Reviews: Zen



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Category: Gear & Gifts
Subcategory: Miscellaneous
Price: $258.67
Average Rating:
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What is this? Feature-wise, the 30GB Zen Vision:M supports JPEG, MPEG-1/2/4, WMV, DivX, and XviD with an estimated 4.5 hours of showtime - double that of the 30GB iPod. When used as an audio player, MP3, WMA (with DRM) and WAV are all supported up to 320kbps that can carry a tune for 14 hours. And like all things Creative, the Zen Vision:M has an FM Tuner and Voice Recorder. Creative Zen Vision:M 30GB Review December 19th, 2005 Pros: Gorgeous screen; great battery life; highly customizable menu; awesome video format compatibility (no need for tedious conversions). Cons: Video hiccups every 10-15 minutes due to buffering; somewhat awkward control designs; MTP (meaning no Mac support ever); no games; non-removable battery. Verdict: Despite some minor glitches, the Creative Zen Vision:M is evidently the most entertaining portable video player with plentiful of features, long battery life, stellar video performance, and high level of personalization. Creative is playing some catch-up with Apple. Its rival iPod, shipped two months earlier, have been highly praised for its seamless integration with iTunes video, ranging from Podcast to $1.99 TV downloads. When everyone is trying to decide which portable video player to get for this Christmas, Creative timely airdrops the Zen Vision:M video player whose specs look familiar to the iPod. Despite their technical similarities , my in-depth investigation revealed a lot more. Gorgeous Screen Showoff Probably the first question people ask when reading this review is whether the Creative Zen Vision:M has a better screen than the video iPod. After all, Mr. Hoo should have already dissected the Apple's, and came up with countermeasures before hitting back. Putting the video iPod next the Zen, the Creative seems to take the lead with the colors on the 2.5" QVGA screen being very vivid and vibrant. The LCD's contrast is excellent. There's just a bit too much color saturation than necessary, causing some finer details to wash away. In comparison to the video iPod, the Zen's screen is also a lot brighter, and the brightness control (increments by 10%) sure comes in handy. Oddly, the LCD lost half of its clarity when viewing straight at 45-degree angles. When the player is inactive, the backlight will only dim to a level just enough for you to find your way even in complete darkness. If you key locked the player, the screen will just turn off. Navigation Control Lessons From clockwise top right, Play/Pause; Contextual Menu; Back; ShortcutI've a neutral feeling towards the navigation controls. The four main buttons sitting underneath the screen are all within your fingertips, and their labels illuminate in aqua blue when you press anyone of them. Though, you have to look carefully to notice the arrow labels on the two sides of the touch strip are buttons. And to quickly jump to your favorite tunes, Creative provides a new mechanism that searches files in their alphabetical order. Another way is to press on either the top or bottom end of the touchpad to accelerate the scroll

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    Spider_Monkey, Mon, 31 Dec 2007 06:00:59 UTC.
    1st review

    I own one and I enjoy every minute of it. Just read the details and youll know why

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    dmdesai2007, Thu, 03 Jan 2008 15:18:38 UTC.

    ok nice what about view screen size for Eye protection ?
    fot vedio.

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    pezzy, Wed, 23 Jul 2008 09:39:36 UTC.

    I bought my son one for Christmas.It was perfect!

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    AbusyRN2go, Mon, 11 Aug 2008 04:43:05 UTC.


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    Nursen05, Wed, 08 Oct 2008 08:28:02 UTC.

    Nice model...holds enough songs, books, and I believe cheaper than the I pod...

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    Account Removed, Tue, 11 Nov 2008 02:24:12 UTC.

    I use mine every day. Was given to me as a surprise when my iPOD was destroyed and I fell in love with it. Holds plenty of songs and very easy to use. Lots of nice features and is one thing I definitely could never be without.

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