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Creative ZEN X-Fi

Creative ZEN X-Fi
alaScore 90

2015 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2015 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the portability and design. The value for money and usability also get good reviews. There are some mixed opinions about the build quality.

sound, usability, value for money, design, portability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Creative ZEN X-Fi is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 2015 reviews)

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The Creative Zen X-Fi Style


Creative has always been one of the leaders in portable media players. However, Apple has clearly been a step ahead with their never-ending supply of iPods. But then again, you also have to take into consideration the fact that Creative products are a...

Creative does not disappoint with this handy little player. Sure, all you iPod fans can complain saying it doesn't look half as good, and is too flimsy. But when it comes to value for money, this little baby is a really good deal. The prices for the...

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Creative Zen X-Fi


Creative's previous Zen had the potential to be a great PMP, considering its slim design, large clear display and the button placement for navigation, but it fared quite averagely. Their next-level Zen called the Zen X-Fi comes equipped with...

I figured there could be some issue with the .EXE file I downloaded, so I uninstalled the software, downloaded the setup once again, and reinstalled it. No change. I did this on two PCs and faced a similar problem (of the software shutting down when it...

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Creative Zen X-Fi (16GB)


The first Wi-Fi–enabled Zen offers excellent sound, but drops the ball with a confusing control scheme.

Clean, crisp sound ; SD Card slot ; Comfortable bundled earbuds ; Audiobook support

Cluttered navigation controls ; Underwhelming audio enhancement ; Non-JPEG photo files need to be transcoded ; No predictive text when instant messaging

The Creative Zen X-Fi provides excellent sound quality (with the X-Fi Expand turned off) and support for multiple audio and video formats at a very reasonable price. It offers a larger screen and capacity than the similarly priced Sony Walkman...


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Creative Zen X-Fi 8GB Review


Creative has been hawking its X-Fi sound enhancement technology hard in the last couple of years, putting it in everything from sound cards to headphones — and now in a portable AV player. Aside from the usual voice recorder, FM radio, expandable...

Very good sound quality; included ear buds are excellent; attractive interface

Buttons are small and are not backlit; lacks wireless sync and web browsing

If maximum flash storage for the dollar is what you're after, this is a good choice...

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Creative Zen X-Fi MP3 Player


The amazing Zen X-Fi has great sound, features, headphones, and storage options--and for a nice price, too.

Nice features, sound, earbuds, and price ; Networking and streaming capabilities

Plastic body feels cheap, but durable ; Small screen for video and photos

Minor issues like the chat malfunctions can't take the shine off of the Creative X-Fi. It's an outstanding digital music player that rises to the top with ease. The masses may continue to think iPod first when they need a new MP3 player--but the X-Fi...

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Creative Zen X-Fi Review - PCWorld


A few features differentiate this player from the competition. Not only can you download music, video, and images wirelessly from your home computer to the player, but you can also stream media from your computer, from Creative's servers (which offer...

Nice features, sound, earbuds, and price

Plastic body feels cheap, but durable

The amazing Zen X-Fi has great sound, features, headphones, and storage options--and for a nice price, too.

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Creative ZEN X-Fi with Wireless LAN


Although saddled with a clunky name, Creative's ZEN X-Fi with Wireless LAN offers plenty of features including wireless capabilities at a great price. Sure, I was occasionally frustrated with the unpolished user interface and the overwhelming number of...

Streams and downloads music wirelessly. FM Radio and voice recorder. Quality earphones are included

User interface needs work. Most videos need to be converted with the included software. Loaded with buttons

Armed with wireless streaming features, but hindered by an irksome user interface, the affordable ZEN X-Fi is a solid player, but lacks the graceful navigation of devices from Apple or Samsung.

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Creative Zen X-Fi (8GB)


The Creative Zen X-Fi is an incredible value given its low price and laundry list of features, which include photo, video, Audible, and subscription music support; an FM radio and voice recorder; an SD card expansion slot; WiFi capability; multiple EQ...

The Creative Zen X-Fi plastic construction does not feel high-quality, and the SD card content does not get integrated into the general libraries. Videos often need to be transcoded through the included software, and the button pad can be confusing at...

The Creative Zen X-Fi's plastic design leaves a little to be desired, but that doesn't detract from the fact that the player is an incredible value overall: for an extremely competitive price you get a boatload of features and great sound quality.

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Creative ZEN X-Fi reviewed, but mostly just taken apart


Not a ton's changed with Creative's ZEN X-Fi -- which we all well know at this point -- so for right now we're just paying closer attention to its innards all broken out like a science fair project. Careful, the teardown link below contains graphic ...

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Creative Zen X-Fi Style 8GB MP3 and Video Player


Creative Labs are anything but newcomers to the world of audio, but they are to TweakTown. So today, let's take a look at their latest portable device; the Zen X-Fi Style.

Which leads me not so elegantly into the X-Fi Zen style media player I'm looking at today. It's the 8GB model and boasts many features for its delicate stature.

Product Specifications

You can get the crowd going with the TravelSound ZEN X-Fi - the speaker system that is designed exclusively for the ZEN X-Fi, the MP3 player from Creative. Sporting a compact and minimalist design, the speakers let you share the hits out loud with your friends. This portable speaker system comes with two 36mm micro drivers, giving an extra boost to the player's audio performance. You can even charge both the TravelSound ZEN X-Fi and the ZEN X-Fi (when docked) via the mini USB port. There is also a retractable stand to stabilize the speakers, and no separate cables are required as the line-in plug is molded to the speakers for easy convenience. Equipped with a built-in Lithium polymer rechargeable battery and a digital amplifier, be sure to sit back and enjoy long-lasting music and video playback anytime, anywhere.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Headphones Form Factor:In-ear ear-bud

Audio System

Digital Photo Playback: Yes
Digital Player Functions:Photo playback / Radio / Video playback / Voice recorder
Digital Player Type:Flash based
Digital Video Playback: Yes
Functions (KB):Digital player / Digital voice recorder / Network audio player / Radio/Digital player / Digital voice recorder / Radio
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KB):MP3 players (flash, CD, HDD)
Type:Digital player / radio/Portable network audio player / radio

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

Type: None

Digital Player (Recorder)

Supported Digital Audio Standards:AAC / ADPCM / Audible / MP3 / WAV / WMA

Digital Storage


Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Equalizer: Yes
Equalizer Band Qty:5 bands

Flash Memory

Installed Size:16GB/32GB/8GB


Manufacturer:Creative Technology
Model:X-Fi/X-Fi with Wireless LAN/ZEN X-Fi
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Creative TravelSound/Creative ZEN

MD System

Type: None


Preset Station Qty:32
Tuner Bands:FM
Tuner Type:Digital

Remote Control

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Speaker System

Amplification Type:Active
Audio System Nominal Output Power:1.4Watt
Response Bandwidth:180 - 20000Hz
Speaker System Type:Portable speakers with digital player dock