To mark this little player out as part of the gigabeat family, Toshiba has included its proprietary plus-shaped navigation button in the centre of the unit. Underneath the plus-shaped button is a play/stop button, while the hold switch and power/menu key are placed on the gigabeat flash's right side. The headphone and line-in jacks are located at the top of the player.
The player itself sports an interesting design based on the plus button - a sunken silver cross runs along the length and breadth of the front and back panels, with the sides and back made up of one continuous piece of silver-coloured plastic. As was the case with the new gigabeat X30, the biggest design dud with this new gigabeat flash is the unattractive headphones included. They look cheap and plasticky, with the cord itself looking like cheap silver electrical wire covered in a thin sheet of clear plastic.
Another big plus for the gigabeat flash is it doesn't use Toshiba's room software when synching with a PC. We're not big fans of room, and have found it to be confusing to use. The gigabeat flash uses Windows Media Player 10 as its PC conduit.
The gigabeat flash's other functions work reasonably well. The FM radio function has a painfully slow frequency seeker, although with the ability to preset 10 channels this shouldn't be an issue for most users after the first few hours of use. The voice recorder is also handy, although the built-in microphone isn't terribly sensitive - don't expect to be taping lectures from the back of a hall with this unit.