Pros works fast, nice interface, long battery life,
Cons large, no recording, no radio, only plays wmv for movies
Summary Overall the Creative Zen PMC is a great player, especially since many stores are selling it for $200 or less with a rebate, though without it the player gets quite expensive.
The player syncs very well with windows media player, and I like the PMC interface. The lack of video or audio recording could annoy some people, but I personally don't mind.
The battery life is outstanding (I got about 20 audio, 7 video I think), however it comes at a cost; The player is definately too large to carry around easily. In fact, my friends now refer to it as the "fatbox". It isn't pocket-sized, it weighs approx. 12 ounces.
Again this will annoy some people (this time including me), but some don't consider it a factor. Just remember that it can't serve as a pocket digital audio player. There is also no FM radio for anyone who wants that feature.
The audio functions of the player are fine, it's nice to have a speaker, though it's usually better to use headphones. The screen is fairly nice-looking.
The video functions are where my biggest problem lies. The root of it all is that it can only play .wmv files, which can easily and automatically be converted by Windows Media Player, but there are problems. I usually had to do it overnight because it took so long. It converts to fit to the player's specs so the file size is smaller than the original usually. In my experience the player didn't seem to save any sort of copy of the converted file on the computer, though there were some generic temporary files that had roughly the right files sizes. In any case, I had to re-transcode for every file multiple times, and it took up space on my computer with files that were useless to keep around. In addition, WMP frequently suffers encoding errors, which stops the whole process. I found that some files in my collection weren't able to be converted. For example, one always stopped at 70%, another always stopped at 2%, and one stopped at 32%. Thats not that many out of all the files I tried, but I couldn't find any significant difference from those files to others in my collection. Another annoyance is that WMP encodes 16:9 movies squished together into 4:3.
I no longer have the player, I sold it, my end result player after testing some others is the Cowon A2 (which should actually be arriving within a couple days).
This sounds like a negative review, but the I have to stress that the things that work well work very well, and again, I love the interface.
That's all folks.
Pros Interface, ease of use, battery life, video playback, quality
Cons It's large, No line in.
Summary This machine is amazing! After looking for days, and considering everything from Ipods to flash players, I went for this one when I came across a demo of the Portable Media Center software. It's even better then it's advertized! I feel like I'm running Windows Media player 10.
The audio quality is excellent, and the battery life seems to even outshine my Zen Touch. It's small onboard speaker actually puts out decent sound, and is surprisingly loud for it's size. I much prefer though to listen with good headphones to appreciate the fine sound quality.
The only two drawbacks I've found: It's size. I wish they could put all this into a smaller package, but then you'd lose that beautiful screen, and quality video playback.
No line in: It would be nice to record.
Overall, it's as close to perfect as I've seen anywhere!
Pros For most adults this is all you really need. I give it 5 stars
Cons You can't record your favorite TV show /limited amount of PMC formated movies to buy
Summary Let's get real!This is a no brainer! If your out there looking for a PMC look no further for under 200 dollars you can have a great portable video and audio listening device till Nov. 30th! For the last 20 years I've always bought the lastest gadget with all the lastest bells and whistles at an incredible costs and what happened? You guessed it after the novelty worn off I rarely used them only to see I could of bought the product at half the costs 6 months later! This is an incredible product that's v. easy to use! Unless you have to have a PMC that stores your camera's pictures right now or you have to have the lastest TV show you watch on it, I advise you wait for these manufacturers to refine these products and bring their price down. I've had this product for a month now and it's wonderful!I've bought 3 movies, 3 albums and uploaded over 2000 pictures all at a snap of my fingers with the WMP10! For speakers I bought Sony speakers for $20 that work just fine. I'm delighted with the exceptional quality of the product and surprise I've ended up using it a lot at work and home. I haven't tried downloading audio books yet as I usally do that on my Journada..and I don't stare at the screen while I'm listening to music. Oh Audible.com is giving away 2 free books right now if your interested. From what I can see your not getting anything worth having for 250 to 500 dollars more that this device can't deliver in exceptional quality video and sound and ease of use...I wouldn't waste my money on a toy I'm going to rebuy in 5 years...
"Overhall it's a pretty good player. And when you're carrying it around, it atracts a lot of atention"on by xalux888
Pros Big Screen, Built-in Speaker, Windows Media Center
Cons Bulky, a bit heavy, big to carry around.
Summary A pretty good device, running windows media center which in my opinion is one the best firmware out there. One of the most simple interfaces I have ever worked with. The video quality is a little pixalated but to far that's the only problem I had with it. I had it for over 2 years and I am not going to swap it! I had to repair the screen (I accidentally broke it) and paid $250 to fix it. Creative Custumer service is pretty bad (waited 6 months till they could repair it) and the price of repairing is high.
Pros Simple User interface, plays videos (if that counts)
Cons Doesn't work for more than two months max, it's fat, it's firmware is from 2004, freezes.
Summary This was my baby. I got it back in September, and I've had to send it in 5 times since then. Lucky for me, I got the extended two year plan. They refuse to give me a refund, and each time I send it in, I lose two weeks of my time. They also refuse to refund me, though they are losing money. I don't mind sending it every time because I know ultimately, it's them missing out on money. I don't understand why, but I have always loved Creative and I have had multiple products of theirs. This one was majorly overlooked by Creative I think. Maybe, hopefully, the Vision was better. I haven't used one, but this one is always broken so I don't even get to use it most of the time. Their customer service is okay, but usually play retarted. If you are thinking about getting one of these, think about all the faulty hard drives I've gotten. 5. 5 faulty hard drives. I can hardly blame how unlucky I am because I got a bad hard drive, because it's happened five times. Just look at Creative's support forums. It's flooded with PMC problems.
NOTE: I am not sure how it works if you use it occassionaly. I use mine every day. As you can tell, I have had many problems with it. Maybe it wasn't made to be used often, but for my use, it was garbage. Good luck on your shopping.