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      07.11.2012 01:49
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      Great dedicated MP3 player capable of being an iPod beater.

      Are you fed up hearing about Apple this and Apple that and the latest whizz bang gadget from......oh yes, Apple. It's i this and i that. It seems to be by adding an i onto just about anything it makes it an original idea! Anyway you get the point.

      For a start I am not here to review ANY Apple products!
      Today I am going to show you how there are products out there, just as good, if not better than the mighty Apple.

      What we have here is the Creative Zen Touch 20 GB. This is simply a music player with the added benefit of a radio, no cameras, videos, TV, just good old fashioned music!

      WHAT'S IN THE BOX?

      Creative Zen Touch 20GB
      USB Cable
      Earbud Headphones
      Fake Leather Carrying Case
      User Manual

      TECHNICAL DETAILS

      Storage capacity: 20GB
      Supported Audio Formats: MP3, WAV, WMA
      Battery Run Time: Up to 24 hours

      DIMENSIONS

      Width: 6.85cm
      Depth: 2.18cm
      Height: 10.46cm
      Weight: 199.86gm

      CONNECTIVITY

      Outputs: Headphone jack
      Interfaces: USB 2.0

      ADDITIONAL FEATURES

      FM Radio
      Auto Sync
      Linear Touchpad
      Advanced EQ presets

      WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?

      The Zen (I will call it that for now), is made from a swish looking metallic-alloy and has a glossy white body with the controls laid out very simply and intuitively and the finish is very durable, having barely a scratch on it, despite being in and out of numerous pockets, knocked against keys etc.
      The big win for the Zen is the linear touchpad which is a stroke of genius and you will have mastered it in no time, allowing you to navigate your music collection (no matter how large) with ease.
      The 160*104 pixel display is easy to read and displays plenty of information such as artist, track title, album info, EQ setting, play mode and elapsed time bar.

      WHAT'S IT LIKE TO USE?

      For starters, whatever your musicical tastes, with the Zen, the brilliant battery life lets you listen to your tunes for up to 24 hours and is one of the best on the market.
      The Zen feels solid and durable in your hand and as I have alluded to previously the superb linear touchpad enables you to find any track in no time at all simply by sliding your thumb up and down on the touchpad. By hitting the ok button this enables you to select a song or album or alternatively you can set up the touchpad to tap it to select.
      On either side of the Zen you have back, menu and random (shuffle) buttons on one side and play and back or forward buttons on the right.
      This is one point where the Zen falls down as unless you have large hands, you will find it hard to operate the buttons one handed.
      The left edge of the Zen has the volume and power buttons while on the opposite side is the power adapter connector.
      Finally at the top of the player is the headphone and USB slots and also a hold switch.

      IS IT EASY TO TRANSFER MY MUSIC?

      Creative has simplified the transfer of your music with the autosync feature which syncs with Windows media player 10 and it also allows for the transfer of subscription based downloads that time out as well.
      By the time you read this review Creative should have released a firmware upgrade which will allow the Zen to show up as a seperate drive on your PC, therefore making the transfer of files a whole lot easier and you should simply be able to drag and drop it from one file onto the player itself.

      DOES IT SOUND ANY GOOD?

      I was very impressed by the sound quality of the Zen and while the standard earbud headphones are good I have upgraded mine to a decent pair of Sony's but this is entirely personal preference. Part of the reason for the excellent sound is the signal-to-noise ratio of less than 97dB and the Zen can also produce excellent sound by being hooked up to your home stereo system.

      VERDICT

      A cracking MP3 player and radio which certainly gives the iPod a run for its money and is able to hold about 10000 songs and play them back in quality sound.

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      26.08.2010 00:04
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      get something more modern

      I bought this years ago and back then it was the bees knees.

      Appearance
      It is about 1.5cm thick, 10cm lock and 6cm wide. This may not seem like much, but pocket size is something it only just qualifies as. In fact, in jeans or any other smaller pockets it simply won't fit. Coupled with its weight this is a real problem; it feels like a brick in your pocket - I needed a belt to stop my trousers falling down. Nowadays, 20Gb is easily manageable in much a smaller space, as is obvious with apple's products, and so this product is definitely out dated in this respect. Apart from that it has a silver metallic back and white plastic face which still is passably stylish. The screen is blue and back, there is no colour screen, which is a let down.

      Useablilty
      It has a standard headphone jack. The on/off switch is a separate button on the top which makes it extremely easy to use; I have never liked the fact that on some ipods you have to hold down the play/pause button to switch them on. The hold switch is also on the top; a slide switch, also easy to use. There are all the necessary buttons in two rows as seen on the picture. To scroll through the menus there is a touch slider in the middle: if you slide your finger from the centre to top it scrolls up, centre to bottom it goes down - simple! I actually prefer this to the 'wheel' motion on an ipod. You can also set it up so that tapping in the centre of this pad selects or clicks on the song/menu selected, sort of like on some laptop touch pads.

      Features
      It is mainly just an mp3 player as there is no colour screen for games, nor an inbuilt camera. The usual shuffle and play list features are available. It has a 20Gb hard drive which is more than capable to hold most music collections.

      Accessories
      Comes with a stylish faux leather case and decent headphones.

      Evaluation
      Was extremely good when it game out. But bulky, non-colour screen and nor camera just don't cut it these days. The new itouches out class it in every dimension.

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      13.08.2010 16:37
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      Amazing mp3 player for its time, sadly outdated now

      Well this Mp3 Player was amazing, sadly it has just died on me after a pretty decent 5 years of use.

      The main attraction at the time of purchase was the massive 20gb of storage, which after 5 years, still wasn't quite full, and I'm a self confessed music lover! As well as the massive storage the player also boasted one of the first ever touch panels (can be seen on the picture as the stretched oval in the centre of the device), which can be used to scroll through lists, and music titles.

      The product was extremely easy to navigate, and felt very very sturdy (even more so than the Ipod of its time) which was brilliant because i can be very clumsy handed. A brilliant feature was the way in which the Zen dealt with music, allowing you to simply drag and drop, while it did all the hard work of categorising music into correct artists, albums and genre's.

      The battery was brilliant, lasting for days on end without needing to be recharged. This was another important factor, and one which most other mp3 manufacturers at the time seemed to have overlooked, a rechargeable battery. This not only saved money, it meant that you where never truly caught short, as the battery took a mere couple of hours to charge.

      Now, to discuss the music...
      One word sums up the quality of the music from this device, Excellent. This was, in the end, what pushed me away from purchasing the original Ipod, the quality of this players sound was top notch, and although the Ipod's was good, the Zen's was better... by a long shot.

      With the supplied headphones, i was able to hear music clearly, beautifully. Every sound was crystal clear and every drum beat was perfectly tuned. With the help of an on board equalizer, i was able to make sure every song sounded perfect.

      I wouldn't recommend this product any-more, its outdated and doesn't have half the features of some of its new competitors, but i would seriously recommend purchasing a new creative zen (perhaps the x-fi2) in future based on sound quality!

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      09.01.2010 21:14
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      Not quite as good as the Ipod Touch but its a Good Buy

      Design and feel

      The Creative Zen Touch is quite a big and bulky mp3 player which has a white body cover, the device is smooth to touch and its got a nice sleek design to it.
      The main feature of the zen touch has is its touch-sensitive Touch Pad,
      it is easy to use as i have found out as through navigating and scrolling.
      It also has a lock switch by the side, so buttons aren't accidentally clicked or pressed which is useful for when your on the move because you'll know that even if buttons are pressed it wont affect the zen. Its quite easy to use due to the simple layout of buttons. A USB 2.0 mini socket which connects to the computer can be used to transfer songs. Like the Ipod's the menu shuffle song can play songs which you have in your library. It is also somewhat heavy and bulky and not ideal for carrying around in your pocket.

      Performance
      The sound quality of the Creative Zen Touch impressed me, the signal-to-noise ratio is exceptionally high. The powerful crystal clear sound makes it a recommended product, though it is better to choose good headphones to listen with if you want to take advantage of the excellent sound quality. The zen does offer a four-band custom parametric equalizer for better earphones than the zen headphones which are okay but not exceptional by any means.

      Features
      The Main Menu options, includes Music Library to display the list of songs, Now Playing to see what track you are playing at the moment, Play Mode, Settings and Information.
      It is possible to search for songs, albums and artists although finding it difficult as it not the easiest thing to use as i have found out. Navigation can be used by clicking in the middle of the player, which feels nice to touch and it does whatever you want it to do. Touching it in the middle area scrolls up and down slowly. It may be hard to use at first but once you have fiddled with it and had a go you'll get used to it. The search facility can also be used to search for artists, songs or albums.

      The Zen also features a 4 band custom equalizer. The good thing about this is that you can edit and choose the tone to what ever you feel like making it easier for you to change the settings to suit your needs.You can set the play mode to repeat track to listen to the same song, repeat all to repeat all songs once played and you can randomize all the tracks if you really want.
      Software

      The software for the zen is quite easy to install, it requires Nomad drivers this makes it useful to transfer songs and files in general. The software doesn't take up a lot of space and storage though which is good because memory usage may be important to some computer users.
      Battery

      It is easy to charge the battery. Once connected you can find out if the player is fully charged as it should last the full 24 hours that it is expected to last for . Battery can last up to around 30 hours but this is only if you have lots of low quality mp3 files. I use my player for several hours a day, and only needs charging once a week. This shows that the battery life is exceptional and reliable.
      Overall

      Overall I think that the zen touch is a very good buy and much cheaper than
      the Ipod costing around £150. The playback and storage capacity are very good and so is the performance of its sound quality. The navigation system is quite hard to use at first but once you've fiddled with it and got used to it you'll think quite the opposite. On the whole I would recommend the Ipod Touch a good buy on the whole.

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        19.05.2009 20:51
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        Big and lacking features by todays standard but will last you forever and ever and ever...

        I have had this for 5 years now! Yes 5 whole years!! And it's still going strong. It is beginning to look dated and it is humungous in comparison to more modern equivalents. However it has not even crossed my mind to replace it.

        The sound quality is fantastic and even after 5 years the battery still lasts a good 18 or so hours. The supplied headphones are also great and I only replaced them after 3.5 years of use. This is probably the toughest little (well big) MP3 player you can buy. Mines been down the stairs countless times and is covered in dents but it just keeps going!

        Another great plus side is that when the new firmware has been installed it is compatible with windoews media player and Vista (none of this itunes rubbish). The touch pad is a neat touch but can take a little getting used to. Although it is a little slow I use this as a portable hard drive as it has loads of storage space to accomodate my 2500 songs and tons of other data.

        I did pay £200 for it 5 years ago but it was certainly worth it and I ca't see it packing up any time soon. Long live the Zen!!!!

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          04.01.2009 18:49
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          A great MP3 Player

          I absolutely loved this MP3 player.

          There are so many positive selling points to this product that makes it an amazing product.

          I bought one of these, and it lasted for nearly 5 years before somebody destroyed it. And that took an industrial magnet to pull it off.

          The number one selling point from my perspective is that there are two ways to get music onto the MP3 player. You can simply drop and drag, or use the software that comes with the product.

          There is also the ability to change the bit rate of the songs as they are playing, so you can have a high bit rate with fewer songs on the disk, or have a lower bit rate with more songs.

          The touch pad was a little iffy, particularly if it was raining out.

          The screen is great, except for the fact that it doesnt play pictures or films.

          The price I got mine for was £199, and that was brand new from Comet, but when it broke, they had stopped selling them.

          So be prepared to be disappointed for when you have a problem with it, and nowhere can repair or replace it.

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          09.10.2008 15:14
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          Superb MP3 player

          This is a great product. It is a nice hand sized MP3 player, it is heavier than other players as it has a hard drive built in, but it makes it sturdier. I have dropped mine a couple of times and it hasn't made a mark on it! It comes with a pouch that you can hang onto your belt to keep it in place if you are running or walking.

          I have a large music collection and I have managed to burn most of it onto my player, which currently has over 8,000 songs on it, so this has a huge storage capacity!

          The touch pad is simple to use and menu buttons are easy to navigate.

          The only problems are that the touch pad can be a little to sensitive and occasionally you find yourself skipping past the song or album you are looking for! I have seen some people review this who have said that it hasn't lasted 6 months, but I have had mine for 2 years and it is still like new and playing perfectly. I believe if you look after the product it will go on working well for a long time!

          Also has built in rechargable battery, so no need for new batteries all the time!

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          03.10.2007 22:54

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          A good mp3 music that does exactly what it promises.

          I've had this now for a couple of years and I still have no thoughts of upgrading to anything newer or shinier. The reasons are simple - it is study, has plenty of capacity for music (I have my entire collection on there and it's still not two-thirds full), has good battery life and comes with excellent software, which I also use for all audio CD burning. The downsides of this device are the size (yes, unfortunately a little too big to easily fit in a jeans pocket) and the fact that the slider can be a touch too sensitive. Overall, though, a decent bit of kit if you want an mp3 player purely for music and plenty of it.

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          16.07.2006 15:25

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          WELL WORTH THE MONEY AND SO MUCH MEMORY!

          This MP3 player is as good as any on the market today. Personally i think its better than ANY Ipod this is because of its stylish looks, lost lasting battery ( important for long journeys ) and its super touch scroll ( it beats ipods scroll anyday ). The first thing you think about this is when you see it is that its quite bulky and its true it is but an mp3 player than can hold up 2 50,000 songs has to be so be realistic and secondly ive had for almost a year now and its as good as new because they hardly ever break ( unlike ipods ) its also very stylish and composed and well worth the money i managed to get mine off amazon for 135 quid but there only about 90 quid a bargain in my hand this thing is a brute!!!

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          17.05.2006 16:18
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          Excellent Mp3 player, complete, sound, battery, everything you could wish for!

          This is my third or fourth Mp3 player now, and having finally found Creative, I am sold for life and will be sticking with them. Although the software necessary has to be installed, this is not a big deal, and is easy to use. The actual Mp3 player has been considered chunky and overweight, but i do not find this a problem at all, as it is most definitely palm sized, and there is no problems with using it whatsoever. The touch setting can be annoying, as you watch the scroller fly through your bands, but this is controlled easily within a couple of hours of use. The biggest selling point is the 24 hrs battery life, and it does seem so, as I am often listening to music, and I only have to charge every few days. I could not do without this mp3 player, and I will never feel the need to be a sheep and go for ipod. Creative is the new ipod, as it excels its opposition in every possible way.

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            16.05.2006 14:36
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            Easy to use, navigate, upload songs to, compact, good looking great price!

            I love this product! I bought it for my partner for Xmas - he works as cabin crew - so this gets a lot of use on long haul trips away!

            The Zen stores a hell of a lot of music (20gb is around 5000 songs in total and he still hasn't filled it with our CD collection!)he never gets bored with the choice! Perfect for taking on holiday for using next to the beach or by the pool. It looks very neat and compact yet stylish - although it is slightly bigger than an Ipod - its amazing and I wish I bought one for myself now!

            We often use a double adaptor with earphones each and listen to Stop Smoking Hypnotherapy in bed - the clear crisp sound of this player is amazing and its like the music / sound is in the room with you. So in my opinion thes sound quality is excellent as is the range of features it provides - very easy to follow and navigate around the files too.

            I could not recommend this more! Far surpasses any other MP3 players in both easy of use, quality and certainly great value for money!

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              27.02.2006 21:11
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              9/10

              The Creative Zen Touch was one of the 1st good mp3 players out, it provided a benchmark for all other companies with its easy to use menu system. Its long battery life means that you can listen to your entire library for up to 24 hours. The only disadvantage that i could work out was its size but without its bigger size then there wouldnt be as much capacity so you have to take the good with the bad, i highly recomend this product!!!!

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                28.01.2006 10:19
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                A very good MP3 player with nice features but bad headphones

                I've been thinking about getting myself an MP3 player for a while, and after a lot of reading of reviews and checking prices, I went for the Creative Zen Touch. It's a good size (I know if I went for the Ipod Nano I'd sit on it and break it) though perhaps slightly on the bulky side.

                The sound quality is extremely good. Some of the songs are much quieter compared to others, but I think that's proabably more to do with my encoding than the player.

                There's a nice screen, 4 1/2 by 3 cm, which can have a pale blue backlight. You can change the settings as to when this turns off in order to save power. The backlight makes it very easy to see what's being displayed, but you can still read it with the light off.

                There are various play settings. You can choose what it plays, or you can have it set to play songs at random. It can repeat one track or pick a track at random to repeat. I have mine set onto random. This is probably the most commonly used setting, and there is a button on the front that lets you choose this without going through the menus.

                The menu system is clear, and it should be no trouble to find what you're looking for. The sections on the main menu are Music Library, Now Playing, Play Mode, Settings and Information. All of those should make it obvious what's inside them.

                You scroll through the menu using a touchpad in the centre of the little device. I'm still getting the hang of how this works; it's very sensitive and I keep scrolling too far by accident. There's a button at the top of the touchpad for selecting an item, the buttons to the right control the song (pause, skip, back) and those on the left are for main menu, back in menu navigation and one to put it onto random. The volume controls and the on/off switch are on the left hand side of the player. There's one other switch, on the top, which locks the player, so that pressing the buttons has no effect. This is very necessary when using the carry case, but more on that later.

                There is a lot of storage space. There are 450 tracks on mine and I've still got over 17000MB of space left. Admittedly, most of the tracks are in WMA format rather than MP3, so they take up less space, but this makes the player more versitile than some. Loading songs is extremely easy and can be done by selecting the files on the computer and copying them to the player as though it was a directory.

                ~~~ What Comes With It ~~~
                ~ Software ~
                The player comes with Creative Media Audio Converter. This converts files of one audio format to another. I've not had to use this yet because all my files have been in the right format.

                There's also a media player that runs on a PC. This seems to be just like most other media players out there. It opens a file in a supported media format and, as the name implies, plays it.

                There is an electronic user guide along with the paper version that comes in the box.

                The software CD also contains Adobe Acrobat, in case you don't have it on your computer already, because its needed to read some of the documentation.

                You don't need this software to put music onto the player. You can open it up like a directory and just drag the music files over to it. Unlike the Sony players, this makes putting on new songs very easy.

                ~ Songs ~
                The player comes with some songs already in its library. These are all classical pieces, from the likes of Beethoven and Brahms. If they're not to your taste, you can delete them easily enough. Otherwise, there's plenty of room on the player for them.

                ~ Charger ~
                This is very obvious what it is an how it should be used. One end plugs into the wall, the other end into the player. There's only one socket on the player that's the right size, so its easy to see where its meant to go. Even if you were struggling, there's 'DC in' written right next to it.

                I've not had a problem with battery power. There's a little icon in the top left corner of the screen. It's a picture of a battery with three bars for when the player is charged. It's gotten down to one bar, but I've never had it run out.

                ~ Headphones ~
                I've not very pleased with the headphones. They do very well at making sure I'm the only one listening to my music. However, they don't do so well at blocking surrounding sounds. Walking by a road will definitely result in the music being drowned out completely.

                There's also not a great fit. They're a bit big for my ears. My boyfriend used them (well, one of them) when we were watching something on his computer and he thought they were too big as well, so I don't think it's just me. They don't want to stay in my ears, which gets extremely annoying. I'm probably going to buy a new set of headphones soon.

                ~ Carry Case ~
                This is a smart, black case that clips onto your belt. It looks very nice; plain black except for 'Creative' written in small writing on the front and on the belt clip at the back. The clip works very easily and it holds the player securely.

                There are however a few drawbacks. You can't see the screen or get at the buttons while it's in the case. If you want to skip a track or do anything else with the player, you have to take it out of the case completely. This isn't too much of a problem if you just want to turn it on and leave it.

                The case is tight fitting, so you have to remember to lock the player before putting it in. Otherwise, the process of putting the player in will press the buttons and make it think you're using the touchpad.

                ~ USB Connector ~
                Pretty much all computers now have USB ports, so it should be easy to use this cable. There's a socket at the top of the player (it's very obvious which one) for the cable and the other end plugs into a USB socket on the computer. Then you can open the player in My Computer and put tracks directly on it.

                ~~~ Overall ~~~
                With the exception of the headphones, I'm extremely happy with this player. It has great sound and an extremely good amount of memory. I haven't had any problems with the player itself and would definitely recommend it.

                It doesn't come with a voice recorder, but that wasn't a feature I was looking for. It's not the same fashion symbol as an Ipod, but it is what it needs to be: an extremely good MP3 player.

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                  27.10.2005 21:30
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                  I love it, but it's not perfect.

                  I've had my Zen Touch MP3 player for 6 months now, so I figured it was about time I reviewed it and wrote my first technical review for DooYoo in many years!

                  So, let's make a start....


                  ~~ WHAT'S IN THE BOX? ~~

                  1 Creative Zen Touch Player
                  1 Pair of Stereo Earphones
                  1 Universal Power Adapter
                  1 Carrying case
                  1 USB 2.0 Cable
                  1 Installation CD
                  1 Quick Start Guide

                  As you can tell from the picture above, the Zen Touch is mainly white with silver buttons and edging. The back is silver too, so it looks nice, even if it isn't the best-looking player in the world. It's dimensions are (WxHxD) 4.12" x 2.7" x 0.866" and it weighs 7.05 oz. As a result, although it's not too heavy, if you are wearing the player hooked to the waistband of loose trousers, you may well find them working their way down your hips… or waist... or down to your knees if they are that loose. It tends to weigh pockets down as well, and can be a little bulky when held in it's carrying case, so no good trying to conceal it in a little black dress.

                  The display is a 160 x 104 pixel resolution LCD, which is lit up using a blue backlight. You can adjust the contrast ensuring you can always read the on-screen options clearly and you can set the amount of time that the screen stays lit after you have finished making your selections and setting changes. I have to admit I love the blue light!

                  The carrying case isn't the best quality, or the flashiest piece of kit, but I really like it. It's padded and lined so as not to scratch the screen of the player as you slide it in and out. It's elasticated at the side for ease of use and the belt clip is plastic, although it seems fairly sturdy. The DC input socket (for charging) and the power on/off button are accessible when in the case, but the other buttons that are used to select the music are not, and sometimes in sliding the player in and out of it's case it is possible to change settings or skip tracks.

                  The headphones are bog standard (fitting a 1 x 1/8" stereo mini-jack), the power adapter is cute (it's not big or heavy) and the USB cable is just long enough to be useful and not too long to become a nuisance to store and keep tidy. The installation CD is useful and easy to install and use, but I found I was up and running with the player after only a few minutes of taking it out of it's packaging (which is not at all stylish and is very cheap looking) without the use of the Quick Start Guide.

                  Talking of which… For something that is so thick, you would think the Quick Start Guide would be a really handy resource for everything to do with your player. This is sadly not the case. It is useful, but it is very limited and most of its bulk is made up by the alternative translations. There are 16 pages dedicated to the English language, but apparently the manual is on the CD. (Very handy if you’re on holiday and need to know how to do something… Not!) The manual is good on the whole though, mostly easy to understand and easy to follow.


                  ~~ SO, WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT? ~~

                  The Zen Touch is currently available in two sizes ('size' in this instance referring to the amount of music storage space); 20GB and 40GB. I have the 20GB version which is capable of holding up to 5000 MP3s, or 10,000 songs WMA format if you prefer. I can't verify that, as I haven't reached the Zen's capacity yet. Perhaps I don't own as much music as I thought I did! It boasts 24-hour battery life when playing 128kbps MP3s or 32 hours when playing 48kbps MP3 tracks but again I can't verify this, as I have never sat with my music playing for 24 hours straight, let alone 32 hours! I haven’t had to recharge it very often, and it lasts a long time when it’s not used for 24/32 hours straight. I maybe recharge once a fortnight after listening for a few hours a day on average, but it really depends on how much you use it. The batteries don’t last as long when you are constantly skipping from track to track though. The player arrives with some battery charge and sample classical tracks pre-loaded to listen to so you can check it out straight away.

                  Music is transferred using USB 2.0 data transfer protocol, but it is backwards compatible with USB 1.1 (if your PC is a bit older). It plays MP3, WMA and WAV files. The signal-to-noise ratio is up to 97dB, channel separation is up to 74db, frequency response is between 20Hz and 20kHz with less than 0.1% harmonic distortion output. I don't have a clue what any of that means, it sounds good though!

                  The files are transferred really quickly, with each one taking no more than a couple of seconds to complete.

                  The player operating system/firmware can be upgraded (support & updates available via www.creative.com) and Creative offer a one-year limited hardware warranty should anything go wrong. I’ve had no problems with mine so far, so it’s all good!


                  ~~ FEATURES ~~

                  Now, the Creative website says that you can “create and customize music play lists on-the-go” but I am inclined to disagree. You can create play lists on your PC and upload them to the player, but you can’t seem to create them as easily on the player itself. That is, I haven’t found a way of selecting individual songs from different albums by different artists and saving them to a play list. In this instance the manual isn’t particularly helpful either. I ran through the instructions but it didn’t do what I expected at all. I saved the whole of Snow Patrol’s album instead of just the one song, and didn’t manage to add tracks to the play list I created, even though that’s what the on-screen prompts seemed to suggest I was doing. (Maybe it’s just me being dim, but I’m not normally techno-thick.)

                  The menu windows disappear after a few seconds too, which can be quite annoying when you’re trying to do something new and reading from the manual.

                  It is possible to search for songs, albums or artists although it’s not the easiest thing to use. Navigation (and selecting of letters to search on) is achieved by touching the indented area in the middle of the player. Touching it in the middle area scrolls up and down slowly. Touching the indent at the extremities scrolls faster. When the list of items is short, the list scrolls quicker and it is very fiddly to land on the correct item. It’s slightly easier when it is longer, but still a bit of a pain. The search facility only lets you search for the first letter of the title or artist, so it isn’t always that useful.

                  The Zen also features a 4-band custom equalizer as well as a number (maybe 10) that have already been preset. This allows you to customise the tone to your preferences, although I have not felt the need to change any of these settings.

                  You can set the play mode to repeat track, repeat all (of the selected play list), shuffle, shuffle repeat, track once or randomise ALL the tracks on the player! That’s more than enough to keep me happy!

                  ~~ WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH THE SOFTWARE? ~~

                  In order to run the software that comes with the player, your PC needs to meet the following requirements:

                  Microsoft® Windows® 98SE/Me/2000/XP
                  Intel® Pentium® II 233MHz or AMD K6® -2 266Mhz (Pentium III 450MHz or higher recommended for MP3 encoding)
                  64MB RAM (128MB recommended)
                  USB 1.1 port (USB 2.0 recommended for faster transfers)
                  30MB free hard drive space (more for audio content storage)
                  CD-ROM drive with digital audio extraction support

                  I haven’t used the software to rip my CD’s into MP3 or WMA format because I am used to using Nero, but I do use Creative MediaSource™ to transfer my files between my PC and the player and also between the player and my play lists.

                  It’s really simple to use and just requires you to drag and drop to the right locations. If you can manage to navigate and copy and move files using windows explorer, you will have no problem with this. Right click on the player icon to create new play lists to add tracks to, delete tracks you no longer want on the player, everything can be done from here.


                  ~~ IS THAT IT? ~~

                  No. The Zen touch is essentially a 20/40GB hard drive, and as a hard drive you can store other data files on it too. When you connect it to your PC, you’ll be able to access it as a drive and drag and drop files to it. Simple!

                  On the down side, because it is essentially a hard drive, you can’t shake it around and knock it about too much without doing some damage. It is recommended that you DO NOT JOG with it. So, it’s no good for runners, but seeing as I have an allergy to running, it’s fine for me!

                  It can also be turned into an FM radio, voice and FM recording via optional wired remote control.


                  ~~ OK, SO WHAT DO YOU THINK THEN? ~~

                  I think the Creative Zen touch is far from perfect, but I love it to bits.

                  It can be difficult to navigate because of the sensitivity of the scrolling, it doesn’t let you create play lists on the fly easily, it’s not the smallest or lightest player but in all other respects it does the job and is everything I need in an MP3 player.

                  Plus… it’s a darn sight cheaper than an Ipod! (I paid £149.98.)

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                    cheap and efficient!

                    You may have heard a lot of people complaining to Apple that their IPods aren't working, or that they keep breaking down. This is certainly not the case with Creative's Zen Touch.

                    In comparison the the Apple 20gb mp3 player, the Touch will provide the consumer with efficient and reliable service. And dependng on where you buy it from (I got mine from Amazon), it can save you up to £100!

                    In my opinion, it's the best mp3 player around!!

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                  • Product Details

                    Amp-up your music with the powerful ZEN Touch! With a massive capacity hard drive, store your whole music collection on one player. Listen to up to 1333 hours of music, that's 55 days of never hearing the same song twice! Plus, create and customize playlists on the go to fit your lifestyle, mood or taste. With the massive 24-hour battery life - your musical journey will never end.

                    Play all day and all night non-stop with incredible 24-hour battery life, up to three times that offered by other players. Now you truly have the battery juice to get loose.

                    No more going round in circles to find the song you want, everyone knows that the quickest distance between two points is a straight line. ZEN Touch's vertical touch pad is designed to be intuitive so that searching through songs or playlists is easy, quick and fun - try taking a cruise down this strip.