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Creative ZEN X-Fi

Creative Technology ZEN X-Fi (16 GB) Digital Media Player (70PF2391001F1)


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Creative ZEN X-Fi
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Creative Zen X-Fi2
Creative Technology Zen Style 300
Creative Technology ZEN X-Fi3
Creative Technology ZEN X-Fi (16 GB) Digital Media Player (70PF2391001F1)
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Creative Technology Zen Style 300 Black  16 GB  MP3 Player
Creative Technology Black ZEN X-Fi3 8 GB Digital Media Player
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Release Date
Aug 2008
Aug 2009
Sep 2009
Apr 2010
Sep 2011
Main Storage Type
Built-in Memory
Built-in Memory
Built-in Memory
Built-in Memory
Micro SD Card
Storage Capacity
16.0 GB
8.0 GB
8.0 GB
16.0 GB
8.0 GB
Expansion Slots
SD Memory Card
SD Memory Card,SDHC card
SD Memory Card
microSD
Family Line
Zen
Creative ZEN MX
ZEN X-Fi2
Zen
Creative ZEN
Number of Songs
4000.0
4100.0
2000.0
4000.0
2000.0
Use
Music, Video, Recording, Photo Viewing
Music, Recording
Music, Video, Recording, Photo Viewing
Music
Music, Video, Recording, Photo Viewing

  • - Videos often need to be transcoded through the included software, and the button pad can be confusing at first.
    - 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.
    - The photo-viewing experience is great: the thumbnails magnify as you scroll through them, and once you select a photo, you are given various options including zoom and rotate.


  • - The X-Fi connects to your PC via USB 2.0, but loading songs onto the player by this route is slow going.
    - People who are already familiar with Creative's players should get the hang of the X-Fi's design and interface right away.
    - Creative's highly touted X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity Audio playback goes far in helping this player sound amazing.


  • - Creative's highly touted X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity Audio playback goes far in helping this player sound amazing.


  • - It is easy to navigate and the buttons on the player are simple to understand.
    - The scroll-through menu is very straightforward; once you've had a play around with it you pretty much know how it all works.
    - We like how customisable the device is, with user-adjustable settings such as the comprehensive equaliser, bass boost, and smart volume functions.


  • - No dedicated volume control • Glossy plastic body looks cheap • Proprietary video format requires conversion software • Slightly sluggish interface.
    - The QVGA screen is capable of displaying 16.7 million colours and produces a pleasantly sharp display.
    - Colour reproduction is decent, although it sometimes appears oversaturated on certain photos.
    - Battery life was good, with the player averaging about 28 hours of playback.


  • - The QVGA screen is capable of displaying 16.7 million colors and produces a pleasantly sharp display.
    - The buttons on the player have a nice solid feel to them.


  • - The good news is you won't have to wait long to take advantage of Creative's first touch-screen MP3 player.


  • Priced at £99 the Creative ZEN X-fi2 is a good PMP for its wide format support and sound quality. However, its rather slow response and the non-responsive touchscreen stopped it from becoming a superior product.


  • - TERRIBLE touchscreen interface • No dedicated volume or play buttons.
    - Performance

    Whether you're listening to an MP3 or a FLAC file sound quality is very good.
    - The supplied EP-630 in-ear earphones are quite good for a budget set of headphones.


  • - Watching videos was quite a chore on a 1.8-inch screen and rather pointless as you'll need to squint to make out the details.
    - Unfortunately, there's no dedicated volume rocker.
    - The UI is speedy as well as responsive.
    - The screen was nice and bright and mostly viewable in outdoor conditions except for direct sunlight.


  • The Creative ZEN Style 300 is one of three ZEN Style series portable media players (X-Fi Style, Style 100, Style 300) released in April 2010. It builds from the barebones Style 100 by incorporating an FM radio with 32 presets.

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    - The Creative Zen Style 300 is 8x3.8x1cm and for such a device quite chunky hence the weight of 43grams.
    - The front has the screen below this a row of four buttons which are fairly self explanatory, and, under this the ubiquitous five position joystick.


  • The Creative Zen X-Fi 3 MP3 player sounds good, goes very loud and comes with an unusually good set of earphones. However, problems with the design and interface hold it back. The touch-sensitive buttons are annoying, screen quality is unimpressive and it's surprisingly thick for a device of its size.