The Muvo V100's futuristic appearance and sleek design has an elegant touch.
There is a detachable USB stick which is used to transfer files onto the player. This is extremely convenient because it eliminates the need to use an external USB cable when transferring files. Sadly the time saved looking for a cable is lost due to its slow upload time. On average it took about 16.7 secs to transfer 10 megabyte of audio files.
The V100 is powered by one AAA battery, on average it provided about 16 hours of continuous audio playback, which is quite good. The battery stamina would obviously vary between brands, type of batteries and other factors.
The battery compartment is removable from the main device which would give a smaller separate memory stick, when using the supplied headphones, a reasonable and well balanced sound was achieved. Upon using an additional pair of headphone, a slight improvement in sound quality was achieved, which can be further fine tuned using the equalizer. Although, it does not have radio capabilities, it is widely compatible with a range of audio file formats, and is fairly user friendly.
But its menu layout isn't appealing at all, because it sorts all the audio files into 3 libraries, this means it is not possible to skip between individual tracks.
Although it does not have the capability to view photos. Its slightly reflective display screen measuring at 2.4 X 0.8 cm does the task of displaying song information very well, even under intense sunlight.
This is a great MP3 player. I have had mine for nearly 3 years now and it has travelled around the world with me for a year and then been a great companion since. Its very robust and will survive being dropped and bashed around. The best feature for me is that you can use the USB connection and plug it in to a computer and use it as a memory stick and put any kind of document or file on it. So basically its a memory stick that can also play music files. Once its plugged in to a computer you simply drag and drop music files or any kind of document on to it and thats it! no software needed. Nice and simple. The only downside with this mp3 player is that it takes batteries and can't be recharged so you need to have spare batteries with you. Batteries typically last about 18-20 hours which ain't too bad.
As someone who ABSOLUTELY cannot STAND iPods, it's products like this that really confirm to me, once again, that yes - iPods are just an incredible waste of money, with klunky functionality. OK, so this little MP3 player doesn't enable you to create playlists and other fancy bits and pieces, but for a few quid, it really isn't bad and to quote Ronseal, does what it says on the tin. Great for those who, like me, take their MP3 player out in all weathers on training missions, dump them in the bottom of a sweaty sports bag and to be frank, don't give two hoots about fancy design and looking 'cool'. It's got proper buttons, it's not over-engineered - and let me tell you, it has revived after many an occasion left in a humid atmosphere> it doesn't eat batteries either, plus, ladies, it's dinky and lightweight enough to put into one of those little zippy pockets at the back of your running leggings.
With hundreds of different MP3 players on a market it is a really tough job to select the one for you. To find a player which will satisfy all your requirements.
Creative Muvo is very affordable, small, and comfortable to operate from pocket device. That's why I bought it about two years ago and till then did not think that it was bad idea or could find something better.
Features and Benefits of Creative Muvo Player:
- On this device's screen if you only want you can display lyrics. It is really easy to do. Simply find lyrics on website and use lyrics editor which comes in software. If you set the timing properly It will work great. After that select option on the player to play lyrics and that's it.
- It plays almost everything except of obviously - movie files. It is not MP4 player.
- LCD display with blue backlight is very clear and easy to read.
- It does have voice recorder which is reasonable good as for MP3 player. Recorded sound or voice is very clear and good quality. Once I lent my v100 to my mate. She had to spy on her father and so on. She left it in a huge room under the table. After checking record we were amazed as we could here noises from kitchen and other rooms. Altogether - is really good for this price.
- Reversible blue backlit LCD, suitable for left- or right-handed users make it even easier and gives option to adjust to user.
- The sound quality like for such a small device is seriously good and very deep. Creative Muvo has a 4 presets and a Bass Boost. My most favourite one it was rock + bass boost. All depends on you. All presets are very useful and bass boost sounds good.
- When favourite mode is enabled, only tracks in the favourite mode folder are played
- Measurements: 2.93" L x 1.44" W x .59" H
On this model you can store about 300 songs with average bit rate of 128kbs. It has a two - modules design - Battery module and player module. Thanks its simplicity can delivers up to 15 hours playtime on one AAA battery.
To connect it to computer all you have to do is detach it from battery module and stick it into USB port. Most of systems will automatically recognise device and then simply drag and Drop your most favourite music from PC to player.
After 2 years of use haven't had any troubles with it. Is very durable.
Updates and drivers are available from producer's website.
They come with creative earphones. They deliver good sound quality but not as well as device can provide. Best idea to buy in ear creative set for less then £10 and problem fixed. 5-band custom equaliser and 4 playback presets (Jazz, Rock, Pop, Classical) and a bass boost are strong point.
When you buy other earphones you will not want to replace this player for anything else, it's small and easily operative from pocket when cycling, jogging or doing other sports.
That time this player costed me £25 but I do believe you will find it even cheaper. As we all know technology is getting cheaper with time.
Right now available from kiklatek for £7.23 :) Isn't that great price??
If you like Ipod then stay with it if you don't this Creative device is best possible solution I think.
Can recommend it to everyone with short budget looking for a best possible choice.
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I first got the Creative MuVo 100 about 5 months ago, as a present. At the time I already had an MP3 player, but this was only 256mb whereas the MuVo 100 is 1GB. So, I decided to try out my new MP3, it holds around 500 songs altogether and within about 15 minutes I had transferred about 150 songs from my computer onto the MP3. I used the very simple and easy technique, 'Drag and Drop' to do this you :
1. If you haven't already, put 1 AAA Battery in
2. Plug the MP3 into the USB Port
3. Open the folder on your computer where music is stored and the MP3 folder, either wait for it to open automatically or go through My Computer
4. Simple click on the music file and holding down the mouse button drag it onto the MP3 folder
Once you have all your music on the MP3, you're ready to go! To switch the player on you hold down the Silver button next to the screen for about 3 seconds until writing appears on the screen, this button is also used to Play/ Pause a track. Once you have switched the player on, it will begin from the last point you got to or if this is the first time you are using it, it will start from the first song. Songs are arranged in alphabetical order, so it is easy to find a specific song, (aslong as you know your ABC that is!). To switch through the songs you use the grey wheel on the side. This I have found, is one problem of the MuVo 100. To go forward a song, you push the wheel to the right, to go backwards you push it to the left. It is easy, but it can be difficult and this wheel has many functions so can become abit irritating. To fast forward/ rewind through a song, you push the wheel slightly in the direction you wish, depending whether you want it to fast forward/ rewind. This can be tricky and I quite often push it too hard and end up skipping songs.
To access the Menu, onwhich you can alter settings/ delete songs, etc. You push the wheel so the Menu will appear on screen, then again using the wheel navigate through the menu pushing the wheel down to select an option. As I said, it has alot of different uses.
Of course, you need Headphones to listen to the music, these are luckily included with the MP3. However, headphones tend to break quite often unless you spend lots of money on high quality ones. But I find its easier to buy a pair from the Pound Shop, as these last about 1-3 months, depending on how much you use them.
The MuVo 100 Comes in a stylish design, either White or black, with silver buttons and a Blue back-light screen. The screen lights up whenever you press a button, so you can use it the darkness. There is also an option to lock the player, this means that if you have the MP3 in your pocket, etc it won't be switched on by accident/ change song without you unlocking it.
The sound quality is good with the MuVo 100, but this again depends on the quality of your headphones. As it only requires a battery, uposed to having to charge it up through a computer, its great for long journeys and holidays, as you simple change the battery.
This is a great all-round MP3, which I recommend strongly. If you can't quite afford an I-Pod this is great alternative at a much lower price. Its small, light and simple to use. It only has 1 minor problem, the wheel inwhich you need 2 navigate through songs and menu.
Memory : 1GB
Size : 7cm x 3.5cm x 1.5cm
Requires : 1 AAA Battery
Includes : Headphones, Manual and Disk (only required if you have Windows 95/98)
Price : £78 from Amazon. Can probably get cheaper on Ebay though!
This review is about the Creative Muvo V100 mp3 player.
I had a Creative Muvo mp3 player for around about two years and then it broke in January just gone. I was quite upset as I was really happy with that mp3 player however I knew there was nothing that I could do but buy a new one. With getting a new job a few months earlier I had a lot of money spare and wondered whether to get a 30GB ipod like we just got for the family or not. The sound on the ipods are beautiful and I was really tempted to get one, however when I had a think about the problem, I realized it is a lot of money to be paying for something I dont use all the time.
So I looked to my good old faithful Creative. I was happy with the mp3 players they produce and thought ill get another one instead of getting the ipod. Right I was to do so! I looked in Argos and saw their range and picked out one similar to my old one but a few models on, it was £35 and was 1GB. I decided to purchase it in the hope that the mp3 players sounded better than the previous models (it wasnt that they were bad, but I expected the quality of music to have upgraded with the competition getting better).
I looked on the back of the box and looked at the features and benefits. Here is a quick list of them: Lyrics display support, MP3/WMA player, LCD screen with blue backlight, Voice recorder, 4 preset EQ settings, Reversible LCD for left/right handed operation, Up to 18 hours of continuous playback. When I saw this list I thought that only a few little things had been added in to this mp3 player from my earlier model. I was quite disappointed but thought well I was happy with my last one, why not this one?
The first thing that you should do is set up the software you receive with the mp3 player. To do this, insert the installation CD into your CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive. The CD should start automatically but if it doesnt just go into my computer and select the drive. From there you need to follow the on screen instruction and when prompted, restart the computer. When you restart the computer you can follow the product registration instruction on screen but you will need an internet connection to do this. After this you should be prompted to connect your player to your computers USB port and you should be up and running with the computer. This is a very easy and quick (depending on the speed of your computer) process and it also helps as you have software to guide you. This was one thing I did not get with the older model and was quite impressed you now have extra support.
Once you have connected the mp3 player to the computer, the next job is to copy your audio and/or data files from your computer. You will need to go into your My Computer and select the drive, once you are in the drive all you need to do is open up your music folder in another browser/window, choose the music and/or data you wish to copy and then paste it over to the drive. (Tip for those who do not know: here is a quick way to copy and paste the files you want over to your drive. Simply highlight the files you want to copy, press Control + C, go to the drive and press Control + P.)
When you have copied your files across you are now up and running and able to listen to your music, however whilst you are connected to the computer, you may as well look at the lyrics editor and possibly set it up if you wish. You have a few options on how to set up the lyrics for your songs. The first option is to (within the software) choose your song and select the edit lyrics option, this will allow you to add in or edit any lyrics you like for that song. That is provided you know the song and dont just hum along with the song, like we all used to once upon a time =]. The second option is synchronize lyrics and songs, so if you have any lyrics loaded onto your drive then you can synchronize those lyrics into the songs you wish. The final option and possibly the easiest is to go on the internet, find a lyrics site and find your song. When you have found the lyrics for your song, copy them into a notepad .txt file and save the file. Go into the Muvo software and import the .txt file and associate it with your song.
Once you have done what you wish with the songs and lyrics, you now need to disconnect the drive. To do this you need to open your taskbar and select the Safely Remove Hardware icon and then select the drive. When you receive the message saying that it is now safe to remove your player you can take it out of the computer. It is important that you do this because if you do not the player may not function normally.
You now need to enter a AAA alkaline battery into your player. When you have done this, press and hold the Play/Pause button until your player turns on. Connect the earphones and adjust your volume with the buttons on the underside of the player. To select your song you just have to turn the scroller, also on the underside of the player. When you push this scroller in however you go into a little menu. Within this little menu you have quite a few options available to you these include:
EQ This is where you can change what style of music the songs sound like (e.g. Pop, Rock etc.)
Play mode This is where you can set up whether you want it on shuffle, repeat etc.
Bass boost In this option you can choose to have extra bass on, this is quite a nice option depending on the type of music is and your preferences.
Delete This is where you can delete tracks from your device without having to connect it up to the computer.
Settings This is where you can adjust the players many settings such as display settings, background lights, language settings etc. This is also where you enable the lyrics display on your mp3 player.
Microphone This is the mode which enables you to record any voice files you would like.
Recorded tracks This is the mode which allows you to play back any recorded voice files.
With all of these options you will be able to do many things, most of which you will not use, but they are there as a nice touch should you want to use them.
The sound of this mp3 player is very good. I was actually pleasantly surprised, I knew it would not be up to the standards of an ipod (which it isnt) however I expected a very nice, smooth playing sound. It is definitely this and with the extra bass option, it sounds great, definitely worth the money.
The instructions in the manual for this digital player are very brief, there are many languages which is nice, however the instructions are lacking. The instructions have the basics of using the mp3, connecting and disconnecting the device from the computer, using the lyrics editor but I do think that more instructions are needed in case of any problems. The instructions do not give support if there are problems however on the CD there is some information and there are contact numbers on there for customer support.
The player looks like its older models and is a very nice design I think, it allows you to just plug into a computer, which is handy if you are at school, college or work and need to transfer or keep hold of work/data. This model looks very clean as it is very white when you buy it and looks very presentable (of course this will attract dirt easily but can be cleaned to look nice and presentable again).
The player is very simple to use, even to those customers who are not very good with computers. This is due to your just having to insert the device into the computer, copy and paste and you are good to go.
Value for money
This mp3 player is fantastic quality for money. When I bought it in January just gone it was £35 from Argos. Some may think that this is a lot of money, and may well be to someone but I have to say if you need a cheap mp3 player look no further than this one. It has great features, the sound is very nice, the usability is excellent and there is even software to help you set up your player. It is definitely considered a bargain in my mind.
I recommend this mp3 player to anyone who needs a new one or is looking to upgrade an old mp3 player but doesnt have much money. Sure they are not as good as ipods in quality but they are very good and a lot cheaper, which makes it a very suitable choice. I love mine as I dont use it all the time but when I do I enjoy the quality and array of things I can do on it.