As MP3 players go, the GoGear 6045 is neither cheap nor terribly compact, but it's not expensive and huge, either. The 4GB player goes for about $140 (by contrast, the 4GB Creative Zen V Plus is $110) and measures 3.6x2.1x0.5 inches. The relatively large size has at least one benefit: it allows for an ample 2.2-inch screen. To the right of the screen, you get a five-way control pad, which consists of four directional buttons surrounding a central play/pause/power key. The buttons have a bit of a cheap feel to them in that they wiggle around in the base, but overall, the player has a nice, weighty feel. Above the control pad, you'll find a menu button, and on the top edge, there's a dedicated volume rocker--we always like that.
There are a few more physical characteristics of note. The bottom side of the GoGear 6045 houses a 3.5mm headphone jack, a standard mini USB port, a reset hole, and a hold switch. The right spine features a built-in mic for voice recordings and a rather useful playlist button, which adds the currently playing track to an on-the-go playlist. The player also supports playlists transferred from WMA jukeboxes such as Rhapsody and Windows Media Player (WMP). You can play back MP3 and WMA files (including subscription tracks), and these are handily arranged in the Creative interface structure for easy navigation.