Conclusion: The Zen X-Fi doesn’t pose much of a threat to the far more versatile and user-friendly iPod Touch, but folks considering a Flash Zune might opt for the X-Fi’s larger maximum capacity (32GB vs. Zune’s 16GB) plus expandable storage.
Creative ZEN X-Fi Portable Media Player with Wireless LAN Review
18 October 2008
Conclusion: In a world of portable media player leaders and followers, kudos to Creative for going their own way. The design and feature set are uniquely theirs, with improvements over the first generation and an attractive value for those looking to go beyond the ordinary.
Pros: Head-turningly compact but, Proprietary audio tweaks make it sound BIG, Works great with established content providers and Digital Copy, Highly customizable
Cons: Video streaming requires resizing of our existing video files, No video output, Comes with the shortest USB cable I've ever seen!
Summary: The Creative Zen X-Fi provides excellent sound quality (with the X-Fi Expand turned off) and support for multiple audio and video formats at a very reasonable price. It offers a larger screen and capacity than the similarly priced Sony Walkman NWZ-S718F , but we prefer its rival's Mac compatibility...
Conclusion: Armed with wireless streaming features, but hindered by an irksome user interface, the affordable ZEN X-Fi is a solid player, but lacks the graceful navigation of devices from Apple or Samsung.
Pros: Streams and downloads music wirelessly. FM Radio and voice recorder. Quality earphones are included.
Cons: User interface needs work. Most videos need to be converted with the included software. Loaded with buttons.
Summary: Creative is marketing its new Zen X-Fi digital media player as "the sound of perfection," which unfortunately is a bit of an overstatement. It is the company's best-sounding player to date and it does sound undeniably great, but really only when X-Fi, its most lauded feature, is disabled.
Conclusion: Compared to the Zen, the build quality is improved, upgraded headphones are included, and the wireless feature works pretty well even though it really puts a drain on your battery. But that is as far as I will go as calling the new features improvements. X-Fi sound enhancement is not an improvement.
Pros: Upgraded headphones included, Very good build quality, Good sound quality, Wireless Setup and Streaming is Easy
Cons: Weak FM Radio, Poor SD implementation, Chat is poorly implemented, Text input, Poor top down viewing angle, Emulated X-Fi
Conclusion: So should you get one? The Creative Zen X-Fi is a very good sounding MP3 player that comes with the option of expanding it even further beyond its 8GB, 16GB or 32GB models. In fact if you really wanted to push the boat out you could theoretically expand this up to 64GB, an impressive feat in itself.
Pros: Sound, screen, headphones, Wi-Fi
Cons: Chat not really worth the bother, no Mac support