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Creative Zen V Plus

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    5.6 5.6 from 56 reviewers
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    5.7 5.7 from 86 reviewers
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    6.3 6.3 from 3 reviewers
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    5.1 5.1 from 24 reviewers
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    5.4 5.4 from 18 reviewers
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    2.7 2.7 from 2 reviewers
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    5.6 5.6 from 7 reviewers
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Creative Zen V Plus

The Creative Zen V Plus is a portable multimedia device that can be used to play audio and video files, view photos, as well as manage personal information.

The player is available in different colors that correspond to different capacities. The 1-gigabyte version is available in black or white (both with orange accents), the 2-gigabyte version in black or white (both with green accents), and the 4-gigabyte version in black with blue accents.

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Creative Zen V Plus

The Creative Zen V Plus is a portable multimedia device that can be used to play audio and video files, view photos, as well as manage personal information.

The player is available in different colors that correspond to different capacities. The 1-gigabyte version is available in black or white (both with orange accents), the 2-gigabyte version in black or white (both with green accents), and the 4-gigabyte version in black with blue accents.

The Creative Zen V Plus measures 2.66 x 1.71 x 0.63 inches and weighs approximately 1.53 ounces with its internal Li-ion polymer rechargeable battery that can last up to 15 hours of continuous music playback. It features a 1.5-inch full color, scratch-resistant OLED display with a 128 x 128 pixels resolution.

Audio

Apart from having an integrated FM radio, the Creative Zen V Plus can be used to play a number of audio formats including MP3, WMA, IMA ADPCM, and WMA DRM. It also supports audio podcasts through ZENcast.

Video

Short video clips can also be stored and played using the Creative Zen V Plus which supports transcoded video formats.

Recording

The Creative Zen V Plus can be used for voice recording using its integrated microphone. It also accommodates line-in recording for encoding media files directly from a CD player or other playback sources.

Images

The player can be used to store hundreds of image files. It supports JPEG images as well as album art.

Other Features

The Creative Zen V Plus has time display functions with alarm clock features. Viewing a personal calendar, tasks, and contacts is also possible with the player. It can also be used as a mass storage device for data files.

Awards

The Creative Zen V Plus has won many awards including Stuff Magazine’s “Hot Buy (MP3 Super Test)” in December 2006, CNET’s Silver award for “Best Flash-Based Player” in April 2007, as well as PC World India’s “BEST BUY for Flash based Category” in July 2007. It has also ranked among HardwareZone’s “Top 100 Products of 2006” and U-Weekly Magazine’s “2007 Best IT Products.”

Review Summary

Cute is a word commonly used when describing the Creative Zen V Plus. It has a colorful, shiny, rounded body and simple face design, with each color representing a different storage capability. Orange Zen Plus Vs are 1GB, green are 2GBm and the 4GB units are blue. One thing that is conspicuously absent from this model of Zen player is the convenient touch control strip. Instead, this has a joystick-style button in the center. The device is easy to learn and use, and is similar to other Zen products. In addition to its other features, the Zen V Plus also offers FM radio and video playback, as well as photo viewing and voice recording.

An interesting feature of this unit is its ability to import calendar and contact information for viewing and works with Outlook. The equalizer can be user defined or you may use one of the 8 presets, and with it you should be able to overcome the tendency of Creative products to de-emphasize mid and high tones. The Zen V Plus also allows you to customize the menu, remove features that you don’t use as much, and add ones that you do. One of the disadvantages of the Zen V Plus, however, is the small screen size. This makes it difficult to play back high quality videos with fast motion. The transfer rate for files is also rather slow, and this can make loading up your music a time consuming chore.

However, the FM scanner is very good at picking up stations, and the reception is good for all fairly strong stations. Battery life is a good 17 hours plus. Regardless of the low file transfer rate and the lack of video quality and support, the Zen V Plus is a fairly good buy for anyone who wants a cute media player and doesn’t mind spending around $200 for one.

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  • My screen is stuck

    Why can I not get my creative zen v plus to navigate around menu or anything. It is like it is stuck on the screen and wont do anything?

    (No answers yet. Write an answer!) 2009-06-23

  • BATTERY FOR THE CREATIVE ZEN V

    GOOD AFTERNOON FRIENDS, I HAVE A 2 GB CREATIVE ZEN V MP3, THE BATTERY GOT OUT IT DIED SO I NEED TO CHANGE IT, DO YOU HAVE THE BATTRY FOR THIS EQUIPMENT?? HOW MUCH IT COSTS? CAN U SEND IT TO NY ?? MANY THANKS, LLOKING FORWARD CESAR PALACIO

    Answered by Blair 2009-11-21:

    You can buy the battery at Ebay.com or http://www.atbatt.com/mp3-player-batteries/b/creative/m/zen-v.asp

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