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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.
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
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.
Great GiftFeb 01, 2010
By C. Curtis
Bought this as a gift for my husband, hoped he would like it but wasn't sure. What a surprise, he loves it and uses it every day. I had the dramatized KJV bible put on it and the entire thing fit. What a great surprise for him for Christmas!
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