"A good player for some people"3.5 starson by ubrikkean
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.