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Introducing the Creative Zen! The flash player is the official successor of the ZEN Vision:M, and is available in capacities of 4GB, 8GB and 16GB, and is advertised to be the “MP3 credit size wonder”. Read on for our take on it, and at the same time we’ll be taking a further look at the Gigaworks T40 speakers.

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Introducing the Creative Zen! The flash player is the official successor of the ZEN Vision:M, and is available in capacities of 4GB, 8GB and 16GB, and is advertised to be the "size of a credit card". Many of you might be thinking that Creative might be lacking in the creativity department when it comes to naming their digital audio players…

But this little card sized device can and will wow many of Creative’s exisiting supporters who have bought their products.This is the first ZEN to have an SD card expansion slot (SDHC is supported of course), support for Apple Audio Codec [AAC (*.m4a)], lossless included! At the same time, the Zen boosts a 24-bit (16.7 million colours) screen for all your portable media needs, which is 2.5 inches long diagonally in QVGA (320 by 240 pixels) TFT LCD. Till date, the ZEN is the second slimmest Creative player available in the market (other than the MuVo Slim).

Interestingly, Creative decided to supplement the Zen with iTunes support. Creative touts that the player supports iTunes "seamlessly", where you can transfer songs into the player via a single click!

Their Zen lineup of audio players replaces the now-defunct NOMAD series a few years ago.

A quick glance at the specifications:

Capacity4GB / 8GB / 16GB
Size55 x 83 x 11.3mm
Weight65g
LCD2.5" 16.7 million color TFT LCD 320 x 240 pixels
Songs

4GB
2,000 WMAs/ 133hrs (at 64kbps)
1,000 MP3/ 66hrs (at 128kbps)

8GB
4,000 WMAs/ 266hrs (at 64kbps)
2,000 MP3/ 133hrs (at 128kbps)

16GB
8,000 WMAs/ 532hrs (at 64kbps)
4,000 MP3/ 266hrs (at 128kbps)

Battery LifeUp to 25 hrs audio playtime
Up to 5 hrs video playtime
Video Playback FormatsMJPEG, WMV9, MPEG4-SP, DivX 4/5 and XviD
Audio Playback FormatsMP3, WMA, AAC (.m4A), WAV (ADPCM), Audible 2,3,4
Photo Formats SupportedJPEG (BMP/ GIF / PNG / TIFF)
Battery
Embedded Li-ion Battery 
FM Radio32 preset stations
EQ Settings8 presets and 5 band custom EQ
Organizer

Calendar, Contact, Task List

Power ChargingYes
Album ArtYes
Voice RecordingYes
Connectivity
  • USB 2.0
  • SD Card