MuVo 64 and 128, by Nomad
Posted: 1-Feb-2003

4 1/2 out of 5 Mice

Vendor: Nomad Type: COMMERCIAL

Reviewer: Leif Casey Class: HARDWARE


The NOMAD MuVo is a compact MP3 player that comes with a unique 2-piece design. This tiny hybrid player offers great sound quality as an MP3 player and versatility as a data storage device. The NOMAD MuVo is available with either 64MB or 128MB in memory. The NOMAD MuVo 64MB offers you the storage capacity for 15 MP3s or 44 floppies worth of data. The 128MB MuVo gives you 30 MP3s or 88 floppies worth of data.

Unlike other flash memory MP3 players, Nomad MuVo compliments the iPod nicely is design. This is for the person who only wants one play-list at a time. It is about the size of a cigarette lighter and a fraction of the iPod weight. Here are some specs:

  Nomad MuVo iPod
Size (inches) 2.9 x 1.3 x 0.6 4.0 x 2.4 x 0.8 (0.7 for 10 GB iPod)
Weight (oz) 1.0 6.5
Battery Life 12 hours on one AAA 10 hours per charge
Storage 64 or 128 MB 5, 10, or 20 GB
Interface USB Firewire
Ease of Use Very Easy Easy
Cost $130-$170 $300-$500

The MuVo works great on the Mac even though Nomad makes no mention of Mac compatibility. Just separate the MP3 Player from the power supply and plug it into any USB port. It will show up as a mounted volume. Simply drag songs from iTunes (or any other source) to the MP3 player. Delete the songs you don't want from it. Eject the volume, plug the MP3 player back in to the power supply and you are ready to roll.

This is very easy to use because it does not have a display, and it only has Play, Pause, Volume, and Next/Previous song buttons. The trickiest part is turning it on and off: simply hold the play button for a second or two. The only reason I would say this is easier to operate than the iPod is it has nowhere near features to worry about. For a full-featured MP3 player, it is tough to beat the iPod. However, the iPod is too much for some people. My wife would only use one play-list on my iPod. It was also a little bigger and heavier than she would prefer for exercising (still not bad though). The MuVo is everything she ever wants or needs in an MP3 player. I prefer to have my entire music collection shuffling at random, so the iPod is right for me. The MuVo is a very nice compliment to the iPod, which fills a gap for a smaller and simpler MP3 player.


Summary

Overall I think the MuVo is probably the best choice for a flash memory based MP3 player. It is easy to use, and does exactly what it is supposed to without unnecessary features that just add weight and complexity. I would strongly recommend it to someone looking for this sort of device.

Pros
  • Very Simple
  • Light Weight
  • Small
  • Great battery life on one AAA

Cons

  • Nomad does not admit Macintosh support even thought it works fine.
  • It does not show up in iTunes like other MP3 players, however this is not necessary.
  • It is competitively priced, but it still seems a little expensive considering how simple it is.


Overall Rating:

4 1/2 out of 5 Mice