"Quality Player for the Price"4.5 starson by Kynafairge
Pros: It's inexpensive for the number of features (speaker, FM radio, alarm clock, 4GB memory to name a few). It's light and the design is appealing to me. Navigation is simple, and intuitive. The battery life is great.
Cons: I hate the software that comes with it. The headphones are cheap, but that seems to be standard for most players. The USB cable is too short to be practical. Only compatible with XP or Vista, so no Macs allowed.
Summary: If you want a simple to use player with a decent amount of memory it's great. It's easy to navigate and add music or other types of files. It charges quickly and the battery really does last quite long. I like to listen as I head to sleep, so having a "sleep" setting is nice, as is the speaker.
While it does have a plastic shell, it feels sturdy. I I like the design, but that is more personal preference. The buttons are much easier than the joystick of the Zen V Plus, and I've never really like the wheel on other players. The screen is small but clear. Having pictures on it isn't really a priority for me, but a nice feature. The FM radio is much stronger than I expected.
I usually lock it while I listen, but if you don't the screen will not go completely dark. Also, on the display, I don't really like the digital time format on the title bar. It's just odd looking to me, but still readable.
However, the software it comes with is pretty bad. My computer had issues within a few hours of installing it. Instead I use the drag and drop method instead. I could use Media Player as well.
Overall, there are extras that I probably won't use, such as the alarm clock, but it's a solid player for the price I paid. I don't regret the purchase at all. Creative should work on the accompanying software but other than that I feel like it's a solid player.