Nachus Pendant MP3 Player Review

After months of throwing my CD/mp3 player off the machines at the gym, I decided I might need a small mp3 player. You know something that wouldn’t take horrible nosedives off the stairstepper or skip when I was on the treadmill.

I led a passive search until the Nachus pendant mp3 player showed up on Woot. I plunked down the $85 (including shipping and handling) and had my new mp3 player a few days later.

IN THE PACKAGE A few specs:

  • 256MB flash memory
  • Weighs 15 grams and measures 1-5/8 inches wide and 3/8 inches thick
  • MP3 format support (no WMA)
  • 20Hz-20kHz frequency range
  • USB 1.1 interface
  • Supports Windows 98/2000/Me/XP, Mac OS 9.2 or above
  • Approximately 8 hours of play time
  • Lithium-ion battery
nachus1 Nachus Pendant MP3 Player Review

Accessories included:

  • Neck strap earphones
  • DC to USB converter
  • USB cable
  • 2.5mm headphone plug adapter
  • Installation driver CD (only needed for Win98)
  • User manual

First of all, it’s seriously tiny. If you throw it over your neck you won’t even notice it’s there. It stores 256 MB which isn’t huge by mp3 player standards. However, for my purposes it’s more than adequate.

MY PURPOSES Since I mentioned “my purposes,” I suppose I should explain them. If for no other reason than to stem a slew of “just get an iPod” comments. I needed a mp3 player small enough so as to be invisible to me as I worked out. I wanted adequate space to hold enough music to keep my workout mix random. An mp3 player that would serve for short trips was a plus. I wasn’t overly concerned with supported file formats. I was happy as long as mp3 format was supported. Flash-based was ideal as I didn’t want to worry about moving parts that might break if I dropped it. I wanted this all for less than $100. In the interest of saving more comment space, I should also note that this was before the iPod shuffle was released.

THE GOOD AND THE BAD
Pros:

  • Small size – Have I mentioned it’s tiny?
  • Memory – The 256 MB is enough to store around 4 hours of music for my workout listening pleasure.
  • The “What is that?” factor – It’s so small I’m often asked what it is. People can’t believe it’s an mp3 player.
  • Serves nicely as a mass storage device when not used for mp3 playing.
  • Simple to recharge via USB.

Cons

  • No LCD – I’ve never missed it since I never look at the player as I workout. But as this is an important feature for many, it should be noted.
  • No randomize functionality – Yep, you have to listen to the music in alphabetical order. This is annoying if you have multiple songs by the same artist on the player.
  • Ambiguous three-function control button – Because of the limited real estate available on the Nachus, the stop, play, and next track functionality are all on the same button. Definitely difficult to manage at first.
  • Only supports USB 1.1 – This means slower moving of mp3 tracks, but isn’t overly noticeable when you’re only working with up to 256 MB of music.
nachus2 Nachus Pendant MP3 Player Review

I can’t stand earbuds, so I don’t use the included ones. It’s not really a pro or con as most people like earbuds. But if you’re like me, this is an FYI that you will need to purchase alternate headphones.

CONCLUSIONS
I love the Nachus. That doesn’t mean it’s for everyone, though. It’s definitely not for those that like to carry around their entire life’s collection of music. However, it’s great for those that want a small, light mp3 player for working out, short commutes, or short trips. A randomize functionality is one thing I really wish it had, but if I keep my music list fresh, I don’t notice it as much as I would otherwise. Overall, I would highly recommend it – especially for those that don’t need a lot of features, but for who (think runners, travelers) small and light are very important mp3 player qualities.

Comments

  1. Finaly! Thats an awsome player for shourt trips!

    Now if only it had more storage I’d buy it :)

  2. Why not fork over an additional $10 and get an Apple iShuffle which stores 512mg? THat’s what I did. Great little player.

  3. As I noted in the review, this was prior to the release of the iPod shuffle — so the shuffle option wasn’t even on the table.

    Now, would I have bought the shuffle instead if it was available at the time? Probably.

  4. bananasek says:

    I’m looking forward to buying a flash mp3 player soon. After researching a couple of them I’ve decided the best one is Sandisk line of mp3 players. A 512 MB one can be bought for a similar price of a Shuffle. For the same price it gives a lot more features. FM radio, a screen, equilizer.

  5. I just bought the Nachus and have enjoyed it so far. Now, I just need to find a good ripper to get my CD’s into MP3 format and/or find a website with *current* songs in MP3 format. As for the device, I love it!

  6. For CD ripping, I love CDex. Glad you’re enjoying the Nachus!

  7. I just recieved the nachus as a gift and am not too technology friendly, my biggest problem is downloading music onto it, I am currently looking at lime wire, have any comments for the clueless?

  8. I can’t comment on peer-to-peer programs for getting music as I don’t use them. However, you can use the above mentioned CDex program to rip songs from CDs you already own.

    As far as actually getting music onto the player, if you have Windows 2000 or newer as your operating system, you can just plug in the device with the included USB cable. It will automatically be recognized as a drive (which you should be able to see under “My Computer”). Then you can just drag and drop files into that folder.

  9. Help…..I bought one from Woot and have never been able to download anything on it…instructions not in english!!

Speak Your Mind

*