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
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.
30GB hard drive
104 x 62 x 18.6mm
2.5″ LCD @ 320 x
|120 hrs (MPEG4 videos)|
Tens of thousands
Up to 14 hrs
Up to 4 hrs video
MP3, WMA (inc MS
DivX™ 4 & 5,
JPEG, BMP, GIF,
up to 97dB
32 preset stations
8 presets & custom
Charges via Power
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.