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Creative Zen Micro 5GB - Dark Blue

3.7 out of 5 stars 13 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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  • Item Weight: 762 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: 70PF108000060
  • ASIN: B00069BU4K
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 11 Nov. 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 599,400 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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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With the three female members of the family all now avid iPod users I had been considering getting an iPod Mini to match my wife's. However I felt that the sound could be better and after reading reviews on the new Creative Zen Micro I thought this might be a better machine. Well it has surpassed all my expectations! In stark contrast to the iPods which need to go back to Apple if the battery needs replacing mine even came with a extra battery - it was a Limited Edition model so if you are ordering see if you can hold of one of these. Battery life was initally not so long as claimed but if you upgrade to the new firmware (ver 1.01.03) this sorts out a minor problem with the charging. Compared with the iPods where installing them was a pain with incompatibility problems with some Firewire cards and a refusal to charge using a USB2 port, installing the Zen is a cinch and completely hassle free. Recognised first time and every time by Windows 2000/XP and charges as you are uploading music. There are a number of additional features which make it so much better than the iPod. The FM radio is a great additional feature and use can partition part of the drive as a "plug and go" USB Drive for transferring files between computers. This feature does not even need any extra software on your computer as long as you set the Zen to "removable disk" before you plug it in. Ripping CDs and uploading music is so easy as is editing album and track information. The touch senstive controls are very easy to use and quite intuitive. Sound quality is much, much better that the iPods and this is helped by the Creative earphones. These have better sound quality and better sensitivity. It is cute rather than beautiful (I still think the iPod Mini wins the on the beauty stakes) but extemely well made.Read more ›
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I love my Zen Micro, I just wish it would stop breaking down on me!!

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!
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By A Customer on 21 Jan. 2005
I only got this on the sixteenth of January, but it's so easy to use that I've already loaded over 100 songs onto it. It's a really nice, cute size and the blue backlight looks great! The touchpad is very easy to get used to (it only took me a few minutes to find my way around) and the sound quality is excellent. I prefer the Zen's appearance to the ipod mini's as this is smaller and the colour doesn't look so tacky. All the people I know who have ipods have had problems with them, but so far this has behaved perfectly!
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By A Customer on 29 Mar. 2005
I've never had an mp3 player before, untill now I always thought that my mini-disc player would be all I'd need to keep my music with me, however as my collection grew even carrying mini discs became a pain. So I decided to invest in an mp3 player so that all I'd need to carry would be the player. I spent hours trying to find the perfect one for me, and I did, I found the Zen Micro.
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!
Added Bonuses:
Fm Radio
Clock
Calender
Charges through USB
Equaliser
Belt Clip/Stand
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.
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