I've had an affection for Creative MP3 players for some time, specifically the bulkier previous generation MuVo which came in two halves and had a screen. Creative are a good brand name for someone looking for an item which is a cut above the average. In my opinion they are to audio what a company like LG or Samsung is to TV display.
When my old generation MuVo did finally conk out after a couple of years, I straight away set out to replace it with another one.......except that the blocky old MuVo seemed to be phased out and untraceable, replaced by this new, strange, white 'chewing gum strip' device. Intrigued and attracted by it's fair price and my residing brand loyalty, I went ahead and bought one. As it seemed to be a completely redesigned and repackaged product, I was taking a slight leap in assuming it would be just as good, despite the lack of a screen or an adjustable equaliser.
However, what it lost in functions and components was made up for very nicely. It's clear to see that the MuVo name has been redirected away from normal MP3 playing towards a more specialised, ultra-lightweight and low footprint portability. I myself use a digital player for listening whilst doing activities and exercising. The old-gen MuVo accomplished this, but this rebooted version excels at it. Having such a low weight, it will not jingle annoyingly in your shorts or jump out of your pocket when training, easily forgotten about whilst you go around doing your thing. The physical dimensions are remarkable and are probably the main appeal, being very thin, barely longer than your index finger and not a whole lot wider - the general build quality and solid feel is also something to be recognised, owing in part to that small size.
There are no AAA batteries to worry about, and the battery life defies it's tiny size, being self-contained. Recharging occurs simply by docking with a USB port on your computer, as is loading music and audio onto it. Treated very similar to a USB penstick (it is barely bigger than one) there are no complications to it. No syncing software or hoops to jump through - just throw your folders full of music onto it and they'll be managed as such. Whereas some players are fussy and need to convert WMA files before playing, the MuVo needs no such attention. Handy then, as most people who copy their CD's to their computer for easier access would have done so in a WMA format if they've used Windows' built-in software.
A slide-on lid keeps the USB connector concealed when not moving music between it and your computer, though Creative seem to have followed the baffling technique of incorporating a lanyard/keyring loop - on the lid rather than the player itself. I wouldn't trust the lid to hang on to the rest of the unit if it was dangling around my neck so this is a bit of a pointless addition there.
The handful of buttons the new MuVo does have are admittedly a bit on the micro-scale. It's not always easy to press it's flush-fit buttons without having it in your hand to see what you're actually doing. A slider on the left is used, with a little flick, to jump to the next folder, or set to shuffle tracks. On the right side, a Bass button can be pressed to cycle through normal, low or high bass. Unfortunately, the more bass you introduce, the more you lose from general volume and high-end clarity. This is as far as it goes to provide an EQ function, and sometimes it is appropriate. In noisy environments, disengaging bass boost will make things crisper and clearer whilst you're out and about - or if you're laid in bed just listening to whatever, bass boost can add some warmth to the sound. Smack bang in the centre are the play controls. The volume and next/previous track controls are all on one centric ring which surrounds the play button. It's not a very intuitive layout and over time my player has become less 'affirmative' when pressing these buttons. It will still do what I ask, but I won't feel much of a 'click' as I do so, probably just due to a bit of grit between the surgically-spaced components. The centre play button doubles as a power on/off button by holding for a moment, and the provision for a reset of the device is there too with a button tucked very much out of the way.
The MuVo gains point for being easy to use whilst connected to a PC, but loses it again when it comes to the fumbling affair of cycling through tracks and using the tightly-packed buttons without a screen. At the end of the day, you're buying it to listen to audio, not look at tiny LCD screens or admire the buttons. Where the MuVo comes into it's own is on the long runs, or the lengthy cycles, or the big journeys. Leave it in your coat pocket doing the job it was designed to do and you will appreciate the big bonuses of having such a slim, convenient device.
Regard the MuVo as a player for active, agile people with less things to go wrong with it. I've enjoyed mine for a couple of years and can surely expect a few more to go.
I was really impressed by the styling of the product, in a sense it looks very trendy and fashionable. The performance on the whole is just that of a basic mp3 player with the capability of playing back certain copyrighted formats. The three available color options are no doubt very attractive. It really cannot justify the price with its quality. I don't know why but this the trend with most of Creative audio product. The design, styling and presentation are superb but can not match it in terms of its performance.
One of the biggest advantage of Creative MUVO T100 (2GB) is its stick type USB capabilities. This means that no weir is required which makes it very compact and as its name suggest mobile. Even the size is just right, dump it in any of our pockets and off you go.
A note of caution and a piece of advice to all who plans to make this product their own. As with any USB device it is very prone to virus infections and extreme care should be taken while packing it with favorite tune from the web. The funniest part is that when it gets affected by virus it has no indications, as if the machine has conked, just run a good ant-virus and it recovers in no time.
The headphone that it comes with is horrible, better results are achieved with better headphone. The audio performance is very flat and murky. The bass is hardly there and the response to higher frequencies falls short of any expectation.
The range of options or features also very limited as I said it is just a basic mp3 player.
HOW MUCH TECHNICALLY EQUIPPED?
Storage medium: Flash memory
Memory card slot: No memory card slot
Headphone jack:? 3.5mm headphone jack
PC connection: USB / USB2
Supported audio formats: MP3 / WMA (non-DRM) / WMA (DRM)
Video playback: No
Battery life (audio): 10h
WiFi / WLAN: No
Dimensions (W x H x D) 25mm x 77.5mm x 8.9mm
Color Options: White, Blue, Black and Pink
Although it has got a storage memory of 2GB at most 140 songs can be crammed although it depends on the file format and the length audio file, what I have suggested is on the basis of normal circumstances.
It has limited compatibility. The point of real concern is that it does not have compatibility with Linux of Mac. But has no compatibility issue with Windows XP/Vista.
IT has no video play back and audio file compatibility is also questionable. As long as the mp3 format is concerned it has no problems. But I have my reservations about its WMA (non-DRM/DRM). I had my fair shares of problems with these kinds of formats.
I expected a better battery performance since it has a flash based memory which is a non-mechanical solid state technology and hence more power efficient and lighter than the HDD. The 10 hour promise hardly comes off when played continuously. I haven't got more than 5 and a half to 6 hours at most. The availability is quite abundant.
If not voice recording but FM radio feature was expected and it has such incorporation in some of its other version (not voice recording but FM).
It's slow but not difficult as it might seem on the first look. The controls on the back are quite useful. Browsing is sometimes very difficult and it tends to hang more often that not. Needs to be switched off and restarted.
Priced at around £ 25.00 to me is a little bit expensive although at first look it does justify it price but on the basis of performance, hardly.
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The compact Muvo T100, looks promising but it is slightly disappointing as a whole. There is no display screen its menu system is repulsive and dreadful, making it almost impossible to navigate. Even using the player extensively it was still intolerable task to work around the menu system to find a specific audio track. The player does not have photos or video capabilities.
When using the supplied headphones, the sound quality is terrible, with sketch bass and unclear treble. Upon using an additional pair of headphones there was a rather substantial improvement in sound quality. The player's "Stick styled USB Shape", means it does not require a USB cable or any cables to transfer files, making it extremely convenient. It also lacks some of the bog-standard features, such as a hold function and both repeat functions or even an equalizer. In terms of battery stamina, it is only satisfactory. It also charges quite quickly.
The player does not have a radio nor a voice recorder, making it a basic player.
However, it supports copy-protected WMA & WAV file formats. Its file transfer rate is great. Although it can only be used with Window Vista or Window XP.