32  Creative Zen Vision: M

On the 8th of December 2005, we saw the launch of the Zen Vision: M. From the looks, it does look impressive compared to the
earlier review on the Zen Vision which seems rather bulky. Let’s take a look at what this iteration of Zen packs for us consumers. Is it better than it’s predecessor? Let’s
check it out and let you be the judge.

Over the past years, we have seen the aggressiveness of Creative to capture the
market of the MP3 players and the portable media players. Hence the Micro and Vision series came
into the market to compete head on with some of the prominent players such as
Apple’s iPod.

On the 8th of December 2005, we saw the launch of the Zen Vision: M, which
I believe would be “battling” it out with iPod video market. From the looks, it
does look impressive compared to the earlier review on the Zen Vision which seems rather bulky.

Well let’s take a look at what this iteration of Zen packs for us consumers.
Is it better than it’s predecessor? Let’s check it out and let you be the judge.


SPECIFICATIONS


Feature

Specifications


Capacity:

30GB hard drive


Size:

104 x 62 x 18.6mm


Weight:

163g


LCD:

2.5″ LCD @ 320 x
240 Color Display
262,144 colours


Songs:

15,000 WMAs/
1,000hrs (at 64kbps)
7,500 MP3/ 500hrs (at 128kbps)


Video:

120 hrs (MPEG4 videos)


Photos:

Tens of thousands
of Photos


Audio Battery
Life:

Up to 14 hrs
playtime (MP3, 128kbps, 4mins/ song)
Up to 8 hrs playtime (WMA, 64kbps, 4mins/ song)
Up to 14 hrs FM playtime


Video Battery
Life:

Up to 4 hrs video
playtime


Supported Audio
formats:

MP3, WMA (inc MS
PD DRM), WAV


Support Video
formats:

DivX™ 4 & 5,
XviD5, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG4-SP, WMV9, Motion-JPEG


Supported Photo
formats:

JPEG, BMP, GIF,
TIFF


Signal-to-Noise
Ratio:

up to 97dB


FM & FM recording:

32 preset stations


EQ settings:

8 presets & custom
5 band EQ setting


USB:

2.0


Organiser:

Calendar, Contact,
Task list


Power Charging:

Charges via Power
Adapter (2.5hrs only) or PC thru USB (6hrs)


TV Out:

Yes


Photo with Music:

Yes


Voice Recording:

Yes


Removable Disk
Storage:

Yes


Album Art:

Slideshow,
Thumbnail, Zoom, Pan


Connectivity:

Docking connector
(USB2.0 with Sync Adapter)
Stereo headphone out with Wired Remote Support
Composite AV Out (NTSC and PAL)
Built-in Microphone

From the specifications table, there are quite a few enhancements over the
earlier Zen Vision. First is the support for multiple formats of photo formats.
Earlier Zen Vision only supports single JPEG but this model actually supports
up to 4 type of formats. The next thing that makes it different from the earlier
version is the support for playing FM radio and FM recording. This is something
I was looking for. Sometimes it’s just good to have another feature other
than just playing songs. The other thing to take note of is the longer support
in terms of usage time. Audio playback is actually 1 hour more than the previous
Zen Vision and the video playback is actually a whopping 3.5 hours more. This,
I believe, can be due to the smaller display which requires less power. The
playback for audio and video wins the iPod video hands down.

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