Summary: I do like creative and purchased one of their mp3 players a few years ago. It worked really well and survived several drops without a problem. So I decided to upgrade to this thinking that it was an "upgrade". For me it wasn't. I absolutely hated the buttons. What a stupid design! I think this model is overpriced for something that will be obsolete in 6 months. Creative needs to bring their prices down and their technology up.
Summary: I purchased the X-FI2 when I thought my Creative Zen Vision:M was dying. Fortunately, it didn't. It is still the best. Everytime I think about the X-FIs, I get so mad I could spit. How can you improve on perfection? You can't and this is the classic example of how something good can be redesigned poorly. Bad software, and bad physical design. I sent the FI2 back, not Napster compatible. I have 3000+ Napster tunes.
Summary: I've owned a few mp3 players, Philips, sansa, ipod(for one day, i hate apple products)(Even though there stuff works alot better than any other mp3 player ive owned) and this one; i bought this one because of its speaker, which is really cool, especially when I'm at work and cannot have ear buds in my ear; the speaker could be louder, but not a lot can be expected from such a small speaker.
Overall disapointment - original Creative Zen was much better
Photo Student, Amazon
17 July 2010
Summary: I used this player for a few weeks and then decided to buy an ipod instead because of multiple issues. The only reason I want a new player is because the old creative software, for the original Zen isn't compatible with windows vista or 7 1. the creative software is aweful to use, I owned one of the original creative zen players and was expecting it to ask you if you wanted to over write or leave the version of the song currently on the player if you dragged it again...
Summary: This player is light, small and portable. It's biggest plus for me is that it has a small speaker, which is nice when I do not want to use the headphones. I mainly use it to listen to audio books and that is where the little speaker comes in handy. The biggest problems are that the buttons are a pain to get used to that operate the features, odd that they came up with this design when compared to the designs of other players - not sure why someone thought this was a good...
Summary: I was very excited to get the 32gb Zen X-Fi. I loaded it with 29gb of music reserving the rest for downloading audio books. The main reason I chose this player was because it had a book marking feature that I wanted to use with the audio books. Little did I know it would be the feature that would give me the most trouble. If I try to "rewind" anywhere on the track I get a message telling me that there is a problem playing this audio.
Summary: I bought this player after reading many reviews claiming it was one of the best if not the very best mp3 players out there -- in particular with respect to sound quality. Unfortunately, my experience says otherwise. My unit has an unfortunate sibilance / harshness problem around 1-3k that just drives me crazy. I have tried a couple different sets of headphones and the issue is still there. I don't consider myself a super audiophile, but I was expecting more.
The Zen X-FI, not as good as the Zen Visions for video playback
3 February 2009
Summary: After my Zen Vision M 60GB Personal Video Player (PVP) died, decided on replacing it with a similar. Ordered from Amazon the Zune 120 because of the great reviews it had. To my surprise and in spite of its 120 GB capacity, the Zune was perhaps the biggest disappointment (read my review) in technology from MSFT. I returned the Zune and quite hesitantly, ordered the Zen X-FI 30 GB model; the one with the highest capacity from Creative Labs, plus a couple of SD cards.
Summary: I give the X-Fi a 2 out of 5 for several reasons. First and most important video support is bad. My ZEN Vision:M 30gig (ZVM) I could transfer any movie with out conversion. The X-Fi will not take any video over 320x240 and that's crap. Second, some audio files have to be transcoded down too. Again, did not have this problem with my ZVM. Third, software provided crashes all the time. My library is only 22K music and 4K in videos.
Summary: The software that comes with the Zen X-FI is horrible. I installed Creative Central, which is the player's organizer onto my Vista and it crashed all the time. I tried uninstalling and re-installing the software but I can't seem to get it completely off my computer. When I try putting the disc back in it says I already have a copy on my PC and asks me if I would like to continue with the installation and remove the old copy. I click OK and it crashes.