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Creative Zen Micro 5GB - Black

2.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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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: 440 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: 70PF108000428
  • ASIN: B000A42UJ0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 3 July 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,623 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

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 ...

Manufacturer's 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.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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By A Customer on 14 Aug. 2005
I would class the creative zen micro, the best mp3 player ever. I have had no problems with mine at all. The quality of sound from this handy pocket sized entertainment system is fantastic. I would recommend this to anyone. It is a great present for anyone and so handy. If you want to go for a walk just stick it in your pocket and away you go. NO PROBLEM! Buy one.
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By A Customer on 13 Aug. 2005
Nice little unit with good quality sound but suffers from reliablity problems. After about 5 months of use a faulty jack gives sound problems (this is not unusual I know of several owners that have suffered the same problem) and after 6 months the unit died completely. Zero after sales service from Creative. An expensive MP3 player for 6 months use.
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Well i saved up for quite a while for my Zen and was not dissapointed it did exactly what it said on the tin the sound quality was great. Downloading and copying music onto it was easy. However about 2months in i noticed that the sound became filtered through the headphones and i soon had to keep adjusting them to even hear the songs. Sometimes i could only hear the backround music other times only the singing. The Zen even shut of several times and froze up completely. I was really annoyed and thought that it might just be the headphones but after buying and trying several brands i found that all did the same. I wrote to Zen and they told me to send my old one back and they would send me a replacement but it never reached me and 14 day later i wrote to them again. I then recieved an email telling me that they would give me a full refund within 10 days. 2months on and i'm still waiting. Overalll the Zen is an amazing mp3 it holds loads of tracks looks cool and the sound quality is brill for it's retail price however i have spoken to lots of peple who have had the same problems with the zen so my avice is that Zen may of sorted out the problems by now bearing in mind i bought mine at the begining of the year and it is a really good mp3 just make sure you keep the reciept.
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One may well get "...a solid week's worth of music listening...", but I wish someone had told me before buying it that I would have to take my PC with me on holiday in order to recharge the battery! Just bought it in advance of a trip. Being a portable device I assumed that it would come with a battery recharge unit (like with, say, a similarly portable mobile phone?) but no. I've now also purchased a travel charger for £22 extra, rather than incur excess baggage costs or sit in an internet cafe during my holiday. The lack of meaningful instructions also requires a lot of trial and error to understand the controls. Perhaps I'm just a non-intuitive techno-numpty though? Handy gadget to have for tedious journeys of course, and the weight/space saving over other devices is a plus. Sound quality is good, though I am alarmed to read the latest reviews regarding reliability.
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By D. Hicks VINE VOICE on 11 Jun. 2008
So, I bought mine when it was released for £150 odd, and it served me well. Mine was used for 1-5 hours per day, every day. It finally gave up the ghost over the weekend. I do really miss it :( my N95 just doesn't deliver on the music front.

OK, bullet points as always.

The good:

* 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 bad:

* 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.
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As I've been looking through the reviews for these on amazon, I thought I'd better review my creative zen micro.

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.

That's all!

=)
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