Nomad Muvo2 4GB - Biggest of the Creative's Ultraportables

The 4GB version of the Nomad Muvo2 is currently the largest of the Muvo2 line up and Creative's ultraportable MP3 player family. The other Muvo2 models have lower capacities, starting off with 1.5GB, since they utilize CompactFlash cards. The Muvo2 4GB takes a bit of a different approach with a Hitachi 4GB MicroDrive. Since the CompactFlash technology uses NAND memory, it benefits from 100% skip protection. MicroDrive storage cards, on the other hand, have moving parts, so there is a certain limit to the amount of force that it they can take before a drive breaks.

Measuring at 2.64 x 2.62 x .8 inches, it has a nice cube form that feels natural, but not as much as rectangular MP3 players. With the battery pack, it weighs 3.6 ounces (2.8 ounces without battery), which makes it about half the weight of most PDAs.




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The only two controls to access this MP3 player are in the front, slightly below the LCD module. The larger of the two is the navigation button that functions to bring up the menu (pushing in), options selection (pushing in after selecting option within menu), volume up/down (toggle up/down), previous/skip tracks (toggle left/right), and menu navigation (toggle left/right). The smaller of the two buttons function as a pause/play button and a power on/off button when pressed for a few seconds.

 



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The Lithium Ion battery pack is housed in a recessed portion on the backside of the Muvo2. We were glad to see that the battery was of the Lithium Ion variety, mainly because of the benefits of constant recharging.

We really enjoy the concept of a removable rechargeable battery because this brings back the ability of swapping batteries to increase battery life. No longer is there a need to stop and wait for a recharge before use; if you have a space battery, swapping in and out makes recharging a second thought.

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  • melgross - Sunday, May 30, 2004 - link

    I wonder what the percentage of people are using this for what it was designed for vs. the drive camera angle. Creative probable doesn't care, as long as they sell, but... Reply
  • nigham - Sunday, May 30, 2004 - link

    one thing i noticed with the Muvo NX - my current MP3 player - it DOES NOT recognize files that start with odd characters '[', '_' and such to be music files. caused me a huge heartache when i first bought it coz all my files are organized as "[Artist] Song Name"!! Reply
  • nigham - Sunday, May 30, 2004 - link

    does this play .ogg format? i sorely need a player that plays ogg (since all my music is in that format) - and as of now, i believe only iRiver supports it. Reply
  • Lurks - Saturday, May 29, 2004 - link

    Deleting posts? Nice... Reply
  • MrEgo - Thursday, May 27, 2004 - link

    Ok, I admit I hardly know a thing about MP3 players. That being said, I am looking for a good MP3 player to listen to while I exercise. So basically, here's my requirements:

    1. Cannot skip while I run or bike.
    2. Able to upload songs from my computer onto the player.
    3. Able to delete/add files freely without buying memory cards.

    Would the player that was just reviewed support my needs? If so or if not, does anyone have any other suggestions for other players that may be cheaper that would suit my needs?
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  • wassup4u2 - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 - link

    What formats does it support? MP3, obviously, but how about .wma or .ogg? Reply
  • Foxbat121 - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 - link

    Correction: Type II CF rather than Type III Reply
  • Foxbat121 - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 - link

    Micro Drive is type III CF compatible which means you can used it as Type II CF cards. And I think we're talking about Muvo2 4GB here not 1.5GB. Reply
  • nightowl - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 - link

    I thought the Muvo2 1.5GB used a microdrive and not flash memory. Everything I have read says that it and the Rio Nitrus use a microdrive instead of flash memory. Reply
  • Foxbat121 - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 - link

    Most people bought Muvo2 just for the internal CF sized microdrive. You will find a lot of Muvo2's on sale on eBay without the microdrive. The MD alone costs $500 retail. ANd it works with most digital cameras that accept CF II cards. iPod has the same micro drive but is specifically modified so that it won't work inside a camera.

    It's hard to find anywhere that has Muvo2 in stock. Most places sold out in a few hours.
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