Creative Labs Zen Sleek 20GB MP3 player
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- 20GB hard disk stores up to 10,000 songs* in WMA or 5,000 in MP3. Also supports WAV
- Vertical touchpad with LED backlight is quick and intuitive to use, gives total control with fingertip touch
- FM tuner with 32 presets and direct recording, to capture memorable broadcasts
- Built-in microphone for live voice recording and personal notes
- Equalisation feature with 9 acoustic environments such as ‘rock’ or ‘jazz’ enables listeners to customise music to their personal preferences
- USB 2.0 connection, for downloads at up to a song per second
- *Based on four-minute songs at 64Kbps in WMA, 128Kbps in MP3
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Creatives Zen Sleek MP3 player, in durable aluminium and glossy white, is stylish and easy to use. Featuring Creatives Touch Pad control and large blue backlit display it takes personal entertainment to a new level, fitting comfortably into the hand for fingertip management of all its powerful features. Its 20GB hard disk can store up to 10,000 songs* in WMA or 5,000 in MP3, with quick and easy downloads from a PC at up to a song per second via USB 2.0. The Zen Sleek offers playtimes up to 16 hours from its rechargeable battery, plus direct recording from the built-in FM radio and microphone.
*Based on four-minute songs at 64Kbps in WMA, 128Kbps in MP3
Top Customer Reviews
You want the Creative Zen Sleek. It starts when you first see it. It looks incredible and feels great to the touch before you have even turned it on. The classy build quality with the brushed aluminium case set it apart from the plastic competitors. It is smaller than an iPod, admittedly not by much, but every little counts in this market. You turn it on and the control interface is intuitive with the controls easy to use and the menus superb to navigate. Tracks can be selected in a variety of ways. Finding your way around the folders to find a particular song is simple as the Sleek has functions to display tracks sorted by Title, Genre, Album, Artist and a number of other ways. The DJ mode gives some cool features such as Least Heard tracks and Album of the Day and this helps to keep things fresh.
In this market we talk a lot of sound quality. I have had several devices from tape walkmans to CD players and Hi-Fis as well as a Creative Zen Xtra 30GB as well as having listened to iPods and various other MP3 devices. I have to say, even with the supplied headphones, the sound quality outstrips the competitors. The EQs available from Rock to Pop or the like really enhances each song so you can get the most out of it. Custom EQ allows you to play with the settings as you like.Read more ›
The controls took a couple of hours to master, but once you have the sensitivity right it's really easy and intuitive to use. Within no time I was working my way through the menus and singing loudly and out of tune around the house and on the exercise bike (no jogging).
The loading process was a doddle. I'm an MP3 virgin but I've worked my way through loads of CDs and still have 16GB left. I love the look and feel of the sleek (really classy) and the added bonus of the FM radio, voice recorder and external disk. These all tick the right boxes for what I need. I also bought a Y cable to connect it to the home stereo and 3.5mm to 3.5mm to connect to car stereo, it so easy now, no fiddling with CDs all over the house and car. It really does go everywhere with me.
The battery life is fair - I think I went mad with the menus for the first few days - now I've got the hang of it, the battery life is absolutely fine for my 2 hour a day usage.
All in all, a real looker, great sound quality (with upgraded headphones) and a nice compact size with 20 GB ... all for under £180. I'm looking forward to the accessories from creative - case, docking station etc (come on Amazon, get a move on).
I have owned it for a grand total of 4 hours now so am evidently unable to comment on its durability and battery life (supposedly 16 hours).
But, in this whirlwind romance these are my thoughts:
1. It looks great - aluminium and white casing which is very sophisticated, and although a still a little ipod-esque, looks much better than the previous all white zen. I also think it's smaller and lighter than the last zen.
2. Sound quality - this really is superb. You can alter various settings - eg. bass on/off, pop mode, rock mode, etc etc.
3. Software - I am a fairly confident computer user, but by no means a techno whizz kid. The software was very easy to install and equally simple to use. While the zen was charging (2 hours initially) I got it all set up and started navigating my way round without any problems.
4. Sensitivity - The touch pad is extremely sensitive, but you quickly get used to it, and you can alter its reactivity with three different settings - high, medium and low.
5. Speed - The download time is fantastic. I transferred 47 albums in just a few minutes.
6. Various other useful features - the zen is compatible with outlook calender, contacts etc. It also has an FM radio, though I've not tried this yet. It also has a microphone, although again I've not got this far!
I'm sure, as always, the product description on amazon will provide many more intricate details concerning this product and its capabilities.
Also, remember this is my first MP3 player, and so I am in no position to compare it with any others.
All in all, a great-looking great-sounding all-singing all-dancing MP3 player that I fully recommend. Any other first time buyers should feel confident that the zen sleek is well worth the money and that it shouldn't cause too many software induced headaches.
I chanced it and bought another Zen Sleek, this time from a high street shop, and this time around I am thrilled. I'm on my first charge right now and It's been going for about 10 hours, of just normal play with me occasionally skipping a track. It has not skipped once, and the sound quality with no equalizer is stunning. I hear things in music I've never heard with my CD player, and there is no background hiss. I am using Sony Fontopia in-ear earphones.
However, since I've got a new laptop, I usd the oppurtunity to rip my music collection to MP2 192kbps rather than WMA which seems to have limited support across the market, so I cannot really comment on how it plays WMAs. I have played a few with no problems, but be advised that WMAs require more processing so they do impact battery life by about an hour or so, supposedly. I have noticed that when fast fowarding through WMAs, they resume playback slower than MP3s. Perhaps and indication of the extra work needed?
I've left the touchpad on medium sensitivity as I am a laptop user, so I'm right at home with the touchpad. It is much, much better than ust having buttons to scroll, as you can vary the speed at which you scroll, and you will have no worries scrolling through a huge list of music... although I would have appreciated dedicated volume buttons like the Zen touch, but it's no biggie! The music organisation this time around is top notch, allowing easy access through Artist, Album, All tracks and genre. The radio is perfectly acceptable.
Music transfer is fast and simple, through Windows Media's sync opton. I didn't even bother installing Creative's Mediasource.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the zen you sent me, one little problem, I can only charge it with a computer, if you have a Charger with a 3pin connection
I would like to buy it off you if possible,... Read more
I have a two-year old model, and I keep it because it cost so much to begin with. I don't use it often anymore because it is so irritating. Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2008 by not very zen
I got my Creative Zen Sleek in November 2005, so I've had it for over a year now. I've been using it for at least an hour a day, 5 days a week during the time that I've had it. Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2007 by Amazon Customer
Great sound quality if you buy a fairly good set of headphones i use £20 gromit type.
Various menu's easy to use after an hour or so of practice, even loading and using... Read more
This is a first rate product which fully lives up to my expectations and, unusually, the enthusiastic sales pitch of the retail salesman (it was bought off line). Read morePublished on 1 Aug. 2006 by M GLINERT
Is it just me, or are we talking about a completely different MP3 player? I found that this was a complete and utter waste of money, frankly. Read morePublished on 31 July 2006 by Reviewer
Fast delivery as usual from Amazon. The Zen Sleek is quite good looking (if that's important to you) and seems well built. Read morePublished on 10 July 2006 by Mr. P. Freer
Before I bought an MP3 player, I tried some of my friends players to see how they compared. HAving listened to music through a variety of different players, I opted to go for a... Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2006 by Tony