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Amazon also have the 32GB player for £149.69 delivered

16GB - up to 8000 songs
Battery life: 25 hours of Audio playback or 5 hours of Video playback
SD Card (SD and SDHC) slot for memory upgrades
AAC (.M4A) support along with MP3, WMA, WAVE and Audible
WMV and DivX/XviD support (320x240)
2.5" Colour LCD screen
FM Radio and Microphone
16.7m Colour Photo Viewer

The Zen sports a 2.5-inch TFT colour display with 320 x 240-pixel resolution and support for up to 16.7 million colours. This razor sharp display is packaged in a device that weighs just 2.1 ounces and measures 3.26 x 2.16 x .44 inches (W x H x D). The internal battery powers the Zen for up to 25 hours of continuous audio playback and up to five hours of continuous video playback. Use the Zen's SD slot to expand your portable media library with music, photos and videos stored on your SD card. There's also a handy built-in microphone for capturing notes on the go.
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#1
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Load up up your favorite songs, as well as your album art, and get going with the Zen. The device supports iTunes Plus tracks from the iTunes store and MP3 and WMA tracks. Subscription and pay-per-download music services are supported, as well. You can even tune into your favorite stations with the Zen's FM radio. The radio allows you to save up to 34 presets.


The Zen has you covered when it comes to video, too. The device supports MJPEG, WMV9 and--with transcoding--MPEG1 and 2, MPEG4-SP, DivX 4 and 5, and XviD. Enjoy purchased or rented movies and TV shows from online services. Watch home videos. Even load your Tivo To Go movies and TV shows onto your Zen.

Additional features include a clock and alarm function, volume restriction, eight equalizer settings, and a USB hard drive mode, which allows you to drag and drop files directly to and from your Zen. The Zen can also function as a handy organizer, allowing you to synchronize with Microsoft Outlook and display your contacts, calendar, and tasks.
#2
nice deal.
#3
i have this. Fantastic sound quality. Tops Sony walkmans, tops ipods (anything does), and tops the other brands.

if you like your music loud then this is the loudest mp3 player available. Also screen quality is stunning, videos look flawless.

Bundled software is above averge. Video conversion time is fair.

Firmware speed is fair, not snappy but not slow also. Organisation of songs is good, though near enough impossible to create playlists on the move. Also possible to delete files on the move.

Firmware is regularly updated and support is very good via the Creative website.

Design: 9/10
Quality: 10/10
Looks: 10/10
Firmware: 8/10
Bundled software: 8/10
Bundled earphones: 10/10

Overall: 9/10

Conclusion; buy it!
#4
Good price nice and compact good battery life. But Its only around £20 less than I paid for a 80gb archos from Currys from a deal on herealthough the archos is not compact like this. The deal killer for me is that you have to convert your video files, I wont buy anything thant can play nornal divx . xvid / backed bitstream files...
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djmalice;3492262
i have this. Fantastic sound quality. Tops Sony walkmans, tops ipods (anything does), and tops the other brands.


LOL,

I have all 3 player in my house and I can assure you the Creative is the weakest in sound quality.

The Sony mp3 I have NWZ-A826 is head and shoulders above anything else I have heard.
#6
gd_miester
LOL,

I have all 3 player in my house and I can assure you the Creative is the weakest in sound quality.

The Sony mp3 I have NWZ-A826 is head and shoulders above anything else I have heard.


Agreed :thumbsup: I love my iPhone but my Sony Walkman has still notably richer sound, and are well renowned for doing so. Creative aren't so brilliant for audio but you'd be hard pushed to notice under most circumstances...
#7
lol, you're both absolutely wrong. I too have more than normal amounts of mp3 players in my house. The Sony walkmans have a rich sound, but that starts to deteriorate noticably at higher volumes.

Creative aren't so brilliant for audio? When they produce professional audio solutions for music studios?
#8
Every time I see an MP3 deal, I make a guess at how many posts we can get in before the smack-talk starts rearing up.

Ironically, a significant chunk of Creative's revenue is from iPod accessories, at least they can be pragmatic, when they aren't trying to sue everyone.

Just strap a Dansette to your back, mondo-cool, analogue style.
#9
These are great devices in my opinion. On the subject of video, they will play back divx at 320 *240. You don't have to use the supplied software, and there are lots of free alternatives that will do a good job of video conversion.

The units take up to a 32GB SDHC card for expansion, and my recommendation would be to buy a model with enough internal memory to store all your music, and to use the SDHC for video (the SDHC does not integrate with the units playlist functionality).

I got the 2gb version for just over £40 from Play, and have just stuck a cheap SDHC in for video.I didn't install the supplied software (have used a number of freeware converters without a problem) and am very happy with the unit.
#10
Very sage advice Blacklion1725!
#11
I am interested in this but only if it plays video files without converting them..i hate it when you have to spend hours converting files..

there seems to be a difference of opinion on what people think about this? Has anyone got one and been able to directly transfer divx etx without converting?

p.s i like the idea of having movies on card as you wont need playlist function with that..
#12
you can transfer files directly as long as they are in the correct format initially, e.g. for divx 320 *240 with mp3 audio. Almost all players will have some restrictions on what they will play, though maybe not as strict as the Zen.

If you do need to convert speed would depend on the software you use, the PC specs, the compression and quality settings. The supplied software converts "on-the fly" as youdrag and drop files, but based on reviews I decided to avoid it (it appears a bit over-intrusive like i-tunes and the Sony software).

Lots of software suggestions here:

http://www.videohelp.com/tools/sections/all-in-one-video-converters

and here

http://www.videohelp.com/tools/sections/dvd-to-avi-divx-xvid
#13
Bought a 2GB version of this from Creative's refurb store for £20 - None left now but I recommend keeping an eye on their shop incase they get more.
Nice bit of kit, small but screen size is adequate to watch a video. I found that most movies needed conversion which took a while on my computer but nowhere near as long as conversion for my itouch!
A useful feature to mention is that it takes SD cards (dont think there is a maximum size) so you can easily (and fairly cheaply) expand your memory.
Overall, good price for a nice little player. :thumbsup:
#14
How come this has made it to the front page but this 16GB Sony hasn't? :?

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/276091/sony-nwz-s639fb-16gb-mp3-and-mp4-pl

Not expandable but a good alternative player all the same.

EDIT: It's now on the front page...Huzzah!
#15
sdjpaterson;3493185
I am interested in this but only if it plays video files without converting them..i hate it when you have to spend hours converting files..

there seems to be a difference of opinion on what people think about this? Has anyone got one and been able to directly transfer divx etx without converting?

p.s i like the idea of having movies on card as you wont need playlist function with that..

So far I have had to convert pretty much every video file I tried to transfer. I was suprised at this as I have a 30GB old Zen which will take almost any format I throw at it. The plus on having to convert the files is that you can get more vids on as it decreases the file size, but I agree that its a pain in the behind!
#16
it is a slight pain I agree, but nobody is that busy surely.

smack talk? drugs?
#17
I bought this player around 6 months ago and i love it!

Fantastic sound quality and the video is quality too. Recommended.
#18
gd_miester
LOL,

I have all 3 player in my house and I can assure you the Creative is the weakest in sound quality.

The Sony mp3 I have NWZ-A826 is head and shoulders above anything else I have heard.


indeed - this is the poorest sounding mp3 player i've used but all my previous ones have been either sony or iriver or iaudio who are all the among the best.

and this is with £50 shure headphones. great player due to SD storage though.
#19
djmalice
smack talk? drugs?


Not quite
#20
I've had the white screen of death on two of these players. avoid. Go for the new X-fi version where they have fixed the issue.
#21
Rubisco
I've had the white screen of death on two of these players. avoid. Go for the new X-fi version where they have fixed the issue.


ahh i thought this was the x-fi version,

my review relates to the x-fi version

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