Review of the nTren MP3 Watch
I was worried that the spring-loaded reel that the headphones retract into wouldpull down on the headphones and make them uncomfortable to wear, but fortunatelythat wasn't the case. And there is a clip that comes with the headphones that youcan anchor to a piece of clothing to bear the weight of the reel so that your earsdon't have to. The system works pretty well. Curiously, though, the headphonesdidn't come with foam pads which might make them stay in the ears a tad bit moresecurely, and might make them slightly more comfortable.The Bottom LineIt's not enough for technology to just perform anymore. These days, it has topresent, as well, which is precisely the premise of the nTren MP3 watch.Sound quality, 10 hour battery life, and a very attractive deign make the nTren MP3watch a good choice for those who are interested in both functionality and fashion. Frequently Asked QuestionsHow do you transfer files on to the nTren MP3 watch?Just connect the watch to your Windows or Macintosh computer with the includedUSB cable, then drag and drop files via Windows Explorer or the Macintosh Finder.No other software is required unless you're using Windows 98 or prior, in whichcase you will need to install the included drivers. Will music in subdirectories get played, or do I need to put all my MP3s in theroot directory of the watch?The nTren MP3 watch will find and play MP3s in subdirectories, so you can keepyour watch's file system well organized.DS_Store which waste small amounts of space.) There were threetracks already on the watch: Heavy, SomewhereI Belong, and With Arms Wide Open. I copied acouple albums over from my personal collection, and a couple small images, as well,in order to make sure the watch functioned properly as a USB storage device. AlthoughUSB 1.1 is obviously not as fast as 2.0 or firewire, for the amount of data youcan fit on these devices, it's really not a long wait. I then ejected the watch(always eject the watch before unplugging it), put in the headphones, and startedlistening. I buried some MP3s a few directories deep, and the MP3 player had noproblem finding them. The image files were simply ignored while in play mode, a***pected. You have to have the headphones connected to the nTren MP3 watch in order forit to play which is a feature I like. That means you can't accidentally press theplay button while you're wearing the watch and inadvertently deplete the battery.You also have to hold the play button down for about two seconds as another securitymeasure. The MP3 player will stop if, at any time, you remove the headphones asan alternative means of shutting it off. I would actually prefer it if the MP3player were to automatically pause when the headphones are removed, like the iPoddoes. That makes it easy to just yank the headphones out if someone is trying totalk to you, or if the headphones are inadvertently yanked out, you won't loseyour place.