The Good Small and light; sleek, solid design; Velcro armband; simple, intuitive controls; voice recording; impressive battery life.
The Bad Not loud enough for some; no lanyard, FM tuner, or high-quality recording options.
The Bottom Line If you don't need a radio or care about the unit's sound levels, this player is perfect for jogging or using at the gym.
Creative Nomad MuVo
As sleek and small as the original, bare-bones MuVo flash-based player, the MuVo NX adds a much-needed LCD and a solid list of features, including voice recording and an equalizer. We love its sturdy, direct plug-in design, but the player has a volume issue and lacks the FM tuner found in some other ultracompact models.
Measuring just 1.5 by 2.9 by 0.6 inches and weighing 1.5 ounces, the sleek MuVo NX is one of the smallest MP3 players we've seen to date. The unit comes with two backpacks (silver and red--use whichever you prefer) that store the player's AAA battery. When you're ready to transfer music and files to the player, simply detach the backpack and plug the module directly into your system's USB port; your PC or Mac should recognize the player as a removable drive.
A 96x32-pixel LCD shows song/album/artist info, time elapsed, and battery strength. If you're hankering to use the player upside down, a nifty setting lets you rotate the display 180 degrees (this could help lefties operate the player more easily).