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I was given this from a friend as they wanted to purchase a IPod so I was happy to take this little gadget off their hands and I love this little device.
This MP3 is so small, just a little bit bigger than the iPod shuffle, comes in black with a blue button (the colours can change depending on the size of memory you get )
How easy is it to use?
I find it very easy and simple to use The Zen turns on at left side and you hold it down and starts up.
There is a small round button on the middle of the Zen and you use this to navigate through the menus. When you turn it on , it's in colour , I think you can change the colour to suit your likes but I haven't figured out how to do this so I keep it on default.
What can it do?
Well stores music clearly and it can also play music videos but the screen is so small it's not really worth it. There is also a FM radio which I never use but it's there all the same. You can also store photos on it but again the screen is so small so not worth it. One feature that I just discovered is you can use it as a USB to store files , it has so much capacity to do this , I don't think you can look at the files but you can store them if need be. I like the fact that it shows up the album cover like the ipod does.
How do you put music on it ?
It comes with a usb cable plug it into the Zen and the computer and I use WMP to put my files on and you can even sync it so it does it for you.
The battery life on this little device is amazing, lasts for ages, when you do need to charge it up , you just plug it into the usb cable and sorted.
I think it costs around £90 , can't say as I didn't buy it.
This is a 4GB memory Zen and it can store a lot of music on it around 1000 , I only have 300 on at the minute so not even full. I love this MP3 and it's almost as good as a ipod!
This is written for Ciao and dooyoo by me.
Grrr, I can't stand this little thing!
The Creative Zen V series was set up (I think) to rival the ipod shuffle or nano, with it's ridiculously small size, possibly both. It is genuinely about the size of a matchbox.
I first bought the little thing for £80 pounds from amazon when it was first released. You can now pick it up for around £60, or you can opt for the superior V+ which is capable of playing videos.
There are a range of colours you can get it in; orange, green or blue. There is still less variety than its rival. The actual device is quite cute though, as it has that miniature appeal were everything which is small is cute. I do have to admit to not liking the menu's though, despite the fact that they're customisable, unlike the iPod. You can change the hilighting colour, the background etc, but it can be slow and sluggish; scrolling through music is a nightmare.
In a word, useless. Its especially bad for people with a big thumb, as the main joystick is cumbersome, it continually chooses the wrong option. I also feel that there needs to be more buttons, you rely on the joystick to change song, which I find really anoying. You also rely on it to fast forward. In fact, you rely on it for almost everything except clicking play and return.
I used WIndows Media to transfer music onto the device, and I admit it transferred quite smoothly and quickly. The actual zen software is quite useless, but I used it as a kind mass storag device, so putting music and pictures on was simple.
~Problems and Customer service~
I found that I had to poke a pin into the reset hole fairly often. It also completely stopped working one day. The screen went black and it wouldn't switch on. I contanted creative with the problem, were they told me this was a regular problem and so I sent it to them in an attempt to get it fixed. It worked for a week once it was returned, but then it continued to refuse to switch on. Unfortunately my one year guarantee had ran out. Creative, is now in my bad books, as I was left with a piece of small black plastic.
I have had this Mp3 player for more than two years now and I struggle to find anything negative to say about it.
I have read here several reviews complaining about reliability. I couldn't disagree more. I am very demanding on Mp3 players prior to my zen I had never had one last more than five months, I run with them, cook with them and even sleep with my mp3 player in two years I have had two faults with mine. One when I plugged it in to our new TV and there was a compatibility issue I had to go to the Creative site and download a fix it tool and the second time it refused to turn on and to reset.
That said there are problems with this player, the screen is too small to watch anything even pictures are pretty hard to see. The playlist function is .... eccentric and temperamental as is the sync software.
On the good side the sound reproduction is excellent user interface is the most accessible I have ever used and I personally think it is one of the prettier Mp3s around.
I would recommend this to anyone who want a good usable tough MP3 player.
I received the Creative ZEN V 4GB for Christmas in 2006. I'd been using a personal stereo (with cassette tapes!) before then for my mobile entertainment!
My mum very kindly bought it for me. She's knowledgeable about electronics and always does her research, and she decided against an iPod, and thought this was the best option.
I excitedly opened the box on Christmas Day and followed the setup instructions. If I recall correctly, you had to install the software on your computer before connecting the device by USB. The software was easy to install on the XP machine I had at the time. Then, I gave the player a full charge via the USB connection. I then used the supplied software to fill it with music, which was very simple. I also put some music videos on it, using the converter (to put the video in the correct file format) that comes with the software. Audio file formats accepted by the Zen include mp3, wma and wav, although you'll want to avoid the latter as it's not compressed.
The player came with in-ear headphones, a lanyard so you can wear it around your neck, and a velvet pouch in which to keep it safe from scratches. The earphones were quite good; certainly as good as any you'd buy in the £10-£15 region.
I was immediately impressed with the sound quality, and wonderfully bright OLED screen. It is rather a small screen, probably about 1 square inch, but the resolution is very good, and videos looked excellent, although I haven't used it for watching videos much, perhaps because of the screen size. The FM radio function has a digital display of the frequency, and you can save stations as presets, which you can then name. The device uses the headphone cable as an aerial. I don't think it's a terribly sensitive receiver, because I can't often pick up many stations, but I do live in an area with poor radio reception. I much prefer a scrolling wheel to tune a radio, rather than scrolling through numbers using the buttons or using the 'auto-scan' facility, but that's just me being old-fashioned!
The music files stored on the player are organised by artist and then album. You need to be careful that your music files have the correct tags (as saved in the Advanced Properties of the file when using your computer) as they may otherwise become disorganised, and in the wrong folders, etc.
I didn't read the instructions terribly carefully when I got the player, so I didn't realise that album art was a feature; you can have a little image of the album cover on the display when songs are playing. These are easily added to the player in a drag-and-drop manner from your computer using the Creative software - provided you have a computer running XP. The option had disappeared when I got a Vista laptop and the only way to fix this - I discovered after a lot of research - was to do a firmware upgrade. This can, in theory, go wrong and ruin your player forever, and as I was out of warranty, I didn't want to take the risk for something that wasn't really important. I suspect players sold now will have the newer firmware as standard and it won't be an issue.
You can also use the device to store and display pictures, and you can use it as a pen drive to store files and move them between computers, if you so desire. There's also an organiser function, and an alarm function (although sleeping with headphones on isn't a good idea so I'd imagine you'd have to connect it to speakers). You can also record sound with it, which you can then play back or move to your computer.
The player has crashed a couple of times, with a frozen-still screen. If this happens, you have to press the reset button which is recessed into the unit in a very small hole. I use an earring post to press it (very carefully - and not a spiked one, as that may damage the button). I have only had to do this on a handful of occasions in the years I've had the Zen; it's reliable and works smoothly.
4GB seemed a huge capacity when I first got it, but I have taken to buying radio series on CD and putting them on the player, and being of a longer duration than songs, they are bigger files, and it does get full. It's still pretty reasonable though; I can have lots of albums and a couple of radio series on there with no problems.
The crucial advantage I think this has over an iPod is that you can plug it into any computer (PC at least) and browse it like a hard drive with Windows Explorer; you don't actually need the Creative software, and it doesn't get wiped, or wipe your music library, as seems to happen with iPods.
The controls on the device are quite intuitive and easy to use, as is the menu structure, though it took me a while to figure out that holding down the 'return' button enables a lot of functions such as saving the preset stations and giving the option to delete files, etc. This was my fault for not reading the instructions, but the fact that I didn't have to does show that it's easy to figure out how to use it on the whole.
You can personalise the player by changing the 'wallpaper' and colour scheme, and you can change the brightness of the screen, which is very useful if you use it in the dark so it doesn't dazzle you, and in the sunlight so you can see what's on the screen.
The Zen is durable as is evident from my having had it for three years. The battery life is still very good. I bought a mains charger for it because it was reasonably priced and meant I didn't have to plug it into a computer except if I wanted to put more files on it. I have noticed a bit of 'banding' happening on the screen when there is a big contrast between the text and background, but it's not been to a problematic extent. It is stylish, with its black, shiny exterior, and the buttons light up blue, which matches the volume control on the side and the area around the joystick. I think it's much better than an iPod and although it might not be the most modern player on the market, it's easy to use, very easily transportable in your handbag or pocket due to its small size, and I hope I'll be using it for many years to come. If I do have to replace it, I'm likely to go for another Creative brand player, because I've been very impressed.
I've also posted this review on Ciao.
I've had this MP3 player for over a year now and I absolutely love it! I originally bought a Zen Stone but found it scratched very easily, so replaced it with this version and am so glad I did. The case, although as shiny as the Stone, hardly scratches; bearing in mind this is generally thrown in the bottom of my bag I am extremely impressed with how well its lasted! Its only designed to be used with Windows, so when buying my Macbook that was one of my main concerns. However, there are various programmes that can be downloaded to make it work with Macs, which are actually easier to use than the supplied software.
My Zen has never broken, frozen or done anything irregular. The battery life is superb (I took it on holiday for 3 days, using it for about 8 hours every day, and when I came home it still had battery left!). The screen is the perfect size for viewing snaps; this version can also be used to hold video clips but they seem a bit pointless because of the screen size. If you want something for videos, I would advise going for the Zen Vision or standard Zen, which has a bigger screen but is not that much more expensive.
To be honest I've never found any downsides with this player. The software for Windows isnt the easiest but as I have a Mac thats never bothered me. The headphones that come with the player are pretty awful; however I spent another £20 on a brilliant pair and the sound quality is amazing.