Thomas Pabst himself heeft vandaag een uitgebreide review online gemikt van de Creative Nomad Jukebox 6GB portable MP3 speler. Ondanks de hoge prijs lijkt hij errug onder de indruk te zijn van het apparaat, op een paar punten na tenminste. Interessant in de review is overigens de uitleg om de ingebouwde 6GB Fujistu drive te vervangen door een ander exemplaar, in zijn geval een 12GB IBM schijf. Dit blijkt zonder al te veel moeite uitvoerbaar te zijn waardoor je pas écht een gigantische opslagcapaciteit kunt creëren . Hieronder heb je eenhap Tom's conclusie:
For me Creative's Nomad Jukebox is the gadget of the year. It is not exactly cheap, but one of the few items that are really worth their money. Regardless if you want to listen to music on the beach, in your car or on your home stereo system, the Nomad Jukebox gives you the chance to do all that while choosing from at least 100 hours of music. Just imagine how much space 100 CDs would take and then take another look at the little Nomad Jukebox. It's simply fantastic (and I think I have never ever said that about any product before!). The real kick however is the unwanted upgrade path that Creative gave its big MP3-player. It is really simple to equip the Jukebox with a larger hard drive. 20 GB of music equals over 400 CD albums!! Imagine carrying that much music around with you wherever you go!
Still it wouldn't be a typical Tom-review if there weren't at least some things that I have to criticize.
- Creative needs to get the Windows 2000 bug out of its Playcenter2 software and the upload of play lists could be made a lot easier and more convenient as well.
- An IEEE 1394 (FireWire) version of the Jukebox would be very helpful too, because it simply takes too long to load the Jukebox.
- I would also appreciate if Creative would unlock the transfer of files from the Jukebox to the computer. I can't see any legal reason against that.
- Once in a while the Jukebox crashes, especially while you are uploading files. In this case you either need to cut the power supply (remove batteries) or press the little RESET-button. I hope that future firmware for the Jukebox will be less buggy.
- Finally I'm asking for headphones that are adequate to the quality of MP3. The headphone output of the Jukebox should be higher than those few 100 mW also.