I paid more for my 8GB X-Fi2 going on a year ago. I love the player. It sounds great. The screen is not bad at all. I, too, had read all the bad reviews and was expecting the worst. Boy, was I shocked at how well it works. By reading some of the reviews it sounded like you had to mash your finger into the screen while cursing at it to make it work.
Well, all I have to do is give it the lightest of touches. Yes, a capacitive screen is more sensitive, however, this resistive screen works very well.