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Dress your ZEN X-Fi in style
"The ZEN X-Fi Leather Case adds a touch of class to an already sophisticated player. Smartly designed to give you easy and convenient access to the player's features, the accessory is custom-made to especially fit the ZEN X-Fi MP3 player".
Having owned a Creative ZEN X-Fi for a few weeks, I decided to start my hunt for the perfect case to protect my new media player.
After a few hours of browsing various online outlets, I decided to just purchase a official Creative accessory, what could go wrong? (Nearly) nothing, that's what! The only minor disadvantage to the regular consumer could be the price and the lack of some protection seen on most cases today.
The Zen X-Fi Leather Case retail price is about £15.00 GBP (approximately $30.00), which is quite a high price for a accessory of this class. However, the product's easy application and standard-looking, high quality design is what made the price tag worthy for myself.
The packaging is simple and contains just one item: the leather case. There are no accessories or any other goodies bundled with this case, unfortunately. This may be seen as a potential disadvantage for some, but it didn't bother me the slightest bit. If you need some kind of stand, headphone adapter or whatever, simply pick something off eBay for a (very) small price.
The reason I decided to purchase this case was because I wanted something conservative and normal-looking; nothing to extreme. The case is ideal for needs, and it's build quality is superb. The case feels to be constructed from a very high quality, polished black leather.
Application is easy too - simply slide your X-Fi into the case via the sensibly-sized opening on the left side. The product is designed to give you easy and convenient access to almost all of the player's features through the use of cut-outs, which is a standard feature on most cases available on the market today.
A couple of things I disliked about the overall design was that there wasn't a cut-out, or even an opening to remove or replace your SD card. This means whenever you wish to switch-and-swap between cards, you have to remove the case and place it back on again, which may become tiresome if you do this often like me. There's also no protection provided for the player's screen or main control buttons when the 'flap' is extended outwards; whether it be a cover integrated into the case or a supplied accessory, such as a film-type screen protector. This means small particles could get inside the case between the 'flap' and potentially scratch-up your screen after regular use.
The front 'flap' is a soft, piece of leather hardened with a card inside. The inside side of this has a soft finish, with the ZEN logo subtly carved into it. The 'flap' is designed to firmly shut against the front side of the case using a embedded magnetic closure, so that your precious investment doesn't accidentally slip out. The design also incorporates nine, small circular spots for style.
Overall, the ZEN X-Fi Leather Case is a lovely looking case with fantastic build quality. The product is let down slightly with it's general protection though. However, I personally think it's a wonderful case which anyone could use; for example, in the workplace, the case's conservative design and styling helps it blend right in.
Thank you for reading my review. Feel free to comment and rate at your leisure.
Having used the Creative Zen X-Fi (16GB) for almost a month now, I wanted to let you know about the leather case that is available for the unit.
I want to kick this review off on a very positive note, that this case is a lot better than the silicone case that is also for sale. It is slightly more expensive at £14.99 but is made from a nice quality black leather. It just feels so much more worthy of the price tag.
Open the case up and simply slot your en X-Fi in via the opening on the left side. There are cut-outs in the case so that the main controls remain accessible. Of note, the SD card slot has no cut-out, so to access this you have to remove the X-Fi from the case. This is not much of a problem, as in my opinion the SD card does not get changed all that often. The screen and all of the main control buttons are not covered when the case is open. Yet again, as with Creative's silicone case, no film type screen protector is provided.
The front flap is nice, no padding, but it is hardened with card inside. The inside of this flap has a nice soft finish, with a logo embedded into it it. The outside of the front has nine little circles on it, just a styling touch, they have no actual function. This flap snaps shut with a magnetic closure and provides nice protection to the X-Fi when it is not in use. This is a very nice case and will serve you very well to protect your little gem.
Note: I am the original author of this review at www.geekanoids.co.uk