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As shown on the picture, the headphones socket is located on the top edge of the player. Its keyhole-like shape is due to the optional headset with a radio-receiver (the ordinary earphones are plugged into the standard mini-jack socket). The USB port is found next to the line output. There is also a key lock here that protects the player from accidental touches during transportation or wear.

There is nothing on the right panel of the player save for a power connector. The power adapter you receive with the player is used for charging up the accumulator. After the accumulator is fully charged, it is recommended that you unplug the adapter.

The left panel carries volume controls as well as a turn on/off button with a blue integrated LED. In case the player stops responding to you – when it “hangs up” – you can use the reset button (you need a clip or something to do that).

The flat accumulator is attached to the back panel

I couldn’t resist the temptation to see what was inside the player. Its back panel is fastened with four screws, one of which is warranty-sealed. The accumulator is attached to this back panel. So I can tell you the player uses a 3.7v lithium-ion polymer battery. The Zen Touch owes its long battery life to this accumulator.

A Hitachi drive occupies most of the player’s internal space.

This snapshot reveals the type of the hard disk drive employed. It is a miniature-size Travelstar from Hitachi (1.8” form-factor, 20GB capacity). Such drives are going to be used in portable computers soon, instead of 2.5” ones. As the hard disk drive is sensitive to shocks and impacts, you should be careful with the player. First of all, it’s desirable to keep the player in the leather case you receive with it.

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