Though getting my preproduction Neuros to play clearly over my car stereo took a little fiddling, the music ultimately sounded fine (not CD quality, but comparable to FM).
An unexpected capability: When you hear a catchy song on its built-in radio and can't identify it, Neuros probably can. Press a button to record a snippet of the song, and sync with your PC--the software attempts to identify the song title and artist (the company claims 95 percent accuracy).
Neuros is available in two flavors: a $249 version with 128MB of flash memory (good for about 2 hours of music) and a $399 one with a 20GB hard drive (5000 songs). Both can record audio and sport versatile, IPod-like controls. However, they connect to PCs via USB 1.1, not the zippier USB 2.0. And both are bulkier, pricier, and a bit uglier than some rivals.
BOTTOM LINE: Neither version of the Neuros is the best general-purpose MP3 player on the market (see some of our picks). But if any of the special features suit you, one of them might be worth a listen. From the April 2003 issue of PC World magazine