Summary: I don't know how I missed reviewing this but I have at least three Zen mp3players from the early tiny ones to this one. I get great sound with $15 headphones. Like the old cell phones, you cannot see the screen in daylight. I guess kids could sit and watch movies on the screen but i would not want the eye strain. I do get stuck in the menu sometimes but overall it gives me music while walking or in the car where my CD player has died.
Summary: As a music player, both the Zen and Zen X-Fi is easy to use, it's easy to put music on, it recognizes most file types, and is just generally well designed. My Zen-Fi lasted me about 2 years before it died. My Zen also lasted about that long, but does do to falling into water while on rather than any problem with the player itself.
Summary: I never got around to reviewing this when i first got it some years ago. I was satisfied with it at the time, the sound quality was fine as far as i was concerned although i am not insanely audiophilic. I found it best at just playing albums. Push play and forget it. Playlists also worked but it was not practical to build a playlist on the device, maybe it was possible but i never could muster the patience to do this.
Summary: LOVE THIS PLAYER BUT JUST RECENTLY THE CARD READER STOPPED WORKING AND NOW WORKS INTERMITTENTLY IF I HAPPEN TO BE PLAYING MUSIC BEFORE I GO TO THE CARD READER AND THEN NOT ALWAYS. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF I NEED TO DOWNLOAD AN UPDATED DRIVER ETC. OR IF I'M JUST OUT OF LUCK. PLEASE HELP ME IF YOU CAN. THANKS. I DID PURCHASE AT AMAZON IN 2010 AND I WANT TO STICK WITH IT BECAUSE I LOVE IT AND THE LITTLE DOCKING THING.
Summary: I brought this product 2 years ago, it provides with great audio quality, above average battery life, useful FM radio, and the EP-830 noise-isolating earbuds are way better than most, the only issue i found is related to the SD support, not only the integration is mediocre but I also got randomly lockouts when loading tracks from my SD cards (tried several capacities and brands) and IMHO expandable memory is useless if is not reliable.
Problems with fast fwd, rew, since day 1, ZERO help from Creative Labs
7 July 2012
Summary: I owned a Creative Labs "Zen" 4GB model before this one and was VERY happy with that unit. It died so I decided to buy one with a larger capacity. The unit I purchased NEVER WORKED CORRECTLY from day one. I use the unit almost exclusively for listening to audio books, both MP3 and WMA formats. Bookmarks are very important to this endeavor.
Summary: I was suckered into buying another creative product after receiving a 'discount certificate' as a result of a class action suit concerning another of their mp3 players. I probably used this 20 times in 3 years and it frequently locked up. The firmware was never updated by creative and they stopped supporting the product about a year after I got it.