Summary: The wide range of functionality makes the Creative Zen Vision a good choice for anyone who needs a multipurpose device: movie fans who like music, radio listeners who want to record their favorite shows, or photographers who like to listen to music during a long photo shoot session.
Excerpt: Creative has, well let's just say they have a knack of being just that. The Zen Vision:M is no exception to the kind of ease and functionality that Creative incorporates into their devices. But let’s just see how functional it really is shall we. Form Factor I’ll be straight with you (after all that's my job), the Vision:M is a bit bulky with specs like 104 x 62 x 18.6mm and a wee bit heavy at 163g.
Excerpt: Creative have decided to ditch Microsoft's Portable Media Center initiative along with their operating system for Creative's own in-house operating system, more codec support and a plethora of other features that I'm going to tell you all about in this review. I suggest you pause here, go put the kettle on and then kick back with a nice brew and enjoy as I take you for a wild ride of this year's most anticipated Creative Labs Audio/Video player release.
Conclusion: - Small, attractive design - Easy to use and excellent navigation - Supports the important video codec’s - Expansion slot (but why only compact flash?) - Poor software - Very directional screen, prone to a lot of glare - Bass distorts at high volumes with supplied ear buds - Requires video conversion before you can play any videos - The included ear buds are too large causing ear pain
Pros: Small, attractive design; easy to use; supports various video formats
Cons: Poor software; playing video can be complicated; poor audio quality
Summary: Creative was one of the first companies to back Microsoft's Portable Media Center standard, with its Zen PMC (see Nov 04 issue). Now it's back with a new addition to its portable media player lineup, although this time the firm has decided to turn its back on Microsoft and go it alone - the Zen Vision runs Creative's own software. While the capabilities are similar to that of PMC, this brings both advantages and disadvantages.
Summary: The Vision is one in a long line of Zens. This 30GB fellow majors on vision, including a 3.7in widescreen and an AV-out jack. Jack of all trades, with a few mastered The new Zen is a welcoming chap and embraces many an MPEG, plus AVI, DivX and WMV. You can feed it using the supplied Zen Vision Media Explorer software – bit of a slouch to load but swift to work – or via the Compact Flash card slot. For stubborn files, Creative includes its Video Converter software.
Summary: Support for all common video and audio formats, coupled with a sleek, lightweight design and improved user interface help make Creative's Zen Vision, a top-notch media player - provided you have a Windows PC.