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|Do not miss even the smallest beat of a music track with the Creative ZEN X-Fi Black media player. This Creative 8GB media player comes with X-Fi Crystallizer technology, which enables you to enjoy music with crystal clear clarity. With 8GB storage capacity, save over 4,000 WMA files on this Creative digital player. The 3-inch widescreen of the Creative ZEN X-Fi Black media player offers convenient readability. Operate this Creative 8GB media player effortlessly as it comes with the touchscreen technology. You can enjoy music played at various radio stations as this Creative digital player boasts 32 preset stations as well. Connect the Creative ZEN X-Fi Black media player to your PC with the USB interface for quick data transfer.|
|Storage Capacity||8 GB|
|Audio Supported Formats||AAC, Audible, IMA ADPCM, MP3, WAV, WMA|
|Video Supported Formats||DivX, MJPG, MPEG-4, WMV, WMV9, XviD|
|Battery Run Time||Up to 36 Hours|
|Audio / Video Capabilities|
|Max Video Resolution||320 x 240|
|Screen Size||2.5 Inch|
|Additional Features||Equalizer Controls, FM radio, Voice Recorder|
|Supported Power Supply||Internal Battery|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable Lithium Battery|
|Storage Type||Built-in Memory|
|Number Of Songs||2000|
The Creative Zen X-Fi is an incredible value given its low price and laundry list of features, which include photo, video, Audible, and subscription music support; an FM radio and voice recorder; an SD card expansion slot; WiFi capability; multiple EQ settings; X-Fi sound enhancement technology; and upgraded EP-830 earphones. Sound quality is top-notch, the screen is lovely, and the rated battery life for audio is impressive.
The Creative Zen X-Fi plastic construction does not feel high-quality, and the SD card content does not get integrated into the general libraries. Videos often need to be transcoded through the included software, and the button pad can be confusing at first. Audio battery life is dismal.
The Creative Zen X-Fi's plastic design leaves a little to be desired, but that doesn't detract from the fact that the player is an incredible value overall: for an extremely competitive price you get a boatload of features and great sound quality.
Average review score based on 12 user reviews
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The X-Fi has a Wi-Fi adapter (802.11b/g) built into it and once you've used this to hook up to your home Wi-Fi network, you can register it with your Yahoo Instant Messenger or Windows Live Messenger accounts and get messaging. Alas, for the X-Fi, this is not the killer feature Creative might have hoped for. Quite apart from the fact that set up is tortuous – you have to create an account on Creative's website, enter your chat login details there, then login twice on the player before you start - text entry is painfully slow.
The X-Fi is equipped with a nine-button control console to the right of its 2.5in 320 x 240 resolution screen and this is used to tap out letters. But instead of working, as you might expect, like T9 or multitap text entry on a mobile phone keypad, you use it like a directional pad to highlight and then select letters on a screen-based virtual keypad. There is an alternative way of entering text, where letters are arranged around the edge of the screen, but this is even more confusing and difficult to use.
Fortunately for the X-Fi, the rest of the product is a lot more impressive than its IM abilities, and it's absolutely crammed with features. With the Wi-Fi connection, for instance, you can also stream and download tracks from a networked media library. In this way, you can use it as a convenient, portable music-streaming gateway and connect it to any music system to gain access to your PC's music collection.
Transferring tracks is a little slow over Wi-Fi - you wouldn't want to copy more than a few tracks at a time - but it's a nice feature to have. Browsing the media library on your PC while you listen is a surprisingly pleasant experience, and for copying across the odd album, it works very well. The Wi-Fi also allows you to listen to a selection of podcast material stored on Creative's servers, including some BBC content, but this is of less use since you can't download content to the device.
Other features include decent 16GB or 32GB capacities (there's an 8GB version but this doesn't have Wi-Fi); an FM tuner; a built-in speaker - for people who like annoying others on public transport - basic synchronisation of contacts tasks and calendar appointments with Microsoft Outlook; an integrated microphone so you can turn the X-Fi into a dictaphone if you want; and memory expansion via an SDHC memory card slot. That's quite a list.
In terms of its design, it's a little bit of a disappointment. It's not particularly slim at 12.8mm or small at 83mm x 55mm and though the flat gloss front, chrome-effect trim and matte silver rear look smart enough, the all plastic construction is nowhere near as luxurious as you get with any of the iPod products.
But that strange control system does work well once you get used to it, and in conjunction with Creative's excellent user interface, it makes the X-Fi a pleasure to use. The raised buttons make it easy to skip tracks, pause and change volume without having to take it out of your pocket. The menus are customisable with different graphical themes and colours, and items on it can even be re-ordered if you so wish. There are search and artist look-up functions, on-the-fly playlist creation, and you can also place bookmarks using the context-sensitive menu system - useful when listening to long podcasts.
Despite this, though, the X-Fi remains a highly impressive player. It's absolutely crammed with features - some useful, some not - has good storage capacity and its memo
The item is very light and can be held in the palm of your hand. The interface is quite easy to navigate through, although the buttons take a while to get used to. The 4 corner buttons seem useless, so I don't know why they were included.
Sound quality is superb, equalizer settings are flexible. The X-FI option really gives depth to the music.
My only gripe is that it's a basic MP3 player and most are now tactile, this one is not. So it's a little behind the times (See Apple, Cowon, Sandisk, etc.)
It's sound very good. Screen resulation is not like ipod but it's good and x-fi coming with Creative earphone. It is a great earphone and x-fi price isn't higher like ipod. I think that is powerful and great mp3 player.
I really like this player so far. I just got it and am still learning.
The price was good and the comments on it were positive. Well made, good sound and it has a lot of features. The X-FI sound option is also something that I like.
Also, it has an SD card slot for expansion.
And, very importantly, it's not an overpriced Ipod.
I bought it for the memory care facility in which my mom lives. They can use it to play music, during bathing, etc. to facilitate cooperation from the residents. The facility already had a bluetooth speaker and this was one of the few bluetooth compatible MP3 players available. It's easily transported throughout the facility and seems to work well.