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I've been using this MP3 player for a while now and have found it good value and quality. 1GB is more than sufficient for my modest needs and I find that the player holds all the albums I need with space left over. It delivers sound at sufficient quality and volume and the controls and menus are logical and simple to operate. I haven't used the video playback function to any great extent but I've had no problem with it when I have.
One potential drawback for me is that the microphone recording quality can be variable and recordings a bit fiddly to organise. I use this facility to record a tutor for music lessons which is probably not that usual so this may not be much of an issue for anyone else. Having said that, recordings are adequate and I haven't found any need to go out and buy another recorder. It still beats mucking around with cassette tapes.
All in all this is a good all round performer for someone who isn't looking for anything too "smart" or fancy.
The Creative V Plus 1 MP3 player is a really essential piece of kit when considering creating any bedroom based recording. Of course you can use it to simply listen to your own music, digital or otherwise, on the player, but I believe the product really comes to life when used for recording purposes.
First of all there's not many mp3's out there at the moment that are affordable, and that can record music to such a high quality through its line in feature. Its amazingly simple to use and the 1GB is more than enough space to record a whole album or more songs before you have to download onto your computer for more space. I recorded up to 20 songs easily without worrying about the memory.
However, the player does tend to crash occasionally and has a really small reset button which is very fiddly to press, especially when sharp pencils or paper clips are scarce. There is also a scary moment after pressing reset when you think you're going to have lost all your hard work, but it has always, always restored the previous songs and recordings.
The Creative Zen V Plus 1 GB is currently 30 pounds on Amazon, I bought mine for twice that a couple of years ago, but I consider it money well spent.
This Creative is very small but chunk, perhaps not as sleek looking as an iPod but it is cheaper. It is very compact and fits nicely into my pocket, which is a good thing. The earphones supplied aren't very god, and I would recommend splashing out on a better pair if you do buy this MP3 player. Also supplied with the Creative is a cable to connect it to the computer and a disc to install the software, although you can also use Windows Media Player to transfer media.
Another thing I have noticed is that the Creative is very reliable and I have dropped mine many a time but it hasn't broken yet.
The installation process is relatively hassle-free and the transferring of files is swift and easy compared to my experience of other MP3 players.
Although it is advertised as something that you can put videos on, due to its 1 GB capacity they would have to be very short video clips. For the price I think the capacity is fair.
The MP3 player is relatively easy to use, with a small joystick to navigate the menus it is quite easy to get the hang of. The on/off slider however I find is quite awkward to use as it is located on the side of the player, I think it would benefit from being in a different position. Also another feature is the radio, which I found to be quite simple and a great addition.
The battery life in my experience is excellent, I use it quite a lot but still go days without charging it.
Overall I think the Creative Zen V Plus is a great little MP£ player that is available for very cheap. Thirty pounds for an MP3 player that also has a radio is an excellent price. However at only 1 GB of storage this MP3 player will only suffice for light music listeners, or maybe could be bought to use in the gym given it's size and weight. Music listeners who have a lot of files might want to look elsewhere.
The new and improved version of the Creative Zen V, is a tiny player.
When using the supplied headphones, there is quite a rich bass, especially since they are in-ear headphones, they are also reasonably long at about 1.25m. upon using an additional pair of headphones, a slight improvement was noticeable. The player's max volume is at a level which remains safe for continuous listening for long time periods.
In the aspect of compatibility, the player supports WAV, WMA, MP3 and also Audible Audi Books. However, its file transfer speed is rather slow taking about 10.2 seconds to transfer 10 megabytes of audio files on average.
Its battery stamina is not bad, a full charge taking about 4 and a half hours, provides an average of 18 hours of continuous audio playback.
It incorporates a stylish feature through colour contrasts, such as its illuminated buttons which are of a reasonable size, even though the size of certain symbols are rather small on the display screen.
Its ergonomics are also quite good, having a curvy shaped device, with tactile buttons. The construction of the player is also sturdy, which means it is capable of withstanding the occasional knock or drop.
Creative's Zen V Plus is a robust, quality, personal MP3 player. The feature list is suitably impressive too for the low price tag.
The most important aspect of any MP3 player is of course the audio quality, and the V Plus excels. The pre-packaged earphones are of typically low standard for bundles, yet perfectly useable when listening to music or speech when commuting or in busy areas. I frequently listen with Sennheiser HD415 headphones (good quality budget headphones) and this really served to demonstrate the excellent audio capacity- especially in the bass, which is usually lacking in audio players of the V Plus' price bracket.
As mentioned earlier, it is a formidably robust player too. I have personally used it on a daily basis (wherein it has survived frequent dropping, rain and general damage) for well over a year and it has barely a scratch on it- despite being bought refurbished. Perfect for listening whilst exercising.
The menu and user interface is slightly less impressive, with many options hidden behind others and somewhat ugly designs. Despite this, the menu subsections can be customised to have your preferred options on the front page (such as clock, random play all, et cetera) as per your taste. Your own album art can also be applied when listening.
In terms of general ease of use, the V Plus excels too. Despite the clunky and unnecessary software bundled with it, the player is easily recognised in Windows XP, Vista and 2000 (those which I have used first hand), and can have audio transferred from Media Player, or simply copied directly onto the Zen.
My advice as to whether this is a good purchase however is not to simply buy based on its excellent overall quality. The main points of to consider are as follows:
-The 1GB storage is becoming increasingly diminutive in comparison to other players. If you want more than 200 files, or have high quality audio, this will quickly run out.
-The video function is all but useless on such a tiny screen, especially considering the lack of video format support.
-The main input is via a very small nub. This can be frustrating to use, and not recommended for those with large/sore fingers, if you get annoyed by fiddly things.
Overall, if I were to choose again I would have picked up a standard V (not the Plus model), with 2GB of storage. However, if you know that 1GB is all you require, or if you require an FM Radio function, this is a fantastic offer for the price.
As for purchasing, I strongly recommend Creative's own refurbished deals. Mine was very cheap, promptly arrived, and was in perfect condition with new headphones. Everything but the (lack of) box was identical to the full priced version. It is now (May/09) on Creative's site for £19.99.
Hope this helps any prospective buyers!
CREATIVE - The future is bright - 03/11/2007
The Creative Worldwide network is called LABS > Creatives UK product branch is under the Europe labs which established itself in 1993.
Creatives Networks now include - America labs- Asia labs- Europe labs.
- Product > CREATIVES ZEN V Plus MP3 Portable Media Player 1GB
Colour: Black and Orange - Available RRP date: 02/2007
- > Start < - Creative Zen V Plus - > PMP (Portable Media Player)
I've been interested in these types of PMP component packages for a while now and have been involved with digital media since 2002. The PMP component is a true fascination to me; whether it's a standard screen model, or whether it is HD quality or even of touchscreen quality. This OLED screen definition is of high standard, it exemplifies sheer gloss and glamour which is captivating and of course very user friendly. Design wise is very close to a Nokia product; not surprising really as both companies originated in the East and Chinese market before setting their sights on the Western digital market.
The squared screen is of very high definition and is has excellent functionability. The MP3 Player only is compatible with JPEG customary images. That you can load off from a digital camera, the PC, or from the internet itself. The audio quality is crystal clear, of course depending on the size of file the MP3 file as the higher the size of the file the better the quality. The one thing that saddened me with this product was the fact that it has limited file recognitions.
**The available software included within this package already installed is: MediaSource - MediaExporer - ZenCast Organiser **
PLEASE NOTE THAT - NO - MT - Mobile Technology functions are available with this product. ** No MP4 converting or encoding is available**. For any songs that have been downloaded onto your PC from paid music sites that are (Protected by copyright) will be able to be played by this MP3 Player. Many media sites now have code that stops this form of usage.
- 1GB of music storage -
1GB is sufficient to play over a 1000 MP3 music tracks. Personally, I do feel that 1GB is sufficient space for audio only, though video's I would claim a 4GB or a 8GB is better suited. The transfer rates are fast due to the fast USB transfer fast - track Windows music browser software. What is a noticeable difference is that it is not an ipod.
- It's no iPod -
There are not so many features nor as stylish and slick as the iPod. Naturally, there is no iTune membership deals giving out media extravaganza's, no freebies and membership options. In my opinion there is only one iPod MP3 player no-one can change that; no-one can emulate it. If, you're an iPod fanatic this MP3 player could put your nose out of joint; it carries a slightly clumsy, bulky, beefy portable player look and feel than Apples' iPod marketing dream machine. The display is of good quality but now looks a little outdated; amazing really as it is only 10 months old. Just shows how quickly this market turns over digital products and designs.
- Styled on Apples iPod -
The timing for the Zen launch co-incided with the earlier ipod nano launch earlier this year (2007). I'm not a Creative fan as they seem to miss out on the boat regards to product style and of course the highly sought after nano technology. Creative does have a nano-ness branding yet still seems to fall at a couple of hurdles such as the weight. On average Creative is 8 grammes more heavier than Apples' iPod. The other hurdle is the 'trouser test' iPod's generally are unseen in the pockets, yet this model certainly is visable. Overall, the feel of the PMP is notably clumsier than the iPod. Though functionally very astute and slick. My interpretation on this beefy MP3 player reminds me of the first pace-maker in the mid 1990's. Sorry Creative, your still lagging behind on this matter. Yes you have rounded the edges off nicely and the glossy colours do this product proud but still lacks a chic-ness that Apple does so well.
- Size does matter -
Weighing in at 44g - Yes this is a hefter, no it has not put on weight since the beginning of 2007. It is just that Zen V Plus is not part of the nano technology revolution. 2007 is the year where nano popped over to the UK and gave out the Werthington humbugs; thanks nano.
- Zen's extras -
Yes, please take note; the 1GB is a good amount of digital MP3 space for a non video audio only player. The voice-recording is a fab utility - please try it; I did it was a revelation. Extreme quality; not that I like my own voice of course, though it does help. External recordings again superb. Ideal accessory for a pop concert maybe. The radio is of DAB quality which is superb for catching up with news updates.
- Now, that important price -
Retails for 64.99 GBP- For even great offers checkout a cashback offer before buying this product as you can save up to 20.00 GBP - Worth checking out online for these deals.
- My verdict -
I'm going to give this PMP a 7/10 overall. Not a favourite of mine even though functionally superb and has some very favourable attributes as mentioned. The colours match my zest for life, even though a satsuma peel looks as if it has been placed carefully on the dial. The jury is out for me if whether or not this model/colours is the best in the range of the V Plus PMP.
I hope you have found this review helpful.
Please note I have this review on Ciao as well under the username jenny76.
Hiya and welcome to my second review and I would like to write about my MP3/MP4 player the Creative Zen V Plus 1 GB which I have now owned for about a year. It goes everywhere with me from travelling to the office to family holidays where I find it ideal for listening to my music which I have downloaded to my PC and then transferred over and even watching video clips and music videos that I have downloaded.
The only down side is the amount of video I can save is never quite enough and there is no way to increase the memory size. Music however I do not have any problems storing about 400 tracks on it to listen to wherever I go. It has a great large colour scratch resistant screen for viewing videos and selecting music track's as well as a very easy to use menu system which is operated by a simple but very smooth joystick. There are very few buttons available as it is all done with a movement and click of the joystick.
Another great feature is the games which are built in which can be played at the same time as listening to your music and there are a few other very useful tool's built in as well as an FM radio which comes in very handy when I fancy catching up on the news or the latest chart's on a Sunday afternoon on radio one. There are eight pre set music settings to change the mood of listening from rock to concert hall etc but I tend to stick to the normal setting as this tends to give the best sound quality. The headphones supplied are ok but I replaced these with much more powerful ones to make the most of my music whilst I am on the go.
The player itself is very smart in it's black shiny jacket and smooth controls and is small and it lives in my bag or my pocket, this is ideal to use in the gym or whilst carrying out exercise. I must say that the Creative Zen is very tough as I have dropped it quite a few times and this has resulted in no damage at all which is great and makes it very durable. The sound quality is very good and better than many MP3/MP4 players that I have trialled and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a reasonably priced MP3/MP4 player that is of good quality and look's good.
Transferring your music to the player is very easy using a USB cable and the software supplied to click and drag tracks and files to your player then a quick transfer later and it is all on the player ready to go. The size of the player is Height=6.6cm Depth=1.3cm Width=3.4cm which as I have said is quite small and does fit in a pocket easily. The battery is rechargeable and is charged through the USB cable and when fully charged last's up to 15 hours. As well as playing video and music you can also transfer your pictures from your PC to the player for viewing on the move ideal for carrying around you own personal photo album and being able to show everyone without lugging a PC or hard drive around with you everywhere.
As well as all of the above you can also record sound great for catching someone out when they confessing a crime to you (only kidding) but can be great fun especially if you want to record your other half snoring as proof as I have done in the past. These clips can be played back through the player and even transferred from the player to your PC. The player has a back lit LCD screen which also has a variety of display options so you can customize the player to your exact need's and especially colours. On the screen you also have a clock display so you can check the time on the move and a battery life indicator much the same as a mobile phone which let's you know when to add some more juice to the player.
You can use the player with a PC or Mac computer I am PC based user so can't comment on performance when using with a Mac but with the PC the instructions are very easy to follow and take you through how to use the player step by step. I don't like setting up such gadgets just using them but this one I managed to do all on my own with no help from my partner as is usually the case.
I must say I would recommend this player to anyone looking at it and I paid a very reasonable £65.00 but it is probably available for considerably less now as it is at least a year old now from when I bought it and even then I am not sure it was a new thing out. Well I think I have now covered everything you need to know about the Creative Zen V 1GB but if I can tell you anymore just ask me. I hope you have enjoyed my first review and enjoy anymore I write in the near future I will keep up with as many of your reviews as I can.
A seamless integration of design and functionality. Your music and your life now fit perfectly in the ZEN V Plus. Enjoy a full suite of entertainment in a petite design - loads of music, full color photos, FM radio and view short video clips.