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1. Creative Labs 20 GB Zen Portable
$39.61 $39.00 list($49.99)
2. Creative Labs PD1130 WebCam NX
$39.61 list($49.99)
3. Creative Labs WebCam Live!
$71.32 $59.99 list($89.99)
4. Creative Labs WebCam NX Ultra
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5. Creative Webcam Live! Pro - 73VF008000000
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6. Creative Labs Webcam Notebook
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7. Creative Labs Sound Blaster Wireless
$23.76 list($29.99)
8. Creative Labs WebCam Instant
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9. Creative Labs PD1110 USB Webcam
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10. Creative Zen Portable Media Center
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11. CREATIVE LABS Webcam Live Ultra
$59.95 list($149.99)
12. Creative Labs Nomad MUVO NX 128
$37.54 list($59.99)
13. Creative Labs Wireless Desktop
$123.99 list($169.99)
14. Creative Labs Muvo NX 256 MB MP3
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15. Creative Labs De5671 Modem Blaster
$35.99 $23.99 list()
16. Creative Labs Modem Blaster V.92
$43.99 $42.92 list()
17. Creative Labs Modem Blaster V.92
$24.99 list($29.99)
18. Creative Labs Wireless Optical
$45.99
19. Modem Blaster V92 DE5621 Serial
$49.00 list($79.99)
20. Creative Labs Sound Blaster PCI

1. Creative Labs 20 GB Zen Portable Media Center

our price: $471.99
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Asin: B0002J6GLG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 2281
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Features

  • Watch up to 85 hours of movies, recorded TV or home videos
  • Store and listen to over 9,000 songs
  • Carry and enjoy tens of thoursands photos; Up to 7 hours of video and up to 22 hours of music
  • Large, high resolution 3.8" TFT LCD Screen
  • Removable rechargeable battery for up to 7 hours of video or 22 hours of music

2. Creative Labs PD1130 WebCam NX Pro
list price: $49.99
our price: $39.61
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Asin: B00009V7MU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 80
Average Customer Review: 4.04 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Revolutionary 3-way base -- can sit on top of your CRT monitor or clip to a flat panel display or notebook screen
  • Digital still capture capability
  • ArcSoft software bundle lets you easily edit your photos, send video e-mail, and more
  • Attaches to a PC through USB 1.1 connection
  • Compatible with Windows 98, 98SE, Me, 2000, or XP (XP is not compatible with Microsoft NetMeeting)

Reviews (50)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Deal
I don't write many reviews but this webcam deserves one. Great price, excellent picture, good color and contrast. It beats many more expensive products and is certainly far superior to some of the Logitech products out there. I'm running a 2.4 gig machine with 512kb memory, Windows XP Pro, which of course did not recognize the driver compatibility but installed without a hitch anyway. This webcam works great with the software bundle it comes with, and it is an above average bundle at that. Works out of the box with Yahoo Messenger and Windows Messenger, no problem at all. Total installation time about 10 minutes. My only complaint would be that the stand for a flat panel monitor include some type of device that allowed for a firm attachment. I suppose a little velcro or tape would solve that problem. Other than that, you cannot go wrong with this purchase. Creative has another winner with this one.

3-0 out of 5 stars Poor performance...
Some preliminary comments based on my first few days with the "Creative Labs PD1130 WebCam NX Pro"...

* Installation - Straightforward and easy on Win2K Pro. Nicely integrated live shot of the cameras view in the install process, which builds early confidence that the device is working.

* Form factor - As others have noted, the three legged base is dicey on flat services (desk, top of CRT). It does, however, work quite well hinged to a laptop (or for you fortunate souls, your flat screen).

* Functionality - Bundled software provides all the basic necessities (still picture, video, scheduled monitoring + configuration)

* Performance - This is where the device is letting me down (hence the three stars for an otherwise positive experience). I'm seeing significant latency locally (~1.5 seconds) and extreme latence/dropouts via Yahoo & MSN messenger (below 1 FPS at 320x240) over a DSL connection (both sides) on a P3 box w/ 512MB RAM and Win2K SP3. I've tried, I believe, every option, with no improvement.

This would be (or will be) a five star product if I can work the performance issue out. As it is, it's on a path to being returned.

3-0 out of 5 stars It's Okay... But
It is an okay webcam for the price. I am just use to a webcam and microphone all in one like Logitech Webcams. Creative Labs have some good stuff and I have never had any issues with their sound card either... I believe they need more work with the cam if they are planning on being their with Logitech...

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic !!!!
good one. Watch for the somtimes very low price on Amazon. Price swings from 28 to 41.

5-0 out of 5 stars good reception , good clarity - good Price $ 40
I would recommend to go for this cam for sure.
The features are good and so is the mike which is provided seperatly.

I had some problems initially when i installed it on my pc , but the the technical supports FAQ was helpful.

Good cam for a good price !

go buy it and be naughty :).... ... Read more


3. Creative Labs WebCam Live!
list price: $49.99
our price: $39.61
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Asin: B0002UE9WI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 335
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Features

  • 640 x 480 CMOS sensor delivers high quality videos
  • Still image capture at up to 1024 x 768 resolution (software enhanced)
  • Dedicated microphone for superior audio
  • Snapshot button makes it easy to take a photo
  • Works with Yahoo! Messenger, AIM, MNS Messenger, Windows Messenger, and other instant messenger services

4. Creative Labs WebCam NX Ultra
list price: $89.99
our price: $71.32
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Asin: B0001DA0CE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 533
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Built with a high definition CCD sensor
  • Still images captured in 1280 x 960 resolution; Live video up to 640 x 480 resolution
  • Base can be transformed ergonomically to attach to most LCD monitors or notebooks
  • Pitch 30 degrees downwards and 15 degrees upward
  • Compatible with Windows 98, 98SE, Me, 2000 or XP

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Can't use 'smart face tracking'!
This webcam is very easy to set up in my winXP. The colors are pretty good if there is a proper light in the room. One thing that I don't like is that Creative claimed that it can track your face whenever your face moves. However, I didn't find this function to be true, nor was it mentioned anywhere in the manual. Am I too dumb to use this function or Creative lied to me?

5-0 out of 5 stars Good for easy set up and chats
This camera is decent quality for using it through the chat programs. When it's evening, you will need a separate lamp that is close to you (preferably in front of you) to make the colors right; however, this is much better at low light than the cheap Logitech camera I have (which just displays black instead of distorted colors).

I plugged it (and the microphone headset that came with it - nice touch!) into an IBM laptop running XP, and had zero problems getting them to run with the chat programs. You do have to install the software to get it to take pictures, however.

The clamp takes a little getting used to, but it will sit flat, hang on to your LCD (it involves balancing, so don't think you can move your laptop with it hanging on), or put it to your regular CRT monitor. This kind of versatility is useful.

The face tracking is interesting. The camera itself is panoramic, so it's realistic to think that it can follow your head as you move left and right (without physically moving the camera).

One last specialness to note about this camera. Because it is not the Logitech brand, you can set it up to output to your website (although this eats your bandwidth up) instead of paying for the monthly fee to put it on Logitech's site. ... Read more


5. Creative Webcam Live! Pro - 73VF008000000

our price: $65.99
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Asin: B00067KT94
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 5110
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6. Creative Labs Webcam Notebook Camera with Clip

our price: $39.61
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Asin: B00009YFTR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 1435
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Keep in Touch - Send and receive live video from any dialup, LAN or wireless Internet connection.
  • Sleek and Compact Advanced design looks great on your notebook PC.
  • Includes a carrying case for easy mobility.
  • Bundled Software includes: ArcSoft PhotoImpression 4, ArcSoft® PhotoImpression 4 , Creative PC-CAM Center, Creative WebCam Monitor, Microsoft NetMeeting

Reviews (4)

3-0 out of 5 stars Adequate for a Traveling Camera
I got this unit for use on a laptop. Something small, portable and easy to use. To that end it does it job. Setting, getting it clipped to the LCD screen, getting it positioned right is all easy enough. The Field of View is adequate for likely use.

The image quality on the other hand is not as great as others I have used (Logitech 4000 and Isight). The image is somewhat dark and grainy but still passable. The edges are not very well focused at all.

You should also note that there is no microphone either. You'll either need to shout at your laptop or get an external mic.

Installation and configuration was pretty much by the book on my windows 2000 Dell Latitude LS. No real surprises or problems.

As long as all you plan on being is a talking head and you need something fast and light this little guy will do the job. But if you want to do more than that your better off with something a bit bigger.

2-0 out of 5 stars Poor image quality
On the plus side, camera is tiny, and the spring loaded clip works well with notebook PCs. This makes it good for traveling.

On to the negatives... Image quality is very poor, espeically in medium to low light. Pictures are very grainy and even with a 60 watt lamp in the room, still seemed underexposed. Software controls were not as easy to figure out as one would expect.

I gave it a low rating, because I really think that image quality is the most important factor. Design is great - i only wish image quality was better.

3-0 out of 5 stars Portable, easy to use but quality is subpar
If you are strictly looking for a notebook/laptop webcam that only requires the minimum standards as far as quality goes, this may be your choice. I was not happy with the quality at all. Low lighting (zero lux +) gives slower fps (frames per second) and terrible resolution.

Pros:
Small and nice design
Install is easy though the program makes you go through hoops just to change some simple settings
Will work with decent quality with decent lighting.

Cons:
Just like any 'cheapie' webcam, the quality is par to sub-par as far as quality goes.
For $40 bucks, I think you may get better quality from other webcams. The reason why it costs more is because of its size.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great webcam for travelers
great design, small, but the quality is not the best.
I'll like it because is really small and you can tke it with you everywhere. ... Read more


7. Creative Labs Sound Blaster Wireless Music

our price: $177.99
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Asin: B0000E2RZN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 2072
Average Customer Review: 3.07 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Listen to the MP3's on your PC in another room of your home over your 802.11b or 802.11g wireless network
  • View and choose songs and playlists from your entire MP3 collection on the remote control's built in LCD screen
  • Place the music receiver anywhere since the remote uses RF transmission it doesn't require line of sight
  • Works with home stereo and standalone speakers featuring digital optical (SPDIF) and standard RCA connectors
  • Compatible with Windows 98 SE, Me, 2000, and XP

Reviews (29)

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. Great remote, unbelievably slow interface.
I have a Turtle Beach AudioTron, but wanted a device where I had more flexibility with the remote and the display. In that regard, the Wireless Music delivers; the remote is far easier to read than the AudioTron's display, and it's nice to be able to use the Wireless Music's RF remote places that are outside of line-of-sight but still within listening distance.

Problem is, the unit is unusably slow with a large MP3 collection. I'm not talking laggy, or a few-second wait for certain actions -- loading a large playlist (1000+ MP3s) or selecting a genre with a large number of MP3s to play randomly can easily take *5 minutes* to queue up. While the device would seem to work fine for people who only have a collection of a few hundred MP3s or only use small playlists, it's maddening with a large one. I spoke to Creative technical support, and they indicated that my experience was due to limitations of the device.

Close, but no cigar. Hopefully, the next generation will be more capable; I like the interface a lot.

4-0 out of 5 stars Early product but ready for prime time
I had a few hiccups trying to get the Creative Wireless Music to operate consistently with my wireless network. In the end, I adjusted my network to accomodate the Sound Blaster. My network was WEP encrypted and configuring the SB to fit in, it would often not communicate with the wireless router, a D-link DI-624 502.11g router. My laptop connection which was previously stable now started to flake out. I am not sure what the interactions were but after playing with a lot of settings, the whole network just worked a lot better without the WEP encryption. To protect my home network somewhat, I disabled SSID broadcast and also enabled MAC address filtering to allow only my wireless devices access to the network and no other. The SB Wireless Music receiver remote has the MAC address in the "info" section. All seems to work flawlessly. I should add though that I don't live in an urban setting where my wireless network needs pretty stiff protection.

My large MP3 collection doesn't have the best ID3 tags. This is really a big problem as it's hard to navigate without proper tags. I'm currently in the process of using Ultra Tag Editor to get my collection in order. I think the navigation on the SB Wireless Music is pretty great with a lot of different options to find just what you want.

Firmware 5/04, works great. The remote is a lot more responsive. What I don't like is that sometimes the remote freezes or doesn't do anything and their is no error message. In some cases, the location of my Mp3's changed or file names changed but it would be nice to know why the device is freezing up.

Sound is excellent. I use the optical SPDIF output to my digital decoder preamp.

I have been waiting for a product like this for quite some time. The SB has some quirks but is nonetheless more or less what the doctor ordered. Best of all, I got it for $160 at a major online retailer.

4-0 out of 5 stars Another fine product from Creative
Of the devices in this category, this one certainly looks the best! It has a sleek modern look, which goes along with its function. But, as in everything else in life, that physical beauty is only skin deep. The beauty in this device is in what it does!

I was not disappointed that it does dot play streaming audio from the internet, or my movies from my computer. Being in the Army and being faced with lengthy deployments to miserable places, I purchased a Creative Nomad Zen Xtra 40GB MP3 player so I could take all of my CD's with me to enjoy. And then I came across this bad daddy- what an awesome concept. A wireless receiver that will hook into my wireless network and play all of the MP3's in my computer! So I bought it.

Fortunately for me, it has not performed as the numerous reviews state. It has been fantastic. (1) Getting setup. Easy, but could have been easier. I had to manually configure the device to connect to my 802.11g WEP enabled network. Automatic would have been slick, but this also gave me the chance to be hands on, and learn about the wireless network which was also new to the house with this device. (2) Connectivity. No problems here. I live in a modern German apartment building- constructed of steel and concrete. There are two walls and a kitchen between the receiver and the network hub, and it has never lost its connection. Playback has been flawless. (3) Function. Hmm. Here's where it starts to lose a little ground. Why does it take 3-5 seconds to finds the next song when advancing the playlist with the remote? The manufacturer could probably improve this performance with a firmware update. I am not a programmer, but that seems to fix other MP3 products! But, the sound through my stereo is awesome, true to life and very dynamic. And, I have yet to suffer any electronic "glitches" during playback. (4) Features. I don't care that it doesn't play my pictures through the TV or streaming internet audio. I didn't buy it for that. It does what I bought it for and does it well. (5) Network connection. Yes this device is 802.11b and will slow down a "g" network. But Creative thoughtfully has given it an autooff feature, when you dont use it, it turns off and drops out of the network, ensuring that you will maintain the highest rates of through put for data at the other stations. And who cares if it is "b," when I am listening to music I am not surfing the net or playing networked games.

I would definitely recommend this product. But, be prepared to manually "connect" the device to your network and for long lags between songs when manually advancing the playlists. Other than that, enjoy this beautiful new addition your home A/V system!

3-0 out of 5 stars NEEDS MORE WORK TO WORK!
The good things:
1) The product looks cool and is very compact.
2) It was VERY easy to install on my existing wireless network.
3) It works to some limited extent, but not what I was expecting.

The bad things:
1) The remote barely works in the same room, nevermind in a different room. And it locks up every now and then.
2) There seems to be no way to play all tracks on random without creating a "playlist." A pain.
3) After creating a playlist with about 7000 MP3s, there is no easy way (or any way) to add new songs to an existing playlist w/o creating a new playlist.
4) When starting my playlist and setting it at random, the first song is always the same, and takes literally five minutes to load and then start playing.

No great, not horrible. Three stars.

3-0 out of 5 stars Lots of pros, but one con too many
Pros:
1) Don't need to point the remote at the base unit for it to work.
2) Does not require a TV, since all browsing is done on remote.
3) Fast browsing on remote even for large (10,000+ songs) collections (with firmware update).
4) Excellent software for both the remote and the PC. Users of Creative sound cards or portable mp3 players may already be familiar with Mediasource.
5) Great sound quality.

Cons:
1) My unit would occasionally lose the network connection, sometimes right in the middle of a song. This did not happen often, but it was enough that I returned it. I updated firmware for this and my Linksys router and access point. It may have been poor placement of the device (inside a stereo cabinet), but that is where I wanted to put it.
2) No capability for wired ethernet (it is wireless only). Since my home is wired for ethernet, I have a jack by my stereo. If the Creative device had a wired ethernet port, I may have not returned it.
3) RF Remote should be able to have better range. It will operate slightly farther away than standard infrared devices, and it does not require line-of-sight. However, an RF remote should work most anywhere in the house, in my opinion). Mine worked only in the room with the base, and in the adjacent room.
4) Creative's technical support is among the worst in the industry.
5) Although Mediasource is good software, it is required that you import your music into it. Some competing devices will simply ask you what folders contain your music, and you don't have to import anything.
6) Having good ID3v2 tags is critically important for the software, because you can't browse by folder and file name. I tried Ultra Tag Editor based on another review here, and found it extremely useful for getting my tags in order.
7) No support for pictures or video. Some competing devices support more than just music.
8) RF remote codes can not be programmed or learned by other remotes. But, you would need the LCD screen on the remote anyway. Competing products have standard infrared remotes and require a TV for music browsing instead of doing it on the remote.
9) Playlists must be setup in Mediasource. You can't use standard m3u format playlists in Mediasource, and you can't use Mediasource playlists with other software.

I ended up returning this and purchasing the Linksys WMA11B. The Linksys device is working perfectly for me because I can use a wired ethernet connection (wireless is optional). It also supports pictures(JPG, BMP, etc), and I can program the remote codes in my Philips Pronto (TSU-2000) remote. It does not require importing songs into any software, and you can browse by folder and file name. It will also play playlists in the standard m3u format.

One drawback to the Linksys is that you have to be in front of the TV to change or pause the music. The browsing interface is also better on the Creative device. It is far easier to assemble a custom playlist using the remote with the Creative device. The Linksys is pretty much limited to selecting all songs of a particular artist, album, genre, folder, etc. The creative will allow you to queue individual or groups of songs on the remote any way you want to.

Also if you browse artists on the Linksys, you have to scroll through all artists starting with the beginning of the alphabet. With my collection, you could be scrolling for a while. On the Creative, after browsing artists I am prompted with the letters A through Z for the first letter of the artist's name. So, I could scroll down to "R" and quickly get to the "Rolling Stones" without a lot of scrolling, for example. These browsing issues weren't as important to me, since I will probably setup playlists on my PC most of the time. ... Read more


8. Creative Labs WebCam Instant
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B0002P4VHG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 2200
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Features

  • 352 x 288 (CIF) CMOS sensor
  • Video and still image capture at up to 640 x 480 (software enhanced)
  • USB 1.1 connection
  • Flexible three-way base sits on flat surfaces and attaches to a flat panel or notebook displays
  • Works with Yahoo! Messenger, AIM, MSN Messenger, Windows Messenger, and other instant messenger services

9. Creative Labs PD1110 USB Webcam NX
list price: $29.99
our price: $23.76
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Asin: B00009WUTG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 1683
Average Customer Review: 2.78 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Snapshot button captures a photo of yourself or anyone else in the room instantly, anytime the computer is powered up
  • Automatic exposure control and white balance
  • Includes Ulead Photo Express MCE, WebCam Control, WebCam Monitor, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft NetMeeting, Microsoft MSN Messenger software
  • Instant messaging with video requires an application with video support, such as Yahoo Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger or Windows Messenger
  • Compatible with Windows 98SE, ME, 2000 or XP

Reviews (9)

1-0 out of 5 stars Webcam NX is a piece of &*!#&*%
Software EXTREMELY difficult to install. Hardware crashes computer. If you use WIN98SE, look elsewhere because this so-called webcam is not for you. Yeeccchh!

4-0 out of 5 stars Worked great for me!
I bought this camera for my laptop because I WAS frugal and didn't want to spend a lot of money on the only laptop camera out there. I found it to be a great camera for the price! It focused well, and the software loaded on just fine. Terrific little buy!

1-0 out of 5 stars Works great... when it works!
Don't bother! (...)Other than [the] critical failing, the camera works fine. Good video, no need to focus, set light levels, colors, anything. The interface is easy to use and intuitive. Easy to configure. If all you want is a webcam that gets your pearly whites on the internet, this will do it for you.

When it will do it for you.

One other thing... it SAYS that it will E-mail pictures as it snaps them, but this is only if you have some funky Microsoft mailer program. Gotcha!

Bottom line: Try something else.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good.
This is my first webcam purchase...I'd say the cameras good... good picture quality... But theres one thing I don't like and I've seen it in the other reviews. That Tripod, Its a pain to mess with when its sitting down.Other than that,for 25.00 not bad at all!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Not a bad camera for the price, but....
I bought this camera for the purpose of using it as a web cam with MSN Messenger. It certainly works for that. I have not had any problems with it. It was easy to install (with Windows XP Pro) and was up and running in minutes. The software has a few neat options including WebCam Monitor which allows you to configure the camera to take photos at user-defined time intervals and upload them to a web site automatically.

The stand is a little different then other cameras, but works good for my laptop computer. It would also work well if used on top of a flat screen monitor. It probably wouldn't be the best for for a CRT monitor or if mounting on the desk.

My only complaints are the image quality and lack of a microphone. The image quality really isn't bad, but I have an older Intel camera which delivers a much sharper image. I was a little disappointed in the quality of the image, but then I paid less then 30 bucks for it. I paid much more for the Intel camera. For the price, I guess it isn't a bad camera.

I have never used any any of the Logitech cameras, but they are supposedly very good...however, they are a little more expensive too. I did notice that some of the Logitech cameras also have built-in microphones (like the Logitech USB QuickCam Messenger) which would be a big selling point for me, so you may want to give that some thought. I wish my camera had a microphone. ... Read more


10. Creative Zen Portable Media Center Docking Station

our price: $55.99
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Asin: B0006FQ4Z4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 9387
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11. CREATIVE LABS Webcam Live Ultra for Notebook Computer VF0070

our price: $81.99
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Asin: B0009BBBM6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 2959
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Product Description

Creative Labs (73VF007000000) WebCam Live Ultra for Notebook ... Read more

Features

  • Stylish, compact design for notebooks with PowerGrip attachment
  • Wide-angle lens captures everyone in the video
  • True high-speed USB 2.0 delivers smoother video at 30 fps and true-to-life color images
  • Certified high-speed USB 2.0 (fully compatible with USB 1.1 PCs).
  • PowerGrip attachment securely fits on notebook display.

12. Creative Labs Nomad MUVO NX 128 MB USB Flash Drive and MP3 Player
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B0000AVF7X
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 366
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 128 MB of flash memory holds up to 4 hours WMA or 2 hours MP3 music when recorded at 64 kbps (WMA) or 128 kbps (MP3)
  • Works as a USB Flash Drive with any PC or Mac with USB 1.1 port, holds the equivalent of 176 floppies
  • Built-in microphone records up to 8 hours of high quality monaural voice recording
  • Connect to any Creative Speaker system with the M-PORT interface for instant music playback through your speakers
  • Compatible with Windows 98SE, 2000, Me, and XP

Reviews (21)

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but flawed
The MuVo NX is the big brother to the MuVo NOMAD. The new features included make using this MP3 player an absolute breeze. There's now an LCD screen with backlight, which, despite the odd inaccuracy with the timing and the average brightness of the light makes selecting songs much easier. There's even a high quality EQ system, which allows you to use a custom EQ setting or a preset. The microphone comes in handy, though the 8-bit quality means bootlegs are out of the question! It's also much easier to navigate your music files, and a copy of Creative MediaSource is even thrown in which is superb for ripping and recording. The batteries last ages, though the backlight, EQ and jog dial tend to drain them quicker. The player can also be used as a flash drive - those used to floppy disks know the relief this brings. The 128MB is not huge, but you can squeeze on about 40-45 MP3s. Just the size of the player alone is one aesthetic quality that prompted me to buy it (apart from being a previous Creative NOMAD user).
However, the sound quality is not amazing through the standard issue headphones, and they quickly die out being so delicate. There also seems to be a common glitch with most of the NX users I know that results in a sound cut-out if the player is put down in a certain way - possibly a poor quality eadphone connection. Creative have also done away with the handy neck-cord - instead, an armband contraption is thrown in that is absolutely no use to me. The jog-dial - despite being better than the tiny switches on the NOMAD - is far too delicate.

5-0 out of 5 stars a happy balance
i've owned the device for 5 mo now, and it's done a beautiful job as a "walkman" and a usb storage device (ppt files, etc.). having read every review on amazon, i was a bit concerned about the 'lasting quality' of the device, but i haven't had any trouble, even after having dropped it a few times. the factory headphs are undeniably bad; i bought a pair of sennheiser mx500s as a replacement. the irivers obviously have a solid reputation when it comes to these "compact mp3" players, but i couldn't deal with having another connecting cable (from mp3 player->computer) on my desk. the built-in plug on the muvo and its size just makes it an all around convenient little gadget. to echo a previous reviewer, if you're concerned about the 'order' of your uploaded songs, use the "copy to device" function in windows media player. oh and for those that are just doing +/-30-min workouts, 128mb is more than enough storage space.

finally, if you're really paranoid about warranties, etc. look into your credit card options - visa (platinum) said it would double the manufacturer's warranty, so that took my muvo from 3->6 mos. if that's still not enough for you, then look into buying an iriver from best buy and purchasing the additional 1-2yr coverage direct through best buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works great for me
I love it. Small, lightweight, easy to use.

The headphones are terrible!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great player but drains batteries
This is a really good MP3 player & USB storage device. I bought the previous version and this one with the LCD display is so much more useful.
The only problem is that it constantly drains the battery (a problem with the previous version also) even when the player is off. So if you don't use it for a while and leave the battery in it, you will find that the battery has less "juice" or is completely drained (for you geeks: it draws 700uA to 800uA in the
"off" state). I would guess that it's because Creative is using an electronic "power" switch instead of a mechanical one....poor choice. Just remember to take the battery out when not in use!

4-0 out of 5 stars MY EXPIERIENCE WAS PRETTY GOOD
SO YOUR THINKING OF BUYING ONE OF THESE?I HAVE BEEN WANTING TO GET AN MP3 FOR THE LAST 9 MONTHS,BUT I WAS AFRAID I WAS GOING TO GET STUCK WITH SOMETHING THAT WAS, TOO HARD TO FIGURE OUT (SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE),AND WOULD BE STUCK.I HAD ORIGINALLY PURCHESED THE MUVO WITH NO LCD SCREEN NOT KNOWING THERE WAS ONE OUT THERE WITH ONE.I BOUGHT IT AT WAL-MART SINCE THEY HAD A 3 MONTH RETURN POLICY EVEN IF IT WAS USED.I TRIED IT OUT HAD TO CALL CUSTOMER SERVICE WHICH WAS VERY HELPFUL,ONLY DRAW BACK WITH THAT IS THAT THEY DON'T HAVE AN 800 HUNDRED NUMBER.SERVICE MADE UP FOR IT.TURNS OUT THE MUVO I BOUGHT WAS DEFECTIVE.RETURNED TO WAL-MART,NO PROBLEM.WHILE I WAS TALKNING TO THE REP,HE DIRECTED ME ON TO THE WEBSITE AND I NOTICED ONE HAD AN LCD SCREEN,ORDERED IT ONLINE FROM WAL-MART,'CAUSE THEY ALSO HAD A RETURN POLICY EVEN IT WAS USED.I TRIED IT OUT AND HAVE HAD IT FOR ABOUT A MONTH I LOVE IT. NEVER EVEN TRIED THE EARBUDS,THOUGH,I JUST DON'T LIKE THOSE THINGS, BOUGHT SOME OTHER HEADPHONES, IT CAME WITH AN EXTRA CASING FOR BACKUP POWER AND ARM BAND WHICH IS REALLY GREAT, YOU ALSO HAVE THE OPTIONS TO USE THE BELT CLIP WITHOUT THE BAND.IT'S GREAT DRAG AND DROP FILES.BELIEVE I HAVE READ HUNDREDS OF THESE REVIEWS,HOPE IT WAS HELPFUL YOU REALLY SHOULD GIVE THIS ONE A TRY.ALSO, ON PERSON WROTE THE SONG ONLY PLAY IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER, NOT TRUE. ... Read more


13. Creative Labs Wireless Desktop 8000
list price: $59.99
our price: $37.54
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Asin: B0002CPBUA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 16373
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Features

  • Quick Task Control PanelAllows user to easily scroll through documents, the web or switch between running tasks. Instant access to your favorite programs with the 2 programmable application launch buttons.
  • Wireless DesignWireless keyboard and mouse combination frees you from cables and desktop clutter
  • 18 One-Touch Media Control HotkeysFor maximum control, up to twice as many hotkeys than other leading solutions. (6 One-Touch Media Control / 6 One-Touch Internet Function Keys / 6 One-Touch System Function Keys
  • Optical 3-Button Mouse with Scroll WheelComfortable and precise optical control on virtually any surface
  • Silver and Black Metallic FinishPremium metallic finish looks great on your desk

14. Creative Labs Muvo NX 256 MB MP3 Player
list price: $169.99
our price: $123.99
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Asin: B0000CD0F4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 2705
Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 256 MB of flash memory holds up to 8 hours WMA or 4 hours MP3 music when recorded at 64 kbps (WMA) or 128 kbps (MP3)
  • Works as a USB Flash Drive with any PC or Mac with USB 1.1 port, holds the equivalent of 176 floppies
  • Built-in microphone records up to 16 hours of high quality monaural voice recording
  • Connect to any Creative Speaker system with the M-PORT interface for instant music playback through your speakers
  • Compatible with Windows 98SE, 2000, Me, and XP

Reviews (44)

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible MP3 Player
The MuVo NX is the absolute best MP3 player I have ever had.

The ultra-small and ultra-light chassis makes it about as burdensome as a lighter. The battery case is also interchangeable giving you a choice between blue and black.

The sound quality is top-notch, not including the fact that a five bar equalizer gives you tons of options.

It is incredibly easy to load music onto it:
1) Remove flash card from battery case
2) Insert flash card into USB slot (it can be awkward without a front USB port)
3)Drag CD folders straight onto it (the MuVo NX is recognized as a external hard drive, open it through My Computer and go to your song folders, then drop onto the hard drive window)
4)Re-insert into battery case
5) Listen to music!

You can also use it as a voice recorder, or drag non-music folders onto it and transfer them to another computer as with a normal flash drive.

It comes with earbuds, but to truly enjoy it's great sound, I recommend getting some nice headphones.

All in all, this is an INCREDIBLE MP3 PLAYER.

P.S. I have only had it for about a week
P.P.S. DO NOT USE WINDOWS FORMATTING SOFTWARE (I haven't done it, however it says it in the manual in very large letters)

4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Workout Companion!
Pros: Tiny player with great sound, features like shuffling and EQ, lightweight, easy to set up and copy music or files
Cons: Buttons may be too small for bigger fingers, one AAA battery life only about 5-6 hours, included ear buds are dinky

I already own a CD MP3 player, which is fine for most applications except when I'm at the gym. It's too big and it skips whenever you move. So I really wanted one of the new tiny players. My wonderful boyfriend got me this player for a birthday present.

It is super simple to set up; just install the Creative software, plug the player into an empty USB port, and you'll be copying files in no time! I can either drag and drop from my folders, or create a playlist in Windows Media Player and copy it automatically. It also holds any kind of file. I've used it to copy photos from my laptop to my home PC.

The sound is terrific. I like to turn up the volume fairly high, so that probably eats into the battery life. I was pleased to find out that I can randomly shuffle files, skip folders, or maneuver around my songs any way I like. I can also set the EQ to boost the sound even more.

I find the buttons easy to use, but someone with thicker fingers might not like it as much. Just rock the slider back and forth to move from song to song. The attractive and readable display shows you the time elapsed and any MP3 tags included in your file.

The included belt clip is very secure and slides into the included armband. I've only used the armband once, but I noticed a funny rubbery smell on my arm after working out. Could be because it's new!

I have not yet tried rechargeable batteries with the player, but a normal alkaline battery lasts about 5 or 6 hours. That's certainly long enough for any intense workout, or a 2 or 3-hour flight, but I don't want to have to keep changing batteries. Two colored battery "skins" are included, blue and gray. (You can also buy more skins via the Creative website for about $8-10 apiece.) You could either swap the player out to a different color and match your outfit, or keep a battery in each skin and use the alternate skin as a backup.

I also bought new sports-style headphones because I found the included earbuds to be totally useless.

Overall I love this little gadget! It's exactly what I needed in an attractive usable extra-light package. Thanks, sweetie!

5-0 out of 5 stars IF it was a woman I'd marry it.
Okay, So this is the 4th MP3 player I purchased in the past month. I tried the Dell Juitbox 20G. A Samsung and a IPOD. I needed to take off a week of work to stay home and figure out the Dell. On my Harley the thing kept freezing and finally just bit the dust after 2 weeks. The Samsung would NOT let me download from Musicmatch WMA files. The IPOD was miserable to figure out menus. So I purchased the Creative Labs Muvo NV 256MB as a last resort before returning back to my simple Tape cassette player on the bike. Plain and simple: This is SO SIMPLE, beautifully designed, AGAIN SIMPLE to use MP3 there is. It downloaded all songs both MP3 and WMA files no problem and no glitches. The menus on it are superb, easy to read, easy to navigate, no brainer toggleing. Its tiny, amazingly free of glitches, and wont freeze on my Harley. Plugs directly into the USB port with no wires and no problems with my windows XP like the others had. I actually hired a guy to help me figure out the other MP3 playes I purchased and even he was boggled. I didnt even call him for this. Whoever invented this thing is a genious and realized that I AM NOT. BUY this thing and dont think twice. Enjoy.

4-0 out of 5 stars good mp3
this is a great little player, i would have given it 5 stars but the head phones the give u is crap!!!!. The head phones lasted me 3 week and the broke(one side stoped working).

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME portable player
As an owner of an Archos 30GB jukebox, which I love, I needed something that I could take a CDs worth of music with me while I work out.

I bought this player and it is THE best thing I have ever taken with me. I can take about 2-3 CDs worth of music, put it on my arm while I run, exercise, etc. and it works beautifully. All the buttons are easy to reach on my arm. The menu is EASY to use, it doesn't skip (flash memory), and haven't tested out the battery lifve, but using a AAA battery, it's no big deal to just put another one in.

This is the best portable I have used, I now carry it EVERYWHERE I go as it can be used as a portable drive as well. I love it. ... Read more


15. Creative Labs De5671 Modem Blaster V.92 USB External Modem

our price: $43.99
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Asin: B00006B6OK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 14942
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (3)

3-0 out of 5 stars Bad software.
If you have a hyper-threaded processor in your computer, be wary of this modem. The software that shipped with the modem was so totally flawed that my computer locked up every time I tried to dial my ISP. Creative Labs has an updated driver on their website that was supposed to fix the hyper-threading problem. However, I had to manually uninstall the old driver by wiping out a bunch of registry values (very dangerous) because the uninstaller didn't remove the bad version of the driver properly. When the new driver was finally installed, most functions worked OK but my computer still hangs up whenever the Modem-on-Hold feature is actived. So I had to disable call-waiting in the dial string to avoid inbound calls altogether while online. This modem may be inexpensive but it does not perform exactly as promised. The software and the overall design leaves something to be desired.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great modem but>>>>
This is a great little USB modem but there are some do's and dont's with the install!! Better make sure your USB port on your PC is at least version 1.1 (as my second computer was only USB 1.0) and couldn't get this modem to work properly on that PC. Plus if you connect to a USB powered hub as I did, you might also have slow performance problems.. Once I connected straight to the back of the PC the internet connection started to fly.. am Im very pleased with this modem "on my newer pc"

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Modem
The auto-start feature for the CD-ROM did not work. Once you get past that and to the appropriate start files the modem installs easily. Good dial-up connection speeds. ... Read more


16. Creative Labs Modem Blaster V.92 PCI (Internal DI5633)

our price: $35.99
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Asin: B00005UKA5
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 11172
Average Customer Review: 2.57 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (14)

3-0 out of 5 stars Installed First Time with Win2K
This Creative ModemBlaster V.92 Modem installed first time and automatically with Win2K. When I booted the system, it came up as already installed! No need to go through the driver installation procedure. It consistently gets 48kbps for downloads and I see bursts of 100 - 150kbps for web site pages.

I noticed that Win2K was using one of its generic drivers to run the modem and thought, "Let's upgrade to the latest driver from Creative Labs." Well, that turned out to be a mistake. After installing the driver, the system restarted and then locked up in the Windows 2000 startup screen. I had to restart again, press F8, and then pick last known good configuration to restart the computer. Win2K restarted with the old generic driver and everything is working fine again.

I bought this modem after returning the Best Products equivalent product because Win2K didn't recognize it after several attempts to get it installed, to no avail.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Modem and great value.
I have been using this for the past 3 months. I have yet to have any problems. Did not test the .v92 as I do not have call waiting. Highly recomended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Modem. No Problems on Win98SE
I bought this modem after my V.90 failed. It installed perfectly
on my Win 98SE system and every function advertised worked, in-
cluding V.92 Modem-On-Hold features of Answer an incoming call
and Place an outgoing call, while maintaing my modem connection.

My modem was the PCI Di5633 Internal, without a Speakerphone and with out the Flash. I see Amazon appears to lump all Creative ModemBlaster product reviews together, from the comments I see in others reviews. So, problems some have noted may be Windows Version or Modem Version related.

Note you MUST have Creative's NetWaiting program running to use
the V.92 Modem-on-Hold features. I noticed I had to specifically
move NetWaiting to my Windows Startup folder to get it to load
on starup (bootup), even though NetWaiting Settings had "Launch At Windows Startup" enabled. It would not load on startup until I
dragged NetWaiting to my Windows\ProgramFiles\Startup Folder.

In addition, you must have Call Waiting on your telephone service
to Answer and incoming call and Three Way Calling on your tel service to Place an outgoing call. Otherwise, your modem connection to your ISP(internet) will be lost. Hope this helps.

1-0 out of 5 stars This modem stinks
I purchased this modem 5 days ago. The dial up speed is slower than ever. The connection speed is consistently at 28000 bps where I was getting 45333 bps with a usr. I initially could not get the modem on hold feature to load. Once I did get it to load, the feature does not work. It does not recognized and incoming call and I cannot make an outgoing call. Whenever I attempt to used the moh feature, it disconnects. It disconnects when I am not using the moh feature. I have got yet to be online for an hour without an interruption. Don't mention the additional included software, it's a joke. Don't waste your time and money.

1-0 out of 5 stars This modem ...
I have try this modem on 2 computers with xp and one with 2000 pro. I have updated drivers and it DOES NOT work. If it does dial up then it will just lock up my computer. I highly recommend you don't waste your time with this modem. ... Read more


17. Creative Labs Modem Blaster V.92 PCI with Speaker Phone (Internal DI5631)

our price: $43.99
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Asin: B0000646PW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 14013
Average Customer Review: 2.38 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Browse the Internet and download Web data FASTER with the new V.44 compression standard
  • Log on to the Internet faster with QuickConnect
  • Place and receive phone calls while maintaining your Internet connection with Modem-on-hold
  • Backwards compatible with existing V.90 ISP standard

Reviews (8)

3-0 out of 5 stars Gone, but not forgotten!
This modem worked great for us with Win XP, however - after uninstalling this modem and going on to DSL, the darn MODEM ON HOLD UTILITY won't leave me alone. I don't remember ever asking the install to load this. It did, though, and now it won't go away! I would love to know how to uninstall this! I did not ever use it in the first place. It comes up in my system tray over and over and I have to close it down every time I restart my computer and I can't even find it in my system! I HATE programs like this that hide from me and I have no control over them... especially when they are useless! Grrr...

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Modem - Not So The Software
Got the modem in 2 days from Amazon although they promised 3-7 business days - WAY TO GO AMAZON!!! You Rock!

I got the retail box to replace my US Robotics PCI 56K Voice OEM modem because it turned out that I could not get drivers for Windows XP and the XP recognized it as regular Fax/Data modem (i,e - no voice functionality).

Installation was pretty easy although I spent a few hours on it and a few phone calls to tech support who were very attentive and helpfull.
The problem I experienced is because Windows XP automatically assign the modem with IRQ. In most cases windows will share the same IRQ between different items. This approach usually works however sometimes it creates conflicts although windows shows none. So the only thing you can do, is start moving the card from one slot to the other and rebooting, until windows will assign the right combination of IRQ. Given that you need to uninstall and reinstall the drivers for each slot, this can take some time. However it is only fair to say THIS ISN't CREATIVE's fault. it can happen with any card.

As for the modem itself, I got it so I can use its speakerphone functionality to participate in conference calls. Unfortunately the software that comes with this modem doesn't even worth the CD it is printed on. Although the internet is full of free utilities I would love to see this product shipped with a couple more decent try-and-buy products (...) That's why I gave it only 4 stars.

Other than that I did not test the modem with internet connection. The fax and voice works just fine. This modem worth the price.

4-0 out of 5 stars A darn good modem after the initial hassle
I'll say it upfront. I had an Actiontec modem. I replaced it with the Modem Blaster V.92 PCI. Immediately, my connection speed increased more than 200%, and my download speed by 300%! The biggest problem is installation. This surprised me coming from a Creative Labs product. I was used to easy installation. I am running Win XP. Apparently, when this modem was issued, Win XP was just being introduced. The included installation disc was useless. So, my computer wouldn't recognize it as a Modem Blaster V.92, just as a generic 56K modem, using the enclosed installation disc. I made the mistake of taking out my previous modem before I installed this one. Take my advice. Leave your old modem in, go to Creative's web site, and download the latest driver for Win XP. I didn't do this, and had to install this modem as a generic 56K, then download the updated driver. However, after I downloaded the updated driver, I uninstalled the Modem Blaster (listed as a generic 56K modem), and reinstalled it with the new driver. Wow! It is so much better than what I had. Even installed as a generic modem it was sooo much better. It's important to install it as a Modem Blaster V.92 modem because you get the "call waiting" feature, which is huge to me, although you need to download the XP update for this feature also. It's not hard to navigate the Creative web site. Just make sure the model number of your modem matches that of the downloads. Overall, I am very happy, after getting over my frustration with the initial install. Take my advice, and you can shortcut the frustration I felt and have a flawless install, and you will be happy with the performance. That's the bottom line: performance, and this modem has delivered for me. By the way, I live out in the boondocks, where connection speed is hard to come by. This modem has boosted my speed almost to the level of my mom's DSL speed at her office ( the difference is very, very small, except for downloads)!

Scott

1-0 out of 5 stars WinXP? Don't buy it!!
I should have listened to reviews on this page. If you like frustration, this is the modem for you if your running XP. After days of struggling and downloading drivers from Creative's website (this website is a disaster in itself) I now connect about 1 out of 4 tries, I connect at 24KBS, my download speed is a wopping 2.5 kbs, Modem on Hold doesn't work, and neither does the voice function.

All of this is relatively fun when compared to trying to get technical support from Creative. You will either need to take a day off of work (live person support is only working hours M-F) or put your old modem back in so that you can experience the real pain of dealing with them online. After writing the most detailed description I could of the steps I had taken, the web pages I visited, the drivers I donwloaded, the broken links I found on their web pages, the references to items that are not found anywher else on their website and the remaining current problems..... I finally heard back from them saying "Check for IRQ conflicts". DON"T BUY IT, I WISH I HADN'T

4-0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as I expected
I hadn't read the other reviews here before ordering two of these modems. When they arrived, I installed them anyway just to see for myself how bad they really are. But both work as advertised. One is on an XP controlled machine, the other on an older ME machine. XP recognized the modem and installed it. The ME machine required using the Creative Labs CD. No installation problems. Both are much quicker than the v90 U.S. robotics. ... Read more


18. Creative Labs Wireless Optical Mouse 5000
list price: $29.99
our price: $24.99
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Asin: B0002XGL6M
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 9381
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Features

  • Ergonomic Design Contoured design and comfortable fit for your hand
  • 5 Customizable Buttons Customizable buttons provide maximum control for increased productivity and convenience
  • Wireless Freedom Wireless freedom lets you work and play without constraints or the clutter of cables
  • 800 dpi Optical Precision Enjoy smooth and accurate mouse control on virtually any surface
  • Easy installation Native driver support in Windows

19. Modem Blaster V92 DE5621 Serial

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Asin: B00005UOSL
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 14532
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • V.44 compression is designed specifically for the Internet to provide faster access to Web pages and maximizes the efficiency of data retrieval
  • QuickConnect shortens the connection time to the Internet by remembering the connection dialog with your ISP on the first call - making subsequent connections in half the time
  • Modem-on-Hold allows you to place outgoing or receive incoming phone calls when you are on the Internet without disrupting your Internet connection
  • PCM Upstream supports an upstream rate of up to 48 Kbps, dramatically reducing the upload time of data files and email attachments

Reviews (3)

3-0 out of 5 stars Caller ID Didn't Work - Everything Else Was Fine
I bought this modem because it was a controller-based modem (so I could use it with Windows OR Linux, not just Windows). It was serial-port connected, so easy to set up. Also, it has (so Creative says) Caller ID and Caller ID with Call-Waiting functionality. The only thing I couldn't find advertised about it was whether it had Distinctive Ring capability. However, I've had an older v90 internal ModemBlaster that's done me well, so I hoped...

Well, after setting up the modem, I started testing its functionality. It worked great for connecting. It received faxes with no problem. It DOES do Distinctive Ring, and worked perfectly. However - no Caller ID information would display!

After finding nothing enlightening on Creative's web site (they didn't even have the AT command for Caller ID listed in their AT Command Set documents), I contacted Creative's tech support, who acted like I knew nothing - even though I had put in that I was an "Advanced PC User" (I've done PC tech support for over 11 years, which has included lots of experience with various modems.)

They insisted that if I had typed the commands correctly (AT+VCID=1), then the problem lay solely with my computer or the phone line. He did suggest that I could try AT+VCID=2, which is the unformatted version of Caller ID (and which displays something at least even if the phone line is noisy). I tried that, moved the modem to different computers, and attached different phone line segments to make sure there was no line noise. I also tried my v90 internal ModemBlaster in the same places. The v90 worked fine (including Caller ID) - but although everything else worked fine on the DE5621 in each of the places and ways I tested, it just would not do Caller ID.

After searching on the web for reviews that mentioned Caller ID for this modem, I found only one. It was only one line, with no details, and said "This modem does not have Caller ID as advertised". I can definitely say that the one *I* bought doesn't have Caller ID as advertised. I will be returning it and looking for another brand. Creative may do great sound cards, but I don't trust their modems - and their tech support is terrible.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great hardware
I don't know what the first reviewer was doing with this modem, but in all of the testing I've done with it, none of his words apply to this great modem.

Connection: I've easily been able to stay connected to this modem for as long as I want. In fact, the only times I have been disconnected is when I myself disconnected or turned off the modem. If you want me to be blunt, I could probably keep this modem connected for days. The speed the modem provided was also at its peak during all times.

Hardware: The modem itself is rather small and compact, with a lot of signal lights to keep you notified of your connectivity, it has nine lights. It comes with a serial connecter, so all you need is an open serial port.

Installation: I tested this modem on two operating systems, Windows and two distributions of Linux, Mandrake and Slackware. Both installations went fine and without problems. The drivers are only for Windows, but on both systems, you can install the modem by yourself if you have some computer knowledge. In Windows, simply install the drivers and connect normally. In Linux, simply choose the serial port the modem is connected to and connect normally.

Basically this modem is at the peak of technology in its category. I would always pick broadband over dialup, but for those of you who do not have broadband available, or simply don't want it, this modem is right for you.

1-0 out of 5 stars It won't let me give it less than one star.
Stay far away from this modem. It drops your connection about 5 times an hour. Then when reconnecting it may take you 15 trys before you actually get connected. Then to top it off, the speeds are the slowest I've found. After working as a tech support person for an ISP for years, I've figured I've seen bad modems in my time, but this one is the worst. You would be better off using tin cans and string ... Read more


20. Creative Labs Sound Blaster PCI 512Sound Card
list price: $79.99
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Asin: B00004Z7EF
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 17658
Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Sound Blaster PCI 512 is an entry-level Environmental Audio solution for gaming and multimedia applications. Delivering accurate 3-D positional sound for two, four, or FourPointSurround speaker systems, the PCI 512 re-creates multidimensional environments for realistic gaming experiences. With onboard hardware acceleration and hardware support for Environmental Audio (EAX), the PCI 512 features the patented EMU10K1 audio and effects processor. With 32-bit, 48 kHz digital signal processing and patented eight-point interpolation, the EMU10K1 produces clear and precise audio fidelity.

The Sound Blaster PCI 512 comes with a one-year limited hardware parts-and-labor warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Environmental Audio support
  • Sound Blaster PCI compatibility
  • Plug and play
  • Hardware acceleration
  • 3-D audio in real time

Reviews (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars sound blaster pci 512
This is the best card for your money the pci 512 is a real sound blaster not like what the guy said below there. I a beta and benchmark tester for games ive tested lots of games bottom line the 512 works real good with most and all most all games. I have tested games with diff sound gards sb live 5.1,pci 512,pci 128.between the sb live and pci 512 the is not much difference just in looks. so i highly reccomed this card but if you can put in just 10 buck get the sb live 5.1

4-0 out of 5 stars Quality sound card., great tech support.
I have to say, the comment about tech support would ordinarily imply that something "happened" that required my calling them. Rest assured, it didn't. My archaic computer (Compaq PResario 5070) has its sound card built into the motherboard, and I was told by the store guys that since i couldn't pull it out I would need to go into the BIOS and reconfigure them and disable the original drivers and such in order for the Sound Blaster to work. Well, not knowing anything about my computers BIOS, I called tech support and they were very friendly and helpful. The card is working great, and has all these cool 1/8 inch input jacks that I never had before on my old soundcard. Line in, Mic, front speakers, rear speakers... I don't do any gaming, I mostly got it for home audio recording, and as you can see from the actual hardware, it's been really helpful. Great product.

1-0 out of 5 stars soundblaster that isn't
I have had this card for too long. I bought it when I upgraded to a Pentium 3 (that processor does not like ISA cards). I had upgraded from the AWE64 which was an awesome card in its time.
This PCI512, it is not a Soundblaster chip. Its made by a company Soundblaster bailed out of trouble or something. Anyway it does not share 100% compatibility with soundblaster drivers. If you can afford a new sound card, you can afford to pass this one up. It doesn't work very well in all situations. If you are like me, you buy Soundblaster because they set the standards for compatibility. Atleast before you buy this card go to the soundblaster website and look for yourself what support you cannot get for it. I found very, very little. In fact, it had to be from another source that I found out that my gaming problems was because the PCI512 is not a Soundblaster chip. Soundblaster never comes out and says publicly that you are not buying an original SB design.
Bottom line? This card almost works. Probably that is why SB felt safe to market it under their own name.
I rate it one star because for the money you can do ALOT better. All of the SB PCI series are like this from what I am told.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good alternative to more expensive cards
I chose the Sound Blaster PCI 512 sound card for use with a low power, 5 speaker surround sound system (Cambridge/Creative Labs.) I mainly use this card for gaming and listening to music.

The card has separate front/rear channel plugs for surround sound speakers, a microphone plug, and comes bundled with a decent amount of software. The control software contains controls for "Environmental Audio", which applies different affects to audio output. The most entertaining component of the bundled software has to be the keyboard, which lets you play with a few hundred different instruments and effects- very fun if you don't have a real keyboard to play with.

I have not noticed any flaws in this sound card's performance, and I have not encountered any bugs in the drivers or control software.

This is a great card for anyone looking for a simple, affordable option for gaming and music. Without a high-quality speaker system, you will probably not notice the difference between this sound card and more expensive ones such as the Sound Blaster Live!

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good card
This is a very nice card, espically for games n' such, nice upgrade from my old SB16 card. And since it's from Creative you know it works. Overall a great card and I recomend it. ... Read more


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