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: I won't waste a lot of your time reiterating my distaste for the new Centrale software. Compared with the Zen Media Explorer and Creative Media Source software which came with my Zens, Centrale is a step back into the stone ages. As for the player itself, having owned two Zen Five Pluses and a Zen, maneuvering around the Zen X-Fi is pretty intuitive. However, as for ergonomics, it sucks. I have small hands and have very good tactile sensation in my dominant hand.
Susanna Hutcheson "Copywriting for the Discri..., Amazon
21 November 2010
Summary: I bought this mostly so I could listen to an audio book and then, if the mood strikes me, I can hear a bit of another audio book or perhaps some music. So the bookmark feature is very important to me. But I need it to resume when I return to the bookmark. It does but not as it should. The bookmark only resume on the current file, not on a set of files. That means you have to manually play each file or go back and reset things.
Summary: This item was highly recommended by my library for listening to downloaded books. It will take all formats of books available. Unfortunately I have yet to get the books on the player I think,in part, because I am not as tech savy as I need to be. Also, controls are not as clear as I'd like-one has to remember a lot of movements to get where one is going. The player has lots of features, like an FM radio, and a large storage capacity,for a very good price.
Summary: Sound quality is great. My previous MP3 Player was Sony and in comparison this one sounds much better. More clean and clear. The built-in speaker is nothing to boast about but it's a nice feature to have. My problem was with the instruction manual & usability. The manual says nothing about how to use the player and what features are available. It just tells you how to reset the date/time and go to the main window. You'll have to figure out the rest all by yourself.
Summary: It was time to upgrade to a new player and I really, really wanted something other than a Zen. Not that I didn't like my old Zen, I just wanted to change to something else. But I listen to a lot of audiobooks and didn't see how I could do without the bookmark feature, which very few media players have. So by default I ended up with another Zen.
Summary: The sound and features of the ZEN X-Fi 32GB player are great. But, the build quality leaves a LOT to be desired. I switched to it from a Zune, which is a HUGE pain to get your music onto, versus the ZEN's easy Windows interface. Unfortunately, the ZEN began acting up within a few days of the purchase. It had to be "re-set" every 2 or 3 days. I am also very disappointed in battery life. The zune would play continuously for more than 24-hours.
Summary: I bought this player because I had an Creative Zen before, and I liked it. Somehow I lost my old player, and after looking around I just decided to buy the latest version of the same thing. It's still a good basic MP3 player with a nice price, and I like being able to use an SDHC card to easily expand the memory. However, the Creative Zen X-Fi is largely the same thing as the older Zen, but with a bunch of small problems added.
Summary: Pros: Creative Zen X-fi is not a bad MP3 player. It holds a lot and supports big SD cards. Sound quality is good and the enclosed earbuds are not bad. Screen is big and easy to see. Battery life is very good for audio, fair for video. Unique feature for e-books- has progressive fast-forward so the longer you press the faster it goes. No pressing for ten minutes to find your spot. Bookmark feature works well and allows multiple marks, even in one story or song.
Most difficult clamshell package I've ever encountered!
Kindle Customer "Nom De Plume", Amazon
15 September 2010
Summary: I've not yet used it. Will update review later, but for now, just want to say - it took me 15 minutes to open the package and I was concerned that I would damage the player or earbuds trying to cut it open or slash my own hand. It's in a clear (invisible!) plastic case, and that is encased in another clamshell - you will probably end up breaking the clear plastic case trying to open it.