Summary: I started with a Zen V Plus which I enjoyed very much. Unfortunately, I squished it a year later. Anyway, I purchased the MX 16GB and it performed mostly well for 2 years. I say "mostly" because my PC and it have not always integrated well. First, the Creative Centrale program has one issue at start-up. I have found I can't begin working with it immediately, but have to wait until it finishes scanning for new files.
Summary: Good price, good design and factory quality, very good audio quality, the battery guarantees about 10-12 hours playing (the theoretical 20 hours are very optimistic) BUT Touch works very badly, low output volume, playlist system doesn't work well with all pc player (if you create a playlist with mediaplayer on creative say that it is empty, i have to use winamp to create a working playlist), the random playing doesn't work Conclusion: It's a good low cost player..
Summary: I decided to trade in the 8GB Ipod Nano I had purchased a couple of years ago and purchase the Zen Style M100. It was a cheaper mp3 to start, but it also provided an even cheaper way to increase its capacity. The addition of a micro SD card would allow up to 32 extra GBs than I had with the Nano. This model does not have the ease-of-use that Ipods do, so starting it up was only slightly more time consuming.
Not the same as the "regular" Creative Zen. Very mediocre.
U. Unzueta, Amazon
5 January 2011
Summary: I LOVED my first creative zen and i really wanted to love this newer version of it. I assumed the MX would be better in some ways and that the reviews were just being a wee bit harsh having experience with the first zen. I actually believe some of them now. I made a list of the things that were important to me in an MP3 player. Pros. + Good price for the amount of the 16gb model. + Still has the SD memory card to upgrade.
It works great for me, but was confusing to operate
Sarah Greenberg, Amazon
17 November 2010
Summary: It works great with a few issues. 1. Instructions suck 2. not enough buttons for all the funtions 3. software confusing to use Once i figured out how to work it, I have been enjoying listening to my music and audio books.
Summary: Died in less than one month. It's off for repair right now. This is the second Zen I've owned. If it dies when it comes back I'll be going with an IPOD Classic. I like the Zen for price, size and ease of use, I play it all the time, especially while on long motorcycle trips. But if it's going to be that unreliable then I have to switch. Sorry Creative.... You've dissapointed me for the last time.
Summary: The ZEN MX 8 is not easy for the beginner to conquer. I bought it for a gift for an elderly friend of mine and loaded "her" music on it. She was thrilled at first as I showed her how to use it (I had trouble even though I have had 2 ZENs for some time). THE BEST THING ABOUT THEM IS THEIR ABILITY TO REPRODUCE BEAUTIFUL SOUND THAT YOU CAN CARRY AROUND WITH YOU VERY EASILY. THE MAIN PROBLEM WITH THESE PLAYERS ARE THAT THEY ARE DESIGNED FOR USE BY CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS.
Summary: I just bought a Zen MX recently, mainly because it is expendable through memory card. Two issues for SD card: 1. It is not fully integrated, you can not add songs to your play list and play it like internal memory. That is to say, you have to go to menu, memory card and play from there. 2. A very annoying problem is it rebuild the libary on SD card every time you turn on the player. Every time, even you do not change anything from last time. It takes very long time.
Summary: I like the Creative Zen MX except when I use Creative Central it does not recognize that a player is connected so I am not able to make a playlist. If I try to make a playlist on the player, it only allows me to put one album on the play list. I have tried to make a playlist from Microsoft Windows Media Player and that does not work, although that is how I transfer all my recordings.