"This is really nice"on by Joey301
Pros Very slick, the sound is great, simple to use
Cons none that I was not aware of before I got it
Summary I have never given anything a 10 before because something usually pisses me off during the first week and setup.
This little thing worked like a charm right out of the box. It linked perfectly with my computer, was simple to 'unlink', the software is very easy to use, and the sound is really good. I am very happy with how easy it was to put content into the W, including video podcasts that had to be converted. I had to go to the Creative website to update the Zen Organizer, but once I did that, it worked perfectly. I think eventually that I will be sorry that I don't have a unit with WIFI, but it could be awhile before the funtionality of that technology is realized.
I am still very interested in finding nice video content and I especially like 'how to' vids.Updated
I had no idea CNET would question me about giving a product a 10. It was intentional.
I am changing my review from a 10 to an 8 because of bad service. I recently sent an email to Creative because a feature on my ZW was not working. They replied that they could not help me unless I had an extended warrenty because my 60 days of coverage had ended. I have not checked yet to see if I have the extra warrenty, but it seems to me when Creative software (Zencast) does not work with Creative hardware, then it is not a warranty problem and assistance should be supplied. The problem I reported is one that I have seen reported on almost every Creative forum, including their own, certain videopodcasts fail when being converted to load on the ZVW. I wonder how many technology items really work like they are supposed to.
Pros Screen clarity, Compact Flash slot, ease of use, battery life is great
Cons I wish it was less expensive, but otherwise this is an amazing device
Summary I've owned several MP3 players, including the Ipod (video -40 gig), and Sansa (video - 8gig). This device has so many more features and is so easy to use I can't believe it isn't the industry standard. The Zen W is larger, but has an amazing 4" crystal clear screen for video. The sound is crisp and clear. The radio works great and best of all I can upload my photos directly from my camera using the Compact Flash card slot. It's fast and easy and the screen is large enough I can actually edit my photos to see which ones are quality and which ones need to be deleted without having to upload them to a PC - great for traveling!
I've heard the battery life isn't as good, but this one actually lasts longer then my Ipod and it can be replaced by the user without sending it in to the manufacturer. If you don't mind the size, this is an all around amazing device that will meet your photographic, music, video, and radio needs all in one device!!!
Pros Good for music, audiobooks, videos. Universal type connection without special software. Card interface is very nice, Menus easy to navigate. Charges with both USB or quick charge plug connector.
Cons Its large. But managable. Available case selections are limited. Picture thumbnails slow to load. Cannot view picture details from computer
Summary I am a Audio book aholic. I love listening to audiobooks and spend almost all of my listening devoted to that. Not that I don’t listen to music as I have 400 songs on it, but the bulk of my listening is spent on audiobooks.
Before this I had a Rio Carbon which I loved for it size and battery life. As well as its universal management. My wife has an IPod and I HATE ITunes and everything that that entails so not having to go through a propriety manager was important to me. I also like having a mini usb connector so that I don’t have to use some obscure plug that is difficult to purchase and expensive. This is the same plug my digital camera and my phone uses so it limits the number of cables connected to my computer. I also can use MS Media Player to organize my music which I like WAY better than ITunes or the Zune software that I have tinkered with. The partition function is also handy so that I can use it as a mini external hard drive when needed. I have used this quite a few times with great success.
I did not need the screen of the W but when I saw it I thought that I had to have that capability. As it has turned out so far all I have used it for is playing a few downloaded YouTube videos to show off to people but have not actually used the video function since it takes a bunch of effort to get a DVD into an mpeg format. Once I get some time to work out how it all gets done I suspect that I will use the video function more.
I love the menus and find them very easy to use. It also keeps things where you left them so that if I show someone a picture on it I can easily go right back to where I left off on the book. Even without bookmarking it, which is easy to do anyway?
I do use the picture viewing capabilities allot and my only complaints there are that it is a little difficult to find pictures on it when you have a bunch on it. I have a few hundred pictures on it and it is hard to locate the one I want to find easily. Part of the problem there is that the thumbnails are slow to resolve so there is quite a delay in finding them due to that. Making it even harder is that from the PC picture details are not made available so that it makes it hard to organize them to make finding them on the run easier. This might just take me some time to find the right functions but so far I have not found it. Pictures by the way are beautifully displayed and look great on this. As well as video. The display is perfect.
Battery life is not as good as my Rio was but that is to be expected with a screen this large. I like the removable battery as well even though I have not had to use that function but having it easily replaced will spare it the fate of my Rio when the battery died. I get 4 or 5 days of listening and general use before a recharge. My RIO would go about 7-10 days before a recharge by comparison. There are two ways to recharge it, the slow way and the fast way. The slow way is to hook it up to the usb and use that to charge, the better and faster way is to use the supplied ac adapter cord that charges the device in less than an hour most of the time. The USB by comparison takes several hours.
Finding a case was a problem for me. I wanted a case that I could hook onto my belt loop using a carabineer but the only cases that I found available were ones with either flimsy belt hooks or straps to loop through a belt. I found that the Nintendo PSP case worked very well with some minor modifications and already had the carabineer ready to go. It cost me a whole $10. I would have rather had a better quality one but none were available that had the carabineer capability.
All in all I love my player and would suggest it to anyone who wants the best. The size is what it is, but it is not really that big of deal once to get used to it. Going from the ultra small Rio to this was an adjustment but I have adjusted to it and enjoy the tradeoff just fine. I don’t find it any easier than my wife’s 30 gig that I used while shopping for my next player. You still can’t really fit that in your pocket either.
"Simply amazing"on by seanpull
Pros 4.2 inch LCD widescreen, supports just about all video formats, av out port, 30GB and 60GB
Cons a little bulky but not really
Summary The Creative Zen Vision W is the best PMP out there. A 4.3 inch widescreen LCD, plays music, videos and photos. AV out port is great, you can play your videos/movies on a tv, and also play music on a stereo. People wonder is it to big? My answer is no, especially if you're an adult. I am 13 years old and this isn't to big for me, I am pretty big but still I'm only 13. The picture with the man holding it seems pretty deceiving, and if your used to an iPod you can hold it vertically, and it fits comfortably in my hand. The only reason I would not get this is if you are looking for just a music player. If you were looking for something like that, I would recommend the Microsoft Zune or the Creative Zen Vision: M. Do not get an iPod, they suck, terrible battery life, and the software is annoying unless you pay for your music or have a mac.
Pros huge video format supported, great display, great features, excellent design, whatelse you need?!
Cons not many accessories available, even the included headset is useless!
Summary Well, this is the first time i write something on CNet just because i have to say something about this great player, almost perfect: the sound, the screen, the multi-format supported video, the video quality, etc.. only there's some minus points about this player: creative did a great job by making it but did not make available accessories comparing of all other creative products, simple accessories like stand, dock charger, travel dock charger etc...
anyways i loved this player!