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A decent all-around playerFeb 01, 2009
By Dale Broadbent
It comes packaged inside a thick-plastic sealed blister package. Once that is removed, the primary packaging is revealed - a HARD plastic (about 1mm thick) sealed, clear clam-shell with the X-Fi suspended inside on a transparent plastic platform. It looks really cool... until you try to open the thing. Seriously, people - be careful. You can injure yourself very seriously using the amount of force necessary to penetrate this anti-theft packaging on steroids.
Enough about the packaging.
The player itself is an attractive, slim, glossy black device with a large screen that can do all sorts of things. You can read the specs above I'm sure so I won't get into all the details, but let's just say that it does about 75% of its functions very well. The other functions you'll probably never want to use.
The things it does well: Music, movies, pictures, storage, microphone.
The things it does terribly: Everything else (instant messaging, etc). I have not tried the wi-fi capabilities.
One thing Creative has continued to do well is their support for audible books and other audible media. If you subscribe to Audible, this is a fantastic player for those types of media.
The user interface appears nice, but the awful multi-button interface is the worst-implemented button interface I have ever witnessed. I'm used to it now, but all 12-or-so buttons are identical, feel identical - you can't just grab it and begin pressing buttons - you gotta pay attention to which ones you intend to press - otherwise you risk losing your place in what you're listening to.
Battery life is quite good - I used it on a cross-country plane trip to listen to audio books for a few hours and then played 2 or 3 45-minute videos while on the plane before the battery meter red-lined.
The unit does lock up - I keep a small paperclip in my car for that very purpose. It happens maybe once a week or less and always occurs during start up or shut down. Again, I've just gotten used to it and adpated. It's not too terrible - electronic devices aren't perfect - when was the last time your PC crashed, eh?
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Good playerAug 11, 2009
By VALMIR SENA
I enjoy this player very much. Play divx e xvid videos in your resolution, but don't make upscaling. Good mp3 player.
I do the firmware update, and since then the player don't crash anymore.
no device sounds better!Apr 09, 2010
By Tom Masters
creative labs wrote the book on mp3 reproduction calling it their proprietary x-fi technology. the navigation could be easier to learn (it isn't all that hard) and the unit itself isn't anywhere near indestructible. it comes packaged with some earphones that Creative sells for $50 (model 850), and they sound absolutely fantastic!
when you buy this unit (you should; note the much-lower price), get a leather case for it, and enjoy the convenience of top-rated mp3 delivery for a long, long time.
nice a simpleOct 19, 2013
By Cliff Julian
it does what i need it to do: play music. by no means it this at all comparable to an android-based mp3 player. but for what it is, it gets the job done. transferring music is real simple: just click and drag and can take most audio files. the external speaker is a nice feature, but the sound quality is only ok. compared to the old Zen i had, the button schematics on the new one is a bit annoying. having a 3x3 square of 9 buttons so close to each other made it difficult to figure out which button to hit if you're not looking at your mp3 player. it's still a good player for what you need it to do: play music
it's okay!Jun 30, 2013
By Ali Gordon
It does is job of storing the media that you want, but I find it hard to use the menu, & the buttons are not responsive, sometimes needed more than one touch, maybe its because my fingertips are thick.
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