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Creative Zen X-Fi MP3 player review

Mark Peters
CES report
Thursday 1st, January 2009
Posted by: Mark Peters

Creative Labs Europe, founded in 1993, is famous for its Zen media players and its excellent sound Technologies. Creative keeps on surprising; again with the new Zen X-Fi, the first media player with integrated X-Fi technologies. According to Creative, listening to music on the Zen X-Fi becomes a genuine experience. Whether that is true will become clear from the test. And as if X-Fi isnít already enough, also Wi-Fi is available on the Zen. From the moment the Zen X-Fi was placed in the market, it already won several Awards.

Creative Zen X-Fi

Creative Zen X-Fi
The photo viewer works the same as the video mode. Transferring and converting happens through the Creative Central software. If a picture format is not supported, the software will take care of it and convert it to the right format. You can opt for reproduction of the pictures as thumbnails or in a list. Pictures are rendered clearly and naturally on the media player. At any moment whilst viewing a picture, you can start a slideshow, even with background music. Just like the video mode, a few options are at your disposal, such as brightness etcetera. Every picture can be used as background, and if you like, you can also choose to select a preset option such as warmth filter or cooling filter.

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Creative Zen memory
The Creative Zen X-Fi comes in two versions: 8GB (without Wi-Fi) and 16 / 32GB (including Wi-Fi). The Zen X-Fi has a microSD slot for expandable memory. The microSD enables enhancing the Zen's memory with 2, 4 or even 8GB. The only disadvantage is that the media player does not have a shared memory which makes you have to transfer a song from the microSD to the Creative Zen's memory. In theory, the maximum storage capacity is 40GB; in practice, however, you can only use the internal memory of the Zen to play your songs. A microSD memory card is not standard included.

Creative Zen X-Fi

Creative Zen review : X-Fi media player
In addition to the standard media player functions, the Creative Zen X-Fi features two valuable technologies; X-Fi and Wi-Fi. Besides Wi-Fi and X-Fi, you can play video and audio via the media player, view pictures and listen to the radio. There are numerous possibilities. And all of this on a device with dimensions of only 2.1 x 3.2 x 0.5 inches. I am curious to learn how it all functions inside a housing this small." More about the Creative ZEN MP3 player can be read in the full Creative MP3 player test at LetsGoMobile.

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