Pros 4GB IS $129.99!
Cons 16 gb not available until october
Summary creative is selling it below thier list price...if you thought it was a bargain at 150 go to their website now and order the 4gb for 129.99
Pros great sound quality-pure and balanced, class-leading screen, great looking video and great pictures, supports xvid and divx formats for video and aac (m4a) for audio, sd card support for memory upgrade,drag and drop option, supports "play-for-sure"
Cons buttons are bit unresponsive sometimes.
Summary I always listen to music with this device day and night. Videos in 2.5" screen look great ( I usually watch long hours of movies in xvid format). Pictures can be used as background (wallpaper) while playing back tracks and It feels like an album art , a rare feature. It also has six different colorful themes. Pocketable mp3 player that excels almost every aspect without breaking the bank. Its a feat for this price range. I can recommend.All music genres sound equally great from classical to hip-hop, rnb, tachno and rock. I tried to use Audio Technica ATH -AD 700 and Steelseries Siberia full-size heaphones at soundroom store. What a sound! It powered the cans with a warm, emphasized punchy bass while listening to "OMG" by usher and other shaking tracks. I have philips she 9550 in-ear phones, it sounds great with very nice punchy bass response.
Updated on Jun 12, 2010
Updated on Jun 15, 2010I personally dont like the idea creative had put a "smart volume" sound enhancement in this device (but others may please). The sound signature is somewhat "enclosed". When the EQ is set to DISCO, turn off the smart volume and bass boost, the sound is more "open" and more nuanced. The bass is more bombastic yet warm. Hope you creative zen fans are listening with this useful review.
Pros Own the 32gb unit. Excellent player. What I've been waiting for.
Cons Don't care for the grossy finger print magnet finish,
Summary Got the brand new 32gb unit about a month ago. Glad it's that big. Haven't had any of the problems that some users have had. Been using players of various types for years, so it's not like I don't know what I'm talking about. Haven't had a need to update the firmware anyway. I like to use the base memory for mp3's and the sd slot for videos so I don't have an issue with library integration. No white screen of death, lock-ups or detectable gaps in playback. Ditch the creative earbuds and get a decent pair of cans, honestly! For all the haters and pod fanboys, stick with what you want and leave the quality players with us.
Pros Small and light size, clarity of sound and vision, ease of use
Cons Won't play Audible files on SD card
Summary Because I am in an informal reviewer position at a college, I own a handful of MP3 players, including the iPod classic 30GB, the Treo 700P, a Zune 2nd generation, the Creative Vision M, the Creative Muvo, and an RCA MP3 player. Easily this one beats out all the others, although the Treo does a fine job for basic stuff and handles everything else as well. If you only get to buy one product, make it a smartphone, but if you can afford to also own a dedicated MP3 player the Zen is an amazingly clear and easy to use device that doesn't require much time to figure out how to use. It has many little niceties for the user that companies like Apple or Microsoft won't provide, such as agnostic support for file types, and the ability to delete files directly off the device. The controls are satisfying and easily usable by touch, which is handy in the dark, and it doesn't require me to bother with annoying slider control inaccuracies. The one area I'd suggest Creative works on is the SD card - sure there is a better way to integrate the SD card content with rest of the content on the device, and why on earth can't I play Audible files from the SD card? Still, these aren't deal breakers - nice job, Creative!
Pros Small, SD expandability
Cons Constantly freezes unexpectedly (while playing audio or even while rebuilding)
Summary So I was excited to find something that would replace both my iPod Shuffle and 20gb iPod. Got this as a gift for Christmas, guess Santa thought I was good! But nope, turned out to be worth less than a lump of coal.
It constantly freezes up while playing audio files. You'll have to carry a paperclip with the player in order to reset. And trust me, you'll use it often. It even freezes up when trying to rebuild.
I've tried everything, firmware upgrade, reformatting, using the "recovery tool", draining out the battery, all to no avail. Trying to return this sucker is a pain in the butt. Creative's site is a maze that brings you back to the same page everytime you want to contact Customer Support. By the time you finally find the magic link - you're only allowed to send out an e-mail. This wild goose chase only gets you more frustrated.
It would have been an amazing mp3 player if it only worked smoothly. No iPod has SD expandability. I would definitely wait until Creative has worked out all the bugs before considering the Zen unless you're up for a gamble.