MP3 Players

Unboxing the Creative ZEN

When Creative’s newest ZEN digital media player model, which packs an astonishing 32GB of flash memory into its credit-card-sized body, begins shipping in the next few weeks, it will be the highest capacity flash player available anywhere in the world.

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The player has been available in 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB capacities since its late-summer launch and has been receiving rave reviews due in part to its SD card expansion slot, native DivX support, and 2.5-inch QVGA display boasting 16.7 million colors.

I’m expecting great things from the ZEN, as I’ve been using the Zen Vision:M it replaced for over 1.5 years, so I didn’t waste much time getting everything out the box. Have a look below and come back later for my full review.

Packaging

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The ZEN box’s red-and-black color scheme is attractive and eye-catching. I’ve never seen it hanging alongside other devices at retail stores, but I can imagine that consumers shopping for a new player would be drawn to it purely because of its comparatively unique packaging.

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I’m one of those people who rarely turn on a new gadget before fully charging it first, so the "Please charge your ZEN Player before use" instruction printed on the inside flap was already something I intended to follow.

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The player itself is sealed in one of those wretched blister packs, and the rest of the contents are inside a glossy red envelope-like box.

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Placed on the inside top flap of the box is another reminder to charge the ZEN before using it.

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Below that is a typically sad set of accessories.

Contents

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Shipped with the ZEN are the shortest USB cable ever invented, black earphones, installation CD, quick start guide, and various leaflets and offers for free content.

Quick Look

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Stay tuned for my full review . . .

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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5 thoughts on “Unboxing the Creative ZEN

  • I’m interested to see how this stacks up to the Iriver X20. They seem to be very similar in features. I’ve been using an X20 and loved it, but it was broken in an accident so I’m back in the market again. Looking forward to your review!

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  • Avatar of OMEGA007

    i almost got this one instead of the a810 but i read a lot of reviews that people had problems with it like freezes and stuff.

    i like the mini usb non propietary cable.

    i also saw in some reviews that this player doesnt work on windows vista, is that true?

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  • I just ordered the 2GB Zen at creative.com for only $79.99 US (less than hundred bucks even with taxes). 2GB is fine for me as I have many 1,2,4 and a couple of 8GB SD cards that I can use with it. I can’t wait to get it as I have heard many good things.

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  • @ OMEGA007: Sorry for the delayed response. I thought my ZEN was bricked for a few weeks, so I wasn’t sure about Vista compatibility. Everything is working fine now, though, and I confirm that the player works with Vista Business. I’ve read about the freezing issues and what seems to have lovingly been termed the “white screen of death,” particularly after updating the firmware, but I haven’t encountered any of them.

    @ Photo Tricks: That’s a great price! I didn’t even know the 2GB version was available in the US yet. I thought it was coming early next year. Enjoy :-)

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  • hey does this mp3 come with a music coupon?

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