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  • Micro Sized - Just over 3" tall and 2 wide"
  • 12 hour battery life
  • Removable, rechargeable battery
  • FM radio
  • Vertical Touch pad
  • Voice and FM radio Recording
  • Address Book, Calendar, To-Do List and synchronisation with Microsoft Outlook
  • Store up to 2500 songs in WMA format
  • Transfer any data between computers use the Zen Micro as a removable hard drive
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Product details

  • Item Weight: 762 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: 70PF108000008
  • ASIN: B00069BU4A
  • Date first available at 11 Nov. 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

Product Description

The Zen Micro digital music player from Creative Labs packs an incredible 5GB of storage capacity into a shell small enough to sit comfortably in your jeans pocket. It also rides nicely in your hand, with a palm-fitting profile and thumb-friendly front-panel controls. It's a bit shorter than an Apple iPod Mini, yet its rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides 12 hours of continuous playback--50 percent more than iPod mini's. The Zen Micro is compatible not merely with MP3s and WAV files, but with WMA as well. Toss in USB 2.0 connectivity and you're looking at one spiffy portable music player.

But playing isn't all the Zen Micro does. You can use it to receive FM radio (with 32 station presets to keep your favourites at the ready), and to record, either from the radio or from live sources such as voice dictation or lectures using the Zen Micro's built-in condenser microphone.

Trimmed in a luminescent blue glow and with easily visible backlit buttons, this stylish silver player holds up to 1,250 songs (83 hours) at 128 kbps or 2,500 songs (166 hours) at lower-fidelity 64 kbps (MP3/WMA)--that's a solid week's worth of music listening, never playing the same song twice. Compatibility with Microsoft's WMA compressed-audio format grants access to over 2 million downloadable songs offered promotionally or for sale online.

Perhaps the Zen Micro's coolest attribute is its DJ feature, which will shuffle not only all the songs you've loaded or all the songs in a given album, but, at your discretion, only the tracks you listen to most, or only those you rarely hear, taking the work out of selecting your favourites or hunting out all the music you're still getting to know.

For navigation, the device features a vertical, linear touchpad designed to make searching through songs or playlists easy, quick, and fun. The unit's blue, 160 x 104-pixel, electroluminescent LCD shows key functions and song details at a glance, and you can even customize the main menu to keep right at your fingertips the features that matter most to you.

Another of the Zen Micro's handy features is its personal organizer. You'll never forget an important anniversary with the onboard calendar, and it also includes a to-do list and a contacts list, all of which sync seamlessly with Microsoft Outlook (Outlook thus required for use of these features). In addition, the device offers a sleep timer and alarm so you can drift off to sleep to the strains of one playlist and wake to a completely different one.

Zen Micro's rechargeable battery is easy to replace.

The Zen Micro's removable battery is easy to swap with another fully charged battery (additional batteries sold separately), extending your listening by a half-day per swap.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful By "countolaf2005" on 4 Jan. 2005
Creative's Zen Micro is a success which, for comparison, beats the competition hands down. Available in ten colours (most of which are quite attractive) this is the ideal digital jukebox for those whose music collection is modest, but not too big, and whose wallets cannot stretch to iPod standards.
The design of this piece of kit is stunning. To start with, it is very diddy and easily fits into any pocket, and Creative's initiative to include the headphone port at the top of the system is of obvious benefit. I have the black version which is undeniably very sexy. The screen glows a vibrant blue colour when in use, and the outer rim of the machine also glows for a neat effect. The touch pad is also a clever feature which, although slightly difficult at first, makes handling this player easy and enjoyable. There is also a feature with which the player can easily be locked so buttons aren't accidentally pressed when in a pocket. The whopping five gigabytes of storage (although it is closer to 4.7GB, to be precise) is ample space for most music collections; this holds a little over 1000 average mp3 tracks or around 2,300 tracks if converted into Windows Media Audio format. The battery life is what it says on the box, around twelve hours, and the fact the battery is also removable is a great advantage as it allows batteries to be swapped at any time. Sound quality is also excellent with great clarity; the provided earphones deliver this sound well though they are slightly uncomfortable.
The supplied goodies are also very useful. Included is a sturdy, white case which the player slips into - this can be converted into a desk stand for charging or a belt clip for on the move. Also there is a silky drawstring bag for keeping your Zen Micro nice and safe.
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123 of 125 people found the following review helpful By M. Paul on 14 Feb. 2005
The user reviews on Amazon really helped in the decision to part ways with my money. I refused to buy an Ipod as it's become a celebrity/middle class teenagers fashion accessory, and more importantly doesn't support WMA files, so the Micro was top of the list of first alternates. Hopefully my unglorified and honest review can help anyone researching mp3 players not affiliated with U2.
First of all, no matter what you find as you trawl through the internet for photos and not product shots of the Micro, it doesn't do justice to seeing one in the flesh. Let's face it, if you're going to spend that much money then it has to look good. I had reservations about the black contrasting with the white backing, but it works well and looks pretty damn nice. (Even though all black would admittedly look fantastic) You will be looking for excuses to get it out your pocket to have another look. The unit is tinier than any of the photos depicts, and feels very light and comfortable in your hand. To give you an idea of how small it is, look at the F1-F4 keys on your keyboard, it's almost exactly the same length. If we're going to compare, it's smaller than the ipod but not as thin as the Rio Carbon. Also, the blue border light really is very, very nice to look at against the black front, and mildly hypnotic when it pulses whilst charging. Their is a hold button so you don't knock the touch-sensitive navigation in your pocket, and a shutdown switch to save on battery power and for when you inevitably have to sleep.
The Micro's detractors, (Thus Ipod lovers) have all been excitedly negative over the scroll function on the face of the unit. I did immediately change the sensitivity level to low, but it's just like changing the cursor speed on your computer, it's no biggie.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ms. OGHC London on 12 Feb. 2005
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I've had mine for almost a month now, so I've had it long enough to be able to give an opinion on it. It's amazing.
It's smaller than I had expected, the blue light around the edge is cool and the touch pad is something I've never really experienced before.
The software isn't that hard to use, you just have to look at the screen and work out what's going to where (ie. from your CD drive to your PC, from your PC to your Zen Micro). For those of you new to it like I was, the 'Get Info' is a very useful option on the software as it automatically retrieves the titles of albums, tracks and artists as long as you are connected to the internet and have your pop-up blocker disabled.
For those of you who are as new to this as I am, if you get in your package from Amazon a small white plastic thing that you don't know what it's for, it's the stand that fits into the cradle... slightly embarassing that I didn't know what this was, but this goes on to the reason I haven't given this five stars. There is very little information that comes in the box. There isn't even a piece of paper describing the contents of the box. There is a manual, but it comes as a .pdf file and it's accessible through the CD-ROM that comes with it, so make sure you read it!
The radio isn't amazing, it doesn't have very good reception and when you move, the signal goes. One reason I got this over other MP3 players was for the radio, but I think you have to accept that it's more of a gimmick rather than a serious listening device.
The music, however, is great! The earphones aren't too bad on the sound quality, but for comfort you're probably going to want to get something different. I think Creative must think that people's earholes are completely round.
The support is good.
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