Creative Zen Micro 5GB - Dark Blue
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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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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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Top Customer Reviews
I haven't had any problems with battery life, touch pad sensitivity or with the software. The player looks nice, the sound is great and there is more then enough space for my entire CD collection, despite the player being so small. Also, despite not being that great with computers, I still found the whole ripping/ MP3 conversion process (I'm not sure of the exact technical terminology!) easy with the aid of the software provided.
However, the problem that I have had though is with the headphone socket. I got my first Zen Micro in december, and it functioned perfectly. That was until one day when, whilst I was listening to the player, the headphone socket went completely. Everytime I touched the cable or so much as moved, the sound became completely distorted and sounded oddly like I was listening underwater. Admittedly, I had changed the white headphones supplied to my own pair (which weren't bright white and therefore didn't announce to the world "hey I have an i-pod!", for safety reasons)but I didn't really think that this would eventually effect the player.
In reading the other reviews, I couldn't help but notice that many were written days after acquiring the player, however the problems didn't develop for me until after I had had it for a month or so.
I got a replacment, stuck with the white headphones and after a about 3 weeks the same thing happened again!!! And what annoyed me is that I was so careful with it, I never even had a chance to drop it or anything to give it a reason to break!
I am now on my third Zen Micro in 5 months. Maybe I should just give up and get an i-pod but, in all honesty, I don't want to!Read more ›
Main selling points for me:
5Gb space: more than enough for ALL your favourites but not so much as that you carry a brick in your pocket
Touch Pad: I loved the idea of not having to press buttons because I hate the clicking!
Removable Battery: one of the drawbacks of having an iPod is that if the battery gets warn out you have to send it back; with the Zen Micro you can even get a battery with a longer life span if you want and you can change it yourself.
Removable Disk: I now no longer need a flash drive I just use my mp3 player.
Format Converter: I found out that there's a feature with the software that converts mp3 - wma so that more music will fit on if the files are large!
Microphone: I thought this was a greta idea, a microphone so that you can record meetings or anything else, I recorded my friend playing guitar and it sounds great!
Charges through USB
And now to the question of the bad stuff
To be honest there aren't very many drawbacks! Ok so the battery life isn't up to the quoted 12 hours but you can get other batteries and I'm sure most people are still not away from a plug socket for so long it runs out fully anyway.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant player...simple as that. I've had mine a year and a half and have had no problems what so ever. Read morePublished on 27 Sept. 2006 by Mr. G. Mcdonald
I have had one of these for over a year now and thankfully no problems! Try not to be put off by other peoples bad experience. Read morePublished on 9 Sept. 2006 by T. Draper
I bought my zen micro in april 2005 for £150 and to be honest, i could have found better MP3 Player for £150.
When i bought it, my zen micro worked great. Read more
I bought by Zen Micro in January and was very pleased with it at first. It sounded great, looked great, had a good battery life, was well specified and was compact and light but it... Read morePublished on 10 July 2005
this mp3 looks great, sounds great and is easy to use.
But its got this habbit of stopping working - so you have take the battery out to get it working again. Read more
As a HD portable audio player this device is perfectly adequate. The software shipped with the device is quite frankly a waste of time: instead use Windows Media Player (whose use... Read morePublished on 30 April 2005 by G. Thulbourn
I eagerly waited the arrival of the micro which arrived in superfast time earlier than expected. The Micro is stylish, sounds good and I am glad that I bought it. Read morePublished on 1 April 2005 by WAA MACKIE
Just to say that I think zen micros are great. I just got one the other day and im reallly happy with it. It is tiny, smaller than an ipod, and really cool. Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 2005 by DJoseph