Summary: Sure, you can spend 500$ and get an ipod with a million gigabytes of storage that plays movies and does the dishes for you, but why the hell would you do that? This is a simple, no nonsense MP3 player, with the standard interface and options. It can also view photos, apparently, but why would anyone bother to do that? I wanted something that plays mp3s with enough space to hold all my music, and this fits the bill.
Summary: As I started searching for a mp3 player to replace my aging Creative Zen Micro Photo, which I've owned for the last six years, I started with the big names like Zune and iPod, but the obtrusive software they use turned me off. Regular Windows Media Player works great for me with out dragging my system down. Then I went to Sony, but their Walkman didn't give me the ability to create playlist on the fly, something I love and need.
Summary: I purchased this unit used on Ebay in 2011 - 6 years after it was manufactured. It's still a pretty solid little player. The name "Sleek" is very misleading though. I'm currently waiting on a replacement battery to arrive as the current one gets around 5 hours when continuously playing music. Touch pad is a bit awkward but works just fine. Very good audio quality... decent electronic components so to speak.
Summary: Despite stepping on it, dropping it and crushing it several times it still is working. The sound quality is great and there is plenty of room for all my songs over the years. It lost a star for the graphics and lack of accessories. I've a had to hit the reset button a handful of times over the years because of serious blows it received (don't worry, it doesn't erase your songs). I think my recent drop on a treadmill is the one that messed it up.
Summary: May 2010: My trusty old Sleek still plays despite the years and camping trips. One day it will break down and I will have to replace it, which will be sad, but let's face some facts: the Zen Sleek has some serious limitations. There are exactly NO useful accessories for this player. Acquiring battery-pack power (for extended camping trips) requires making your own home-made rig. It does freeze up at times, requiring reset, and one of those times required factory service.
Summary: It's great for music. I use it for recording from FM (talks). I have always had problems with static and blamed the transmitters, but finally came to the conclusion that it is the Zen when others got clearer recordings. Is there any filter that can be attached to the earbuds/antenna?
Summary: Large screen, durable little player. Slight difficulty in creating files and transferring MP3's. Large buttons for selections except middle slide is touchy! It takes awhile to get used to this. If you're selecting a file for play it may pick the wrong one when your finger leaves the pad too soon. Would prefer a roller wheel for file selection. The look and feel of this player is high quality for sure! All in all great value for the money! a B+ Recomended!
Paul M. Wright "reader writer bubble butt biter", Amazon
22 February 2009
Summary: I have to believe that the negative reviews on this product are due to operator error. My used sleek showed up w/1600 songs on it. I plugged it into my laptop which recognized it immediatly. I deleted most of the songs(sorry brittney and J-Lo) and loaded my library (you know,with good music). I could not be happier. Good battery life.
Summary: The Creative Zen Sleek Photo was my first mp3 player, and purchasing it was the result of reading through numerous reviews and doing a huge amount of comparing specs and prices. The number one feature, being a hard-core music fan, that was important to me was hard drive space. The Zen Sleek Photo at 20 gigabytes was by far the largest hard drive space available at the time short of an IPOD, and at a way cheaper price.