Featuring a large, hi-res, blue backlit LCD, the NOMAD Jukebox Zen Xtra builds on the industry-leading music features of the NOMAD Jukebox Zen product line. Simply transfer all your music into the player with Creative MediaSource or the new NOMAD Explorer using ultra fast USB2.0, press the play button and get set to enjoy high-fidelity music. With advanced features such as Quick Scroller Navigation, Find, Playlist Creation and automatic ID3 tag categorization, managing and organizing your music will be a breeze And the NOMAD Jukebox Zen Xtra doubles up as an external hard drive for storing all your photos, documents and other data files. Simply open NOMAD Explorer (integrated into Microsoft Windows Explorer) and drag and drop data files into the data folder or music files into the music library.
After mulling over whether to get an iPod, iRiver, or the Zen I decided that the Zen had the best combination of performance, storage, and price. Like most things packaging was excessive when it arrived. Unit is attractive and functional. Once the drivers were loaded I only installed the minimal Nomad Explorer software for transfering files to the player. Get the Notmad software from RedChair and you won't be disappointed. I find that other Media software is over-bloated and time consuming to use. USB 2.0 transfers are quick, although this latest version of the Zen player no longer has FireWire support. Large capacities are nice, and the internal hard drive is easy to replace with larger compatible drives, so you get good value for your money in the long run. Stock earphones are acceptable but not spectacular. Sound quality of the unit is excellent. I also hook it into my car stereo via RCA's (haven't used a CD since) and speakers on my work computer. Menu system is responsive, and the "Back" button is nice to work back a level or two without having to return to the base of a particular menu. Excellent battery life and charge times. A winner overall !