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Creative ZEN X-Fi 16GB With Wireless Lan: £121.54 Delivered

£121.54 @ Amazon
New portable media player from Creative, £150 everywhere else. Spec (condensed version from Play): Capacity: 16GB Size WxHxD: 3.3" x 2.2" x 0.5" Weight: 2.4 ounces LCD: 2.5" TFT 16.7 million …
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New portable media player from Creative, £150 everywhere else.

Spec (condensed version from Play):

Capacity: 16GB
Size WxHxD: 3.3" x 2.2" x 0.5"
Weight: 2.4 ounces
LCD: 2.5" TFT 16.7 million color LCD / 320 x 240 pixels
Storage Capacity: 16GB (4,000 songs or 60 hours of video)
Battery Life: Up to 36 hours of continuous audio playback / Up to 13 hours of continuous audio playback with speaker / Up to 20 hours of continuous FM radio playback / Up to 5 hours of continuous video playback / Up to 4 hours of continuous video playback with speaker
Video Playback Formats: MJPEG, WMV, MPEG-4 including properly encoded DivX and XviD. Included software can transcode from other formats providing appropriate codecs are installed.4
Audio Playback Formats: MP3, WMA, AAC5, WAV (ADPCM), Audible 2,3,4
Photo Formats Supported: JPEG. Included software can transcode BMP, GIF, PNG, and TIFF.6
Wireless LAN Supported: IEEE 802.11 b/g with WEP, WPA-PSK, or WPA2-PSK security
Battery: Built-in Li-ion battery
FM Radio: 32 preset stations
EQ Settings: 8 presets and 5 band custom EQ
Organizer: Calendar, Contact, Task List
Power Charging
Album Art
Voice Recording
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Minimum System Requirements: Microsoft Windows XP (SP 2 or higher), Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows Vista / USB 1.1 port (USB 2.0 recommended) / Windows Media Player 10 or higher / 1130MB free hard drive space (more for audio content storage)
True mobility: You can now stream music and photos wirelessly from your PC to your player within a home network. With the ZEN X-Fi, experience the sound of perfection wherever you go
Stay in touch on the go: Stay connected with friends on Yahoo Messenger or Windows Live Messenger on the go.
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#2
I'm torn to get this the 16gb or the 32gb version for £200.
#3
Really cant understand the need for wifi without a browser.

As for £200 for 32 or £120 for 16, I would buy the 16 then wait for 16gb SD cards to come down in price.

Also, it would be nice to see an audiophile comparison between this and the old one, to see if it is worthwhile buying; given that the old ones should now decrease in price.
#4
Or get the 16gb for £121 and pick up a 32gb sdhc card from play for £59.99 thus you would have a 48gb player for £201!! :thumbsup:
#5
I was struggling to see the point of the WiFi also, and I was going to get the 8Gb version from Currys for £100 on my dinner break, as I didn't think the 16Gb were going for less than £150. For the £20 extra it's probably worth it as they might bring out some WiFi friendly updates in the future.

As for the sound, I can confirm that with the headphones included the quality is amazing. Like listening to a home stereo system. Not sure how it compares to the previous Zen, but Creative always produce great sounding equipment.
#6
Be very careful... the music content on the SD card does not get integrated, so "upgrading" via SD doesn't work the way you would think. This has been an annoying "feature" of the Zens for a while.

See this review: http://reviews.cnet.com/mp3-players/creative-zen-x-fi/4505-6490_7-33158013.html.

I had my eye on this player, but have now changed my mind and am now waiting for a good price on the Cowan iAudio D2... Here's a review, if you want to compare the two:

http://www.anythingbutipod.com/archives/2007/04/cowon-iaudio-d2-review.php
#7
Anyone know if they've fixed the WSOD problem that the old zens were prone to?
#8
Monkey nuts 2
Or get the 16gb for £121 and pick up a 32gb sdhc card from play for £59.99 thus you would have a 48gb player for £201!! :thumbsup:


Apart from as with the original Creative Zen there is NO integration between the card and the internal memory. Meaing that you can't integrate music stored on the card and music in internal memory to view from the menu system. One of the pet peeves of many an owner and one Creative clearly don't want to sort out, most likely because of people wanting to buy the cheapest flash player in the range and do just that,
#9
This seems a really strange update by creative. It is a portable player, whose main use will presumably be outside the home so I don't really see the point of the wifi enabling access to computer stored music. I would have thought adding bluetooth and improving the user interface would have been far more saleable improvements.
#10
I'm still trying to find out if I can get the 4gb version of this then add a 32gb SD card then install all of my music onto the 32gb card ignoring the 4gb internal memory all together - thus avoiding the swapping between the two problem.

I'm gonna go & have a look at these on the way home I think but I'm thinking of getting the 4gb one.
#11
worto03
I'm still trying to find out if I can get the 4gb version of this then add a 32gb SD card then install all of my music onto the 32gb card ignoring the 4gb internal memory all together - thus avoiding the swapping between the two problem.

I'm gonna go & have a look at these on the way home I think but I'm thinking of getting the 4gb one.



The lowest capacity one of the X_Fi range isn't wi-fi, the only advantage it then has over the original Zen is X-Fi sound and better earphones supplied.

http://www.anythingbutipod.com/compare/creative-zen-vs-creative-zen-x-fi

And the lowest capacity Zen X-FI is 8GB. This as stated is not wi-fi. Thanks for the rep by the way.
#12
The lowest capacity one of the X_Fi range isn't wi-fi, the only advantage it then has over the original Zen is X-Fi sound and better earphones supplied.


Ah right - sorry yes I was on about this 4bg one over here.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Creative-ZEN-4GB-MP3-Player/dp/B000V9IAYI

sorry my fault - today is my 1st day looking at creative products & I'm only just getting used to the diferent models! I won't need wireless anyway as there is no browser so it's not such a big advantage\feature.
#13
worto03
Ah right - sorry yes I was on about this 4bg one over here.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Creative-ZEN-4GB-MP3-Player/dp/B000V9IAYI

sorry my fault - today is my 1st day looking at creative products & I'm only just getting used to the diferent models! I won't need wireless anyway as there is no browser so it's not such a big advantage\feature.


No, really the only advantage is the X-Fi sound and appearance (apparantly the metal look of the x-fi is still just plastic though)

I am unsure about how the player accesses the SD card not owning one myself, whether if you ignore internal memory you can just integrate the files into your menu system that way or whether it just accesses them as a directory store. Anyone in the know?

You might do well trying to find a pdf manual online that may have answers. Also I am unsure how quick access would be of the data on a card rather than on flash memory.

If you don't mind the extra bulk, you may do better getting the Creative Vision M instead in either 30GB or 60GB, the advantage of those and one considered a downstep with the Zen is that you can drag and drop DIVX without converting the screen resolution first to 320X240 (I know as I have owned one for nearly 3 years)

However in this day and age most people now are steering clear of bulkier hard disk based players. Myself having the Vision M for long trips and an 8GB Sony NWZ-A818 little flash player for day to day use.
1 Like #14
I have the pre X-Fi version and the SD card is not integrated which makes it sooooo annoying. I can't believe that they can't just release firmware to solve this but I've been on the Creative website forum and they've confirmed that they won't be.

It means that when you use the SD card it lacks all of the functions. It doesn't remember where you are when you switched the player off for instance. You don't get the album covers.

Apart from that it is superb sounding.
#15
It means that when you use the SD card it lacks all of the functions. It doesn't remember where you are when you switched the player off for instance. You don't get the album covers.


ah thanks for clearing that up, I understood that it was not intergrated but didnt realise you didn't get album covers ect. I take it you can still do playlists with music on the SD card?

That will be enough to put me off as I was thinking of storing all of my music on a 32gb SD card & using the internal memory for video's

Thanks,
worto.
#16
Got this delivered yesterday, can confirm that it's a beautiful bit of kit and the sound quality is incredible.

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