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Creative Zen Vision W

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1007 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the performance and design are generally positive. The battery and sound also get good views. There are some mixed comments about the connectivity and portability, and many are negative about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Creative Zen Vision W is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Creative Zen Vision:W


With the Vision:W you can live large and in color.

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Creative Zen Vision:W


Creative's widescreen update of the Zen Vision line is a solid choice for users who just need the basics.

High-quality video playback • Good control layout • Intuitive menus • Supports many file formats

No DVR option • Lacks video playlist support • Mediocre audio battery life

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Creative Zen Vision:W


Creative has literally expanded its Zen Vision line with the new Zen Vision:W portable media player: the W stands for widescreen. Unfortunately, the player isn't particularly sleek, and its audio battery life is shorter than it should be for a device...

Nice-looking 16:9 screen. Good video quality and format support. Powerful built-in speaker. Intuitive interface. Removable battery. Supports PlaysForSure and Audible. TV output at 720-by-480. Excellent viewing angle.

No kickstand. Short audio battery life. Body feels bulky. No DVR feature. No video playlists or sequential playback.

This is a solid product with lots of features, good audio/video quality and a decent price, but its bulk and somewhat disappointing battery life keep it from shining.


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Creative Zen Vision W debuts in US


As expected, Creative went and released the Zen Vision W here in the US. We know that this hit Singapore late last month at COMEX, and CNET managed to review one already -- but what we didn't know is that the Zen Vision will play content from Amazon's...

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Creative Zen Vision W (60GB)


Editor's note: A new, less bulky version of the Zen Vision W 60GB will be available soon in the U.S. market. It will reportedly have the same weight and dimensions (5.27 inches by 2.95 inches by .86 inch) and weight (9.73 ounces) as the current 30GB...

Beautiful wide-screen display; durable design; intuitive interface; holds up to 60GB; supports wide array of video formats; plays FM radio; supports TiVo To Go and limited movie downloads; syncs with Outlook; removable battery; CompactFlash slot is...

Bulky body that's just a tad heavy; no line-in audio or video recording; no kickstand; TiVo To Go requires file conversion and third-party MPEG-2 decoder.

The bulky but easy-to-use Creative Zen Vision W and its nice screen will dazzle video lovers who don't require video recording.

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Creative Zen Vision W reviewed


We were all stoked about the Creative Zen Vision until we discovered what a let-down the screen turned out to be. Therefore we're understandably wary going into this one, but apparently Creative noted our concern, and the Creative Zen Vision W comes...

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Creative Zen Vision W - a Look Back


Digging though old posts I came across a review I started but never finished dating back to 2006. The photos are even watermarked before we had a logo.

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Creative Zen Vision W - Portable Media Player Reviews by Mobile Tech Review


Portable media players are second class citizens compared to MP3 and small format video-capable music players like the iPod Video and Zune when it comes to sales figures. Why? The little guys are about half the size, which suits those who want...

Fantastic widescreen display is perfect for movie playback: high resolution, great brightness and super-saturated color with a good viewing angle and sharpness. Sound quality is also excellent and the FM radio gets better reception than average, though...

No add-on hardware for recording video. Natively supports JPEG format photos only- RAW photographers can backup images from a card to the Zen Vision W but they can't view them. Requires included drivers to mount the entire drive as a removable disk...

If you're a video collector, DVD ripper (we won't tell anyone), YouTube addict or are enamored with Amazon's Unbox service and want to take your videos with you anywhere, the Creative Zen Vision W is an excellent choice. We recommend the 60 gig if you...

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The Creative Zen Vision W Review


After my recent, somewhat disappointing experience with the Cowon A2 –and yup, I did in fact return the device–it was time to move on and try another of the available personal media players (PMPs) out on the market. This time, it's the Creative Zen...

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Creative Zen Vision W Unboxing


After my disappointing experience with the Cowon A2 –and yup, I did return it–but still determined to see if a personal media player (PMP) can be a good thing to have around, I decided to give the Creative Zen Vision W a try (I'm still on the waiting)....

Product Specifications

Creative's Zen Vision W is the widescreen multimedia MP3 player for movies, music and photos. Its high-gloss, scratch-resistant 16: 9 display with adjustment makes all content fit the entire screen, and its large hard disk stores up to 120 hours of movies, 15000 songs or many thousands of photos. The player has a Compact Flash slot for the transfer of stills from digital cameras, and it supports popular movie and audio formats as well as Album Art and customized wallpapers. Additional features include a built-in FM radio, a microphone for live recording, and connectivity to external TVs and speakers.


Rechargeable Battery:Rechargeable
Run Time (Up To):13hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion


AV Cable Type:Digital player data / power adapter

Carrying Case

Color:Black/Tungsten black
Recommended Use:For digital player

Digital Audio

Supported Audio Formats:Audible / MP3 / Protected WMA (DRM) / WAV / WMA

Digital Multimedia Devices

Autonomous Use: Yes
Device Type:Digital AV player
Key Features:Digital audio player / Digital photo viewer / Digital video player / External HDD function / FM tuner / Memory card reader / Voice recorder
PC Interfaces:Hi-Speed USB
TV Standards Supported:NTSC / PAL

Digital Storage

Flash Memory Cards Supported:CompactFlash Card type I / CompactFlash Card type II
HDD Capacity:30GB/60GB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:4.3in
Diagonal Size (metric):10.9cm
Display Type (JK):TFT
Output Type:Color


Designed For (MG):Portable player
Product Type:Player battery/Power adapter - car
Subcategory (MG):Power adapters and chargers/Specific batteries


Manufacturer:Creative Technology
Model:Car Charger/M Leather Case/Vision Docking Station/Vision W/W Battery/W Skin/ZEN Car Charger/Zen Vision Screen Protector/ZEN Vision:M Sync Adapter
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Creative/Creative Zen/Creative Zen Micro/Creative Zen Vision


CE Product Type:Digital player docking station/Digital player screen protector
Compatibility:Intel VIIV Technology

Motion Video

Video Playback Formats:AVI / DivX 4.0 / DivX 5.0 / Motion JPEG / MPEG-1 / MPEG-2 / MPEG-4 SP / WMV / XviD/DivX 4.0 / DivX 5.0 / Motion JPEG / MPEG-1 / MPEG-2 / MPEG-4 SP / WMV / XviD

Power Device

Input Connector Type:Automobile cigarette lighter
Voltage Provided:5V
Voltage Required:12 - 24V

Still Images

Supported Still Images Formats:BMP / GIF / JPEG