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Creative ZEN X-Fi

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Overall 9

Expert Review

Tweak Town
1 July 2010
  • Excerpt: Creative Labs are anything but newcomers to the world of audio, but they are to TweakTown. So today, let's take a look at their latest portable device; the Zen X-Fi Style.
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Overall 7

Creative Zen X-Fi

7 June 2009
  • Summary: The Creative Zen X-Fi's plastic design leaves a little to be desired, but that doesn't detract from the fact that the player is an incredible value overall: for an extremely competitive price you get a boatload of features and great sound quality.
  • Pros: The Creative Zen X-Fi is an incredible value given its low price and laundry list of features, which include photo, video, Audible, and subscription music support; an FM radio and voice recorder; an SD card expansion slot; WiFi capability; multiple EQ settings; X-Fi sound enhancement technology; and upgraded EP-830 earphones. Sound quality is top-notch, the screen is lovely, and the rated battery life for audio is impressive.
  • Cons: The Creative Zen X-Fi plastic construction does not feel high-quality, and the SD card content does not get integrated into the general libraries. Videos often need to be transcoded through the included software, and the button pad can be confusing at first. Audio battery life is dismal.
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Overall 7

Creative ZEN X-Fi with Wireless LAN

PC Magazine
27 April 2009
  • 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.
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Overall 7
Value for money 8
Features 6
Performance 7

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. Where to Buy: Manufacturer's Specifications What's in the Box?
  • 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!
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Overall 5

Creative Zen X-Fi (16GB) Review

LAPTOP Magazine
18 September 2008
  • 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 and noise-cancellation technology. The Zen X-Fi is an intriguing, but flawed, portable media player.
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Overall 7

Creative Zen X-Fi 8GB Review

11 September 2008
  • 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. And Creative has been pricing its products more aggressively in recent years: $279 for the 32GB version is a steal compared with $399 for the 32GB iPod Touch.
  • Pros: Very good sound quality; included ear buds are excellent; attractive interface
  • Cons: Buttons are small and are not backlit; lacks wireless sync and web browsing
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Creative Zen X-Fi review

21 August 2008
  • Summary: The Creative Zen X-Fi is beyond question a better all-around digital music player than any of Apple's current iPods.
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Overall 8

Creative Zen X-Fi

9 August 2008
  • Excerpt: Creative’s previous Zen had the potential to be a great PMP, considering its slim design, large clear display and the button placement for navigation, but it fared quite averagely. Their next-level Zen called the Zen X-Fi comes equipped with Creative’s famous X-Fi engine that should make the audio experience something to look forward to. To cut to the chase, here’s what I think of this upgrade… Form Factor The design of the X-Fi is not altogether different from the Zen.
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Review: Creative Zen X-Fi

20 July 2008
  • 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. Most of the other features unique to the Zen X-Fi are gimmicky at best, and the new controls do nothing but clutter an otherwise attractive player.
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Creative Zen X-Fi Review

Anything but iPod
19 July 2008
  • 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. Chat and Friends list is not an improvement and has hindered the button UI. These features are just flat-out poorly implemented.
  • 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
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