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Creative ZEN

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6185 reviews of Creative ZEN. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. People are impressed by the performance and price. The sound and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the connectivity and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Creative ZEN is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Creative ZEN

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 952 user reviews of Creative ZEN from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the size and price. The sound and usability also get good comments. There are some less positive comments about the reliability.

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reliability

77% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Creative ZEN 2GB MP3 PlayerCreative ZEN 16GB MP3 PlayerCreative ZEN 8GB MP3 Player

Sep, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Creative ZEN

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3638 user reviews of Creative ZEN from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the performance and price. The sound and usability also get good reviews. There are some negative views about the connectivity and reliability.

design, usability, sound, price, performance

reliability, connectivity

79% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Creative Zen 2 GB Portable Media Player (Black)Creative Zen 2 GB Portable Media Player (Black)Creative Zen 8 GB Portable Media Player (Black)

Sep, 2015

Expert review by: PC Magazine (pcmag.com)

Creative Nomad Zen Xtra 60GB

 
Sep, 2008
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Expert review by: Darren Gladstone (pcworld.com)

Creative Zen Flash-Based MP3 Player

 

Gadget lover's player may lack Wi-Fi, but it has lots of other features, supports a wide array of formats, and accepts SD Cards.

Feature-heavy, SD Card slot for instant memory upgrades

One-handed operation a little tricky, Skimps on bundled accessories

But it's a great choice for gadgeteers and audiophiles alike. If the 16GB's $150 price tag is too rich for your blood, buy a lower-end Zen and make up the difference with SD Cards

Mar, 2008

Expert review by: Tim Gideon (pcmag.com)

Creative Zen

 

video player. In terms of general wow factor or ease of use, it's no iPod touch, but it does have a larger screen than the iPod nano and more features, including an FM radio and a voice recorder. The 4GB and 8GB ZEN flavors match or beat Apple's prices...

Bright 2.5-inch screen. SD memory card slot. FM radio and voice-recording capability. Supports unprotected AAC files

Erratic start-up times. No FM or line-in recording. Plays only WMV video files. Poor battery life

Place it next to an iPod nano and the ZEN looks positively bulky, but it also packs a larger screen and more features. And unlike the nano, the ZEN comes in a roomy 16GB capacity.

Oct, 2007

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Creative Zen ( 32GB)

 

The Creative Zen sounds fantastic and features a brilliant color screen capable of displaying photos and video. The player offers a smorgasbord of desirable extras such as an SD card expansion slot, an FM radio, a voice recorder, and a user-definable...

The Creative Zen only comes in black, the control pad feels cheap, and it doesn't come close to matching the max 60GB offered by the player it's replacing.

We're hard-pressed to find anything not to like about the Creative Zen. It's a great option for anyone looking for a great-sounding, pocketable MP3 player with an excellent, video-capable screen and plenty of extra features.

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: Jasmine France (cnet.com)

Creative Zen review: Creative Zen

 

Editors' note: The body of this review has been updated to reflect added memory options and significant price drops.

The Creative Zen sounds fantastic and features a brilliant color screen capable of displaying photos and video. The player offers a smorgasbord of desirable extras such as an SD card expansion slot, an FM radio, a voice recorder, and a user-definable...

The Creative Zen only comes in black, the control pad feels cheap, and it doesn't come close to matching the max 60GB offered by the player it's replacing.

We're hard-pressed to find anything not to like about the Creative Zen. It's a great option for anyone looking for a great-sounding, pocketable MP3 player with an excellent, video-capable screen and plenty of extra features.

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: Jeffrey L. Wilson (laptopmag.com)

Creative Zen

 

Creative's stylish portable media player aims right at the new nano with its larger screen and SD Card slot.

Larger display than nano ; Good audio quality ; SD Card slot ; Compatible with unprotected AAC files

Long startup time ; Confusing navigation ; Display is dimmer than new nano's ; Static-filled radio reception

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

Creative Zen Portable Media Center / Windows Media Player 10

 

The first Portable Media Center is fun, but far from perfect.

Generous display Very intuitive interface• Long battery life

No AV-in for direct video recording Confusing controls• Transferring recorded TV is difficult

Oct, 2004

Expert review by: Bill Howard (pcmag.com)

Creative Zen Portable Media Center

 

Player Type: Portable Media Player

Stylish looks. Exceptional battery life. Good audio and photo playback.

Screen is susceptible to glare and smudges. Recorded video looks bad on a full-size TV. No kickstand.

For a first iteration, the Creative Zen Portable Media Center delivers on the promise of PMCs and Windows Media Player 10.

Sep, 2004

Expert review by: James Kim (cnet.com)

Creative Zen Portable Media Center review: Creative Zen Portable Media Center

 

Intro The portable video player (PVP) market is percolating, with some manufacturers already releasing second- and third-generation devices such as Archos's AV420 . A major offshoot of this fledgling category is the Portable Media Center (PMC), which...

Intuitive onscreen interface; big and colorful screen; solid battery life; impressive integration with Windows Media Player 10.0 and Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE).

Bulky design; lacks a built-in kickstand; reflective screen not ideal for outdoors use; no audio- or video-recording capabilities; works with Windows XP and Windows Media Player 10.0 only.

Eight months after its announcement, the Creative Zen PMC is finally here. Despite its bulk, the player is solid, but it's the Microsoft Portable Media Center software that deserves most of the praise.

Sep, 2004

Expert review by: Newbie (newbie.org)

Expert Review

 

Great sound quality, good battery life, storage space and so much more.

Earphones could be better.

Dec, 2009

Product Specifications

Configuration

Built-In Microphone:No / Yes
Built-In Radio:No / Yes
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
DIGITAL RADIO: No
Direct Radio Recording: No
Direct TV Recording: No

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface :No / SD Card / SD HC Card
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

Display

Display Technology:Monochrome STN Display / OLED Display / TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:16 Mio / Unknown
Touchscreen: No

General Features

Operating System:Proprietary
Product Type:Audio Player / Audio/Video Player
Storage Medium:Built-In Memory / Hard Disc Drive
Type:Audio Player / Audio/Video Player

Playback / Recording

AAC Playback:No / Yes
AVI Playback: Yes
DivX Playback:No / Yes
H.264 Playback: No
MP3 Playback: Yes
MPEG 4 Playback:No / Yes
MPEG2 Playback: No
OGG Playback: No
WAV Playback: Yes
WMA Playback: Yes
WMV Playback: Yes

Power Supply

Replaceable Battery: No
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