Creative Zen Micro 5GB - Black
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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
Creative's Zen Micro is the digital audio player with attitude. Designed with ergonomics in mind, it's micro-sized and fits naturally into the hand, placing the touch-sensitive control pad in the perfect position for navigation with just one finger. The Zen Micro will store up to 2,500 songs in WMA or 1,250 in MP3 on its 5GB hard disk, and its easy-to-remove rechargeable battery delivers up to 12 hours of high-quality digital audio. FM radio and voice recording further extend its versatility. The Zen Micro ...
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.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
Top Customer Reviews
OK, bullet points as always.
* Solid construction. Mine was dropped, thrown and took the general knocks of ever day use without complaint.
* Touch pad is excellent. Very easy to use.
* Menu system is very simple.
* Sound quality is good. I made my own presets as the ones provided were lacking. Bass is ok. A decent set of headphones is required.
* Screen is lacking compared to the colour screens mp3 players have these days, but it's easy to read and gets the job done well. The blue backlit is a very handy thing.
* Storage space is pretty good.
* Compact size. Little chunky comapared to newer players maybe, but this thing was release back in 2004-2005. It was small for it's time.
* The battery is poor. 4-6 hours max if you have it blasting as I do/did.
* My battery gave up quite a while ago. It rarely held a charge for more then an hour or two. This is to be expected after heavy usage though. Basically a replacement battery will be needed after a year or so. Pretty cheap though, Amazon has them for £8.
* Radio is pretty poor. Who uses this anyway??
I highly recommended this mp3 player. I might even buy another myself.
Reliability - In a year, I have had NO problems at all with my version. I believe they are a lot more reliable than ipods, as my friends seem to always complain about theirs and I'm just sitting there, rather contented with my zen!
Easy to use - I believe they are much more easy to use than ipods personally, IMHO. If you turn the sensitivity down for the touch pad, I find it's fine! The menus are all easy to fathom out also.
Accesories worth buying - I would recommend buying a charger: you can get an accesory pack off here. The only way of charging the zen is through the USB port normally.
Also, buy some other earphones. That would be worth it - The creative ones aren't too good!
Overall, I love my zen. I think it's fine, and compared to a similar ipod mini, it holds more songs and has a removable battery - so you don't have to pay a bomb to get your new ipod battery when it breaks.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i brought the item two weeks ago from creative store when i recieved it i realized after a bit of trouble that no matter what you have to install software from cd first making sure... Read morePublished on 30 May 2007 by I. Hussen
Whilst I had been pleased with the way this mp3 player worked, some 15 months after purchase I am having problems with the headphone socket giving intermittent contact. Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2007 by P. H. Whitehead
I have had two Zen Micros, the first of which's headphone socket broke. My second and current Zen Micro has now also broke with the same problem with the headphone socket. Read morePublished on 26 Dec. 2006 by R-B
got it was good at first, after 2 mounths it completly broke, i had to send it back.
creative however were good with this, but the creative lacks quailty if it breaks... Read more
If you're looking for an iPod Nano or Mini, look no further, this beautiful baby is the perfect replacement!Published on 16 Sept. 2005