as you expect with a fancier digital camera in the $200-$400 range. For instance, I took pictures of a toddler and they were a little orangy compared to a regular digital camera. When I take pictures of objects, they turn out nicely and rarely blurry (usually my fault).

I use this camera as a Web cam and to take pictures that I want quickly to put on the Internet and top quality is not of importance. Surprisingly, this camera even takes short videos. I filmed the first video on the first time I used it and was surprised how easy it was to capture the movie and then put it on the PC.

Beginners should find this one easy to learn with the help of an instruction manual. Intermediate and advanced users should be able to dig right in -- maybe look at the manual for button information. I used this Web cam when we were building a pool and enjoyed seeing the captured photos when I was away from home, but had access to the Internet.

5-0 out of 5 stars A simply superb little camera
I am fairly new to photography so needed something that was going to be easy to use and give me decent results~ this camera surpassed all my expectations.
It is small and light,easy to slip into a pocket or purse, and the shape makes it really comfortable to hold,that's a good plus for me, but the quality of the pictures it produces(128 at good quality) has to be seen to be believed,and thats the clincher!!You are getting, almost true, digital camera quality photos for the price of a web-cam. Obviously you dont get a zoom or some of the other features that you can expect when you pay for a digital camera, but, if you want a web-cam that takes superb pics, that's exactly what you will get,and more, this is real value for money.
It also has a video and voice recording capability and the software that comes with it is good, but, if you have a great imaging programme all ready, this, little beauty has twain~~ so you can import from your PC~CAM 300 straight to either the PC-CAM's photo centre or your own programme.
I love this camera,it is so much more than a web-cam,and is simplicity itself to use. I have had so much pleasure and enjoyment since I have had it~~it is one purchase I will never regret. ... Read more


110. Creative Labs WebCam Go Plus
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00004YKI7
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 42441
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars It started out ok...
I bought this cam from Wal-Mart, brought it home, installed it, and everything was fine. A few weeks later, I was trying to get it online for my family to watch me on cam, and the output was just a green screen. At first I thought it was te free program I was using for the online web community. But I was checking out the cam and the batteries were corroded!! They were brand new batteries too! So it wasn't the batteries fault. I paid way too much for this camera. I bought it when they were $... and I took it back to Wal-Mart and only got $... of my money back because Creative had limited refund requirements. Overall a bad buy. I will never buy from this company again!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Very versatile for the price
Although it may seem expensive at first for a webcam, that is far from its only feature. It can also be used as a portable digital camera and voice annotation recorder. The 8MB internal memory is enough for more than 90 pictures at 640x480 resolution. Yes, the images can be a bit blurry and require you to hold the camera steady for a couple seconds, but don't expect miracles from something so inexpensive. The other drawback is that there is no video display, only a very basic three-character LCD. Fortunately there is enough memory to take more than enough shots for most occasions. It also comes with a carrying case which, while protecting the lens, shows off its rather odd profile by leaving the top two corners exposed. The included software is adequate but not extraordinary.

Pros: lots of memory, versatile, folding hinge and rubber strips make desktop use easy and steady, voice recorder, 640x480 resolution which is rare for many webcams

Cons: strange shape, feels too big and too flimsy, expensive

Bottom Line: This fills the gap between a dirt cheap webcam and an entry level digital camera, so you get some features from both. However, you may want to spend a little extra and get one of each instead of trying to use this beyond its capacity. The best alternative I have found while shopping is the Aiptek Pen Cam (may cost anywhere from US 60-90), which I still may get later because it is much more portable and looks to have better software. Nevermind the inherent cool factor of having a pen cam, just like James Bond! ... Read more


111. Creative Labs Modem Blaster Flash 56II External Modem
list price: $59.99
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Asin: B00005NIMI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 25662
Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars I See Its Faster
I Based on 4 review of this modem, 2bad and 2god review's i thinking on buy this modem but i'm not convenced to buy.
Is the same thing Modem Blaster V.92 Serial of Creative Labs Modem Blaster Flash 56II External Modem?

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it
While this modem gives good speed after it connects, it won't connect without multiple attempts. The on-line help is brain-dead. This is a bad product, buy ANYTHING else. I tried multiple ISPs, multiple phone lines, multiple OS's, multiple platforms.....the thing just sucks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding modem!
I just received this modem, and it is the fastest external modem I have ever had. It does not support Windows 2000 or WindowsXP (yet, drivers are being written now). I bought it to use with Linux and Linux loves it. This modem is well worth the money!

1-0 out of 5 stars High hopes with no realization :(
I had high hopes for this modem, Creative labs is a name I trust, being the same people who created the Sound blaster line of soundcards. Alas, this modem simply did not work. It is a V90 modem, but it doesnt act like one. Every blue moon I was able to actually connect to the internet using it, and when I did the connections always were around 33,333bps- nothing fantastic. After hours of frustrating attempts, including checking and rewiring some of my homes phone lines, I ended up removing it this modem, putting my old one back in, and then proceeded to get consistent, very fast, first dial attempt connections that averaged around 48,000bps.
Maybe it just wasnt built for Windows ME (even though my computer acknowledged its presence and functioning status), maybe its simply outdated. Regardless, save your money for something more functional and up to date. -Already V92 protocol is becoming the new standard of dial up modems; if your buying a new modem anyway, may as well get the latest technology. I'd rate this modem a negative three stars, but the rating system doesnt go that low.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tightness
Yeah This is really cool execpy sumthimes the box scares you...lol well my cuz has this and he conncects at deadly speeds... ... Read more


112. CREATIVE LABS Zen Micro Travel Tunes Bundle

Asin: B0009JJF1C
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
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Features

  • Creative Labs Zen Micro - 5GB of Storage Space - Built-in FM Radio - Supports WMA & MP3 Music
  • Multifunction Backlit LCD Screen - USB 2.0 Interface - Color - Dark Blue
  • Creative Labs TravelSound Powered Speakers - Palm-sized, foldable, 1-piece design
  • Belkin TuneCase II FM Transmitter - Transmits audio from the Zen to any FM radio
  • Scans all FM frequencies - Memorizes up to 4 FM frequencies

113. Creative Labs Rhomba 128 MB MP3 Player
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B0000DFZ6F
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 7505
Average Customer Review: 3.28 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 128 MB of onboard memory stores up to 4 hours of WMA and 2 hours of MP3 skip free music
  • FM radio with direct recording capability
  • Up to 8 hours of voice recording via built-in microphone
  • Built-in lithium-ion battery offers up to 10 hours playtime
  • Compatible with Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, and XP

Reviews (29)

4-0 out of 5 stars New to MP3
Being new to MP3s I really had no idea what to get, but after ALOT of research and questions I decided on this player. It has all the features I wanted, like the voice-recorder, and the ability to record from FM tuner (which I like the best). So many times I have heard songs on the radio and wished to record them, now i can with just a simple push of a button. The workings of this player took some time to figure out, but i think i have it down, without the help of a manual or instructions. This player is really VERY easy to use.

The Creative MediaSource software is GREAT!! Makes it super easy to transfer tracks to and from the player. Also nice for converting files to different formats for recording. I've even played my DVD movies on my computer with it (great pic and sound quality).

I have only had this player for about a month but have used it often and tested all of the features more than once. No problems so far (knock on wood).

All-in-all this player is super "user-friendly", even for 'Newbies' like me. It's sleek, small, has a very readable back-lit display (adjustable), nice buttons, and great sound quality (i've hooked it up to external speakers and couldn't believe how loud i put it before any distortion).
There is so much more i could say, could rave for days, but they only give so much room for the review.

4-0 out of 5 stars Rhomba is fine little player
I just received the Rhomba 128M MP3 player and its quite a good value.

Pluses -

Recorder function also with FM radio.
Nice display
Li-on Battery, good life between charges
Windows XP recognizes it as a drive, no need for
special download software like the Rio players.

Negative

Filmsy switching for track forward/backward
No beltclip
Included ear buds are totally useless and built for elephant size ears, you'll need to use another headphone.

No expansion capability

Need a USB charger if you travel (these are about $10)

I have used Rio MP3 players in the past (original MP300 parallel port, RioOne, S35S), but this is more functional.

5-0 out of 5 stars SD
just for the record: last day off my vacation in mexico and i dived into the Carraibean with my digital camera into my pocket :) (don't ask why) and althogh the camera is now mearly scrap (pentax optio s) the memory card works fine and i didn't lost any of my vacation photos with would have been a lot worse - so SD cards are water proof and salt water proof :)

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product !!!
It's surprisingly small which allows me to easily toss it in my pocket. Thus far I've downloaded about 50 songs and still have room for about 30-40 more. The only problem is finding the right place to download from. I avoid Kazaa due to its spyware/adware and virus problems. I currently use MusicMatch which works great with some extra work. I burn a cd first ( which I normally do anyway ), then I use the software that came with the Rhomba to burn from the cd to the Rhomba. There's probably and easier way but this works fine for me. I still recommend the Rhomba for people who are looking for a less costly mp3 player or for first time buyers of mp3s.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this Product !!!!,
read the reviews on the Internet the same way you are reading now. When I went to the store I have been misled by the salesman. He told me that the creative is a great brand and no one returned the product so far. He told me " if it was a bad product creative would have taken it of the shelf by now". I bought the product and it stop working after TWO DAYS" not responding at all. I talked to the customer support and they ask me to send the product to them. It takes along..... time to get it back believe me I havent got the mine yet. Dealing with their customer support is hell. remember I warned you "Dont buy this product" ... Read more


114. Creative Labs PC-DVD Encore 12X DVD-ROM with Dxr3 Decoder
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00004Z8X5
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 25992
Average Customer Review: 3.05 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (19)

2-0 out of 5 stars compatibility problems
This worked fine in my old computer (AMD K6 450MHz, built-in sound/video on motherboard, Win98SE), but was horrible in my new box (AMD Athlon 900MHz, Voodoo 3 video, Win98SE). Wouldn't play DVDs using any software (PC-DVD, WinDVD, PowerDVD, Windows DVD Player). PC-DVD and WinDVD both locked up. PowerDVD decided it wouldn't play copyrighted DVDs. Windows DVD Player apparently didn't recognize the Dxr3 decoder card, because it kept saying the player wasn't properly configured and I couldn't play DVDs without a decoder. Tech support was prompt but not very helpful. I did at least a half-dozen different things they suggested and the problem was never solved. I finally replaced it (and my CD-RW, which was okay) with an LG Electronics GCC-4120B CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive, which came bundled with PowerDVD; the new drive has worked great.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding drive performance
I have watched all sorts of DVDs on this drive, including very scratched ones, but never had a problem, picture quality is just amazing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for viewing dvds on your computer or television.
Creative has out did themselves with this wonderful product. Why buy to seperate dvd players for your television and computer when you could just by one. Best of all the DVD player comes with its own decoder card which has its own outputs like video out to mention one. Install the dvd player into your computer run a cable to your televison and you our set.

5-0 out of 5 stars Win2K drivers that work!
Looks great and had no troubles after I downloaded and installed the new Win2K drivers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Does have Win 2K drivers!
I'm not sure whether new drivers have been available for the other reviewers but the card works perfectly for me. I did need to update the drivers to the new Win2K ones- but once that was accomplished I had no problems... ... Read more


115. Creative Labs Nomad II MG (Silver) with Docking Station
list price: $399.00
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Asin: B00004XOYF
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 18804
Average Customer Review: 3.46 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 64 MB of internal memory with one SmartMedia card slot
  • Record from your personal CDs or download from the Internet; can also record voice
  • FM tuner with 20 programmable stations
  • Comes with folding headphones, a USB docking station, rechargeable batteries, and an AC adapter
  • Compatible with PCs and Macs

Reviews (76)

2-0 out of 5 stars Nice device, but not without serious flaws
Overall, this is a nice MP3 player, and I've made good use of it for the couple months I've owned it. On the plus side, it's small, light-weight, and stylish. Also: the supplied Mac software works great (there is also Windows software), and the SmartMedia capability is a welcome feature.

But now for the bad news: there are several flaws in the design of this device. First and most important, the battery contacts seem prone to failure (one of mine recently broke, rendering the device useless). Then there the annoyances: if you "lock" the device and place it in the charger, it won't charge -- you must unlock the device first. The buttons along both sides of the case are too easy to press by accident -- I've deleted several songs without intending to. The random-play feature doesn't seem very random -- it loops through a subset of your songs, but doesn't hit every song. And the FM mode seems to be a wasted feature; I haven't run into anybody that actually uses it. Finally, there is no included remote control. For all these drawbacks, the price is a bit steep. For these reasons, I give it a less-than-ideal star rating.

But if you don't mind these annoyances -- and the possibility that your battery contacts will break -- this is a decent MP3 player that looks nice and is easily expandable via additional SmartMedia cards.

4-0 out of 5 stars Where's the Wired Remote?!?!
Everything about this player is perfect. The specs speak for themselves. It has voice recording (perfect for recording lectures or business conferences) and then uploading to coworkers/classmates. It comes with 64MB built in memory with an extra slot for even more memory. It even comes with docking port and rechargeable batteries. It has everything an avid music listener meets "Bill Nye the Science Guy" could want. These accessories are usually stuff that comes with a CD player or a Mini-Disc player. Finally, MP3 players get the accessories that other portable audio devices get.

However, there's one thing missing that's been really inconveniencing me. I don't know about the other Nomad II MG users, but the lack of a wired remote is its Achilles Heel. Even though they say it's an "optional accessory," it is nowhere to be found. You can't purchase it anywhere. They[Creative] says it's still in development but you won't be able to switch between radio and mp3s or switch songs without it. It's been really a hassle to reach in and change stations and/or songs especially on the New York City subways. It's just a minor accessory that could've make a world of a difference.

5-0 out of 5 stars This little thing works GREAT for me!!!
I've been using the Nomad 2 MG for over a year, now. When I first tried to install the software, I had some problems with the docking cradle not seeing the player. I was suspicious that it had problems with my computer hardware (motherboard, etc.). When I tried the installation on another computer, everything worked great! Shortly afterwards, I replaced that original system with a faster one and the software works fine, now, as a matter of fact, the files just FLY to the player!

I take that MP3 player with me on rough mountain bike rides, snowboarding, running, commutes to work, and (sometimes) while I'm at work. I've dropped it numerous times, but still I have had NOT ONE SINGLE PROBLEM with it, yet. My cradle has not broken- maybe I'm just lucky. For those who have none functioning cradles, there are updated drivers online for free- that could solve some of your problems. Admittedly, I have deleted a song or two, because of poor button placement, but if you're capable of learning, you're not going to do that more than a few times, at best.

For the price and the performance, this unit ROCKS! With its capabilities to expand to the 128MB card, that's a lot of songs! Get this MP3 player! It's totally worth it!

4-0 out of 5 stars Still working after 2 years
Felt I had to add this after reading all these reviews. I got my II MG over 2 years ago and it still works fine. Only problem is the display sometimes flickers on and off, but if you tap it it comes back. I use this for the gym, travel and in my car. I've dropped it numerous times and gotten it wet and it still works fine. I have deleted songs accidently as others seem prone to as well, and agree button placement was poor. Overall this player has been great, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another Creative product.

1-0 out of 5 stars The other reviewers aren't lying. It stinks.
I owned this player for about 5 months before its cradle stopped functioning. There are two main faults with it that lead me to advise against this MP3 player.

The first is its poor design. All of the function buttons are located along its sides. In order to hold the thing in any natural and comfortable way, your fingers have no other place to go except over the ultra-sensitive function buttons. The slightest change in pressure will activate any button you are touching. You'll find yourself accidently pausing, stopping or (worst of all) DELETING a song as it is playing very often unless you adopt the incredibly annoying practice of locking the buttons whenever you aren't using them. But unlike some other players, this also locks the volume button- which means you'll spend lots of time unlocking-changing volume-locking-unlocking-skipping a song-locking. Ugh.

And why any designer would put a one-touch delete button right near your general function buttons is beyond me. Make sure you memorize the layout of the buttons, because it absolutely stinks to delete a song when you just wanted to pause it and there is no second chances once you hit the extremely innocuous and sensitive delete button.

The second drawback of this player is how often it seems to break inexplicably. My player is fine, but if I want to use it anymore I'll have to get a new cradle. My cradle just decided to stop functioning one day. It wasn't jostled or banged around, it wasn't dusty or submerged in soda- nothing. I'd chock it up to bad luck if I hadn't gone on the web the next day and found dozens of unsolved breakages involving this player and its cradle.

This unit is slick looking and tiny, but not worth the trouble. Look elsewhere for your MP3 player needs. You can do much better. ... Read more


116. Creative MuVo TX FM 256 MB MP3 Player

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Asin: B00079WKXE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 111568
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Product Description

Package Contents - NOMAD MuVo TX FM Player / Neodymium Earphones / Armband (Armstrap and Case with clip) / AAA Alkaline Battery / Quick Start Guide / Installation CD Instruction Guide is printed in English and French256MB player holds up to 8 hours WMA or 4 hours MP3 musicBuilt-in FM radio and recorderHigh-resolution backlit LCD that is reversible for left or right handed operation and provides full track information (ID3 tags); great for folder navigation with the convenient scroll buttonSuper-fast USB 2.0 with USB 1.1 backward compatibility ... Read more

Features

  • 256 MB holds up to 8 hours WMA or 4 hours MP3 music--weighs just 1.1 ounces
  • Built-in FM and FM recorder with 32 presets
  • Built-in microphone for easy voice recording
  • Transfers music via USB 2.0; compatible with Windows 98SE, 2000, Me, XP
  • Powered by 1 AAA battery; provides up to 15 hours of continuous play

117. Creative Labs Silver Nomad Jukebox "C" (MP3/WMA)
list price: $219.99
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Asin: B00005ICCZ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 21444
Average Customer Review: 2.88 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

One of our biggest frustrations with MP3 players has been their limited storage capacity. You'll typically get 64 MB via internal memory or memory cards, which provides just a little over an hour of near CD-quality MP3 audio. So when we heard that Creative was releasing a 6 GB player that can hold over 100 hours of music, it sounded perfect. Soon, we'd be rifling through a massive catalog of tunes on our little player, from Elvis Costello to LL Cool J to Miles Davis, whenever the whim struck.

The Nomad Jukebox is essentially a portable hard drive with software that will play MP3 audio. Since hard drives include spinning and moving parts, this player is not ideal for active MP3 users such as joggers and snowboarders.

We cracked open the box, inserted the rechargeable batteries, plugged in the AC adapter, and waited the recommended 12 hours for them to charge initially. This is a very important step. This was our second set of batteries--we didn't bother to heed Creative's initial charging directions when we first got the product, and our first set of batteries soon lost the capacity to be recharged.

After installing the included software (we tested the Jukebox on a Macintosh G4 using SoundJam MP; for PCs, Creative includes PlayCenter 2) and connecting the USB cable, we quickly deleted 2 GB of starter MP3 and audiobook files and started loading our own music. We started with about 500 songs, but noticed after the load had finished that not all the songs made it onto the Jukebox. Also, the SoundJam software didn't like us doing any other work on our Mac G4, stalling out the load whenever we switched to another program.

We found it was best to load in smaller numbers and to keep SoundJam up as the active application (unfortunately, not the most efficient use of computer time). The transfer rate is roughly six minutes per 100 MB, which translates to about 25 songs. (So far, we've loaded 861 songs and we still have 2.3 GB of storage left.)

Once music has been transferred to the Jukebox, you need to create an active playing list by navigating one of three lists--artists, albums, and genres--then adding songs to the queue. (This points out the need for creating thorough ID3 tags, an electronic label that can include song title, track number, year, and more. ID3 tags can be created via the PlayCenter and SoundJam software manually, or they can be imported from the online CDDB database. For more information about tagging, see the Amazon.com Making MP3s Guide.) Playlists can be saved in the Jukebox, though it can be a bit tedious (there's no keyboard), and you can't add songs to an existing playlist.

The Jukebox also sports some nice additions. It has a line-in recording capability (using an external microphone), which records WAV files that can be adjusted for optimal (or low-end) sound quality, and it can play audiobooks.

The biggest downside to the Nomad Jukebox is its portability. As noted, it does run on rechargeable batteries, but they'll last far less than the advertised two hours. Also, this isn't the device to take jogging; its internal hard drive, though somewhat resistant to shock and motion, just won't take that kind of activity. It's really made for stationary play using its included AC adapter.

It also has a few playback glitches, the biggest being that you can't fast- forward or rewind within a song. Also, there's no bookmark feature for audiobook listening--a necessity for long files.

Ultimately, the Creative Nomad Jukebox isn't perfect and isn't suited for everyone's MP3 needs. But it has become a staple of our gadget life--it travels with us daily to the office and hooks in nicely into stereo systems, both at home and at friends' houses. Someday, we'll all wonder what we did without an MP3 jukebox. --Agen G.N. Schmitz

Pros:

  • 6 GB of storage is massive--over 1,000 songs
  • Several methods for selecting playlist songs (artist, album, and genre)
  • Line-out for connecting to stereo systems, and line-in for recording
Cons:
  • Battery power is sucked up quickly
  • Prone to skipping/stalling when used in heavy activity
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Features

  • All the great features of the Creative Labs Nomad Jukebox at a great price
  • Portable digital audio player with 6 GB of built-in storage; store up to 150 CDs at 128 Kbps MP3 audio format encoding or up to 300 CDs at 64 Kbps WMA audio format encoding
  • Plays MP3 and WMA files; upgradable to support other formats and is SDMI compliant
  • USB interface for fast digital transfer; compatible with Windows and Mac
  • Comes with one set of rechargeable batteries and AC adapter; does not include carrying pouch or headphones

Reviews (17)

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't Be Beat
If you like to take a lot of your music with you or if you would like to to play on your home stereo all those MP3's sitting on your computer, then the Nomad Jukebox is the product for you. With the recent reduction in price, there's no reason to wait anymore. Portable CD players that play discs encoded with MP3's are great, but why limit yourself to one disc when you can put hundreds on the Jukebox. I've had mine for about 3 weeks and it's great. Here are a few observations: (1) The only difference between the Nomad Jukebox and Nomad Jukebox C is that the "C" model does not include headphones, an extra set of rechargeable batteries or a carrying pouch. You've probably got headphones already from another portable, but if you need these things they are all available in an accessory pack that includes a car adapter; (2) at the risk of stating the obvious, the Jukebox is not a portable CD player, but is actually a sealed hard drive, just like the one in your computer (and you do need a computer to use this thing), which is why battery life is not particulary long (they are rechargeables); (3) the Jukebox will hold a tremendous amount of music -- hundreds and hundreds of songs -- which means you can plug it in, put it on shuffle and you won't hear the same song for a while; (4) loading music from your computer is quick and easy, or you can record through the line-in input; (5) playlist management is easy; just pick out the songs from your library you want in your queue and save it, then when you're ready for those songs, just load the playlist. Or just load everything from a particular artist or genre; and (6) sound quality is very good, depending in large part, of course, on the bitrate at which the MP3s were encoded (and it will play formats other than MP3). This is a great device for a music lover.

1-0 out of 5 stars Good product, USELESS support
I bought the product a few months ago & enjoyed its use - great sound & functionality (I'd have given 4 stars). Unfortunately, a friend sent it crashing to the floor & it stopped working completely. I have, since then, tried every available method for getting in touch with Creative's tech support department - multiple emails (all unanswered) & phone calls (on hold for ++45 minutes EVERY TIME with never an answer regardless of the time of day). The sales department is the only one who picks up the phone & won't give any further information about support or repair. I'd like to send the unit to them to have it repaired (I'm assuming the hard drive needs replacement)and would gladly pay any costs, including shipping, which I have explained multiple times to the sales rep answering the phone. No answers...Unfortunately, I am at the end of my rope & decided it's a sunk cost. LESSON LEARNED: DON'T BUY FROM A ONE PRODUCT COMPANY!! Going back to my good old Rio 500 (purchased 2 years ago & still working beautifully). It doesn't have the memory, but it's less frustrating - they actualy answer the phone & offer advice!

5-0 out of 5 stars All my music in my hands
This is the best purchase I have made in my life.....! I have like 6 days of continuos music in the palm of my hand AMAZING....VERY VERY easy to use.
FAST LOADING,SEARCHING AND PLAYING TECHNOLOGY...

1-0 out of 5 stars Misleading Technical Support
I purchased my first Nomad for my wife 12/2000. We had problems with the battery charger, but because of some personal issues, didn't return within 90 days. When I contacted technical support, they said they had worked out the problems with the batteries, but that because I was out of warrenty, I would be better off buying a new one as they would charge me ... to repair, even if it was something simple.

Because I liked the concept of the Nomad I purchased another. The batteries did work a little better this time, for a while, but now (again past the 90 days) I am getting very little battery life again. I assume I am stuck with a unit that only plays plugged in.

I bought it for my wife to walk with........Oh, well.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing...
Imagine my dismay when I install the rechargable batteries that come with this unit, only to discover that they will not charge. The Nomad *should* charge the batteries when it is plugged in to its AC adapter, but alas, that is not what happens. You must first charge the batteries in a charger unit (not included) before the Nomad will detect them. Imagine my further dismay when I install the freshly-charged batteries (charged for 12 continuous hours, per the instructions) and watch the battery meter fall from 95% to 67% in a little less than 10 minutes. And that's with the backlight off. Oh, and by the way, if the charge drops below 65%, you won't have enough power to save playlists or other system settings.

Battery issues aside, the performance of the Nomad Jukebox is decent. Sound quality is good, and the filing system is a passable method for finding the song you want. If you are looking for a stationary MP3 library, then this product is aptly named; a big jukebox that must be plugged in wherever you want to use it. If you want portability, look elsewhere. There are much better MP3 players out there, such as Apple's iPod, which should come down in price within the year. ... Read more


118. Creative Labs CardCam Value
list price: $49.95
our price: $26.99
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Asin: B00007AJ8Q
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 6253
Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 2MB built-in RAM
  • Powered by 2 AAA batteries (included)
  • Point and Click simplicity
  • Includes USB cable, Quick Start Guide, Ulead PhotoExpress MCE, PC-CAM Center, WebCam Monitor & NetMeeting
  • System Requirements -Pentium 233 class processor+, Windows 98, 98SE, 2000, ME or XP, 64MB RAM, available USB port, CD-ROM drive

Reviews (10)

4-0 out of 5 stars Useful, Small, Overall Good
I have to say the camera works great, if you know how to use it. In answer to those who say that the pics were not of high enough resolution, use a higher resolution. This camera is so small you can carry it in your pocket, without having a bulging huge looking pocket. It has a good battery life and overall may not be as good as the other cameras, but for it's price, and size, it is reasonable.

2-0 out of 5 stars Don't
Once you get this camera your going to wish you spent the extra money to pay for real camera. It takes good pictures out side and terrible pictures inside, it doesn't have a flash so don't expect to see anything. After I got this camera I bought the Kodak EasyShare CX6200. Which is a better camera and just about 50 bucks more. So spend the extra dough and get a better camera. You'll be disappointed when you get it. Basically you get what you paid for 26 bucks for a digital camera, Come on Get Real

1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth even 5 dollars
For twenty dollars, I'd expect the item to work at least more than a week. Seriously, invest in some other product. I returned this item; a new one was sent. The second one broke in less time than the first. Seriously negative recommendation? Yes.
Amazon was really great about getting the merchandise replaced though. 5 stars for Amazon. Negative stars for this product.

4-0 out of 5 stars These Other Reviewers are Rediculous!
I figured somebody should give this camera a decent review to balance out the extremely unrealistic negative reviews.
This is a TWENTY DOLLAR CAMERA PEOPLE!!!! Did you REALLY expect to get professional quality photos from it for TWENTY BUCKS????

I think this camera works perfect for what it costs. It takes very good photos for the incredibly low price. I bought this for my nephew to have fun with and mess around taking fun pics with friends and the photos look good. Granted you wouldn't print any or use this camera for important or special events you want to capture , you'd have to spend a lot more money for that type of camera. I have a very nice 600.00 camera for exactly that!

I wish people would stop reviewing products with thier extremely unrealistic expectations. If you seriously cared about getting great photos with a digital camera, you'd spend the money and buy a higher end camera.
Not spend a measly 20 bucks and expect superior quality. I suggest learning even a tiny bit about digital cameras before buying one and definitely before reviewing one and THEN you would probably realize you got a great camera for the money it cost.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth it!
I received this camera as a promotion and it has never worked. I went to the company's website and requested technical support . . . that was over a month ago and I still have not heard from them - not even a follow up. It is JUNK!! ... Read more


119. Creative Labs MK4214 CD-RW Blaster 8432
list price: $169.99
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Asin: B00004RG6N
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 24787
Average Customer Review: 2.68 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Creative Labs' CD-RW Blaster 8432 internal IDE CD-RW drive enables you to record and copy data directly to discs. Moving your data to a CD is just a click away with Creative Labs' CD-RW Blaster 8432. Copy a complete CD or select only the files you want to record, and CD-RW Blaster does the rest--and in less than nine minutes. You can drag and drop files right onto the CD icon, just like copying a file to a floppy or hard disk. For more flexibility, use a CD-RW rewritable disc so you can add and delete files as needed.

Blank CDs can store up to 650 MB of data, the same amount as 450 floppies or 6.5 100 MB Zip disks, making CDs a cost-effective way to back-up precious data. CD-RW Blaster provides two ways to save your information--routine backups to rewritable CD-RW media or permanent archives to a CD-R disc. In addition, high-quality CDs are more economical than other media, and their durability surpasses their magnetic media counterparts.

Now instead of changing CDs to listen to your favorite tracks, you can create one CD with all your favorite music. Compile music and audio tracks stored as MIDI and WAV files, or download the latest independent MP3 songs from the Internet and store them on a CD to free up valuable hard disk space. CD-RW Blaster delivers the low-cost solution by using inexpensive CD-R and CD-RW discs that can be read by standard CD-ROM drives. ... Read more

Features

  • Internal EIDE CD-RW drive with 32x read, 8x write, and 4x rewrite speeds
  • Back up and archive up to 650 MB of data on 1 disc
  • Create compilations of your favorite songs and MP3 music
  • Distribute important documents and files to anyone with a CD-ROM drive
  • For computers operating on Windows 95 or 98

Reviews (19)

2-0 out of 5 stars Wasted time!
Creative Labs was the originator who brought both sound and CD-ROMs to the home computer, so I thought they would be a great brand to start creating CDs with. I was oh so wrong! I am a Windows 98 user with a Hewlett Packard computer and 64 MB of RAM, and with all of this I still had great difficulty in creating CDs. First off, if you want a CD Audio disc made, it puts 2 second gaps between the tracks ALWAYS! Making it non compatable with top CD making software like Easy CD Creator. Then, its also very difficult to even get it to burn a data CD without errors and the most aggrivating part of it is that half of the time it will not even recognize a CD is in the drive! Tech support is quite bad for the product as well, they send you documents to answer your question via email instead of live help.

5-0 out of 5 stars YOU CAN'T MISS
Well, to be perfectly honest, I had my doubts about purchasing a cd-burner; but then I realized how great they were when I saw my friend burn a cd on his. What really amazed me was how the quality of a recorded audio cd is the same as the master! I bought this burner because it was the most conservative buy. You get the name (Creative), the speed, and decent software/support all for a price thats right in the middle. I also strongly believe that one can't really go wrong with Creative Labs products. Besides, they have the coolest packaging of any brand :-) Seriously though, its whats familiar ... something you can trust (the blue and orange box). I have had no problems so far with the burner itself (it's awesome). The only gripe I have is that the software could be better. It's sort of like trying to learn the basics of DOS all over again. Don't get me wrong, I am fluent with computers, but in todays world I really shouldn't have to READ the directions. Usually I can just use them for reference; not with this stuff. Once you learn it though, it works.

1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible - Don't Buy One!
Worst drive I've ever used. Stutters and stumbles whether reading or writing. Burns plenty of coasters. When it does record it won't read it's own discs. Often won't even read a pre-recorded disc. It's a piece of junk. I don't recommend it at all.

2-0 out of 5 stars Shabby burner
It is not so bad on XP now but on 2000 it was a nightmare. It will only really work with Nero ...It's still slow and it staggers when playing games. Also your cd-roms are very hot when they get out!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Avoid like the Plague!!!
I got this burner in the Christmas of 2000, it was a great price, offered a fast burn speed and it was a name brand product. However don't be fooled by this piece of junk burner, it just plain out [stinks]! The burner itself can't even burn to 80min CD's even if the CD-R box says they are compatable, this left me high and dry since virtually every store in town carried only 80min CD's. After visiting the Creative Labs Website for a possible firmware update, I found that the firmware update was only to Windows 98 and wouldnt even work with my CREATIVE LABS 8432 saying I had some 8438E burner (the box said it was a 8432), it appears there are serval slightly different versions of this burner. Trying to contact Creative I was lead around on how it should be on a seperate IDE cable and try different media they eventually told me that I was simply out of luck.
Overall This burner is not worth the hassle, go with someone who actually supports there products.

Creative stick to sound cards.. ... Read more


120. Creative Labs DC-CAM 3200Z 3.2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
list price: $229.99
our price: $189.99
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Asin: B0001GDOWO
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 7592
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Features

  • 3.2 Megapixel effective resolution - Delivers outstanding photo with vivid colors
  • 3X optical zoom with 4X digital zoom - Zoom-in on subjects far away
  • MPEG-4 digital video with audio - Capture digital video for as long as memory allows
  • Burst mode at 3 frames per snap Takes 3 rapid shots for action photos
  • 1.6" TFT LCD dispaly Playback both pictures and videos

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