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Creative Zen Touch

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  • User Score (342)
    8.3 8.3 from 342 reviewers
  • Expert Score (6)
    7.5 7.5 from 6 reviewers
  • Design (22)
    3.4 3.4 from 22 reviewers
  • Value for money (101)
    5.0 5.0 from 101 reviewers
  • Features (94)
    4.0 4.0 from 94 reviewers
  • Ease of use (98)
    4.6 4.6 from 98 reviewers
  • Sound quality (121)
    4.9 4.9 from 121 reviewers
  • Durability (4)
    4.7 4.7 from 4 reviewers
  • Overall quality (24)
    3.7 3.7 from 24 reviewers
  • Looks (93)
    4.4 4.4 from 93 reviewers
  • Customer support (4)
    3.9 3.9 from 4 reviewers
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Creative is again going head to head with Apple’s iPod, this time with the Zen Touch, the younger sibling of Zen Xtra and the Zen NX. Even though they are larger, typically the Zen products have had the upper hand due to their batteries, durability, play lists, sound quality, storage, and lower price. On a Zen, you can carry around huge chunks of your music, if not your entire collection. Unfortunately, with the Zen Touch, Creative has removed or scaled down most of the features that set the Zen units ap…

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Creative is again going head to head with Apple’s iPod, this time with the Zen Touch, the younger sibling of Zen Xtra and the Zen NX. Even though they are larger, typically the Zen products have had the upper hand due to their batteries, durability, play lists, sound quality, storage, and lower price. On a Zen, you can carry around huge chunks of your music, if not your entire collection. Unfortunately, with the Zen Touch, Creative has removed or scaled down most of the features that set the Zen units apart.

Although it boasts a neat touchpad for scrolling and navigating, it can take some time to get used to and generally requires two hands. One of the advantages of the larger size of the Zen units was the user replaceable battery, but that has also gone away with the Zen Touch (and Zen Xtra)—the battery takes a few hours to recharge. The menu system, although vastly simpler than in previous models, is not as useful or versatile and it could use a little more light. For some, these disadvantages might be enough to make them reconsider a Zen choice—for others, who value sound quality and battery life, it may make no difference.

Although large and heavy compared to most music players, the Zen Touch is an aesthetically pleasing design and durable as well. The aforementioned sensitive Touch Pad improves some navigation aspects over older Zen players and also gives you the ability to make play lists and name them as well. And, although it comes with no FM tuner, you can get one to plug into it. As with many other music players, though, you will want to replace the ear buds with something of higher quality to enjoy the lush sounds of the Zen Touch.

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