Creative Zen Release Credit Card Sized Player

Creative Zen Release Credit Card Sized PlayerShinier than the beady eye of a well groomed Magpie, Creative’s new Zen looks a snappy number in its all-black suit, weighing just 65g and sporting credit credit card-sized dimensions.

The 11.3mm thick mini-player doesn’t shirk when it comes to storage space, with three models offering 4GB, 8GB and 16GB options, backed by a SD memory expansion slot. According to Zen’s calculations, you’ll be able wedge in 4,000 MP3s at 128kps on the 16GB model, which converts into 266 hours of non-stop music listening action/.

Well, we say ‘non-stop’ but the Li-ion battery certainly wouldn’t be able to keep going that long, with Creative quoting a battery life of 25 hrs audio playback and up to 5 hrs of video viewing.

Dominating the front of the unit, is a generous 2.5″ 16.7 million colour TFT LCD, serving up up 320 x 240 pixels resolution, with a mini-USB 2.0 slot and headphone socket to be found on the right hand side of the unit.

Creative Zen Release Credit Card Sized PlayerMedia support is impressive for such a little fella, with support for MP3, WMA, AAC4 (.m4A), WAV (ADPCM) and Audible 2,3,4 music formats and MJPEG, WMV9, MPED4-SP3, DivX3 4/5 and XviD3 video codecs. There’s also support for JPEG (BMP/ GIF / PNG / TIFF) image files, although these have to be transcoded by the bundled software.

But wait – there’s more! The Zen also packs a FM radio with 32 preset stations, and a swathe of EQ presets and a 5 band equaliser for you to tweak the frequencies to your little heart’s desire.

Rounding up the feature list of this wee gizmo, there’s a basic organiser onboard that can sync up to Microsoft Outlook, personalised alarm alerts and an integrated voice recorder.

Creative Zen Release Credit Card Sized PlayerAll in, it looks to be a rather tempting package (check out Popular Mechanic’s early Zen review), although we’d recommend that you hang on to your pennies for a few more days and see what Apple’s Sept 5th announcement brings.

The Creative ZEN will be available next month, priced US $149.99, $199.99 and $299.99 for the 4GB, 8GB and 16GB models respectively.


Zen specifications
Capacity: 4GB / 8GB / 16GB
Size: 55 x 83 x 11.3mm
Weight: 65g
LCD: 2.5″ 16.7 million colour TFT LCD 320 x 240 pixels

2,000 WMAs/ 133hrs (at 64kbps)
1,000 MP3/ 33hrs (at 128kbps)

4,000 WMAs/ 266hrs (at 64kbps)
2,000 MP3/ 133hrs (at 128kbps)

8,000 WMAs/ 532hrs (at 64kbps)
4,000 MP3/ 266hrs (at 128kbps)

Battery Life: Up to 25 hrs audio playtime
Up to 5 hrs video playtime6
Video Playback Formats: MJPEG, WMV9, MPED4-SP3, DivX3 4/5 and XviD3
Audio Playback Formats: MP3, WMA, AAC4 (.m4A), WAV (ADPCM), Audible 2,3,4
Photo Formats Supported: JPEG (BMP/ GIF / PNG / TIFF)5
Battery: Embedded Li-ion battery
FM Radio: 32 preset stations
EQ Settings: 8 presets and 5 band custom EQ
Organiser: Calendar, Contact, Task List
Power Charging: Yes
Album Art: Yes
Voice Recording: Yes
Connectivity: USB 2.0, SD connection

3 thoughts on “Creative Zen Release Credit Card Sized Player”

  1. WoW…The sound is great, very user friendly, and it really holds a charge well. Adding music to the device is very simple. I’ve kept the media player in my purse for 2 months and the battery stayed fully charged. Only one occasion I used the device w/ a FM Transmitter and the device froze. My assumption is that it couldn’t have been the media player since I’ve had it for about a year without any problems @ all. It’s a must have.

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