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141. Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy
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142. Creative Labs CSW100 PCWorks 3-Piece
$229.99
143. Creative Zen Micro 6 GB MP3 Player
$229.99
144. Creative Zen Micro 6 GB MP3 Player
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145. Creative Labs 128 MB NOMAD IIc
$229.99
146. Creative Zen Micro 6 GB MP3 Player
$199.99
147. Creative Zen Micro 4 GB MP3 Player
$210.99 list($299.99)
148. Creative Labs 20 GB NOMAD Jukebox
149. Creative Labs Nomad Jukebox Zen
150. Creative Labs Sound Blaster Extigy
$199.99
151. Creative Zen Micro 4 GB MP3 Player
$199.99
152. Creative Zen Micro 4 GB MP3 Player
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153. Creative Labs 30GB Digital Audio
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154. Creative Labs CT6840 USB Video
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155. Creative Labs Nomad Jukebox (Silver)
$49.00
156. Creative Labs CT6860 Video Blaster
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157. Creative Labs FPS2000 5-Piece
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158. Creative Labs PD0230S PC-CAM 600
159. Creative Labs CardCam
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160. Creative Labs 10 GB Nomad Jukebox

141. Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum Soundcard
list price: $149.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005OSUE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 22250
Average Customer Review: 3.54 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Utilizes Creative Lab's Audigy chip
  • EAX Advanced HD offers 3D audio performance
  • Built-in Dolby Digital decoder for true 5.1 multi-channel playback
  • Full bandwidth and 96 DMA channels
  • Includes wireless remote control and front panel Internal Audigy Drive with accessible connectors

Reviews (24)

5-0 out of 5 stars creative does it again
i must say that i am very impressed with the amount of quality and features that creative put in this sound card. first of all it's powered by an e-mu chip, which is used in many high-end audio workstations and digital processor units. it also has the ability to output the digital output signal at 24 bit/96 kHz which dramatically improves the sound quality (compared to a cd's 16bit/44.1 kHz sound quality) the audigy drive is another helpful feature which allows easy access to spdif digital in and out, optical in and out, headphones out, mic in, analog in, 2 midi ports, firewire, and the infrared receiver for the remote. speaking of the remote it is one of the nicest features included with the audigy platinum. with it you can easily play any song in your mp3 collection (or wav,etc.) with the receiver. while many people claim that the processor is the same as the one in the sb live series its not. this processor has well over twice the power of the sb live series chips. while the included software with the sb audigy platinum wasn't that great the features and quality of the card easily make up for the high price. also i don't know what these people are complaining about it not working in win 2k or xp. i have had no problem with it in either of these os. sure there is a little tweaking to do in BIOS but it's easy enough (mostly disabling your motherboards built in sound card if it has one). so for anyone looking for a new sound card look no further than creative's sound blaster audigy series.

2-0 out of 5 stars Creative Labs has yet to fix their driver problems....
Most of the published reviews for the Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum are bunk. Having chatted with numerous end users and techs since initial purchase, my findings have proven common place. Creative Lab's failure to address documented problems dating back to the AWE64 is reprehensible.

Strengths:
Easy installation, front access controls are very nice (especially the addition of a firewire port), sounds are rich, remote control is cute. The command bar up top can be hidden.

Weaknesses:

The card may cause some games to crash resulting in a hardlock.

Summary:
This card replaced an aging PCI 128 Creative Labs. Installation was very simple. The Audigy only takes up an additional slot if your case does not sport a joystick mount.

I first installed the card into my main 1.8GHz P4 Win98SE gaming computer residing in a 19" rack; but sacrificing one of the few external drive slots became a problem as well as crashes and intrusive noises (pops, chirps, etc.). The card was moved to an AMD 600MHz Win2kPro IBM Aptiva tower.

Would I purchase another? If/When Creative Labs updates the drivers to address some game crashing and bothersome noises, possibly; however I am now strongly considering Turtle Beach.

5-0 out of 5 stars Creative Does It Again!
At first i was sorry that the old SoundBlaster Live! line of products was being phased out as I had become so very fond of them. But now that I have bought Audigy Platinum, I realize that Creative has just continued to improve their reputation with this exceptional product. There is NO problem when installing the card and Audigy drive even with Windows XP (I do advise downloading the latest drivers from creative's website to have them on hand for use after the hardware is installed. I have also installed this with Windows Me; no problems, just beautiful sound. It's nice to not need my external Dolby 5.1 decoder that also controlls my digital Cambridge Soundworks speakers, except unless I want to decode a movie from a set top DVD player.

I heartily suggest that anyone wondering whether or not this card is worth it to just go ahead and buy it! But you DO need a quality speaker system as well.

Thanks again, creative Technologies!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Card at a Great Price
I am running XP and had a SB Live card. The card has been great for about 2-3 years but I wanted something more. Even though some of the reviews I have read for this crad talked about install problems. I still got the Audigy Platinum card. All I can say is I had not one problem installing the card. It runs like a dream. I just got all the latest software from creative's site instead of using the install CD. The card is running strong and I am very happy with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Consumer Audio Cards on The Market
Want truly superior gaming, audio playback, and recording sound? Do you record audio to you computer? Do you play video games? This card will rock your world with it's hardware sound effects and multiple level EAX environments that create a virtual world only the Audigy Platinum 2 can beat. With Dolby DTS and 5.1 codec, and multiple audio inputs and outputs with the live drive, you won't ever buy another brand! Turn your computer into a complete recording studio in minutes! Want to sound like you are recording live? choose from different accoustical environments to suit your sound. The hardware is quiet and packs 100 db s/n (signal to noise) ratio and 24 bit encoding and up to 96 kHz sampling (better than CD). With awesome technology like this, you can become a pro DJ, Track Master, or warp to the world of your video game with one great card. Now all you'll need is a bigger hard drive to store all of your music and games on! ... Read more


142. Creative Labs CSW100 PCWorks 3-Piece Computer Speakers
list price: $59.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00000JDGQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 18933
Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

PCWorks has been carefully fine-tuned by Henry Kloss to produce the type of sound normally associated with high-quality stereo systems. Plug it into a portable CD player, computer, TV, clock radio, or boom-box for rich, beautiful sound. And because it works on 12 volts, it's perfect for boats, campers, and cars. PCWorks consists of two very small speaker cubes plus a compact subwoofer. It contains a 3-channel amplifier that's been precisely tailored to match the speaker drivers. Its input panel includes a "set and forget" bass control, terminals for the satellite speakers, and a stereo mini-jack input. The system includes an in-line volume control that can be placed where it's easy to reach. PCWorks takes up very little space. Its compact, shielded satellites fit just about anywhere. Use their supplied stands and place them on your work surface, or attach them to the wall with the supplied Velcro kit. The subwoofer has a minimal footprint, so you can place it on the floor, out of the way, or out of sight. ... Read more

Features

  • 2 satellite, 1 subwoofer set
  • Bass level control
  • 9-foot wires
  • Separate volume control unit
  • Magnetically shielded speakers

Reviews (47)

5-0 out of 5 stars Makes Me Go BOOM!
Here's the basics. These CSW's include: base subwoofer, 2 mini speakers, volume control, AC plug.

Base Subwoofer The subwoofer is WHOA!!! This subwoofer delivers/handles bass like no other system can. That's why It Makes Me Go BOOM! On the back of the sub, there is a knob to control the output level of bass, but if you're one of those kinds who love to blast your hip-hop in a large ambient area, and hate it when from a distance, you can only hear treble, then these speakers are most definitely for you.

2 mini speakers These, though not as well as the subwoofer, handle sound pretty well (though I am sure some other speakers can handle it a bit better). Together with the sub, these speakers, if set (manually) to optimal level, can give you 3D-like sound. Though I feel Cambridge could've made the speakers a bit better, you really get more than you pay for.

Volume Control The volume control switch is very convenient, unlike many speakers which have the volume knob on the speaker itself. The volume control has 2 wires, one which plugs into the base subwoofer, and the other which plugs into the output device. This is a very convenient feature due to its small size and simple operation.

Ease of Use This set is for anyone! Simply plug the L/R wires from each speaker into the 4 slots in the back of the sub, plug the volume control switch into your output source, the other into the sub. Plug the AC Adapter into the sub. Then...for a grand finale...press the On/Off button, and Voila! This speaker system is just like most other systems, easy to set-up, and easy to get started. A mini-con to this system is that there are a lot of wires due to the many plugs here and there, but they all have lots of wires, so it's not really too bad.

Functionality Like any other speaker system, they all perform the basic function of delivering sound from a source output. So, I'd say this set's functionality is done well!

4-0 out of 5 stars Cheap but powerful speakers
Paying (little cash), I was not expecting a great deal of volume from this speakers. Consider this, some cheap non amplified speakers cost near $15 dollars and for double that price, you would expect about double the quality. Well, let me tell you, this baby more than quad-triples the sound of those speakers.

The Creative labs PC WORKS 1000 system comes complete with the 2 satelitte cubes, the subwoofer, power adapter, audio inputer cable, mounting stands, velcro attachments and screws. Installation was very easy, just plug the speakers in the back of the sub, plug in the power adapter in the power source and the audio cable in the sub and the source.

The included manual is quite small but is adequate enough to help you set up and get the system running. They have recommendations on placement and volume. I plugged my system into a discman first. When I first turned it on I was amazed at the power of the bass. The OOMPHS really shocked me.

Concerning the volume, this is one of the problems I have with the system. First off, the volume is somewhat hard to find the appropriate setting. (There is a bass adjustmant on the sub and a volume control on the audio cable) Finding a balance in bass and treble is quite hard. When the bass level is at 50% (as set when you first get the system), the bass tends to overpower the treble at lower volumes while the treble overpowers the bass at high volumes. Solving this problems involves alot of tweaking and depends on the type of music you listen to.

My second problem with this system is the supplied velcro strips. These were supposed to be used to mount to a wall. I was obviously skeptical at the concept but I tried it anyway. About 3 days after mounting them to the wall, on one of the speakers, the velcro pad unstuck from the speaker so the speaker fell. After re-sticking it, almost a day later, the velcro pad stuck to the wall unstuck so the other speaker fell. After this happened, it is obvious that the actual sticking surface which attaches to the wall/speaker is too weak, not the velcro. If you decide to use the velcro, let the pads stick to the surfaces for atleast 2 days before mounting the speaker to the wall.

Those 2 problems are my only ones, other than that the volume is excellent. You will be suprised about the amount of volume you can get from this system. Its hard to explain,...hear the sound, you will be amazed.....

In conclusion, if you think about it, the cost of these speakers warrant it to be a typical speaker system for any computer and can easily be used for a small home theatre system. The speakers are magnetically shielded so you can mount them to your monitor. If you got extra cash and you want neighbours 2 or 3 houses down the road to hear you, consider pumping out that cash for a more expensive system. But for regular people like me on a budget, this system is an excellent solution for any sound need.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent "Value" Speakers
I give these speakers my strongest endorsement. While the maxim "you get what you pay for" is generally true, I felt I got *way* more than my money's worth with these.

The sound quality is amazing, especially for the money. The set up is easy, and there is plenty of wire to put the speakers any reasonable distance from your computer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Really are great for the money
I've had the same thoughts as most of the other reviewers. These speakers really are outstanding for the price. I have had no trouble with them. They are silent when not in use and look great too.

You can't go wrong with these.

5-0 out of 5 stars Why bother spending more on speakers when it's only a PC?
Not wishing to spend a large amount of money on my PC's computer speakers but not liking the factory speakers included on my computer I took a leap of faith and purchased the Cambridge 3-Piece system because of its low price compared to some of the units out there.

The system includes a large woofer and 2 tweaks that can extend up to 4-5 feet. The volume is controlled by a switch attached to the speaker's wires that can stretch 2-3 feet. The bass is controlled by the back of the woofer and overall installation of the speakers is very easy.

It's amazing how much high quality sound I get from these speakers when running my computer's DVD player. Even with 3 speakers, the sound still gives you the movie theater feeling of having the sound go from left to right. I own a large TV but still prefer to watch some DVDs on my 19" monitor because of the sound quality from the Cambridge speakers. (On a side note, recently I tried hooking up the speakers to my DVD's headphone jack and it worked giving me a cheap speaker system. The speakers are powered by themselves so they increase the sound from your DVD movie to whatever volume or bass level you like.)

I also own a large amount of PC games and if you're an avid gamer you have no idea what you're missing by not having a quality speaker system. Many of today's PC games were meant to have not only a good sound card but excellent speakers that allow the user to appreciate the sound that the programmers meant to be a part of the game's atmosphere. Some games are scarier, more exciting, etc. with a good set of speakers such as this.

You can buy better speaker systems than this but why bother with more speakers until they invent affordable computer screens that stretch a few feet. The 3-piece Cambridge system is more than enough for anything you may use on your PC. ... Read more


143. Creative Zen Micro 6 GB MP3 Player Silver
list price: $229.99
our price: $229.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00086HTO6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 14845
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

You will never be without your favorite music with ZEN MICRO. Squeezed into its micro-sized casing is the capacity to store an astounding 2, 500 songs on its hard drive, and it keeps your music going for up to 12 hours on a single battery charge with its removable, rechargeable Li-ion battery.There's no need to go round in circles with the ZEN MICRO's intuitive Vertical Touch Pad. Designed to let you easily navigate through your music, you can be sure to find any song or data file with ease.Shuffle your songs or albums with the DJ feature, or tune in to the latest songs on the pop charts with the radio. Whatever you're listening to, enjoy the superior sound quality and clarity of a hi-fi that fits easily in your pocket.Not only does it play music, the ZEN MICRO helps you keep your life organized too. The mini-organizer consists of a calendar, an address book and a to-do-list. Keep track of all your business appointments or classes. Sync up your Microsoft Outlook email addresses, calendar notes in your home or office PCs with ZEN MICRO. Need to record lectures, business meetings, or just love the sound of your voice? The built-in microphone lets you to create and store voice memos with the built-in voice recorder. ... Read more

Features

  • Vertical touch pad simplifies navigation; body is curved to fit your hand
  • FM radio with 32 station presets for listening and recording; 10-hour voice recording through built-in microphone
  • 12 hours continuous playtime using the supplied rechargeable lithium-ion battery; extend your listening using multiple batteries (sold separately)
  • Includes headphones, a belt clip, a stand, and an AC/DC power adapter
  • Micro-sized 6 GB digital-music player holds 3000 songs at 64 Kbps WMA or 1500 songs at 128 Kbps MP3

Reviews (4)

3-0 out of 5 stars Sad Day
I was looking forward to this product so much!! But, I was let down...a lot.It looked great when I got it out of the box, and sounded beautiful for the full 15 minutes it worked.I turned it off, and then couldn't get it to turn on again--ever. I called the company and asked them about it, they were nice, but couldn't solve the problem so they told me to send it back in--which meant it would be at least another 2 weeks before I could get the replacement.I opted to return it instead and get my money back.I'm now looking at the Iriver, but I may buy another Zen Micro, but this time I'll be buying it at a store so if it dies on me again, I won't have to wait 2 weeks for a new one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Why I Decided to Buy A Zen Micro Instead of An iPOD
I've been using the Zen Micro 6GB for about 3 weeks now. I spent some time before the purchase with a ZM and an equivalent iPOD. I chose the ZM for a number of reasons. Both are fine players, but here is what sent me to the ZM.

Design
ZM is sturdy, with an easy to read screen. Similar case volume to IP but thicker and shorter so feels more compact. I can nearly hide ZM inside my fist. (I have big hands). Case is very smooth. Replaceable battery is a huge advantage over IP. But, design is not as MOMA artsy as IP.

Battery Life
The first few charge/discharge cycles with the ZM were short, about 4-6hours. But after that I started getting 10 hours at full volume, 12 at normal human volumes. Seems the battery likes to be conditioned a little. Do a couple of full charge and then fully discharge before recharging cycles.

Audio Quality
Playing compressed music on audiophile systems is a waste. So I used Sennhesier PX100s (which I think sound much better than the Senn PX200's - but that's another review), OEM Toyota Car Audio and Tivoli Model One Radio. Although I restricted the ZM to only 128kbps WMA, to my ears, the ZM was noticeably better, with greater presence, better dynamic range and more accurate transients. This was true whether direct link via miniplug, cassette adaptor (SONY adaptor -lower noise) or FM broadcast (Belkin Tunecast II - lower noise better signal more options). Some of the quality difference may have been the different encoding schemes used by IP and ZM rather than the players themselves.

Capacity
Virtually identical. I have nearly 50 hours of 128kbps WMA music and the ZM is only half full. ADVICE - Like all hard drives, both IP and ZM minidrives need some free space to perform housekeeping and other duties. I don't recommend filling either an IP or ZM drive to 100% capacity.

Accessories.
IP wins hands down in number and variety of accessories. Colored covers, bags, pouches, plastic overlays, lights and more. For me, if it doesn't improve the playing experience, I'm not interested. Anything beyond that is a fashion issue. (Think $2000 car with $5,000 worth of trim, wheels and chrome.) You may have other priorities. At a minimum, get a good car charger, wall charger and remote. Both IP and ZM have excellent products available. However, I prefer the standard USB power/PC interface of ZM over the unique IP connections because I've been trapped in proprietary connectors and formats too many times before.

Music Download
Although the iTunes site had a great selection of music, I didn't like iTunes for Windows client or being essentially locked into the iTunes site. I liked the ability to use lots of places to download music for ZM. Creative Organizer software was usable for me without reading the instructions.

Controls
Had no problem with the touchpad controls on ZM even at medium sensitivity. But my notebook PC uses a touchpad and I'm very comfortable with a control interface that does not provide tactile feedback. IP wheel gives you that feedback. ZM alternative response is their wired remote which provides tactile feedback in a more traditional way.

Suggested ZM Product Improvements (Are you listening Creative?)

1) Silicone Cases - I use BoxWave Flexiskin because it makes the case less slippery and allows me to cover the white back of the case with a color. (My ZM is Black on Black).
2) Hard Cases - Look at the sweet Altoids hacks people have created. The demand is there.
3) Wireless remote - Who needs more wires in their life?
4) A Dock - The interfaces are all on the top, so invert the unit in the dock. A simple firmware mod would allow the screen to invert when docked. Dock is much better than loose wires on the counter.
5) Electronic Manuals as Adobe documents are okay, but format them for 8.5x11 paper so we can print them out if we wish. Leaving them formatted as 7x4 because the summary instructions are like that is wasteful.

I'm very happy with the product and feel I made the right choice for me. Your experience and opinion may vary. Enjoy!!


5-0 out of 5 stars Nice is an understatement
I've had the 4GB version of thisplayer for more than 4 months and I'm very happy with it. I use it on an average 5 hours a day I hook it up to my Belkin FM transmitter in the car or to my Logitech 2.1 Speakers at home, I rarely use it with the earbuds, though they are much better than the ones you normally get with other mp3 players.

The Look & Feel:
I have the black one and the contrasting neon blue on the buttons add a very nice ambience. The light pulsates when you are charging it almost as if it were breathing. The player itself is tiny , it gets a bit bulky when you put it in the hardcase, which you need to do if you don't want to get scrathes on the back(its a nice looking back too ). It feels tiny in the hand without it. The stand that comes with it is very usefult to prop it up on the desk. The belt clip however is not very useful if you move around a lot. The blue backlit LCD looks really neat and is easy to read. The touch controls took a little getting used to but now I wouldn't change it for the scroll wheel.
The touch buttons are textured so that your finger sdon't slip which was very thoughtful.

Reliability & Build

I dropped the player once from about 4 ft, and it fell hard, but kept on playing. The hardcase they give with it must work well.
It feels solid and not flimsy like the carbon.

Sound

I'm no audiophile but I was amazed by the clarity the player had, it was much better than the sound card on my Computer and louder too. I have had the ipod mini and it performs on the level with my sound card but the micro beats it outright.
Best of all the WMAs(I have a lot of them) sound great.

Utility
Its got a huge list of features including an FM Recorder a Calender and contacts list. Its not convinient to enter name of course but synchronise it with outlook and it becomes a gem of a address book. The songs recorded with FM are as good as the original signal. The interface takes 2 secs after you press record to show up but its actually started recording at the moment you press record.

Software
The software that comes along with it is not very intuitive but once you are used to it,it does the job well. Creating and modifying playlists is easy and clean.

There are 2 things that need fixing
First is the battery life. It will run for 6 hrs without problems with medium usage of the buttons.
Second might be a problem I might have with my PC but not too sure, when the player is connected on the USB and I start playing on it and also using the windows explorer, it sometimes pauses by itself and tries to synchronise with the PC during play, which is a bit irritating.

5-0 out of 5 stars .....AWESOME PRODUCT.....
NOTE: this review is for the 5gb player. I wrote this lengthy review for that model, and it didn't show up and I can't re-submit it now. DARN thing! All the specs should be the same though.

I've been behind the times using the same portable CD player for the last 6 or 7 years... so this was really a BIG step up for me. Hopefully this review will be helpful if you have never owned an mp3 player before....
I have no idea how this compares to the ipod, but here is a list of the lesser known features of the zen micro:

PROS
+++ It tells you the number of tracks, albums & playlists uploaded. Total Mb & Mb remaining.
+++ FM radio.
+++ Removable battery & micro hard disc.
+++ If you're halfway through a song (or paused) & you shut it down (or it shuts down after being inactive for a while, IT RESUMES WHERE IT LEFT OFF in the middle of a song when your turn it back on again!! :-)
+++ You can change the idle shutdown time, backlight time, contrast, touchpad sensitivity, language (there are 15 languages installed!!)
+++ sleep timer
+++ You can personalise (configure) menus, much like with mobile phones.
+++ PLAY MODES: normal, repeat track, repeat all, shuffle, shuffle repeat & track once.
+++ You can find songs by albums, artists, genre, playlist
+++ DJ menu: album of the day, random play all, most popular & rarely heard tracks.
+++ There are 10 bookmarks, which I have absolutely no idea how to use, but it must be put onto this list anyway. ;-)
+++ 12/24hr time, alarm, calendar, date (several date formats and you can even choose between the following separators: space, dot, dash, slash)
+++ Variable microphone sensitivity.
+++ Organiser; tasks + contact lists. (synchronised with creative sync manager)
+++ Smart volume + Equaliser (numerous modes: Off, custom, acoustic, classical, disco, jazz, new age, pop, rock, or vocal)
+++ master reset.:-0
+++ track name, title & artist on LCD display.+ battery indication, and various other on-screen icons while a song is playing, such as EQ & repeat modes.
+++ Gives the length of a song as a bar graph so you can tell the progress of the song...
+++ A lot of stuff in the box: remote control, belt clip & cradle, pouch, usb cable, charger, earphones, software (easy enough to figure out).....
+++ Last but not least: a cool blue glow + white backlit screen!!!
+++ There ISN'T a one second delay between playing each song.
+++ My zen micro hasn't crashed on me yet (and I have been sucessful in crashing every computer product known to man, eg: my Ericsson T39m phone several times!)

CONS:
--- The touch pad can be annoying sometimes. So you either have to hold it by the edges when playing a song or put it on hold mode, otherwise your palm will set off a whole bunch of menus.
It's okay when you're using it though.

--- You can't hear any music while fast-forwarding through a song. I am used to being able to go by ear while doing this, but you can't do that with this thing. Maybe a future firmware upgrade will fix this issue? Please??! Creative???!!

--- I walked all around sydney and couldn't find this in *ANY* shop. So I had to buy it online. All the photos of the zen on the 'net are front on.... and I didn't realise until I opened the box that the back & sides of the zen micro were coloured WHITE!!! ARRRRGHHHH! I hate white! Aaaahhh well, I suppose I'll get used to it soon enough.

--- I find the lowest volume setting isn't all that low. I can still hear songs well in a fairly quiet room during the daytime. At 3:00am I think this might be just a tad louder than I would have liked. [This is with panasonic earbuds though]

--- You have to first aportion (partition) the HDD to be used as an extrenal flash drive. Available sizes are: 128, 256, 512Mb, 1, 2Gb. You should be able to just use whatever is available. This isn't a big problem though.

--- Earbuds are too thick for my ears. Wearing them is like stuffing a peanut lengthwise in your ear. It pulls your earlobes out.

--- There is practically zero information (on how to use the menus) in the instruction manual. ... Read more


144. Creative Zen Micro 6 GB MP3 Player Dark Blue
list price: $229.99
our price: $229.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00086HTMI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 16638
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

You will never be without your favorite music with ZEN MICRO. Squeezed into its micro-sized casing is the capacity to store an astounding 2, 500 songs on its hard drive, and it keeps your music going for up to 12 hours on a single battery charge with its removable, rechargeable Li-ion battery.There's no need to go round in circles with the ZEN MICRO's intuitive Vertical Touch Pad. Designed to let you easily navigate through your music, you can be sure to find any song or data file with ease.Shuffle your songs or albums with the DJ feature, or tune in to the latest songs on the pop charts with the radio. Whatever you're listening to, enjoy the superior sound quality and clarity of a hi-fi that fits easily in your pocket.Not only does it play music, the ZEN MICRO helps you keep your life organized too. The mini-organizer consists of a calendar, an address book and a to-do-list. Keep track of all your business appointments or classes. Sync up your Microsoft Outlook email addresses, calendar notes in your home or office PCs with ZEN MICRO. Need to record lectures, business meetings, or just love the sound of your voice? The built-in microphone lets you to create and store voice memos with the built-in voice recorder. ... Read more

Features

  • Vertical touch pad simplifies navigation; body is curved to fit your hand
  • FM radio with 32 station presets for listening and recording; 10-hour voice recording through built-in microphone
  • 12 hours continuous playtime using the supplied rechargeable lithium-ion battery; extend your listening using multiple batteries (sold separately)
  • Includes headphones, a belt clip, a stand, and an AC/DC power adapter
  • Micro-sized 6 GB digital-music player holds 3000 songs at 64 Kbps WMA or 1500 songs at 128 Kbps MP3

Reviews (4)

3-0 out of 5 stars Sad Day
I was looking forward to this product so much!! But, I was let down...a lot.It looked great when I got it out of the box, and sounded beautiful for the full 15 minutes it worked.I turned it off, and then couldn't get it to turn on again--ever. I called the company and asked them about it, they were nice, but couldn't solve the problem so they told me to send it back in--which meant it would be at least another 2 weeks before I could get the replacement.I opted to return it instead and get my money back.I'm now looking at the Iriver, but I may buy another Zen Micro, but this time I'll be buying it at a store so if it dies on me again, I won't have to wait 2 weeks for a new one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Why I Decided to Buy A Zen Micro Instead of An iPOD
I've been using the Zen Micro 6GB for about 3 weeks now. I spent some time before the purchase with a ZM and an equivalent iPOD. I chose the ZM for a number of reasons. Both are fine players, but here is what sent me to the ZM.

Design
ZM is sturdy, with an easy to read screen. Similar case volume to IP but thicker and shorter so feels more compact. I can nearly hide ZM inside my fist. (I have big hands). Case is very smooth. Replaceable battery is a huge advantage over IP. But, design is not as MOMA artsy as IP.

Battery Life
The first few charge/discharge cycles with the ZM were short, about 4-6hours. But after that I started getting 10 hours at full volume, 12 at normal human volumes. Seems the battery likes to be conditioned a little. Do a couple of full charge and then fully discharge before recharging cycles.

Audio Quality
Playing compressed music on audiophile systems is a waste. So I used Sennhesier PX100s (which I think sound much better than the Senn PX200's - but that's another review), OEM Toyota Car Audio and Tivoli Model One Radio. Although I restricted the ZM to only 128kbps WMA, to my ears, the ZM was noticeably better, with greater presence, better dynamic range and more accurate transients. This was true whether direct link via miniplug, cassette adaptor (SONY adaptor -lower noise) or FM broadcast (Belkin Tunecast II - lower noise better signal more options). Some of the quality difference may have been the different encoding schemes used by IP and ZM rather than the players themselves.

Capacity
Virtually identical. I have nearly 50 hours of 128kbps WMA music and the ZM is only half full. ADVICE - Like all hard drives, both IP and ZM minidrives need some free space to perform housekeeping and other duties. I don't recommend filling either an IP or ZM drive to 100% capacity.

Accessories.
IP wins hands down in number and variety of accessories. Colored covers, bags, pouches, plastic overlays, lights and more. For me, if it doesn't improve the playing experience, I'm not interested. Anything beyond that is a fashion issue. (Think $2000 car with $5,000 worth of trim, wheels and chrome.) You may have other priorities. At a minimum, get a good car charger, wall charger and remote. Both IP and ZM have excellent products available. However, I prefer the standard USB power/PC interface of ZM over the unique IP connections because I've been trapped in proprietary connectors and formats too many times before.

Music Download
Although the iTunes site had a great selection of music, I didn't like iTunes for Windows client or being essentially locked into the iTunes site. I liked the ability to use lots of places to download music for ZM. Creative Organizer software was usable for me without reading the instructions.

Controls
Had no problem with the touchpad controls on ZM even at medium sensitivity. But my notebook PC uses a touchpad and I'm very comfortable with a control interface that does not provide tactile feedback. IP wheel gives you that feedback. ZM alternative response is their wired remote which provides tactile feedback in a more traditional way.

Suggested ZM Product Improvements (Are you listening Creative?)

1) Silicone Cases - I use BoxWave Flexiskin because it makes the case less slippery and allows me to cover the white back of the case with a color. (My ZM is Black on Black).
2) Hard Cases - Look at the sweet Altoids hacks people have created. The demand is there.
3) Wireless remote - Who needs more wires in their life?
4) A Dock - The interfaces are all on the top, so invert the unit in the dock. A simple firmware mod would allow the screen to invert when docked. Dock is much better than loose wires on the counter.
5) Electronic Manuals as Adobe documents are okay, but format them for 8.5x11 paper so we can print them out if we wish. Leaving them formatted as 7x4 because the summary instructions are like that is wasteful.

I'm very happy with the product and feel I made the right choice for me. Your experience and opinion may vary. Enjoy!!


5-0 out of 5 stars Nice is an understatement
I've had the 4GB version of thisplayer for more than 4 months and I'm very happy with it. I use it on an average 5 hours a day I hook it up to my Belkin FM transmitter in the car or to my Logitech 2.1 Speakers at home, I rarely use it with the earbuds, though they are much better than the ones you normally get with other mp3 players.

The Look & Feel:
I have the black one and the contrasting neon blue on the buttons add a very nice ambience. The light pulsates when you are charging it almost as if it were breathing. The player itself is tiny , it gets a bit bulky when you put it in the hardcase, which you need to do if you don't want to get scrathes on the back(its a nice looking back too ). It feels tiny in the hand without it. The stand that comes with it is very usefult to prop it up on the desk. The belt clip however is not very useful if you move around a lot. The blue backlit LCD looks really neat and is easy to read. The touch controls took a little getting used to but now I wouldn't change it for the scroll wheel.
The touch buttons are textured so that your finger sdon't slip which was very thoughtful.

Reliability & Build

I dropped the player once from about 4 ft, and it fell hard, but kept on playing. The hardcase they give with it must work well.
It feels solid and not flimsy like the carbon.

Sound

I'm no audiophile but I was amazed by the clarity the player had, it was much better than the sound card on my Computer and louder too. I have had the ipod mini and it performs on the level with my sound card but the micro beats it outright.
Best of all the WMAs(I have a lot of them) sound great.

Utility
Its got a huge list of features including an FM Recorder a Calender and contacts list. Its not convinient to enter name of course but synchronise it with outlook and it becomes a gem of a address book. The songs recorded with FM are as good as the original signal. The interface takes 2 secs after you press record to show up but its actually started recording at the moment you press record.

Software
The software that comes along with it is not very intuitive but once you are used to it,it does the job well. Creating and modifying playlists is easy and clean.

There are 2 things that need fixing
First is the battery life. It will run for 6 hrs without problems with medium usage of the buttons.
Second might be a problem I might have with my PC but not too sure, when the player is connected on the USB and I start playing on it and also using the windows explorer, it sometimes pauses by itself and tries to synchronise with the PC during play, which is a bit irritating.

5-0 out of 5 stars .....AWESOME PRODUCT.....
NOTE: this review is for the 5gb player. I wrote this lengthy review for that model, and it didn't show up and I can't re-submit it now. DARN thing! All the specs should be the same though.

I've been behind the times using the same portable CD player for the last 6 or 7 years... so this was really a BIG step up for me. Hopefully this review will be helpful if you have never owned an mp3 player before....
I have no idea how this compares to the ipod, but here is a list of the lesser known features of the zen micro:

PROS
+++ It tells you the number of tracks, albums & playlists uploaded. Total Mb & Mb remaining.
+++ FM radio.
+++ Removable battery & micro hard disc.
+++ If you're halfway through a song (or paused) & you shut it down (or it shuts down after being inactive for a while, IT RESUMES WHERE IT LEFT OFF in the middle of a song when your turn it back on again!! :-)
+++ You can change the idle shutdown time, backlight time, contrast, touchpad sensitivity, language (there are 15 languages installed!!)
+++ sleep timer
+++ You can personalise (configure) menus, much like with mobile phones.
+++ PLAY MODES: normal, repeat track, repeat all, shuffle, shuffle repeat & track once.
+++ You can find songs by albums, artists, genre, playlist
+++ DJ menu: album of the day, random play all, most popular & rarely heard tracks.
+++ There are 10 bookmarks, which I have absolutely no idea how to use, but it must be put onto this list anyway. ;-)
+++ 12/24hr time, alarm, calendar, date (several date formats and you can even choose between the following separators: space, dot, dash, slash)
+++ Variable microphone sensitivity.
+++ Organiser; tasks + contact lists. (synchronised with creative sync manager)
+++ Smart volume + Equaliser (numerous modes: Off, custom, acoustic, classical, disco, jazz, new age, pop, rock, or vocal)
+++ master reset.:-0
+++ track name, title & artist on LCD display.+ battery indication, and various other on-screen icons while a song is playing, such as EQ & repeat modes.
+++ Gives the length of a song as a bar graph so you can tell the progress of the song...
+++ A lot of stuff in the box: remote control, belt clip & cradle, pouch, usb cable, charger, earphones, software (easy enough to figure out).....
+++ Last but not least: a cool blue glow + white backlit screen!!!
+++ There ISN'T a one second delay between playing each song.
+++ My zen micro hasn't crashed on me yet (and I have been sucessful in crashing every computer product known to man, eg: my Ericsson T39m phone several times!)

CONS:
--- The touch pad can be annoying sometimes. So you either have to hold it by the edges when playing a song or put it on hold mode, otherwise your palm will set off a whole bunch of menus.
It's okay when you're using it though.

--- You can't hear any music while fast-forwarding through a song. I am used to being able to go by ear while doing this, but you can't do that with this thing. Maybe a future firmware upgrade will fix this issue? Please??! Creative???!!

--- I walked all around sydney and couldn't find this in *ANY* shop. So I had to buy it online. All the photos of the zen on the 'net are front on.... and I didn't realise until I opened the box that the back & sides of the zen micro were coloured WHITE!!! ARRRRGHHHH! I hate white! Aaaahhh well, I suppose I'll get used to it soon enough.

--- I find the lowest volume setting isn't all that low. I can still hear songs well in a fairly quiet room during the daytime. At 3:00am I think this might be just a tad louder than I would have liked. [This is with panasonic earbuds though]

--- You have to first aportion (partition) the HDD to be used as an extrenal flash drive. Available sizes are: 128, 256, 512Mb, 1, 2Gb. You should be able to just use whatever is available. This isn't a big problem though.

--- Earbuds are too thick for my ears. Wearing them is like stuffing a peanut lengthwise in your ear. It pulls your earlobes out.

--- There is practically zero information (on how to use the menus) in the instruction manual. ... Read more


145. Creative Labs 128 MB NOMAD IIc MP3 Player
list price: $169.99
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Asin: B00006A7AY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 7081
Average Customer Review: 4.08 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Creative Labs Nomad IIc is one of those gadgets that are so much fun to play with, you find yourself forgetting they're useful, too. When portable MP3 players first hit the market, they were relatively simple devices good for one thing: playing MP3 files. Now, as companies have learned customers want more than just that, today's devices can no longer be described as just MP3 players.

The Nomad IIc's most overlooked feature is that it is a digital voice recorder. Since voice recordings aren't the memory hogs that music files are, the Nomad IIc can record up to four hours' worth. This feature is perfect for dictating messages to yourself or for the fledging journalist recording interviews, and you can even upload voice files from the Nomad IIc to your PC.

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

MP3 players are great for music lovers on the go. Because they have no moving parts, they're well-known for delivering skip-free music. To test the Nomad IIc, we loaded it up with some hip-hop and headed down to the local BMX spot in San Francisco. With the player clipped to a belt, we put it through its paces over a multitude of jumps, with more than enough crashes. We did our best to make it skip, but it performed perfectly (but beware--the Nomad IIc isn't scratch-proof). Only after the battery started to get low (the Nomad IIc offers 8 to 10 hours of playback) did performance degrade. But this was easily remedied by dropping in a new AA battery.

This version of the Nomad IIc has 128 MB of onboard memory, but it does include a slot for SmartMedia memory cards. 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'll be at a loss.

MP3 music, like everything else technology related, is in constant flux. Recognizing that, Creative Labs ships the Nomad IIc with reprogrammable firmware that should enable it to support digital audio formats and software extensions as they emerge. So you should be able to enjoy your Nomad IIc for years to come. --William O'Neal

Pros:

  • Awesome sound
  • Lightweight
  • USB interface makes connecting to your computer simple and downloading fast
Cons:
  • Simple software could be more robust
  • Navigating the LCD menu can be a pain
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Features

  • 128 MB onboard flash memory
  • Doubles as a voice recorder for capturing classes, meetings, seminars, and notes
  • 4 presets and 1 custom setting; bass and treble control
  • Up to 10 hours playback on 1 AA battery
  • Includes USB cable, headphones, installation CD-ROM, and AA battery

Reviews (162)

4-0 out of 5 stars Is it really user friendly????
As an introduction to MP3 audio, I bought an earlier version of the Nomad IIC. (Nomad II) I got it as a refurbished model, no frills. I chose the Nomad II because 1) USB interface, 2) Smart Media expansion (I already use Smart Media in my camera) 3) re-programmable firmware and 4) the Nomad II has an FM tuner. (The Nomad II C doesn't have a radio.)

Others have suggested that these Nomads are a little fragile but based on the previous reviews; it looks like they hold up pretty well. At least mine works well even though I've dropped it a couple of times. It has decent sound quality for such a small economical unit. (Spelled CHEAP because it was ($$$) refurbished.) The included headphones were kind of uncomfortable to me so I use some Sony ear buds.

I like these Nomads but I must say that they are FAR from user friendly. The controls are NOT intuitive. Navigating the LCD screen takes some practice. I had to download the manual from nomadworld.com just to figure out how to turn it off and on. I'm having my share of fits with the included software (Music Match) as well. In a word, the unit comes with LOUSY documentation. Also, you can only do one thing at a time. In other words, you can only listen to your MP3 files (or listen to the radio) or check the time or scroll through your playlist one at a time. You can't do all things simultaneously.

Overall, I like the unit. It's a good value. Just shop around for a decent price. Be prepared to download information from different websites if you're intellectually challenged (like me).

4-0 out of 5 stars great product
I bought my Nomad IIc just 2 months ago, and have loved it ever since. It is so easy to use, and coming from someone that is technologically challenged, that is a huge compliment. It has very easy to install/use software that makes adding and deleting songs a breeze. It also provides great sound, and a long lasting battery life (6-8 hours) off of only 1 AA battery!

Some negatives I found are as follows:
1) the headphones- they are so uncomfortable. After the first few hours of wearing them, I went out and bought a nicer pair.
2) the look- compared to most other mp3 players I have seen (including other nomads), the IIc is very boring looking. It has a matte silver finish that makes it look more like a toy mp3 player.
3) The instruction manual could use some help...I am still waiting to find out what a few of the buttons do.
4) It doesn't come with a mini remote for easy navigation. I run everyday, and in order to skip a song or increase the volume, I have to remove the player from my pocket to see the buttons.
5) it is slightly bigger than most other mp3 players I have seen. It is much smaller than a cd player though.

Overall, for the price, durability, and memory provided (128) it is a great investment. I have yet to encounter any major problems (knock on wood!).

5-0 out of 5 stars worth every cent
Very nice little machine for the money. The software is SOOOOO easy to use, not sure why some folks have a problem with it. And I don't even know that much about computers, so the software to me was A+. Mp3 player itself is easy to operate. Easy to read display. Held about 35 of my favorite songs. Oh yeah, I even dropped it... and it's still working GREAT. Only drawback, wasnt crazy about the headphones.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wretched Software
Although this player is quite good, I found the software package given to be utterly horrid -- in fact, with WinXP, the software transferred unplayable WMA files and crashed when transferring MP3. However, I decided to try a third-party package (Nomad Explorer by Red Chair Software), and everything worked.

To sum, this is a lovely mp3 player, but it seems that Creative's support for WinXP is rather outdated. Let the buyer beware!

2-0 out of 5 stars VERY POOR SOFTWARE
Software is VERY POOR. It locks up repeatedly on my Window XP machine. The USB driver does NOT mimic a drive, so you cannot simply drag and drop files onto the player. When it does work, transfer rates are slow. Includes a substandard MP3 player for your computer with NO EQUALIZER. CD ripper downloadable from Creative will not do variable bitrate. Nomad IIc drivers for Windows Media Player do not appear to be available on the web anymore. To top it off, the uninstaller doesn't remove all of the registry entries!

Most of us have good software to play and rip CDs already. All I needed was something to transfer MP3s to the player. Instead you get an integrated system of bad software that fills up your hard drive and doesn't work half the time.

I was able to load the player with music once, and it seems to play quite well. Unfortunately, I have failed to duplicate the feat since. Hopefully the Notmad software (recommended by another reviewer) is fully functional. ... Read more


146. Creative Zen Micro 6 GB MP3 Player White
list price: $229.99
our price: $229.99
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Asin: B00086HTNM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 15019
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

CREATIVE LABS (70PF108500038) Zen Micro 6GB (White) ... Read more

Features

  • Vertical touch pad simplifies navigation; body is curved to fit your hand
  • FM radio with 32 station presets for listening and recording; 10-hour voice recording through built-in microphone
  • 12 hours continuous playtime using the supplied rechargeable lithium-ion battery; extend your listening using multiple batteries (sold separately)
  • Includes headphones, a belt clip, a stand, and an AC/DC power adapter
  • Micro-sized 6 GB digital-music player holds 3000 songs at 64 Kbps WMA or 1500 songs at 128 Kbps MP3

Reviews (4)

3-0 out of 5 stars Sad Day
I was looking forward to this product so much!! But, I was let down...a lot.It looked great when I got it out of the box, and sounded beautiful for the full 15 minutes it worked.I turned it off, and then couldn't get it to turn on again--ever. I called the company and asked them about it, they were nice, but couldn't solve the problem so they told me to send it back in--which meant it would be at least another 2 weeks before I could get the replacement.I opted to return it instead and get my money back.I'm now looking at the Iriver, but I may buy another Zen Micro, but this time I'll be buying it at a store so if it dies on me again, I won't have to wait 2 weeks for a new one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Why I Decided to Buy A Zen Micro Instead of An iPOD
I've been using the Zen Micro 6GB for about 3 weeks now. I spent some time before the purchase with a ZM and an equivalent iPOD. I chose the ZM for a number of reasons. Both are fine players, but here is what sent me to the ZM.

Design
ZM is sturdy, with an easy to read screen. Similar case volume to IP but thicker and shorter so feels more compact. I can nearly hide ZM inside my fist. (I have big hands). Case is very smooth. Replaceable battery is a huge advantage over IP. But, design is not as MOMA artsy as IP.

Battery Life
The first few charge/discharge cycles with the ZM were short, about 4-6hours. But after that I started getting 10 hours at full volume, 12 at normal human volumes. Seems the battery likes to be conditioned a little. Do a couple of full charge and then fully discharge before recharging cycles.

Audio Quality
Playing compressed music on audiophile systems is a waste. So I used Sennhesier PX100s (which I think sound much better than the Senn PX200's - but that's another review), OEM Toyota Car Audio and Tivoli Model One Radio. Although I restricted the ZM to only 128kbps WMA, to my ears, the ZM was noticeably better, with greater presence, better dynamic range and more accurate transients. This was true whether direct link via miniplug, cassette adaptor (SONY adaptor -lower noise) or FM broadcast (Belkin Tunecast II - lower noise better signal more options). Some of the quality difference may have been the different encoding schemes used by IP and ZM rather than the players themselves.

Capacity
Virtually identical. I have nearly 50 hours of 128kbps WMA music and the ZM is only half full. ADVICE - Like all hard drives, both IP and ZM minidrives need some free space to perform housekeeping and other duties. I don't recommend filling either an IP or ZM drive to 100% capacity.

Accessories.
IP wins hands down in number and variety of accessories. Colored covers, bags, pouches, plastic overlays, lights and more. For me, if it doesn't improve the playing experience, I'm not interested. Anything beyond that is a fashion issue. (Think $2000 car with $5,000 worth of trim, wheels and chrome.) You may have other priorities. At a minimum, get a good car charger, wall charger and remote. Both IP and ZM have excellent products available. However, I prefer the standard USB power/PC interface of ZM over the unique IP connections because I've been trapped in proprietary connectors and formats too many times before.

Music Download
Although the iTunes site had a great selection of music, I didn't like iTunes for Windows client or being essentially locked into the iTunes site. I liked the ability to use lots of places to download music for ZM. Creative Organizer software was usable for me without reading the instructions.

Controls
Had no problem with the touchpad controls on ZM even at medium sensitivity. But my notebook PC uses a touchpad and I'm very comfortable with a control interface that does not provide tactile feedback. IP wheel gives you that feedback. ZM alternative response is their wired remote which provides tactile feedback in a more traditional way.

Suggested ZM Product Improvements (Are you listening Creative?)

1) Silicone Cases - I use BoxWave Flexiskin because it makes the case less slippery and allows me to cover the white back of the case with a color. (My ZM is Black on Black).
2) Hard Cases - Look at the sweet Altoids hacks people have created. The demand is there.
3) Wireless remote - Who needs more wires in their life?
4) A Dock - The interfaces are all on the top, so invert the unit in the dock. A simple firmware mod would allow the screen to invert when docked. Dock is much better than loose wires on the counter.
5) Electronic Manuals as Adobe documents are okay, but format them for 8.5x11 paper so we can print them out if we wish. Leaving them formatted as 7x4 because the summary instructions are like that is wasteful.

I'm very happy with the product and feel I made the right choice for me. Your experience and opinion may vary. Enjoy!!


5-0 out of 5 stars Nice is an understatement
I've had the 4GB version of thisplayer for more than 4 months and I'm very happy with it. I use it on an average 5 hours a day I hook it up to my Belkin FM transmitter in the car or to my Logitech 2.1 Speakers at home, I rarely use it with the earbuds, though they are much better than the ones you normally get with other mp3 players.

The Look & Feel:
I have the black one and the contrasting neon blue on the buttons add a very nice ambience. The light pulsates when you are charging it almost as if it were breathing. The player itself is tiny , it gets a bit bulky when you put it in the hardcase, which you need to do if you don't want to get scrathes on the back(its a nice looking back too ). It feels tiny in the hand without it. The stand that comes with it is very usefult to prop it up on the desk. The belt clip however is not very useful if you move around a lot. The blue backlit LCD looks really neat and is easy to read. The touch controls took a little getting used to but now I wouldn't change it for the scroll wheel.
The touch buttons are textured so that your finger sdon't slip which was very thoughtful.

Reliability & Build

I dropped the player once from about 4 ft, and it fell hard, but kept on playing. The hardcase they give with it must work well.
It feels solid and not flimsy like the carbon.

Sound

I'm no audiophile but I was amazed by the clarity the player had, it was much better than the sound card on my Computer and louder too. I have had the ipod mini and it performs on the level with my sound card but the micro beats it outright.
Best of all the WMAs(I have a lot of them) sound great.

Utility
Its got a huge list of features including an FM Recorder a Calender and contacts list. Its not convinient to enter name of course but synchronise it with outlook and it becomes a gem of a address book. The songs recorded with FM are as good as the original signal. The interface takes 2 secs after you press record to show up but its actually started recording at the moment you press record.

Software
The software that comes along with it is not very intuitive but once you are used to it,it does the job well. Creating and modifying playlists is easy and clean.

There are 2 things that need fixing
First is the battery life. It will run for 6 hrs without problems with medium usage of the buttons.
Second might be a problem I might have with my PC but not too sure, when the player is connected on the USB and I start playing on it and also using the windows explorer, it sometimes pauses by itself and tries to synchronise with the PC during play, which is a bit irritating.

5-0 out of 5 stars .....AWESOME PRODUCT.....
NOTE: this review is for the 5gb player. I wrote this lengthy review for that model, and it didn't show up and I can't re-submit it now. DARN thing! All the specs should be the same though.

I've been behind the times using the same portable CD player for the last 6 or 7 years... so this was really a BIG step up for me. Hopefully this review will be helpful if you have never owned an mp3 player before....
I have no idea how this compares to the ipod, but here is a list of the lesser known features of the zen micro:

PROS
+++ It tells you the number of tracks, albums & playlists uploaded. Total Mb & Mb remaining.
+++ FM radio.
+++ Removable battery & micro hard disc.
+++ If you're halfway through a song (or paused) & you shut it down (or it shuts down after being inactive for a while, IT RESUMES WHERE IT LEFT OFF in the middle of a song when your turn it back on again!! :-)
+++ You can change the idle shutdown time, backlight time, contrast, touchpad sensitivity, language (there are 15 languages installed!!)
+++ sleep timer
+++ You can personalise (configure) menus, much like with mobile phones.
+++ PLAY MODES: normal, repeat track, repeat all, shuffle, shuffle repeat & track once.
+++ You can find songs by albums, artists, genre, playlist
+++ DJ menu: album of the day, random play all, most popular & rarely heard tracks.
+++ There are 10 bookmarks, which I have absolutely no idea how to use, but it must be put onto this list anyway. ;-)
+++ 12/24hr time, alarm, calendar, date (several date formats and you can even choose between the following separators: space, dot, dash, slash)
+++ Variable microphone sensitivity.
+++ Organiser; tasks + contact lists. (synchronised with creative sync manager)
+++ Smart volume + Equaliser (numerous modes: Off, custom, acoustic, classical, disco, jazz, new age, pop, rock, or vocal)
+++ master reset.:-0
+++ track name, title & artist on LCD display.+ battery indication, and various other on-screen icons while a song is playing, such as EQ & repeat modes.
+++ Gives the length of a song as a bar graph so you can tell the progress of the song...
+++ A lot of stuff in the box: remote control, belt clip & cradle, pouch, usb cable, charger, earphones, software (easy enough to figure out).....
+++ Last but not least: a cool blue glow + white backlit screen!!!
+++ There ISN'T a one second delay between playing each song.
+++ My zen micro hasn't crashed on me yet (and I have been sucessful in crashing every computer product known to man, eg: my Ericsson T39m phone several times!)

CONS:
--- The touch pad can be annoying sometimes. So you either have to hold it by the edges when playing a song or put it on hold mode, otherwise your palm will set off a whole bunch of menus.
It's okay when you're using it though.

--- You can't hear any music while fast-forwarding through a song. I am used to being able to go by ear while doing this, but you can't do that with this thing. Maybe a future firmware upgrade will fix this issue? Please??! Creative???!!

--- I walked all around sydney and couldn't find this in *ANY* shop. So I had to buy it online. All the photos of the zen on the 'net are front on.... and I didn't realise until I opened the box that the back & sides of the zen micro were coloured WHITE!!! ARRRRGHHHH! I hate white! Aaaahhh well, I suppose I'll get used to it soon enough.

--- I find the lowest volume setting isn't all that low. I can still hear songs well in a fairly quiet room during the daytime. At 3:00am I think this might be just a tad louder than I would have liked. [This is with panasonic earbuds though]

--- You have to first aportion (partition) the HDD to be used as an extrenal flash drive. Available sizes are: 128, 256, 512Mb, 1, 2Gb. You should be able to just use whatever is available. This isn't a big problem though.

--- Earbuds are too thick for my ears. Wearing them is like stuffing a peanut lengthwise in your ear. It pulls your earlobes out.

--- There is practically zero information (on how to use the menus) in the instruction manual. ... Read more


147. Creative Zen Micro 4 GB MP3 Player Black
list price: $199.99
our price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00086HTQE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 17612
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Amazon Product Description

The Zen Micro digital music player from Creative Labs packs an incredible 4GB of storage capacity into a shell small enough to sit comfortably in yourjeans pocket. It also rides nicely in your hand, with a palm-fitting profileand thumb-friendly front-panel controls. It's a bit shorter than an Apple iPodMini, yet its rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides 12 hours of continuousplayback--50 percent more than iPod Mini's. The Zen Micro is compatible notmerely with MP3s and WAV files, but with WMA as well. Toss in USB 2.0 connectivityand you're looking at one spiffy portable music player.

But playing isn't all the Zen Micro does. You can useit to receive FM radio (with 32 station presets to keep your favoritesat the ready), and to record, either from the radio or from live sourcessuch as voice dictation or lectures using the built-in condenser microphone.

Trimmed in a luminescent blue glow and with easily visible backlit buttons,this stylish orange player holds up to 1000 songs (64 hours) at 128 kbpsor 2000 songs (166 hours) at lower-fidelity 64 kbps (MP3/WMA)--that'sa solid week's worth of music listening, never playing the same song twice.Compatibility with Microsoft's WMA compressed-audio format grants accessto over 2 million downloadable songs offered promotionally or for saleonline.

Perhaps the Zen Micro's coolest attribute is its DJ feature, which willshuffle not only all the songs you've loaded or all the songs on a givenalbum, but also, at your discretion, only the tracks you listen to mostor the ones you rarely hear, taking the work out of selecting your favoritesor hunting out all the music you're still getting to know.


For navigation, the device featuresa vertical, linear touchpad designed to make searching through songs orplaylists easy, quick, and fun. The unit's blue, 160 x 104-pixel, electroluminescentLCD shows key functions and song details at a glance, and you can even customizethe main menu to keep right at your fingertips the features that mattermost to you.

Another of the Zen Micro's handy features is its personal organizer.You'll never forget an important anniversary with the onboard calendar,and it also includes a to-do list and a contacts list, all of which syncseamlessly with Microsoft Outlook (Outlook thus required for use of thesefeatures). Further, the device offers a sleep timer and alarm so you candrift off to sleep to the strains of one playlist and wake to a completelydifferent one.

The Zen Micro's removable battery is easy to swap with another fullycharged battery (additional batteries sold separately), extending yourlistening by a half-day per swap.

Zen Micro's rechargeable battery is easy to replace.

Zen Micro's Removable Disk mode lets you connectyour player to the computer and directly copy the files you need.

Vertical touch pad
No more going round in circles to find the song you want, we all knowthat the quickest distance between two points is a straight line. ZenMicro's vertical touch pad and touch sensitive controls are designed tobe intuitive so that searching through songs or playlists is easy, quickand fun - try taking a cruise down this strip.

Removable Disk
Store and transfer not only your favorite tunes, but importantdata files as well. Zen Micro's Removable Disk mode lets you connect yourplayer to the computer and directly copy the files you need.

Highest audio quality of any MP3 player
Zen MP3 players are renowned for their superior audio quality, and theZen Micro is no exception. With an outstanding industry leading 98dB signalto noise ratio, you can achieve audio bliss with clarity as good as expensivehi-fi systems. That coupled with high fidelity earphones with dynamicbass response, the Zen Micro not only sets a new standard for sheer style,but for unmatched audio perfection.

What's in the Box
The Zen Micro player, stereo earbud headphones, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, a USB 2.0 cable, an installation CD, a quick-start guide, and Creative MediaSource software. ... Read more

Features

  • Vertical touch pad simplifies navigation; body is curved to fit your hand
  • FM radio with 32 station presets for listening and recording; 10-hour voice recording through built-in microphone
  • 12 hours continuous playtime using the supplied rechargeable lithium-ion battery; extend your listening using multiple batteries (sold separately)
  • Includes headphones, a belt clip, a stand, and an AC/DC power adapter
  • Micro-sized 4 GB digital-music player holds 2000 songs at 64 Kbps WMA or 1000 songs at 128 Kbps MP3

148. Creative Labs 20 GB NOMAD Jukebox 3
list price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000068OJM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 3972
Average Customer Review: 3.49 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

If you're looking for MP3 player innovation that delivers feature-rich functionality and unsurpassed audiophile quality, the Nomad Jukebox 3 is the player for you. The Jukebox 3 offers audio quality that makes other players sound pale and lifeless by comparison. With the leading audio specifications in its category, even the toughest critic will be delighted by its crystalline clarity. Add to this a suite of powerful music-management and audio functions, and you're set to tailor your musical experience through an easy-to-use interface with intuitive scrolling file navigation.

The Nomad Jukebox 3 connects to everything audio: it works with PCs and stereos and other devices to let you transfer, store, and even record at will--analog and optical digital line inputs allow direct high-quality recording from external audio devices. Top it off with a massive 20 GB storage with both USB and SB1394/FireWire connectivity, and you can listen to your favorite music anytime, anywhere. The unit holds up to 333 hours of MP3s encoded at 128 Kbps, or an incredible 8,000 songs encoded in WMA at 80 Kbps. Store your entire music library (and other files) in a compact package that's completely portable.

The unit's second battery bay gives you up to 22 hours of uninterrupted playback with two lithium-ion rechargeable batteries (or 11 hours using only one). Smart Volume Management (SVM) normalizes audio output to compensate for different mastering levels between songs, while time scaling lets you speed up or slow down playback without distortion. Finally, anti-skip protection extends to seven minutes of buffering for smooth listening. ... Read more

Features

  • 20 GB storage space holds up to 8,000 songs encoded in WMA at 80 kbps or 5,000 MP3s encoded at 128 kbps
  • High audio quality (relative to other MP3 devices): 98 dB signal-to-noise ratio playback, frequency response of 20 to 20,000 Hz
  • Analog and optical digital line inputs for direct high-quality recording from external audio devices
  • Super fast SB-1394/FireWire (IEEE-1394 compliant) and USB 1.1 file transfers from your PC
  • Up to 22 hours of uninterrupted playback with two lithium-ion rechargeable batteries

Reviews (115)

4-0 out of 5 stars Not the same Nomad!
Ignore all the reviews by people who don't even OWN this product - they're clearly unable to give you a comprehensive overview. As an owner of both the original 6GB Nomad Jukebox, and now the 20GB Nomad Jukebox III, I'll try to give a fair opinion.

First, let's start with the specs. It costs the same as the 10GB iPod, and offers BOTH FireWire and USB, although USB2 would have been nice - it's faster than FireWire. Unlike the iPod, which has one version for Windows and one for Mac, the Jukebox can connect to either, for $100 less.

The battery lasts 11 hours on a ~3 hour charge, and you can add another battery to it for a total of 22 hours. It's a bit bulkier than the iPod, but more compact than an average portable CD player.

This player is ages ahead of the original Nomad. A scroll wheel akin to recent Sony Vaio notebooks lets you quickly whiz through your playlist - a plus for those of us who like to add 3000 songs at a time. The backlight is also brighter and makes the track info easier to read.

There is an "Add All" option if you just want to heave the whole of your collection into a playlist. Playlist management is much improved - albums are sorted in a hierarchy with their tracks under them, in proper order.

The sound output is just incredible, and the standard headphones are of notably better quality than the previous Jukebox.

On the downside, currently it cannot play Ogg Vorbis files. This is fine, since it doesn't claim to, but it would be a nice addition.

5-0 out of 5 stars It is a portable player and a home music server
After looking at every portable jukebox as well as home audio servers, I found that Creative Nomad 3 is the best product today.

I initiallly ordered one player. Then I went back and ordered 4 more. Two of them will be used as audio servers in 2 different rooms of my house - other 2 as gifts.

-- Setting it up
I downloaded and upgraded to the latest firmware release v1.20.06. To do that I had to first upgrade to the 2 previous releases.

I found the software that comes with this player, Creative Playcenter to be useless for ripping and organizing music. I downloaded Media Jukebox 8.0 based on on-line reviews. Music Jukebox is a promising music manager program - although I haven't found one that I really like so far. I ripped all my CDs at 192Kbps - about 15GB worth so far. I then diligently got the Genre, Artist, Album and Track information right - a lot of it initially filled in from the on-line CDDB database. What I found that even though this organization is becoming the standard in the industry, it is a lot of hard work to get it right, and doesn't reconcile with my usage. I then resorted to a straightforward playlist organization.

For uploading to Nomad Jukebox, I used the Firewire connection - USB 1.1 is simply too slow. I had to go and buy a Firewire card for my PC - about $50. Then I found that the upload plug-in that comes with Music Jukebox doesn't upload Playlists, only tracks. What a bummer!!! I then bought Notmad software ($20) - and it does upload Playlists. As a side note, Notmad's license enforcement mechanism is bizzare and cumbersome.

-- Using It
After all this hard work, the payback was huge. The sound from this device is excellent. EAX capabilities are great - try them all out. The user interface is easy, the button layout is intuitive. The features are plentiful, yet not in the way. I do think they should increase the size of the LCD display.

I use it as a portable player. It is a little bulky, but with the buttons locked (get the latest firmware), I can shove it in my jacket or jeans pockets. I use the headphones that come with it, and they are pretty good.

I use it as a car player, although the only way to hook it up to my expensive car stereo is through an audio tape - with great loss of sound quality. What a bummer. So I sometimes used headphones in the car. Luckily I am about to buy a new car - and its car stereo system must have front audio input.

Mostly, I use it as a player at home. I have speakers set up in 4 different rooms and I just take it with me and hook it up to the speakers. I have used it in 2 and 4 speaker settings. I use a wire to hook it up my home stereo. Now I have ordered 2 more so that I don't have to lug it around.

It has transformed my music experience. I've become an avid listener. It has expanded my range of music. I'm now looking to buy a lot more CDs to fill gaps in my collection and to experiment new types of music.

Positives:
- Great sound
- Great feature set
- Great transfer speed - using Firewire
- Good user interface
- Good music organization - I primarily use Playlists.
- Ability to drive 2 or 4 speakers.
- Decent headphones
- Remote control with the optional home kit
- Long battery life - with the optional battery
- Voice recording capability - with the optional accessory. I haven't tried it yet
- You can use it as hard drive storage
- Excellent value compared to iPod

Negatives
- Size is a little bulky
- Creative Playcenter software that comes with it is useless - but you dont need it - download something else
- LCD display is too small

I highly recommend it. As a portable, I would also consider Creative Nomad Zen.

1-0 out of 5 stars Creative.... YOU SUCK!!
I remember as soon as I laid eyes on this seemingly magnificant player, I wanted it so bad, I got a part time job and I saved up about 4 weeks worth of pay to get this. The moment I had enough money I went to my local CompUSA to get it, and drove back home. As soon as I franticly tore it out of the package, I did everything the instructions told me to, hook up AC adapter and plug it in the wall, and plug the USB in excetra excetra. Well, the installation took me a few tries because my MP3 player kept shutting down on me, I finally managed to get it to work, I put a few of my CD's I had on it and it worked great... for about a month. Coincidence that Creative's MP3 player would start to f*uck up after it's warranty? I think not. After about of months worth of frustration with the player freezing up, shutting down, and then the USB not even working at all, I decided to send it to their customer service only to find that it was all a gimmik. I sent in the player so they can fix whatever problems it was having, only to have it returned with the EXACT SAME PROBLEMS. Lets face it, Creative is a company of a Creative scheme, not MP3 players, if you want to get a good MP3 player, I would try GoPo RipDrive, this is a great player that won't f*uck up after it's warranty.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything I expected
I've owned my Nomad Jukebox for about 2 years now, and it has served me very well. Whereas the Jukebox 2.0 version was unstable, this unit has caused me no problems whatsoever. The sound quality is good, the interface is intuitive, and the thing just keeps working without a hitch. The battery life is pretty good, as well, which is always a point of contention with portables. Overall, I'd really recommend this unit.

1-0 out of 5 stars for the love of god, don't buy it
Having had my jukebox for 5 months until it absoutely died, leaving me with a large space in my pocket and the loss of music I'd spent hours transferring, I have to say that the fragility of this player absolutely negates any enjoyment you might have while it works. My player was very gently used, it now only boots in Rescue Mode and gives me a 'hard disk problem' message for all functions on that menu. Creative technical support insists that the player must have been dropped (which is apparently enough to completely destroy the hundred-dollar hard drive) and the warranty does not apply - you have to pay for all repair - over two months after the date of purchase. In a case like mine this probably means paying about half the original cost of the jukebox to replace the hard drive with a new one under a similarly scanty warranty. For the investment value of an mp3 player, my jukebox leads me to believe that you'd be better off with an I-Pod. Don't buy it. ... Read more


149. Creative Labs Nomad Jukebox Zen NX 20 GB Digital Audio Player

Asin: B0000BVUYQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 15520
Average Customer Review: 3.81 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Stores approximately 6,000 high fidelity MP3 or 6,000 WMA encoded songs
  • Music is automatically indexed by ID-tag so you can quickly find any song, album or artist
  • Create playback lists and edit songs easily
  • Also stores data and uncompressed WAV files
  • Creative's EAX technology provides Smart Volume Management, Advanced EQ (with presets and customized EQ), Time-Scaling (adjustable playback speed) and environmental effects

Reviews (27)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great player, great price, kills the iPod!
My 2 cents..

If you want a stylish player, get the iPod.

If you want a player that provides twice the hard drive capacity for half the price, get the Nomad Zen Nx.

If you want a white (blah) player that will show every sign of dirt and dust, get an iPod.

If you want a silver player that looks utilitarian, and like it can take a beating, get the Zen Nx.

I really do not mind the Mediasource software, except that I prefer not to use its CD ripping function, because it doesn't allow you to include the Track # in the filename. There's plenty of freeware CD to MP3 rippers out there that don't hog resources like Mediasource does.

Other than that, the software functions just fine although a little slow for a P3 700Mhz PC.. If you look around the Internet, you can find a piece of software called Nomad Explorer, an official release written by Creative Labs, that will integrate with Windows Explorer and allows you to drag and drop your MP3s right from within Windows Explorer! Niiice.

The thing I love about this player the best, and what matters most to most people, is that it sounds absolutely GREAT. I encode most of my MP3/WMA's at 128-160kbps and both bitrates sound great.. My 192kbps sound even better, but 160kbps is pretty much all I need with this player.

EAX allows you to set preset EQ settings like Rock, Pop, Jazz, etc, or environmental settings like Auditorium, Concert Hall, Garage (most environmental settings make it sound like you're in a big restroom, in my opinion).. I use the custom 4 band equalizer, and it works great.. Beware though, with EAX enabled, your battery life will be cut in half! Luckily the battery charges in just two hours.

If you want a good pair of earclip headphones to go with this, pick up some Koss KSC-50 headphones.. They are full open air size headphones that clip to your ears, and they're a LOT better than the ones that come with the Zen Nx.

One minor complaint about the Zen Nx, and that is, Creative seems to be pushing their Zen Xtra, even though they just released the Zen Nx in August! As great of a player as this model is, I hope they aren't pushing it under the rug, in favor of a newer model with a bigger screen.

Another minor beef I have is the lack of FM tuner. True, I can buy a decent portable FM radio for under $20, but it surely would have been easy for Creative to have on built in, wouldn't it have?

The scroll wheel takes some getting used to. I can't say I like it for menu scrolling, but it does come in handy when scrolling thru 100+ artist/album names. It just does not feel precise, that's all.

If you want a great HD based player at a great price and don't mind slightly clunky included software, get this- it's a steal.

5-0 out of 5 stars Millions of years of evolution has led to this!!!
I've never written a review and I've bought from Amazon for years. I am so happy over my ZEN NX that I have to let everyone know. I've downloaded close to 300 CDs and still have over 4 gig left! The sound is amazing. The interface could not be easier. Files are listed by ARTIST, ALBUM, GENRE, PLAYLISTS and TRACKS. If I want to hear R.E.M. I can listen to "Out of Time" or one song or all 5 albums in order or in a shuffled order. If I'm exercising I can click on Techno and listen to every techno song in the jukebox. It's true the headphones aren't that great. The battery life isn't 14 hours. Did anyone mention the LEATHER carrying case? It's great but should have an opening so you could see the window. The aluminum face plate is ultra cool as is the green light. The scroll wheel is easy to figure out. The media source software is more than adequate. It downloads the track listings and then you copy the CDs. Who needs to pay $200 more for an iPOD?

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor Support, Don't Waste your Time
We purchased the Nomad Zen DAP at Christmas 2003, by May of this year it's hard drive needs to be replaced. It only comes with a 90 day warranty, so we have to shell out $108.00 to get it repaired. Creative must really stand by their workmanship if they will only warrant their products for 90 days. You would be better off with a iPOD or Archos 6000. I have one each of those for years and they still function well full of music. Creative should hide their heads, and their products. What a waste of money !!

4-0 out of 5 stars A Truly Fantastic Product
After quite a bit of research, and reviewing some of my friends' HD players (Archos, iPod, iRiver), I decided to purchase the Nomad Zen NX. In some ways, this was a matter of deduction, for it was only the Nomad Zen NX that met my all, and I do mean ALL, of my wants in an HD player. These wants of mine were a player that:

1) Had a large, detailed, high-resolution display
2) WAS ABLE TO SCROLL EASILY!
3) Was able to store many data types
4) Was small and durable
5) I could use to store/back up other files
6) Didn't dent my wallet

I found all of these in the Nomad Zen NX. Although the iPod looks really nice, and has a great display and a cool, innovative scroll wheel, the navigation wheel on the Nomad Zen works perfectly. I didn't want to have a player that used buttons to scroll because I felt that, after scrolling through 1k+ songs over an extended period of time, buttons would break down and malfunction. Also, the iPod does not allow you to store other files (e.g. movies, or picture) OR allow you take songs off of it (you need to download illegal software to do so and it voids the warrenty of the iPod). More to the point, the iPod is steeply priced, 300 dollars for 10 gigs of memory (at least, thats what its price was when I bought my Zen). The iRiver also carries a hefty price, although it does have many things that the Nomad has. I ended up purchasing my Nomad (20 gbs) for 270 (approx.) dollars, and I am totally happy with my purchase. As for the archos HD players, I don't like there display, and the OS that they come with is absolutely terrible.

If 4.5 stars were possible, I would choose that option, for the only drawback it has (and this may very well apply to all HD players) is that when you skip through a lot of songs quickly, the player lags for a second or two. I have found this only slightly annoying, however, and this minor con is vastly outweighed by the pros of this player. Buy with confidence!

Oh, and I've dropped it quite a few times (however, only one of these times was my fault! =]) and the player still works perfectly.

4-0 out of 5 stars This thing is excellent
OK, I bought this system a couple of months ago and it is great. It makes life so much easier to have all your music at your finger tips. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because it has a tendency to jam up right after I download new music. Yes, a little annoying but easily fixed with the reset button and you're back in business. Plus it is pretty durable too. I've dropped it a few times on hardwood flooring and nothing as aposed to my brother who dropped his iPod on the floor and it wouldn't work for half a week. In addition, you get a lot better value compared to the iPod; more memory for the buck or get less memory and save some money. It is a little bulkier but not to the point where it will actually bother anyone.

I do, however, want to mention one quick thing to any one who might be in my situation. I have a lot of dexterity problems due to a disability and if you have the same type of problem you might want to look closer at the iPod because the touchpad interface is easier to use than the wheel on the jukebox. But if that isn't a problem get this one it's better and cheaper. You can use the money you save to buy more music. ... Read more


150. Creative Labs Sound Blaster Extigy Sound Card

Asin: B000062TTF
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 3953
Average Customer Review: 3.37 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Hook-up to your PC or notebook with the hassle-free external USB connection
  • Experience high-definition audio with 24-bit multi-channel performance with 100dB SNR clarity
  • Transform your PC into a home-theater system with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound
  • Enrich your listening experience with innovative EAX ADVANCED HD music enhancement tools
  • Works with Windows 98 SE, 2000, Me, or XP with USB functionality

Reviews (35)

4-0 out of 5 stars Sound Blaster Extigy is very nice and the price is right!
I bought my Sound Blaster Extigy because of the price, but the USB features since I ran out of PCI slot. I was surprised that Sound Blaster Extigy is EXTREMELY easy to install. Just turn the sound card on and plug the USB cable to the computer and install the driver. I did it without any problem.

Another cool feature of extigy is, the card is external so I don't have to crawl to the back of my computer and try to switch the jacks. I use The Logitech 4.1 THX speakers and The speakers produce the most awesome 3D sound when I watch Jurasic Park III, it seems like the dinasours were in the living room.

Creative Labs unfortunately has bad reputation of having the slowest customer service. I wish they will improve it in the future, since they are no.1 sound card company.

Overall, I recommend this external sound card. The price is right and the quality is very nice.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sound Blaster Extigy is Very Nice but Tech Support is Poor
I bought my Sound Blaster Extigy because of the price, but the USB features since I ran out of PCI slot. I was surprised that Sound Blaster Extigy is EXTREMELY easy to install. Just turn the sound card on and plug the USB cable to the computer and install the driver. I did it without any problem.

Another cool feature of extigy is, the card is external so I don't have to crawl to the back of my computer and try to switch the jacks. I use The Logitech 4.1 THX speakers and The speakers produce the most awesome 3D sound when I watch Jurasic Park III, it seems like the dinasours were in the living room.

Creative Labs unfortunately has bad reputation of having the slowest customer service. I wish they will improve it in the future, since they are no.1 sound card company.

Overall, I recommend this external sound card. The price is right and the quality is very nice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sound Card
First I'd like to start off by congradulating Creative Labs by making an outstanding Sound Card. I attached it with my Klipsh THX certified 5.1 speakers and I watched DVD's on it and it rocked!
Pros:
1. External, easy to move to living room for movies, bedroom for music, computer for games, etc...
2. It has Optical in (for DVD's), Optical Out (for speakers with a digital in), Line In (for cd players...), Mic in (for mics, der), Headphones (so i don't wake my parents up), Analog outs (for some speakers that take analog inputs), digital out, MIDI in, and MIDI out. The number of connections make the sound card easily compatible with numerous speakers.
3. It has CMSS for simulated surround sound, for people who like to listen to 2 channel (audio cd's) music with sound that fills the whole room from all sides
4.24 bit sound for excellent sound quality output
5.Hooks up with USB for fast connection and ease of use
6.Remote Controll (i love to sit on the other side of the room and just turn it on, off =P)
7.Definitly saves room if you prop it up vertically onto the side of your moniter
8.Gold plated connections for best music transfer
9.The software that comes with it is awsome, although i still prefer Windows Media.

CONS:
1. External, I know it sounds contradictory but sometimes having a sound CARD placed in the computer maybe a little handier
2. When you share a USB port by have a 4 port-in-one gadget, the sound may crack resulting from lack of transfer speed

3. The dolby digital decoding gives out really small sound, so i have to turn my speakers fully up to hear the rumbles. (when speakers are turned up high, a low sizzling sound could be heard...)

All the cons are minor problems, I have moved the card into the living room easily everytime I rent a DVD. You see in order to have 5.1 surround sound from DVD's, You must have a dolby digital decoding...most dvd's have optical out, where you can hook it up with Extigy's Optical In and you could use the extigy as a dolby decoder, giving you surround sound for the ships in Star Wars flying AROUND the room or the bullets zipping by you...this is the best sound card for people wanting something more than just a sound card for the computer and want excellent sound quality...I guarentee you'll tell the difference!

1-0 out of 5 stars problems with midi in extigy.help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I bought recently Extigy USB card, and I have a huge problem with midi. When I connect my midi controler trough this card, the midi recording is totally wrong. It changes rytms and records wrong music notes...does anybody know what`s wrong. Is it card, WinXP or maybe some settings?

4-0 out of 5 stars Very happy with it but software could be better
I have owned the extigy for well over a year now and I must say I am very happy with it. I use it on a COMPAQ PRESARIO windows xp desktop along with Creative Inspire 5.1 speakers.

I have used the Creative Recorder Utility to record scores of albums from my casette tapes and even from free streaming Mp3s available in the web.

The Creative play center is not intuitive at all to use. It is a pain to keep the media library updated as my MP3 collection grew or shrunk.(specially since most of us store our mp3 collections in distinct sub-folders which the play center does not automatically recognize) Windows Media Player was easier to use. But Creative Play Center had two uses for me:

1. It saved me the trouble of buying an mp3 codec to Windows media player. I could convert wav files into mp3.
2. It allowed me to access the mp3 media library using the included Remote control.

Speaking of remote control, it is a handy thing but the remote control interface in the computer needs much to be desired.

I use a Belkins USB 1.1 Hub in my setup and have not thus far encountered any bandwidth limitation that we hear about in the other reviews.

Also bundled is a basic wave editor and a minidisc center. Havent used either to comment on their performance.

Wish they could improve the creative play center and the remote control interface. These are small glitches in an otherwise impressive product. ... Read more


151. Creative Zen Micro 4 GB MP3 Player Silver
list price: $199.99
our price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00086HTQY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 19203
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Amazon Product Description

The Zen Micro digital music player from Creative Labs packs an incredible 4GB of storage capacity into a shell small enough to sit comfortably in yourjeans pocket. It also rides nicely in your hand, with a palm-fitting profileand thumb-friendly front-panel controls. It's a bit shorter than an Apple iPodMini, yet its rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides 12 hours of continuousplayback--50 percent more than iPod Mini's. The Zen Micro is compatible notmerely with MP3s and WAV files, but with WMA as well. Toss in USB 2.0 connectivityand you're looking at one spiffy portable music player.

But playing isn't all the Zen Micro does. You can useit to receive FM radio (with 32 station presets to keep your favoritesat the ready), and to record, either from the radio or from live sourcessuch as voice dictation or lectures using the built-in condenser microphone.

Trimmed in a luminescent blue glow and with easily visible backlit buttons,this stylish orange player holds up to 1000 songs (64 hours) at 128 kbpsor 2000 songs (166 hours) at lower-fidelity 64 kbps (MP3/WMA)--that'sa solid week's worth of music listening, never playing the same song twice.Compatibility with Microsoft's WMA compressed-audio format grants accessto over 2 million downloadable songs offered promotionally or for saleonline.

Perhaps the Zen Micro's coolest attribute is its DJ feature, which willshuffle not only all the songs you've loaded or all the songs on a givenalbum, but also, at your discretion, only the tracks you listen to mostor the ones you rarely hear, taking the work out of selecting your favoritesor hunting out all the music you're still getting to know.


For navigation, the device featuresa vertical, linear touchpad designed to make searching through songs orplaylists easy, quick, and fun. The unit's blue, 160 x 104-pixel, electroluminescentLCD shows key functions and song details at a glance, and you can even customizethe main menu to keep right at your fingertips the features that mattermost to you.

Another of the Zen Micro's handy features is its personal organizer.You'll never forget an important anniversary with the onboard calendar,and it also includes a to-do list and a contacts list, all of which syncseamlessly with Microsoft Outlook (Outlook thus required for use of thesefeatures). Further, the device offers a sleep timer and alarm so you candrift off to sleep to the strains of one playlist and wake to a completelydifferent one.

The Zen Micro's removable battery is easy to swap with another fullycharged battery (additional batteries sold separately), extending yourlistening by a half-day per swap.

Zen Micro's rechargeable battery is easy to replace.

Zen Micro's Removable Disk mode lets you connectyour player to the computer and directly copy the files you need.

Vertical touch pad
No more going round in circles to find the song you want, we all knowthat the quickest distance between two points is a straight line. ZenMicro's vertical touch pad and touch sensitive controls are designed tobe intuitive so that searching through songs or playlists is easy, quickand fun - try taking a cruise down this strip.

Removable Disk
Store and transfer not only your favorite tunes, but importantdata files as well. Zen Micro's Removable Disk mode lets you connect yourplayer to the computer and directly copy the files you need.

Highest audio quality of any MP3 player
Zen MP3 players are renowned for their superior audio quality, and theZen Micro is no exception. With an outstanding industry leading 98dB signalto noise ratio, you can achieve audio bliss with clarity as good as expensivehi-fi systems. That coupled with high fidelity earphones with dynamicbass response, the Zen Micro not only sets a new standard for sheer style,but for unmatched audio perfection.

What's in the Box
The Zen Micro player, stereo earbud headphones, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, a USB 2.0 cable, an installation CD, a quick- start guide, and Creative MediaSource software. ... Read more

Features

  • Vertical touch pad simplifies navigation; body is curved to fit your hand
  • FM radio with 32 station presets for listening and recording; 10-hour voice recording through built-in microphone
  • 12 hours continuous playtime using the supplied rechargeable lithium-ion battery; extend your listening using multiple batteries (sold separately)
  • Includes headphones, a belt clip, a stand, and an AC/DC power adapter
  • Micro-sized 4 GB digital-music player holds 2000 songs at 64 Kbps WMA or 1000 songs at 128 Kbps MP3

152. Creative Zen Micro 4 GB MP3 Player Dark Blue
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B00086HTPU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 70883
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Amazon Product Description

The Zen Micro digital music player from Creative Labs packs an incredible 4GB of storage capacity into a shell small enough to sit comfortably in yourjeans pocket. It also rides nicely in your hand, with a palm-fitting profileand thumb-friendly front-panel controls. It's a bit shorter than an Apple iPodMini, yet its rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides 12 hours of continuousplayback--50 percent more than iPod Mini's. The Zen Micro is compatible notmerely with MP3s and WAV files, but with WMA as well. Toss in USB 2.0 connectivityand you're looking at one spiffy portable music player.

But playing isn't all the Zen Micro does. You can useit to receive FM radio (with 32 station presets to keep your favoritesat the ready), and to record, either from the radio or from live sourcessuch as voice dictation or lectures using the built-in condenser microphone.

Trimmed in a luminescent blue glow and with easily visible backlit buttons,this stylish orange player holds up to 1000 songs (64 hours) at 128 kbpsor 2000 songs (166 hours) at lower-fidelity 64 kbps (MP3/WMA)--that'sa solid week's worth of music listening, never playing the same song twice.Compatibility with Microsoft's WMA compressed-audio format grants accessto over 2 million downloadable songs offered promotionally or for saleonline.

Perhaps the Zen Micro's coolest attribute is its DJ feature, which willshuffle not only all the songs you've loaded or all the songs on a givenalbum, but also, at your discretion, only the tracks you listen to mostor the ones you rarely hear, taking the work out of selecting your favoritesor hunting out all the music you're still getting to know.


For navigation, the device featuresa vertical, linear touchpad designed to make searching through songs orplaylists easy, quick, and fun. The unit's blue, 160 x 104-pixel, electroluminescentLCD shows key functions and song details at a glance, and you can even customizethe main menu to keep right at your fingertips the features that mattermost to you.

Another of the Zen Micro's handy features is its personal organizer.You'll never forget an important anniversary with the onboard calendar,and it also includes a to-do list and a contacts list, all of which syncseamlessly with Microsoft Outlook (Outlook thus required for use of thesefeatures). Further, the device offers a sleep timer and alarm so you candrift off to sleep to the strains of one playlist and wake to a completelydifferent one.

The Zen Micro's removable battery is easy to swap with another fullycharged battery (additional batteries sold separately), extending yourlistening by a half-day per swap.

Zen Micro's rechargeable battery is easy to replace.

Zen Micro's Removable Disk mode lets you connectyour player to the computer and directly copy the files you need.

Vertical touch pad
No more going round in circles to find the song you want, we all knowthat the quickest distance between two points is a straight line. ZenMicro's vertical touch pad and touch sensitive controls are designed tobe intuitive so that searching through songs or playlists is easy, quickand fun - try taking a cruise down this strip.

Removable Disk
Store and transfer not only your favorite tunes, but importantdata files as well. Zen Micro's Removable Disk mode lets you connect yourplayer to the computer and directly copy the files you need.

Highest audio quality of any MP3 player
Zen MP3 players are renowned for their superior audio quality, and theZen Micro is no exception. With an outstanding industry leading 98dB signalto noise ratio, you can achieve audio bliss with clarity as good as expensivehi-fi systems. That coupled with high fidelity earphones with dynamicbass response, the Zen Micro not only sets a new standard for sheer style,but for unmatched audio perfection.

What's in the Box
The Zen Micro player, stereo earbud headphones, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, a USB 2.0 cable, an installation CD, a quick- start guide, and Creative MediaSource software. ... Read more

Features

  • Vertical touch pad simplifies navigation; body is curved to fit your hand
  • FM radio with 32 station presets for listening and recording; 10-hour voice recording through built-in microphone
  • 12 hours continuous playtime using the supplied rechargeable lithium-ion battery; extend your listening using multiple batteries (sold separately)
  • Includes headphones, a belt clip, a stand, and an AC/DC power adapter
  • Micro-sized 4 GB digital-music player holds 2000 songs at 64 Kbps WMA or 1000 songs at 128 Kbps MP3

153. Creative Labs 30GB Digital Audio Player
list price: $269.99
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Asin: B0000DD7P2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 8744
Average Customer Review: 3.46 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 30 GB storage lets you bring up to 8,000 WMA songs (80 kbps) or MP3 songs (128 kbps) everywhere you go
  • Use AudioSync to synchronize your music on your player with your PC at work, school and home or on the road
  • Load a song a second with ultra fast USB 2.0 port, compatible with USB 1.1 too
  • Removable, high-capacity Li-ion battery -- up to 14 hrs continuous playback per charge
  • Compatible with Microsoft Windows 98 SE, Me, 2000, and XP

Reviews (118)

4-0 out of 5 stars Zen and the art of noise - close to the edit
I got this back in March when Creative themselves were running a big sale on their site. I had most of my CDs already ripped on my PC in WMA and this player supported them fine. Most people compare this to the iPod though it really it is like the Dell Jukebox just slightly cheaper (the sizes are almost identical). The iRiver could also be compared to this.

Pros
Almost half the price of the iPod of the same capacity. Sound quality much better than the iPod. Controls on the side mean you don't have to take it out to change tracks. They are not totally intuitive but when you get use to them you can navigate very fast. Battery life great (I'm getting about 14+ hours out of it.) USB2 transfer does about a track in under a second.

Cons
Only currently supports MP3 and WMA, though Real seem to have an update on their site but I have not tried it. It requires drivers installed on any machine you want to dock with. Software is not great. Although much better than previous Creative outtings it still has limitations. For example you can't have two tracks on an album with the same title. Doesn't link to WindowsMedia library correctly if you rip in WM9 (you have to import the tracks - using the watch facility doesn't get the tags). Slightly larger than the iPod. I also have a strange issue on Nomadworld where there is an autoupdate facility for the firmware. Whenever I use it my system reboots!

In all I can live with the limitations because of the huge price difference and significantly better sound quality. By the way if you register your player you get a discount on their site for a select set of their other products.

5-0 out of 5 stars in a word ... AMAZING
i got this for christmas. i was going to get a 10GB ipod, but after looking at the 10 DAY WARRANTY FOR IPOD AND WWW.IPODSDIRTYSECRET.COM (BATTERY LASTS 18 MONTHS ; IT costs like 200 dollars to replace - now you mail it off to get the battery replaced for like 99 ... what a big improvement ... lol) and the fact that lots of people have had problems with iPODs on windows computers, i realized this is a much better buy. Not only is it more affordable, but its a better player for windows, which is what i have. anyway, on with the review.
so far i've only had it since christmas, so i cant tell you much about the battery life. it hasnt gone below the second notch (i charge mine whenever i'm at home and not using it), so the battery life seems fine (so far).

SOFTWARE: for the people who complain about software, please, stop complaining. once you hook the thing up to the computer (via the USB cable), the machine instantly recognizes the fact that it's there & installs the drivers. from there, you transfer files from your computer to the mp3 player (with the help of the media sniffer...read the manual). my only complaint would be that you need id3 tags & that takes a while to do if your mp3 files don't have them. if you're copying CDs with windows media, its really simple to give your songs id3 tags, so thats what i do. oh...and file transfers are fast & easy.

THE PLAYER: it's silver. a little weighty (9 ounces ... no biggie), but otherwise fine. people complain about the scroll wheel, but its not a big deal at all (though it is just a LITTLE annoying at times). it's easy. the buttons are easy to use, and its easy to navigate. the big backlight makes things easy to see, and the writing is big enough for people to see. my favorite thing about the nomad is the EAX feature. you can customize bass, etc. like usual, but also you can customize the sound of the player (like how it would sound in a concert hall, jazz club, etc). its really cool. sound quality is AMAZING. i was expecting worse, but its really good (especially if your files have good sound quality). you can also slow a song down & speed it up, which is cool too. BUT THE EAR BUDS SUCK! BUY NEW ONES ASAP. every time you move your face or something they pop out. for a 250 dollar player, they could have thrown in nice headphones. a remote would have been cool too ... but lets not push it. oh... one more thing. i forgot, the case doesn't fit. my case doesnt close...maybe mine was just faulty, but the case isnt that great.

so far the player froze on me once (i started pushing buttons before it loaded) but since is hard drive based - you have to expect that. so all you do is stick a pin or something small in the reset button & you're golden.

also, you can store data on it, which is a plus. for all you people who want to buy an iPOD just to say you have an iPOD, don't bother, this is a MUCH better buy. HOPE I HELPED !

1-0 out of 5 stars Beware - no customer support
Stay away from creative - far away. They only want your money. The unit itself - a creative zen 20 gb - has a few quirks but operated sufficiently. However, it did not hold up well and each time a repair was made, we were charged $100 minimum. Now, just over a year later, the headphone jack no longer makes contact. We were told "This unit is no longer supported" but we were offered a REFURBISHED unit (now, where did that come from?) for a price more expensive than a brand new 30 gb unit. I thinks its time to get an iPOD.
Consider me a disgusted, former customer of Creative. I will never buy their products again. I expect a several hundred dollar item to last longer than a year and to be supported as well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice MP3 player
This is certainly a nice product. It's well put together, attractive, durable, provides some good options, and has great sound.

However, there are a few little drawbacks. First, it doesn't support a very wide array of sound formats; you're basically stuck with MP3s. Second, the "jog dial" scroll button is a little annoying and difficult to use, but not enough so as to ruin the experience. Third, it's practically impossible to read the LCD without perfect light or the backlight on (you can set how long the backlight stays idle, up to 60 seconds). Fourth, and finally, the button style and button/input locations are just a little...off, for lack a better word. The buttons aren't quite sticking out far enough and the button/input locations are a little strange (they work and all, but it could have been designed just a slight bit better).

Besides those few quirks, this is a really nice player. The sound is amazing, and the EAX settings are really nice, albeit some scale down the volume whilst using them. Battery life is acceptable. The player is a little larger than say an iPod, but it's still a nice size. The sync from your PC to the Zen Xtra (or vice versa) is a snap and very quick. Also, there's firmware and driver updates available, and the little harddrive is replaceable; if you ever want to replace or upgrade it, it's really simple. The case is really attractive and more durable than the plastic players out there, but the front case cover is easily removed, which is a good thing but can possibly become a bad thing as well, although I've yet to be able to make it 'accidentally' come off.

With everything the package includes, there's really no reason you shouldn't pick this up. For the score I had to knock off one star (I wish I could knock off only half of a star, though) for the my four small annoyances with the player.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good value for money
Have had mine for about 5 months now...still working fine, battery life lasts 10 hours on mine (but that's only cos I'm diligent about recharging only when it's completely empty) and the sound quality is exceptional.
There are a few downsides, the main one being the size and lack of remote control...now I am sooooo tempted to buy the zen touch...
I've had no problems with the software, I'ved already used up 20GB of the alloted 30GB...mainly with personal files, it also doubles as my backup hard-drive...transferring of files to and from the Nomad to PC is a breeze, and with USB2.0, absolutely flies!
Conclusion is: Not as sexy as the iPod, but for this price, unless you have more dosh than sense, then go for this... ... Read more


154. Creative Labs CT6840 USB Video Blaster WebCam III
list price: $119.99
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Asin: B00001RME8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 22966
Average Customer Review: 3.28 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With Creative Labs' new Video Blaster WebCam 3, you have the power to capture, create, and communicate in full-color, full-motion video directly from your PC. Everything from presentations and demonstrations to e-mail and Web pages can be jazzed up with snapshots or full-motion video clips. Creative's Video Blaster WebCam III connects to your PC via a USB connection or hub.

Features include a 640-by-480-pixel true-color CMOS sensor, focusable lens with a range of 3 inches to infinity, and live video capture up to 30 frames per second at resolutions of 352 by 288 and up to 15 frame per second at 640 by 480. This unit also supports still photography in 16.7 million colors at up to 640 by 480 resolution. Also included with the Video Blaster WebCam 3 is a software package with everything you need to get started. ... Read more

Features

  • New Creative Labs WebCam design
  • 640 by 480 pixels, true-color CMOS sensor
  • Focusable lens with a range of 3 inches to infinity
  • Capable of 16.7 million colors
  • Live video capture up to 30 frames per second

Reviews (25)

4-0 out of 5 stars An OK Webcam
I bought this camera about 5 months ago and was really excited, considering this was my first web-cam. It has worked reasonably well throughout this time. The only complaint that I have with this cam is that when I activate the camera software it deactivates my Internet connection. Other than that it has been a great camera for not only the advanced user but also the novice. The picture quality is not bad and for the price you really can't ask for much more. As for the software it was also easy to install and to use.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great camera at a great price!
I chose the WebCam III because of the software included. You can take snap shots or create .avi movies with sound. It will allow you to capture images at a preselected interval or capture video using motion detection. In either case, you can have it upload an .jpg image to a web site or e-mail you the image or both. Video-conferencing via NetMeeting is easy and cool.

4-0 out of 5 stars Support under Linux is superb
I bought this webcam primarily for video conferencing - but since then I have set it up as a permanent webcam at my home. It runs faultlessly on a AMD K6-300 Linux box, serving up to a web server. I have used the Linux drivers ov511, using vgrabbj to serve the pictures up to the web server.

If this is the sort of application you want this for, this camera is great.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good WebCam
This is a pretty good camera. Once I finally got the updated drivers from WinXP and got it up and going again, I was happy with the results.

2-0 out of 5 stars A decent camera -- if it worked with AMD
This camera has serious issues with people using AMD processors. I tried this camera on three (3) different systems all running AMD processors and it would not do anything but return two or three frames and freeze. When I tried this camera on two systems running Intel processors, it worked perfect in both cases. If you have an Intel processor and would like a descent and inexpensive camera, this is for you; however, if you have an AMD processor I would not suggest this product. ... Read more


155. Creative Labs Nomad Jukebox (Silver)
list price: $349.99
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Asin: B00004XO1V
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 10424
Average Customer Review: 3.94 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Portable digital audio player with 6 GB of built-in storage (over 100 hours of CD-quality music)
  • Plays MP3 files; upgradable to support other formats (such as WMA) and is SDMI compliant
  • USB interface for fast digital transfer; compatible with Windows and Mac
  • Weighs only 14 ounces and measures the size of a portable CD player
  • Comes with headphones, rechargeable batteries, AC adapter, and carrying pouch; "

    Reviews (113)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Your COMPLETE GUIDE to evaluating the Nomad Jukebox.
    Hello. I ordered the Jukebox from the U.S. to Lebanon, it cost me overall 400$, but I think it was worth it. Before buying the Jukebox, I read almost all the reviews on it [...], they were almost 50% unsatisfied and 50% totally satisfied. That made me a bit sceptic about the product, but it turned out to be a great one. The pro's and cons and some answers to some very stupid problems other reviewers complained about.

    Pro's: -Amazingly huge amount of memory (5.7GB and not 6GB as Creative claims, but what the heck, 0.3GB!) -Excellent connectivity. The Jukebox can be connected to any stereo or speaker system and it supports Dolby Digital AC-3 and 4point surround. Plus a line in plug so you can record from a mic, from the radio or even from the T.V.!! -Very fast transfer rate (500Kbps!!!!!) via USB port. -The ability to run it direcly from DC unlike the Nomad II MG and many other MP3 players, thus saving battery power and lifespam. -Big display, nice backlight ;)

    -The three soft buttons that change function according to the mode you're in, thus having less buttons and more stylish look.(just like the NAV key on most Nokia phones like the 3310) -Great software (PC, haven't tested the Mac) nice design unlike many others said, AMAZINGLY CLEAN RIPPING, very high sound quality,in fact, others complained about the software because they hadn't updated it! updates are always available at [their website]! -Exceptional batteies! More power than any othe battery you could imagine! thrash duracell and energizer, the Creative batteries are a power station! (built for a power hog :P ) -Compatibility with WMA format after the upgrade (see above)

    Ok, now the FEW cons (well, man isn't perfect and never will be. so are his creations! right?) -Battery life...hmmm...well it's not bad at all! but it's still a con compared to other MP3 players who last for 10-12hours. the Jukebox lasts around 4hours of PLAYBACK, and since Creative provides you with 8batteries, you can say it lasts 8hours of PLAYBACK, right? well it's a HARD-DISK running on AA batteries! Quite amazing battery life then! -The carrying case!! OOOOH GOD, that's THE CON. No holes for headphone plug, no place to store headphones nor spare batteries, the strap is so short it is meant to carry it like a handbag. But a SOLUTION to this costs only 19.99$. You can buy one of the other GREAT carrying cases Creative offers at [their website]-I'm not gonna talk about the size and weight because for a jukebox they are pretty cool: weight:14oz, dimensions: 5"x5"x1.5"

    Well, that's about it. Finally, here is a summary of what you get when you buy the Creative Nomad Jukebox: -The Nomad Jukebox Unit (duh) -Stereo Backphones (which look great but sound a little less great ;) -2 4pack AA NiMH batteries (that makes 8batteries for those who donno math :P) -USB cable, Universal Power Adapter, Installation C.D., installation booklet (quite comprehensive, plus comes in 4 languages) -Carrying Pouch (I wish Creative kept it for them, they would've spared themselves the embarrasment! ) -Preloaded 20 that's TWENTY HOURS of music, including classical, jazz, hip-hop, dance, pop, rock, and two audiobooks(frankenstein and robinson crusoe)

    Well, I hope this review was of use for you people. Thanx for reading.

    2-0 out of 5 stars First Generation, Lots of Problems
    I was so excited by this product - conceptually it's all I wanted. However, it's a case of great idea, bad implementation.

    1) It's not loud enough. If I can't hear normal volume music when walking my dog on city streets, then it doesn't cut it. I couldn't hear music in a store either with volume full blast. My panasonic cd player has no problem with this - I'm not deaf or anything - it simply seems designed for use in quiet rooms. Forget using it at a gym where they might be playing their own dance music or something.

    2) It doesn't scan through songs - you can only skip from one song to another. This is contrary to what the box says (although the manual confirms that it doesn't scan). In this day and age, how can you do without this feature???

    3) It doesn't recognize regular wav files - only mp3s.

    4) Sound quality is inferior (if you care about this sort of thing - I do) to the DACs in most modern portable audio devices (again, my Panasonic portable CD is wonderful).

    If they fixed all this, I'd reconsider, but for now, I took mine back and received a full refund. Not yet ready for prime time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 2 years later and still going strong
    While my Nomad Jukebox's structural integrity depends heavily upon duct tape, it still works like a charm. I've managed to break it a few times, and it was always pretty easy to repair just by ripping off the fuzzy things on the bottom and unscrewing those delightful miniscrews to reveal the magical guts of the player. Sometimes it gets fussy if I start and stop and start and stop like 3 different songs, but that's what the reset button is for. My only complaint is that USB 1.1 just seems so slow these days, I wish there was a magic wand that would all of a sudden give it some firewire capability.

    2-0 out of 5 stars First Generation Jukebox, functional but has quirks
    I bought this jukebox about a year ago before the version 2 came out. And boy did I get buyer's remorse when a few months later Creative introduced the Jukebox 2 with lithium batteries. I could not get more than 1-1/2 hrs with the enclosed batteries, and the Jukebox would reboot sometimes when going over a bump in the car. However I do enjoy the 6 GB of storage (now they have Jukeboxes with 40Gigs!), and since my CD collection isn't so large, I get to have it all with me. I bought a car adaptor, [it was out of stock in the Creative online store for months, and I did not get it until 6 months later]. In the meantime, I could only use it for getting to sleep hooked to the AC adaptor.

    One more thing, to the person who said that his jukebox would not even turn on with and without the batteries. You need to stick a pin or paper clip into the reset hole in the back while turning it on or off [if it is hung in the off position]. I read how you bought all those accessories and feel for you.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Serious QC Problems
    Do not buy Creative lab products. After contacting customer service multiple times about a warranty item, I talked to one of their techs, who said that they estimate 10% product failure on their products. My options were to pay to have it fixed, with another 10% chance that the repair could fail, or get the broken part back. They do not stand up behind their products. Don't throw your money away. ... Read more


156. Creative Labs CT6860 Video Blaster WebCam Go

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Asin: B00004RG5N
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 35018
Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Works as a desktop PC camera and a portable camera
  • Captures digital video or still pictures in 16.7 million colors
  • Maximum resolution of 640 x 480
  • 4 MB built-in nonvolatile memory stores up to 90 images
  • Uses USB interface and includes 6-foot USB cable

Reviews (21)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for the money if you like to play with pictures
I've had my Webcam Go for several months and love it. I've not had problems with freezing of computer as reported in other reviews and I have an unsophosticated computer set-up. Its true the picture quality is mediocre at best but the product does not mislead regarding pixel and quality. Also keep inmind that printed quality also depends on quality of your printer with ink jets delivering superior photo quality. The software include when I purchased the camera allows one to work with the image - for example to sharpen, add or decrease contrast, hue, color saturation. Utilizing this software I've ended up with many good to high quality photos. Again this required learning the software which is very easy to use and for me a load of fun. I'd say this camera is perfect for people who will enjoy being creative and as I said earlier "play with pictures." A key to quality is adequate light and more important learning to focus the camera. The focus ring around the lens requires estimation of range to target. I found I became better at this over time. Also a major advantage is that the camera stores up to 90 images at highest quality setting. So I recommend when shoooting image you really care about - take more than one shot at different focus settings. Again I love mine! I have a background in photography including developing my own in a darkroom. Never thought I'd enjoy a digital camera this much...I think I like it because I do get to be a part of the creative process ( as in a darkroom )because I have to improve the quality using the software. In closing - if you want to download excellent pictures effortlessly this is not the camera for you. However if you are creative and like to work with images then you will have a blast. I'm buying one for my teenage neices because it will give them the experience of taking the picture and learning about contrast, color saturation and etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Buy!
For the price, and the versatility, you can NOT beat this camera. From the moment I pulled it out of the box, I immidietly starting taking snap shots with the built in camera feature, as I was setting up the camera on my pc. I didn't have to wait long, as I didn't even need to restart (Windows XP), and began to download the photo's and live action video that I had just taken. If you're thinking about getting a webcam just to talk to friends and family, and need something to 'capture the moment', then i cannot stress the excelence of this wonderful device!

1-0 out of 5 stars Unpredictable And Poor Image Quality
This camera is completely unpredictable. The software is useless, and above all, the image quality is abismal. Don't beleieve everything they tell you on the package; it's just not worth buying.

4-0 out of 5 stars WEBCAN Go Plus
I recently got two of these items and they work great. I operate under Windows 2000 Pro, USB port and its very convenient. The software did not have any problem loading and the drivers work just fine with Win2000. Not sure about earlier Windows versions. I especially appreciate the "GO" feature. This camera takes pictures fine for WEB use.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Surprising DUD From Creative
Having a Creative Sound Card, I expected nothing but a top-notch performance from this cam that I received as a gift. Boy was I disappointed. A nice appearance is the only thing the camera has going for it. Very poor picture performance, clunky adjustment interface and very likely to freeze up your machine. This version is not being made anymore and for good reason, but you may find them on sale at your local retailer, and I would strongly suggest avoiding the cheap price and going with something else. Perhaps Creative has gotten the bugs out with a newer version. If you are looking for a sound card, Creative Live! is top-notch, so you cannot dismiss all Creative Labs products (as someone in an earlier review did). ... Read more


157. Creative Labs FPS2000 5-Piece Computer Speakers
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00000JGN1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 27230
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The FourPointSurround FPS2000 speaker system from Creative Labs delivers high-powered four-channel, four-speaker digital audio for EAX game title and DirectSound 3D gaming. Providing a proprietary digital DIN connection, the FPS2000 produces digital sound quality when used with Creative's flagship sound card, Sound Blaster Live!. It also includes separate front and rear audio inputs, compatible with any other four-channel PCI sound card.

Offering true digital transfer of four channels of audio directly from the sound card, this positional audio speaker system comes with four satellite speakers and a powered subwoofer. Using high-output, 2.5-inch long-throw drivers, the four satellites deliver 28 watts of power for clear high and mid-range frequencies, while the 25-watt, wooden subwoofer with its 5.25-inch driver produces low-frequency bass response down to 30 Hz.

A separate volume control on a 12-foot cable attaches directly to the subwoofer, making it easy to adjust the volume, turn the system on and off, and balance speaker output with a front/rear fader. The system also comes with four desktop satellite stands and a pair of 18-inch tripod-style floor stands for the rear satellites, plus the required wires and cables.

The FPS2000 comes with a one-year parts-and-labor warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Powered subwoofer, 4 satellite speakers, and a master volume control
  • 4-channel, 4-speaker digital audio for EAX game titles and DirectSound 3-D gaming
  • Provides proprietary Digital DIN connection
  • Separate front and rear audio inputs
  • Supplied with 9-foot and 16-foot speaker wires

Reviews (6)

3-0 out of 5 stars Like most things, it was fun while it lasted.
I have had these speakers for over four years, and they have been fine and sounded great. They can be very loud, and the wired remote for the volume is a plus. However, i must have rocked my speakers just a bit to hard, because one of the outputs on my amp/sub unit no longer functions. Kinda bizare, bacause now, i have a 3.1 system. So now, im saving my pennies for a brand new promedia 5.1 system.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rich sound from tiny speakers
4 speakers may seem like an odd array, but when you think about how computers are set up, a center speaker may just get annoying. These little cube speakers pack a lot of punch and deliver very crisp sound, especially if you can plug them into a digital jack on a Soundblast Live! card. Another cool feature is the little volume knob that you can place just about anywhere on your desk that lets you control volume and also fade from front to back. These are great speakers, I've had them for a year and a half now and they still work wonderfully. I highly recommend them!

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Performance, but No Power
I owned these speakers for about 8 months, and by the end of those 8 months, I needed new speakers.

I use my computer primarily for playing games, listening to music, and watching DVD movies, in that order. When I first got the FPS2000s, I was thrilled with their sound and ease of use. First, the pros.

These speakers are tiny, and you can put them virtually anywhere in the room. They take up little space, and pack a whollop for their size. The subwoofer is about the size of a shoebox, and fits well under a desk. The contents are packed very intuitively, with the speakers and their wires wrapped individually in the top portion of the box and the subwoofer hidden in the bottom.

Setup is more or less a snap, but it takes at least 30 minutes. You are required to label each speaker and its wires with the provided stickers. This makes it easy to identify the front and rear speakers in case you decide to move them, and makes wiring easier. The front speakers are supplied with 9 foot cords, and the rears with 16 foot cords. All attach to the back of each speaker and to the subwoofer with wire clamps.

The most convenient piece of equipment in this package is the volume control knob. It plugs separately into your subwoofer and can be attached to the side of your monitor or your desk with a sticky pad. It has a dial that turns the speaker system on and off and controls the volume, and a separate one that controls balance.

The performance of these speakers is quite impressive, given their wattage rating (a piddly 7 watts/channel for each satellite, plus a 30 watt subwoofer). Coupled with any of the Sound Blaster Live! sound cards, you have the option of digital audio, which makes connection to your soundcard much easier and provides for better sound.

For games, these speakers are pretty good, but nothing extraordinary. The sub doesn't pack enough power, so you don't "feel" the game. For music, mid-level sounds are lacking, so MP3s and even CD audio won't sound rich and deep, but rather high and almost tinny, depending on the volume. Movies sound best on this system. The surround sound really kicks in here, and when positioned properly (and provided that the room is small enough), these speakers create a wall of virtual sound. The sub fares better here, and literally shook my dorm room when I played "Saving Private Ryan."

However, after several months of use, the speakers wore down and emitted static at higher volumes when the bass became too much. The power wasn't enough for my liking, and after reading reviews of the Klipsch ProMedia 4.1 (I highly recommend those), I decided it was time to move on.

In short, these speakers are an excellent value, and sound tremendous for the price you pay. The packaging and setup is well done, and the speakers are amazingly loud for their size. However, movie buffs, gamers, and people that like their music will quickly tire of the lack of raw power. The entire system has a total of 58 watts, less than just one of my Klipsch satellites, and after a while this lack of power shows. Overall though, a solid package from Cambridge. (85/100)

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply The Best Speakers For The Money!!!
I've heard just about every speaker on the market and the best bang for your buck is the FPS2000.

These speakers are accurate and produce good bass. Please don't get me wrong, they are not the best, but to get significantly better sound, you'll have to spend at least twice as much.

You cannot go wrong with the FPS2000. It's a great all-around speaker system.

5-0 out of 5 stars HomeCinema, here we come
Aside from the fact that you have dolby surround in your home, this amazing product enables you a whole new world of gaming, DVD watching, and music listening. I had some doubts regarding the power of this speaker system, but It is more then great. It gives you the feeling of home cinema! The only bad thing is that you will need a newer sound card to use it, but those are given with every newer configuration lately. 5 stars well earned! ... Read more


158. Creative Labs PD0230S PC-CAM 600
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B000063EJU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 35782
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent cam for the money!
Lots of versitility with this cam. Very good quality shots up close or far away! Only thing missing is a good lcd screen, but since those really eat up the batteries, this cam is the next-best-thing! ... Read more


159. Creative Labs CardCam

Asin: B00006XY1R
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 18065
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 8MB of photo storage memory
  • 1.3 Megapixel mode for best quality, or e-mail friendly 640x480 mode
  • Just 6mm thick and 8cm wide, weighing only 1.3 ounces
  • Stylish metallic case with green accents
  • Automatic recharging when you download images means that you'll never be caught with a dead battery

Reviews (9)

1-0 out of 5 stars Thin, but not too good!
This camera take good pictures only in sunlight! Otherwise, without light, with artificial light it is so poor, so blur! I've got a create pc-cam 300 with 640x480 resolution and it's better better than cardcam.
So, with almost sixty dollars I recomend you buy another one! Try philips key, it has low resolution but you can store almost 1600 photos!!!
Good look!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Built-in RAM is not 64MB
I think is a good product but in features the Built-in RAM is 8 MB

5-0 out of 5 stars awesome portable
This camera fits in my wallet and takes great pictures!

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
I purchased this without reading the reviews and now I'm returning it. The form factor is great. Its small and easy to carry. USB is handy for transferring the pictures, but the picture quality is poor. Even for me, a casual picture taker, I want the few times I go to the trouble to take pictures to have nice results. This camera just isn't that.

3-0 out of 5 stars best feature is the size
NEGATIVE COMMENTS:
The 1.3 megapixel claim is a bit misleading. Sure, the image size CONSISTS of 1.3 megapixels, but those pixels are really, really fuzzy, exactly like one of those PC-cams you sit on top of your monitor operating in low-light. The image quality outside in bright sunlight really wasn't much better. I did two test-runs, and wasn't happy with the image quality of any of the pictures taken. I'm going to order a camera of better quality even if it costs a bit more, because at the image quality of this camera, I have relatively little use for it. I've had low-res cameras, and though the resolution is low, what they ARE capable of capturing is actually clear. This would make a nice device for someone who just wants to take pics of friends and post them on the web for their other friends. But I'm really into graphics and I'd be ashamed to post any of this camera's resulting images on my website as examples of my work, even if heavily artistically manipulated.

NOT-SO-BAD COMMENTS:
This camera is really cool because it's so tiny, and compared to the cost of film or batteries (because it charges via USB), it's the best deal out there for a "snapshot" camera. You pay eighty bucks and you have absolutely no costs after that. It's so tiny that it's amazing it's capable of taking any pictures at all. I'm not saying their technology isn't top-of-the-line. It's just not suitable for my needs. Think when you're buying this camera that you're getting a 320 x 240 resolution camera and you won't be disappointed. The thing is, even though it includes a lot of pixels, it groups big chunks of color that occupy several pixels, so if you reduce one of this camera's "1.3 megapixel" images to a 320 x 240 image, then it looks ALMOST clear. Take the pictures at the max resolution, then in Photoshop, reduce them to 320 x 240. The groups of pixels that are all occupied by the same information will be consolidated into a single pixel (well, FEWER pixels, at least), and then you'll see that viewing that 320 x 240 image doesn't look any better when viewed at 400% than it did when it was sitting there in its original size, 1280 x 960, at 100%).

The bottom line: if I had a lot of money to spend on devices, I'd definitely own this one. ... Have you ever wished you had a camera with you and didn't? If you just keep this in your wallet (assuming you don't keep your wallet in your back pocket) or in some case you can design (the one they provide wouldn't keep it any safer than your wallet), and you have it with you ALL the time, then you can be glad you're able to pull it out and capture some strange scenario you weren't expecting, and your friends will all think it's a really cool device ... Here's what it actually says on the box: "It's the most functional fashion accessory you'll ever own!" ... Read more


160. Creative Labs 10 GB Nomad Jukebox MP3 Player
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B000063V7N
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 13598
Average Customer Review: 3.26 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Creative 10 GB Nomad Jukebox is a portable, multiformat digital audio player with intuitive navigation for easy categorizing and classifying of content. Measuring about the size of a portable CD player and weighing only 14 ounces, this EAX-certified digital audio player features a 10 GB storage capacity. Its 8 MB DRAM memory buffer provides up to five minutes of shock protection for portable use.

The 10 GB Nomad Jukebox stores approximately 160 hours of CD-quality audio (equivalent to over 220 albums) or up to 4,300 hours of spoken-word content. It supports file formats such as MP3, WAV, and WMA, and comes preloaded with classical music and audiobook content.

Unlike other hard drive-based solutions, the Nomad Jukebox offers an onboard, real-time digital signal processor for superior audio playback and customization. It includes special-effects algorithms that alter the way your music sounds, making it seem as if you are listening in a concert hall, in a stone room, or in a forest. You can also slow and speed the playback of files, a feature that is particularly helpful if you are running through the minutes of a meeting you just recorded or are listening to other spoken-word content.

Other features include:

  • Line in for direct audio recording from external devices
  • Dual line out for 4-point surround speaker connectivity
  • DC power in for separate power supply and battery recharging
  • Downloadable OS for upgrades and extended features
  • Interactive, easy-to-use software interface for quick playback, organization, customization, and categorizing your entire music collection
  • Windows and Mac compatibility
The Nomad Jukebox offers USB interface for lightning-fast data transfer between your Nomad Jukebox and your PC or Macintosh. It includes headphones and four rechargeable NiMH AA batteries for up to four hours of usage.

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Features

  • Portable digital audio player with 10 GB of built-in storage (over 160 hours of CD-quality music)
  • Supports MP3, WMA, and WAV files; firmware upgradeable
  • USB interface for fast digital transfer; compatible with Windows and Mac
  • Weighs only 14 ounces and measures the size of a portable CD player
  • Comes with headphones, 1 set of rechargeable batteries, and AC adapter

Reviews (46)

3-0 out of 5 stars Only gets worse
I bought the 6 gig version of this product right when it came out, which I think was a little over a year ago. I was amazed that it could hold 6 gigs... why would any one ever buy 128 or even 32 meg ones!!!????? It seemed too good to be true... turns out, it was!
When I first started using it, it worked Ok... It has always had excellent sound quality, and with my head phones, it sounded awesome. If you play with the 'Parametric EQ', and turn up the 'Mid Frequency', then you can get it to play REALLY REALLY LOUD!!!!! I really don't understand the reviews that say it can't go up loud, this is the loudest portable Mp3 or CD player I have ever used!!! That was a definite plus for me... It the beginning the only drawbacks were that the batteries only lasted 3-4 hours, (It takes about 4 times longer then my laptop to charge, too!) that it would periodically shut off for no apparent reason, about one in every 10 songs I put on it wouldn't work properly, and it's reaaaaallyyyyyyy sllloooooowwwww!!!!!
Then it kept getting worse.... the batteries started dying faster and faster, it started shutting off all the time - it always dies when going over rough spots in a car, and now the majority of the time it won't turn on at all, and when it does it won't work on any batteries, it only sometimes works when plugged into the wall. - Which is completely useless, because I might as well just use my laptop, which isn't nearly as annoying.
Overall I wish I never would have bought this product for any amount of money had I of known the aggravation this nasty machine would cause me... I recommend looking into one of the other 10 gig mp3 players (Don't settle for an 128 Mb, it's useless!)
(Don't shy away from other 'Creative' products though, my Creative speakers, sound card and CD burner work great!!!!!!!)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good For A Large Collection
My first portable MP3 player was the Rio Volt. What a piece of junk. So I bought this Nomad Jukebox 10GB player. I don't have 10GB of MP3s in my music collection, but I'm pretty close. With these hard drive-based MP3 players, I was under the impression you could just connect it to your computer, have it show up as a removable drive in Explorer, and just copy over the files. On the contrary, you have to start some bloated software to connect to the Nomad and copy the files over. Unfortunately, navigating a large collection with the Nomad is difficult. For example, you can't organize the files into folders on the original Jukebox models. Fortunately, the computer software does make it a tad easier to create playlists than on the Jukebox alone.

Battery life is short...maybe 4 hours using AA rechargeables. The power adapter doesn't seem to charge them very well, so I use an external battery charger. At least it doesn't use a proprietary battery like the iPod. I've dropped the unit a couple of times. The unit shuts itself off, but I was able to turn it back on with no problems.

If you need to carry your extensive music collection every where you go, the Nomad Jukebox is a good choice. I absolutely recommend you go to nomadworld.com and upgrade the firmware to 4.1. You will have fewer problems. Also, stay away from the Nomad bloatware. There is a freeware app called "MP3-Library" that works very well with the original Jukebox. If you have a the Jukebox 2 or 3, look into Notmad Explorer (redchairsoftware.com) which allows you to move files to and fro in Windows Explorer. It costs a little, but the software is updated every 2 weeks or so with new features and the updates are free forever. Also check out nomadness.net for underground info on your Nomad.

Personally, the volume isn't loud enough to hear over my lawn mower or whatever when doing chores. The Nomad takes a good minute or two to start up which is slower than my computer. I'm constantly rotating in and out the songs I listen to. It takes about as long to copy the files over to Jukebox as it does to burn a CD, so I think I am going back to a MP3 CD solution (Samsung MCD-HM200). It's easier to use and cheaper, so I won't cry when it breaks.

4-0 out of 5 stars A review for the reviews.
Seeing that the reviews here are all really good, or really bad, let me explain. I bought this a short time ago,and have had no serious issues with it at this point. Battery life is only about 4 hours, which is about right when you consider they're running a hard drive (moving part, always uses more power.). Second, transferring music. It can be a little confusing to get your mp3's transferred over, but once you figure it out, it really isn't too difficult at all. Sound quality is excellent, and while some reviews may sway you away from the products, Creative Labs tends to make an excellent line of audio products. I'd say this product is worth buying, at the very least if you see it on sale...and don't worry too much about those who blasted it with just one star...most likely frustrated "Newbies".

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than i expected
I thought this would be a very hard to use player. i was wrong. i have never seen anything easier. the menus are easy to make and the songs are very easy to navigate through. also the space is enormous. compared to other mp3 players i would definitely say that this is the best. using this you don't have to carry all the cds around.

4-0 out of 5 stars Low or no battery
Seeing as I have a large CD collection (250+), it's difficult for me to decide what I'd like to listen to on the bus that goes to and from school. I saw an ad for Future Shop. They said that going back to school is the day you "put 150 albums in the palm of your hand." I thought that was cool, but Future Shop had no idea what it was, maybe a burner. How can you hold 150 albums in just one burner, anyway? I found out later that this machine was an mp3 player, and, using my birthday money, I got it. Disasters kept striking when we tried to set it up. Eventually, it works and now I have something to amuse myself on the long bus rides for Ladner or North Delta. My only complaints would be that it doesn't have enough room for ALL the CDs I like, and has very short battery life. ... Read more


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