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      18.06.2011 17:48
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      May encounter a bit problem with the setting and stuff, but it's top notch and worthy

      This is my second MP3 Player i have bought. I'm interested in this small thingy because i have used Creative products many times, and i love it. Creative is one of my favorite, because it's quite affordable and have great quality.

      When i finally bought it, i was amazed. It's very, very light for a MP3 Player with a large screen. And the design is simple and great, too. With the 11.3mm thickness and 65g weight, no wonder it was so light! It can play WMA, AAC, and MP3, but sadly it can't do FLAC and OGG, because it seldom use that format. But that's okay, it's already great. The video playback feature is kinda hard to use, because you need to convert it to the format that appropriate with the ZEN using the software, but once you get used to it, it will be no problem at all.

      The sounds is great! I love the sounds because the ZEN can deliver great sounds even with standard equalizer setting. But of course if you want sounds that go with your liking, you can set it yourself.

      The interface is good and user-friendly. Sadly, if you want to insert album cover, it's kinda complicated. And the battery is great too! You can use it up to 20 hours for MP3 use only, and with full battery.

      Overall, i think it was worth it. If you want a great MP4 Player with an affordable price, this is it.

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      20.05.2010 00:03
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      i wouldn't buy this product - it was a present

      I would love to say it has amazing features and that i cant fault it but, unfortunately i cant lie to you. As a member of this site, i feel the need to tell the truth. It does hold massive amounts of information, i used mine as a memory stick! its small, handy but at times easily lost. I cant fault it playing music, it does this well, and shows the picture of the single or the album if the computer had downloaded the information, it allows you to rate songs on a 5* rating system, it allows you to play songs that you have rated 5* and 5* only. it allows you to create your own playlists for songs, you can also play songs by their genre. Video playback is sickening though. I watch Top Gear a lot on TV, and if I miss it, i like to download it and watch it in my free time, but the video lags behind the sound for about a second, and even then, the graphics its a bit blurry with motion. The FM turner is basically crap. If you aren't listening close to where the signal is being broadcast from, then it wont automatically find it when your scanning. The software that comes with the product in question is useful when you have your product connected and in use, but otherwise it clogs up your task bar and uses up system resources that could be used to improve computer performance. My Creative Zen Freezes from time to time. i have tried cleaning software to de fragmented the device, this hasn't helped, i have restored it to factory, everything and mine still freezes. When it freezes you need a pin to reset the device because all buttons become useless, that or you wait for the battery to go dead. It isn't bad for basic audio listening needs. If you have the device then its OK, but, if your consider buying one, i would advise you went for one of the more updated models like the zen... that is similar.

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      10.04.2010 18:32
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      Excellent

      I have currently had this product for just over a year now and I have to say that it is excellent, it holds just about all the music, photos and video clips that you could ever possibly need, its small and thin so can be carried about easily and discreetly wherever you go.

      build quality overall is excellent, in a year mine is still looking brand new even after a few drops to the floor.

      The display is very good with fast response times and very easy navigation. The 2.5 inch screen is just the right size for showing off all of your photos to friends and family or watching video clips.

      The product itself has great sound quality with many pre-set sound settings built in and the head phones that come with it are better than a lot of other ones that I have used in the past.

      All the software that you need comes included on a CD, this includes a file manager, playlist organiser, add media function and a video converter.

      Connectivity is via mini USB.

      Battery life is very good, I have worked 10 hour shifts and played this right through.

      The only negative that I can think of is that the radio function isnt very good as it struggles to find any channels and when it does the sound is fuzzy.

      Overall this product has never failed me and is still as good as when I bought it.

      5 stars.

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      16.11.2009 12:59
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      perfect little MP3 player

      I bought this after my ipod died. I'd never owned an MP3 player by Creative, but had done a lot of research and it got good reviews so I went for it.
      The main reason for buying it was the price I have to admit. I got good use out of my ipod before it died, but I didn't think they were worth the money when you could get another MP3 player of the same storage capacity for half the price.

      I bought the 4GB one as I like to only have music on the device that I love, and swap music on and off it regularly, and I have to say the Zen is perfect for this. I plug it into my laptop, and can drag and drop music on and off it in seconds. There is no need for 'syncing' it and it's by far the easier to use MP3 player I've had.

      It's small and light, which is perfect for putting in your pocket when I go out jogging, or popping in your handbag and carrying it around. It's also easy to switch on and off, and browse for music. The buttons aren't too sensitive that you spend half your time going past what you want, but not so bad that you have to press them too hard to get to where you want to go.

      The battery life, in my opinion is good, and it charges quickly. The only downside is the charger is only for a PC/laptop, there's no mains charger with it. As I work on a laptop all day I can charge it easily, but for many other people a mains charger would be far handier.

      All in all, I think this is a great wee device, and would highly recommend it. It's good value for money (was £80 when I bought it from HMV in February) and is easy to use and put music on.

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      28.08.2009 21:26

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      Small, yet robust Mp3 player, which is excellent value for money

      I have owned this product for around 12 months and have found it to be excellent value for money. The sound quality has been excellent and, although the screen is on the small side, meaning you wouldn't want to watch feature-length films, the video facility is very smooth and certainly watchable. The controls are user-friendly, with the music catagorised into artists, albums and genres, making it easy to find the perfect song. The Zen is also a fairly robust and survived the occasional impact with no problems. Despite all the positives, the Zen has also crashed on occasion, despite not being overloaded (it's only filled to about 80% capacity). While this is not exactly a frequent occurance, it can be frustrating as it needs to be reset following a crash, using the tiny hole in the back. In general, however, the positives associated with this MP3 player far outway the negatives, and it has become a real competitor of the ubiquitous Ipod.

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      13.07.2009 00:06
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      I would definitely recommend

      I've had my Creative Zen mp3 player for about 18 months now and overall I'm very happy with it.

      The sound quality is very good and all tracks are categorised by artist, album and genre automatically so any track is very easy to find quickly. All the different menus on the player are very easy to navigate around which makes the player really easy to use.

      The player is very compact and light so great to carry around but the screen is still a good size which makes it good to look at - you can have photos on there and choose one for your background for instance, or view pictures while you are listening to your music, and a nice feature too is that the album cover is displayed while you are playing a particular album.

      The zen will also play videos, not something I use myself but the screen is big enough to view them if you wanted to, which is where the option of adding extra storage capacity by inserting an SD card into the player would come in useful. I haven't needed to add one yet but I've got almost 900 tracks on the player now so I will be doing so pretty soon!

      The headphones that came with the player are decent. The lead is starting to perish a little now after 18 months but I think that is more down to the wear and tear I have subjected it to than any lack of quality.

      I'm not particularly technical but I've found it very easy to download music from my laptop on to the player. Once you have downloaded the software from the CD that comes with the player, the computer will recognise the player each time and simply add any tracks that you have added to media player since the last time you connected.

      The only downside with the Creative Zen is that is does occasionally crash, usually with me it has been shortly after I have added more tracks to it. There is a small hole in the side of the player and, as the manual says, prodding something like a needle into this will bring the player back to life, but I just worry that one day it won't!

      Overall though I would definitely recommend the player as I think it is great value for money compared to similar players out there. The ease of use is probably its best quality and I think that the option of adding extra storage by slotting in an SD card is also a great feature.

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        09.07.2009 16:30

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        A must have!

        FABULOUS MP3 PLAYER!!!
        I think this was possibly my best value for money item ever bought!
        Lots of people have Ipods now, but this i think is much better. Not only does it have fantastic visual and sound quality but it is a good price.
        I cannot express how pleased i am with this player. The creative zens are thought to be the new up and coming brand in mp3 players and this just shows why.
        The music can be organised in all sorts of ways (e.g. albums, artists, rated and much more).
        There is also a fantastic feature where you can download your photos and view them in albums on the screen whilst listening to music. This is great considering the screen is so big.
        The player fits nicely in the palm of your hand and i think it is the perfect size. It is also very slim and incredibly light so just slips into your pocket.
        Very easy to navigate around which is a real problem for many mp3 players.
        Not one bad word to say atall. I highly recommend this mp3 player and am sure that you will be as happy as i am!

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        21.05.2009 16:31
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        Pretty cool but be careful

        I have a Creative Zen 4GB with an 8GB memory card. It was and still is my first mp3 player and I have to say I was extremely fond of it

        The foam from the headphones came off within a couple of listens and I've never bothered replacing them, maybe my ears were too small or something? I never used the video feature but for me the most important things regarding an MP3 player are storage and sound. The sound on this is incomparable, it basically sounds as if you are right next to the band in the recording studio, amazing.

        The folder section of Albums and Artists is awesome and extremely easy to navigate.

        What let this down, although I hear that this is a common problem with all Mp3 players with screens is that I dropped it once and the screen shattered, half of the screen is impossible to make out but I can still negotiate my way around, however it makes it look a bit tin pot and more recently it has started to do strange things such as turning itself on and off.

        Now I know you are not supposed to drop it and it was my fault as I was a bit dosy in the early hours of the morning and held the headphones by the ear pieces leading the Mp3 player to unravel and disconnect from the jack. I do however think that they should be made a bit more sturdier and be able to survive a drop. This is a lovely Mp3 player but considering it is easier to buy a new Mp3 player than a screen that means that a clumsy owner is at extreme risk of breaking it quickly!

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          13.05.2009 14:51

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          great value for money, great sound, great player

          I bought two of these for my niece and nephew, and also recommended a friend buy one. They are great little players. My niece and nephew have never got them out of their ears, or are carried everywhere. They have to travel to France quite a lot, and it is long journey, these players are fabulous. Easy to use, and great sound quality. Easy to use with the software, and converting movies is very easy (they use this function a lot for their journeys). There is also the availability to use an SD card, so you are not restricted to the memory of the product (again great for movies). I am a fan of Creative, as their players are robust and you get a very good quality sound. I am not surprised that this player rates over the very restricted ipod - you can drag and drop MP3's with this, much easier to use than an ipod! Great value for money

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          05.03.2009 04:02
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          Now that i own one of these i still want an Ipod so i guess that pretty much sums it up...

          The Creative Zen 4GB is quite aesthetically pleasing with a great screen. I have the better 8GB version which also takes SD cards if i ever needed too, 8GB is enough for my needs.
          The creative Zen has an easy interface and you can cycle through your songs in a breeze. Not only this but the MP4 quality is also top-notch and the screen compliments this.

          One of the annoying things is that it can be hard to arrange your music as this cannot be done on the MP3 player itself you have to use the software you are provided with when you brought the product, not quite Ipod technology....

          In my personal opinion; and the fact that i own one, i feel that this is a good MP3 player for the money, the expandablilty aspect is another good point when looking at the value for money in comparison with other top brands such as Ipod and some Sony MP3 players. I think its a good buy...full stop!

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          28.02.2009 01:37
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          I highly recommend this to media lovers.

          I have been meaning to review this product for quite a while, although having not been a regular user of Dooyoo for the last couple of months I have not found the time. However now I feel I can give an unbiased review of this product as I have not had any MP3/4 players from Creative or any of the major rival firms like Sony and most notably Apple and their Ipod series.


          Design: Well this player has been billed as being smaller than a credit card and this is completely true. Placed on top of a credit card it is in fact a tiny bit smaller although of course in terms of thickness it is not possible with the earphone jacks themselves being thicker. It is just over 10mm thick which is still pretty slick and this is a nice compact player and one of the smallest on the market. Definitely a plus point.


          Screen: The screen is one of the main features with a relatively large 2.5inch screen which is comfortably more than its main Apple competitor the Ipod Nano. The only problem here is that the screen does seem quite fragile and I have heard reports of it braking easily so I would highly recommend paying a few pounds extra from a screen protector and this worry would no longer be an issue.


          Buttons: The buttons feel very plastically which is a little tacky, but don't get me wrong this product is very well put together like most of the stuff that creative produce. In this regard the Ipod definitely has nicer feeling keys and Creative did miss a trick here, but it is not something that should stop anyone choosing the Nano over the Zen.


          Interface: Again Nano wins here, but the thing is does the interface really matter. For Audio you will be listening to the music and not staring at the interface and with video you will be watching the video playing and not be able to see the interface. So although it is a great touch to the Nano and Zen does have a simple interface it is not anything to make a big fuss over.


          Audio: Creative pride themselves on having great audio and this is no exception. The provided earphones are decent enough, but many people will buy their own preffered earphones and that is where the Zen really shines and comes into its own. The sound is clear and crisp and another great reason to buy this product.


          Video: Normally I would say not to bother watching video on these players unless it is a short two min clip, however the 2.5inch screen means that everything is just about watchable and it is an adequate screen size. The quality of the videos is pretty good, with over 16million colours which not many other players out there have anywhere near to and the Nano has closer to 16 thousand colours.


          FM radio: Another great touch to this player and the signal is pretty decent, although it is possible to increase the quality of the signal with the recently released firmware upgrade special made on improving the FM radio. It is not the highlight of the Zen, but a definite plus point.


          Other features/notes: There is a decent enough organiser, but I do not suspect anyone will be using that at all, apart from the most die hard Creative fans. There is also a photo viewer where you can view photos at a high quality.

          The major plus point for this player the ability to insert a SD card which literally no other product on the market has. So if anyone is put of by the relatively small 4gb memory where you can only store a 1000 tracks or so, then you can purchase a 8gb SD card for less than £10 of Amazon which will bump the overall memory up to £12gb which is absolute quality. The only problem with this SD memory is that Creative have not integrated it with the interla memory so you have to go to the memory card option in the interface and access the audio and video on the card seperately. It is a bit of a hassle and Creative should have spent a bit more time here, but for the price it should not put you off purchasing this.

          Also I have to add that this does have the tendancy to crash and you will need to carry a needle around with you as this is needed to reset the player. This happens randomly and over time you will release little things you can do to stop the player crashing.


          Price: This Zen is great value and has recently been down to £50 during the christmas sale on Amazon and that includes free postage and packaging. No other player can compete with this in terms of price apart from a couple of the Sony MP4 players, which are also very good. Even yesterday this was priced at £56 on Amazon, although when I just checked it was £62, so if you are considering buying this I would wait a bit longer till they drop the price back down again, during their next sale.


          Overall: Well to conclude I feel that this player would be perfect if it did not have its few flaws like the crashing, the tacky buttons, fragile screen and relatively simple interfact. If these four factors were improved upon I seriously feel that this could be the best player on the market. However for the cost being as low as £50 I would have to say that this is definitely the best valued digital player on the market and would recommend it to anyone looking at a player where they can listen to decent quality sound as well as watching videos every now and then. 4 stars.

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            20.01.2009 20:32
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            Great little MP3 player from creative

            The Creative Zen 4GB is my second MP3 player from creative. My original creative MP3 player was the Zen Jukebox and is a complete brick of thing but was, it has to be said a very accomplished player. The Creative Zen 4GB was a present from my girl friend for Christmas and what can i say, a great gift and a very welcome upgrade.

            The first thing you notice about the creative is its small size, coming in smaller than a credit card and not much over 1cm in thickness. Despite being small it has a great 2.5" screen and well sized buttons which are easy to use. The front casing is a very shiny black plastic which loves finger prints unfortunately much like the PSP slim and light for those familiar with it.

            The screen is brilliantly crisp, displaying colours vibrantly. It displays video very well producing a double image which can often happen on these small screens. Although the quality of the screen for video is good its far to small to provide a great viewing experience. The screen is also good for displaying photos on.

            The core function is the MP3 player. The creative does this very well with good sound quality through playback. The sound produced is crisp and there's the usual EQ functions for those that like to play around with these settings. The settings are all simply laid out and are easily navigated with the well thought out button layout on the player. The bundled ear phones aren't the best but these aren't really an issue.

            The creative also provides the option of expandable memory through an SD card slot. This is especially good as it can accept HCSD cards. This could also be an added bonus for those that are may feel they need more than the provided 4GB.

            Overall the creative is a very good MP3 player. Its got a great size and has excellent MP3 play back. There are also plenty of other features added on which can be easily used through good controls and a great screen.

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            18.11.2008 11:35
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            Great Mp3 player!

            Creative ZEN 4GB is really great mp3 player for me, I got it few months ago and I really like it for many reasons, very trusted partner for me.

            Specifications
            Capacity : 4GB
            Size : 55 x 83 x 11.3mm
            Weight : 65g
            Screen : 2.5" 16.7 million color TFT LCD 320 x 240 pixels
            Songs : 2,000 WMAs/ 133hrs (at 64kbps) 1,000 MP3/ 66hrs (at 128kbps), 1,000 AAC/66hrs (at128kbps)
            Battery Life : Up to 25 hrs audio playtime, Up to 5 hrs video playtime
            Video Playback Formats : MJPEG, WMV9, MPEG4-SP3, DivX3 4/5 and XviD3, Audio Playback Formats : MP3, WMA, AAC4 (.m4A), WAV (ADPCM)
            Photo Formats Supported : JPEG (BMP/ GIF / PNG / TIFF)
            Battery : Embedded Li-ion battery
            FM Radio : 32 preset stations
            EQ Settings : 8 presets and 5 band custom EQ
            Organizer : Calendar, Contact, Task List
            Power Charging : Yes, Album Art: Yes
            Voice Recording : Yes
            Connectivity : USB 2.0, SD card


            What I like about this product > >

            First time I saw this mp3 player in a TV commercial, I didn't liked it very much, but after a few days I saw it in a super market, and I liked it so much, but mostly outlook, beautiful shining black color, little buttons and 2.5-inch LCD TFT screen, what looks very nice, picture is with really good quality because of 16.7 million colors and because of contrast and brightness, and It's pleasure to look music videos with so good quality. Also sound quality is really great, very pure music, what I like to listen and also if you record your voice, sound quality is really great. Another good thing, maybe one of the best things is transfer speed, every song and every folder is opened with a moment. Also the battery durability is really great, up to 25 hours for audio playtime and about 5 hours for video playback. The last thing, what I liked about this product is price, really low price, only $90, I bought it for $90 and this is really low for this mp3 player.

            What I don't like about this product > >
            The first and the worst thing is capacity, It's just too low for me, only 4GB, best capacity is about 10GB or something like that, I can upload about 5 videos only, and also I need about 1000 songs, but 4 GB is too low for me. Another bad thing is ear phones, these ear phones always comes out of my ear and this is so annoying and because of that i bought new and better ear phones. Also I don't like the way, how I have to put files to my mp3, with USB?, i hate to put the wire into my computer, this is so annoying and takes lot of time, because computer starts loading and so on, but also you can upload things with SD Card, if you have a card reader. Last thing is weakness, pretty weak mp3 player because of the screen, if this drops down, screen surely gonna broke.

            Great mp3 player with great size, outlook, nice screen and good sound- and video quality.

            Total Rating is 8 out of 10

            A review similar to this one has been also created on Ciao, under the same user name iHate22

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            28.10.2008 05:32
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            Creative got it right this time!

            I've had my Creative Zen 4GB for quite some time now. It was a gift from my brother. I fell in love with it when I first saw it.

            There are a lot of things that I love about this MP3 player. First is its design. It's slim and it's thin so it's perfect for a girl like me. It fits anywhere in my bag, even in my pocket. The screen is a sure winner also. It's clear and bright. Pictures look good on the screen of Creative Zen. The navigation key is also great and easy to use.

            The sound is great as well but I recommend that you change the earphones since it's quite big. Having SD slot also lessens your worries about running out of space for your songs, pictures or videos. It also has a built in FM radio and a voice recorder. Another great thing about this is, it is a flash based memory so you do not worry about hard drives that will crash.

            There are some things though that I am not crazy about this. Aside from its earphones that I changed, I don't like the USB cable that comes with it. Others may have liked its small USB and its cord is really short, about 4 inches.

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              27.10.2008 16:03

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              Fancy looker, but I perfer the Ipod

              I own a Ipod nano, but my Mother recently got this for her birthday and asked me to help her set it up, well l have plenty of experience setting these types of Mp3s up but this one was the biggest headache I have ever had. The player came with a program to convert videos but no matter what I did and how many times I called for support the thing just wouldnt work! Finally I had to convert them to a readable format with VLC and then the program they gave me, but this was a lengthy process that took over 4 hours for one movie! What a waste of time. Other then that the screen is nicer to watch movies off of then the Ipod, and I hope that the fault was a one thing thing, but it was very annoying and a whole day wasted for me. Hope you other owners have had better luck.

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