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Nice piece of kit
on 27 September 2011
We have Zen V mp3 players, mainly for holidays abroad, which have given good service, so I had few reservations (quality wise) in going for the Style 100 plus the matching Creative Zen TravelSound Mozaic docking speakers.
This combination is small and lightweight, and apart from needing an (inexpensive) external power unit, it cuts out cables/leads. The integrated battery in the speakers is a big advantage over conventional AA or AAA replacable batteries.
We have Creative TravelSound 900 speakers, which is fine equipment, but it needs batteries (or mains power lead) and connecting lead from mp3 player to speakers. Incidentally, the Creative headphones are pretty useless in my opinion - I don't like "in your ear" buds for a start. However, as the supplied ones were not going to be used in any circumstances that was never a consideration.
The Style 100 is easy enough to use, especially if you've had experience of other Creative models.
There is no need to use the Creative Centrale programme if you don't want to - CDs can be ripped to the library on Windows Media Player (wma of mp3 format at selected bit rates) and easily transferred by "drag and drop" from computer to player.
I chose this model for its size and weight when used in conjunction with the docking TravelSound speaker unit - if you want a stand alone mp3 player for personal use then you might want to read other reviews.
For example, the 3.5mm headphone jack is on the bottom of the player (near the USB connection) rather than the top, as on nearly all other mp3 players.
You'll almost certainly need to buy a mains supply unit to charge the player - it will also power up and charge it when docked with the matching TravelSound speaker - and it can also power or charge these speaker as well. Readily available via internet and Ebay dealers at realistic prices - don't buy direct from Creative - they want seriously silly money. Make sure you identify the best model for your needs - the universal travel adapter covers all the bases, all you need is a suitable socket adapter for the countries you visit.