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Creative Zen Vision M 30GB MP3/Multimedia Player (Black)

Released on 24 January 2006

Manufacturer: Creative

4.0 out of 5 (34 customer reviews) | Write a review

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All your entertainment - on the move.
Creative's Zen Vision:M is the ultimate player for people who want to enjoy music and movies on the go. This stylish, versatile system features an advanced colour screen for brilliant movies and stills, and its rechargeable battery delivers playtimes up to four hours with video, up to 14 hours with MP3 music. The Zen Vision:M offers the ergonomic design of Creative's Zen family and supports popular music, video and photo formats. It can store up to 15,000 songs* or up to 120 hours of video on its high-capacity hard disk, sharing images and videos with friends and family is ultra-easy.
* Based on four-minute songs at 64kbps in WMA.
Package Contents:
ZEN Vision:M
Earphones
Installation CD
User's Manual
  • Stylish design is compact (104x62x18.9mm) and tactile, with textured finish and smooth contours
  • 30GB hard disk stores up to 15,000 songs* or 120 hours of video
  • 2.5-inch (51x39mm) screen displays images at 320x240, ensuring high quality
  • Supports audio formats WMA (with DRM), MP3, WAV
  • video formats MPEG (1/2/4), DivX, XviD, WMV
  • picture format JPG (JPEG)
  • Output to TV via optional AV cable
  • Battery playtimes up to 14 hours of music or 4 hours of video
  • 1-year limited hardware warranty
  • Received a 5 star rating in What Hi-Fi? March 2006

customer Reviews

 Average rating (34 reviews)

 The Zen Vison M ... awsome!

| | See all TheChoppy's reviews (7)

Brilliant piece of kit. Much better than the I-pod.. and cheaper too. Brilliant sound quality and picture quality. Movies can be transfered drag and drop... most of the time no need for converting the file type, because it plays it all.
Although the provided headphones and a bit on the cheap side , not allowing for the full extent of the music to be heard. And the only way you can charge is is via USB.
So invest in another pair of headphones and its perfect.

 Better than an Ipod

| | See all SamAustin's reviews (10)

I bought the creative zen vision M about 5 months ago and it has not let me down once. The battery life for it is amazing its about 4 hours for video and 14 hours for audio playback. The quality of music is high and the resolution for the video is also amazing. Watching a video of it is amazing and the screen size of 2.5 inch is perfect.

As for the size of it although its not as thin as the Ipod video it isnt exactly huge infact it fits nicely into the palm of my hand and doesnt weigh much either.

30gb is enough even if u have a vast collection of music, videos and pictures you want on it. I would advise people to get a charger for it so you can charge into the mains socket and an AV cable so u can watch videos and listen to music from ure TV. You can buy these together of Play.com for about £30 i think. But its not a neccasity to have them

Would extremely recomend to any one who preffers quality and style over just the style of the Ipod

 Simply Amazing - Best gadget - definitely an iPod beater.

| | See all Ushwin's reviews (31)

Top 100 Gadgets Reviewer

Let's start by saying I am shocked that anyone has given this less than a 4* rating. I have numerous friends and colleagues who have one and it is so so simple to use and good at what it does.

It really is the best gadget I have ever purchased - and even though I bought this when it was £40 more expensive I would easily pay that price again.

I spent a good few months looking for a new mp3 player when my shuffle died and due tot he great marketing that Apple has i obviously started looking for video iPods. How much you learn when you start to do some research.

This player comes out head and shoulders above any iPod model out there - and seeing I spent ages deciding on what to get let's dispel some of the doubts for people who are thinking about iPods:

1. "It's so bulky"
Far from it. Even if it is slightly thicker than the iPod, it is definitely not a bulky object. It fits nicely in the palm of your hand and has a very nice smooth feel to it. It's not heavy either. The iPod is definitely a little lighter - but not by much.

2. "It's ugly"
The picture doesnt do it justice. The front is a nice shiny black finish and the back is a nice matt white with a nice raised concentric circle pattern in the middle. The silver back on the iPod simply gets scratched within weeks and my creative still looks brand new.

3. "iPod has such great accessories"
true - but Creative has great ones aswell. They are known for their sound technology and their addons are awesome. Whether you opt for the more than perfect headphones or the amazing TV to Creative cable - you will not go wrong.

4. I HAVE had access to an archos and a iPod 60 gig. This is by far the best. My wife got the iPod at the same time as me getting this and managed to get 14 songs onto it with ease. I had the entire 30gig filled in the same time.
After a few weeks of hassle in converting files etc - she sold the iPod and got a Zen.

5. "iPods are so easy to use and the screen is great"
Ease of use - yes, but so is this - or to be honest 99% of mp3 players out there.
The screen on the Zen is amazing. It IS better than the iPods. Clearer and more defined - its a rounded and full bodied watching experience. The iPod is in comparison slightly 2D. The battery life is good - you can probably get about 5 hours of video from a single charge.

6. "iTunes is great!"
If you already have iTunes on your PC, the Zen will not stop you from using it. However the Creative software is as good. I now have it as my default music player and hardly use Windows Media Player any more.

7. "iTunes allows me to put songs straight on to my player!"
Again - true. But you can drag and drop files and folders straight from your PC to yout Zen in seconds - WITHOUT even opening the music software if you so wish. This was one of the great things for me - it really is simple to change playlists and movies etc

8. "iPod file extension software is eay to use and I can convert files quite easily"
Well - firstly you have to download that software and secondly why convert when the Zen plays almost all formats!!
So far I have had AVI, DivX 4 & 5, XviD, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG4-SP, MPEG4, WMV9 and Motion-JPEG all used on my Zen with NO conversion or anything needed - simply drag drop and play. The accessibility to the Zen is great. The iPod although nice, is a struggle at times as there is so much protection on it to stop you putting on files that could be illegal.

9. The Zen can be plugged into ANY PC and you can take songs and films off the other computer. Not possible with iPod where you are locked to the computer you have set up on.

10. There is an integrated FM radio tuner which is good when you get bored of your 15,000 songs!

Enjoy

 Excellent

| | See all RJHZNR's reviews (3)

Had one for several months now never given me any problems.

Battery life lasts ages, however i would suggest getting some decent headphones and a mains charger as it effectively halves the charging time than through USB.

Haven't used hard drive space up yet despite using it as a memory stick and having lots of videos. However you probably should get the 60GB version if you know you have a lot of movies or videos.

 Great MP3 player!

| | See all SixFeet87's reviews (1)

I've had this MP3 player now for over 18 months and bought it for over £200 and was incredibly chuffed with it back then and nothing has changed. I have used it almost everyday for the last 18 months and I have yet to encounter a single fault with it, not even a freeze or crash. At the time I chose for it's huge range of video formats it is able to play and it's considerably longer battery life than it's closest competition. It comes with a protective film on the screen, my advice is definately not to remove it. I keep it in my pocket with no protective case and often with my wallet or keys aswell and it's durability is great. The protective film hasn't even begun to wear off at the edges and the screen is barely marked from when i first bought it.

With 30GB however it is now looking a bit small in comparison to others on the market. I would suggest encoding the videos and songs to save space. By doing this I am able to store around 18-20 hours of video and over 8,000 songs with a few GB still left over.

+Great video quality.
+Huge range of formats compatible.
+Great battery life.
+Durable.
+Reliable.

-Now becoming a bit dated.
-Headphones weren't very good.

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