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Creative ZEN 16GB MP3 Player

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  • 16GB - up to 8000 songs
  • Battery life: 25 hours of Audio playback or 5 hours of Video playback
  • SD Card (SD and SDHC) slot for memory upgrades
  • AAC (.M4A) support along with MP3, WMA, WAVE and Audible
  • WMV and DivX/XviD support (320x240)
  • 2.5" Colour LCD screen
  • FM Radio and Microphone
  • 16.7m Colour Photo Viewer

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.4 x 8.3 cm ; 64 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 358 g
  • Item model number: 70PF216100115
  • ASIN: B000V9IAW0
  • Date first available at 16 Aug. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,495 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Bring your media with you wherever you roam with the Creative Zen 16GB player. Watch 64 hours of videos, enjoy up to 8,000 of your favorite songs (based on four-minute tracks in WMA at 64kbps) or share hundreds of photos with your friends. And do it all on a device that's about the width of a credit card.

A razor sharp 2.5-inch display makes your photos and videos come to life. See the Zen in detail.

Small size. Big features. All in the palm of your hand. View larger.

Add even more storage capacity via the SD card slot. View larger.
The Zen sports a 2.5-inch TFT colour display with 320 x 240-pixel resolution and support for up to 16.7 million colours. This razor sharp display is packaged in a device that weighs just 2.1 ounces and measures 3.26 x 2.16 x .44 inches (W x H x D). The internal battery powers the Zen for up to 25 hours of continuous audio playback and up to five hours of continuous video playback. Use the Zen's SD slot to expand your portable media library with music, photos and videos stored on your SD card. There's also a handy built-in microphone for capturing notes on the go.

Load up up your favorite songs, as well as your album art, and get going with the Zen. The device supports iTunes Plus tracks from the iTunes store and MP3 and WMA tracks. Subscription and pay-per-download music services are supported, as well. You can even tune into your favorite stations with the Zen's FM radio. The radio allows you to save up to 34 presets.

The Zen has you covered when it comes to video, too. The device supports MJPEG, WMV9 and--with transcoding--MPEG1 and 2, MPEG4-SP, DivX 4 and 5, and XviD. Enjoy purchased or rented movies and TV shows from online services. Watch home videos. Even load your Tivo To Go movies and TV shows onto your Zen.

Additional features include a clock and alarm function, volume restriction, eight equalizer settings, and a USB hard drive mode, which allows you to drag and drop files directly to and from your Zen. The Zen can also function as a handy organizer, allowing you to synchronize with Microsoft Outlook and display your contacts, calendar, and tasks.

What's in the Box
Zen player, earphones, USB 2.0 cable, installation CD, and quick start guide.

A slick user interface makes it a snap to enjoy your media.

Box Contains

  • ZEN player
  • Earphones
  • USB 2.0 cable
  • Installation CD
  • Quick start guide

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    3.8 out of 5 stars

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    92 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Iain M. Maxwell on 26 Jan. 2008
    This is an amazing MP3 player that is much better than the equivalent iPod Nano for so many different reasons:

    1. Sound Quality: To be fair to iPod, the Zen is just as good in this department as both devices have excellent sound quality.

    2. Video Quality: The Zen display is excellent with crystal clear images and is just large enough to allow you to become immersed in the TV-Show or Movie that you are watching. Much better than the iPod for image quality and size. The only downside is that movies need to be trans-coded to play on the player with either the application Creative provide or a Third Party tool which does take a long time. But the range of support for different video formats is good and again better than the iPods.

    3. Extra Features: The Microphone, FM Radio & Organiser are all nice touches although I have never used the organiser on any of Creative's products. Since the iPod doesn't have a Microphone or Radio the Zen wins again even though the iPod does have games, which I have no interest in.

    4. Photos: Both devices display your photos adequately but again the Zen wins due to its larger clearer display.

    5. Expandability: The iPod has no expansion capability but the Zen has the SD slot which can also take SDHC cards. I personally have a 8Gb SDHC card in my player (giving me a total of 24Gb of space) and it is an excellent feature that allows you to fill up this great player with more media. Some people do not like the fact that it doesn't integrate the content on the SD card with the players own internal memory in the UI but to be honest it's no big deal given the expandability that you get!

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    30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By S. Marshall on 2 Nov. 2007
    I have been searching for some time now for the 'perfect' MP3 player. I found the Zen Vision was too big, I didn't like the controls on the Zen Micro and I couldn't live with the poor sound quality of the iPod Nano.

    I have been using this player for a week now and I find the sound quality is *very* good (with Shure SE420 earphones). I can get a very good selection of MP3s at 256kbits/s on 16GB and I have added a 8GB SD card for videos.

    The player is a good size and weight and fits very nicely into a shirt pocket.

    My only complaint so far is that I would like more control over the playlist editing under the media explorer.

    I think Creative have done a very good job with the ZEN.
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    133 of 140 people found the following review helpful By Dave on 29 Oct. 2007
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    I purchased this player as a replacement for my Sony NW-A3000 (20GB HDD), a player with fantastic sound quality, but it was slow, large, heavy, and is totally reliant upon the incomprehensibly bad SonicStage software. I wanted something that was small, light, fast, with good storage capacity, decent software/transfer options and wasn't an iPod. The Creative Zen 16GB generally meets these requirements.

    The software could be improved upon, but is infinitely more reliable and less cumbersome than Sonicstage, and there are several transfer options including a windows-style media explorer (my preferred method) and it is compatible with Windows Media Player. It's not bad looking, it's certainly small and light, the screen is crisp and bright, but the build quality feels a little cheap. The battery life is good (around 20 hrs), and there is a built in FM radio that seems to work okay. An added bonus is the expandable storage capacity, although this is currently an expensive proposition.

    The sound quality is above average but not amazing, and nowhere near as good as my old Sony. I certainly expected better from Creative. Rather bizarrely screen quality/size, and the ability to display videos and photos seem to have take precedence over audio quality in the MP3 player market.

    The accessories are appallingly bad. There is no supplied mains charger (optional £15) - turning on a PC is an extremely inefficient and inconvenient way to charge a player. The supplied USB cable is only 10cm long, meaning my player is hanging from the front of my computer. The headphones are of poor quality. There is no supplied carry-case - a must have as the player's exterior is easily marked and scratched (conspiracy theorists would argue this may be deliberate).
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    25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Rev_S on 20 Dec. 2007
    The Zen in itself is a lovely piece of kit. It's packed with features, and does what it does extremely well. The voice recorder is especially good, if you have a use for such a thing - it's more than good enough for conducting interviews, for example. However, to enjoy using the Zen, it is ABSOLUTELY VITAL than you under NO CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER install the software that comes with it, certainly if you plan to use the video functions.

    The software, once installed, will insist (and I do mean insist, you get no choice) on converting all video files to WMV versions of such utterly, utterly appalling quality that they'll be rendered unwatchable, with *massive* picture break-up and sound that's often three or four seconds out of sync with the picture. The only way to get usable video files on there is to convert them yourself to 320x240 DivX format (MPEG-4 codec) and then manually drag-and-drop them onto the player. If you install the software, it will NOT allow you to do this, insisting on destroying all the clips with its own converter first before it will allow them to be copied onto the player.

    I'd also echo other users' comments on Creative's incredible cheapskatedness in failing to include a proper charger or protective pouch, and supplying a ridiculous 2-inch USB cable, in what is a top-end player priced accordingly. Also, the SD slot is practically useless, given that to play anything on it you have to wait upwards of 40 seconds for it to initially read the files, and another 20 seconds every time you want to go back and play a particular one. (It will play the files on the card sequentially or shuffle them without the additional delays, but if you want to select a specific file there's a 20-second pause every single time.
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