Product Type: Creative MP3 players
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Not the best
Creative Zen MX 16 GB
Member Name: northernlovely
Creative Zen MX 16 GB
Advantages: Looks nice, OK price
Disadvantages: Niggly volume button, 5hr battery life on video
The Creative Zen MX 16 GB looks great - in a glossy piano black, the Zen boasts a 2.5-inch, 320 x 240-pixel display - the QVGA screen is capable of displaying 16.7 million colours which makes for vibrant video playback.
The Zen is a lot more than an mp3 player as it is a fully paid up media unit, with video playback which is of a high standard (obviously the better the picture the bigger the file, and on a 16GB unit, you can suddenly find a few video files eating into a large chunk of your flash memory. So if you do watch a lot of videos..it might be better to go for the 32GB version).
The battery could be better, 30 hours for mp3 is OK but 5 hours for video on a full charge is rather disappointing - long journeys may be difficult with this unit if you were using it to watch videos. On the plus side it does support MJPEG, WMV9, MPEG4-SP3, DivX3 4/5 and XviD videos.
The Zen is easy to use, the buttons are nice and chunky and feel well made as does the entire unit. The supplied earphones are again decent quality, not cheap, and the sound quality on playback is excellent. One problem however is that the earphones do not have in line volume control, and the Zen does not have a dedicated volume control button - this is quite annoying because you can't quickly change the volume or mute without actually having to look at the unit itself.
I would give this model 3/5 because though it offers quite a lot, it doesn't deliver quite what it promises. The iphone or ipod touch does everything the Zen promises, does it better, and does a lot more besides. I can't say I'd really recommend it or buy it as a gift for anyone - there are better players out there.
If you do want to buy the Zen 16GB, the price is around £70 online.
Summary: Not for me
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