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Creative Zen X-Fi 32GB MP3 Player With Wireless LAN

Released on 01 August 2008

Manufacturer: Creative

3.0 out of 5 (5 customer reviews) | Write a review

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The Sound of Perfection

Experience your MP3 music as the artist originally intended with ZEN X-Fi - the first player to restore the quality of compressed music with award-winning X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity Audio technology.

Indulge in rich audio where you can hear your music in crystal clear clarity. Take in guitar strumming, crisp cymbal clashes and deep pounding bass as detail lost during file compression are now beautifully restored. The built-in X-Fi technology intelligently moves a conventional left/right earphone stereo source away from your ears, virtually expanding it for an audio experience with a breathtakingly realistic depth of field. You'll feel as if you were listening to your music from a pair of high end speakers.

Built With X-Fi Technology
Experience the very essence of music perfection as you listen to audio in crystal clear clarity. Hear your music the way it was always meant to be heard.

Premium, High-Quality Earphones
The EP-830 earphones give you optimum comfort together with excellent noise-isolation capability.

Sleek Beauty
A pocket-sized player that weighs a mere 2½ ounces, ZEN X-Fi sports attractive curves with a graceful finish.

No Need For External Speakers
Be the life of the party as you share your music out loud with the powerful built-in speaker.

More Content, Endless Enjoyment
Increase the size of your portable media library with an SD or SDHC card. Transfer your files easily to enjoy more videos, music and photos in your player! ZEN X-Fi supports a wide variety of SD/SDHC memory cards.

Rich Pictures, Sharp Detail
Immerse yourself in the brilliant 2.5" TFT screen with 16.7 million colors as you watch your movies and view your pictures.

Switch To Radio
Catch the latest hits on the music scene with the integrated FM radio. 32 station presets let you switch stations with ease.

Wide Audio Support
Listen to your music in multiple supported formats such as MP3, WMA and AAC, including non-protected .m4a from iTunes Plus. Download Creative Centrale to rip, transfer and manage your media content easily.

Get ZENcast
Enjoy the ultimate collection of free video and audio podcast channels on www.zencast.com. Manage all your favorite subscriptions with ZENcast Organizer and experience the best of the free-to-share formats available.

Capture Important Information
Record your important meetings or personal audio memos with the integrated voice recorder.

Create The Right Mood
Set audio effects to enhance your overall music listening experience. Choose from 8 EQ presets or customize your own EQ and enhance it all with bass boost and smart volume controls.

Personalized Alarm Alert
Start the day on the right note with your very own alarm tone. You can even set the alarm for any day of the week.
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  • Capacity: 32GB
  • Size WxHxD: 3.3" x 2.2" x 0.5"
  • Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • LCD: 2.5" TFT 16.7 million color LCD / 320 x 240 pixels
  • Storage Capacity: 32GB (8,000 songs or 120 hours of video)
  • Battery Life: Up to 36 hours of continuous audio playback / Up to 13 hours of continuous audio playback with speaker / Up to 20 hours of continuous FM radio playback / Up to 5 hours of continuous video playback / Up to 4 hours of continuous video playback with speaker
  • Video Playback Formats: MJPEG, WMV, MPEG-4 including properly encoded DivX and XviD. Included software can transcode from other formats providing appropriate codecs are installed.4
  • Audio Playback Formats: MP3, WMA, AAC5, WAV (ADPCM), Audible 2,3,4
  • Photo Formats Supported: JPEG. Included software can transcode BMP, GIF, PNG, and TIFF.6
  • Wireless LAN Supported: IEEE 802.11 b/g with WEP, WPA-PSK, or WPA2-PSK security
  • Battery: Built-in Li-ion battery
  • FM Radio: 32 preset stations
  • EQ Settings: 8 presets and 5 band custom EQ
  • Organizer: Calendar, Contact, Task List
  • Power Charging
  • Album Art
  • Voice Recording
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0
  • Minimum System Requirements: Microsoft Windows XP (SP 2 or higher), Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows Vista / USB 1.1 port (USB 2.0 recommended) / Windows Media Player 10 or higher / 1130MB free hard drive space (more for audio content storage)
  • True mobility: You can now stream music and photos wirelessly from your PC to your player within a home network. With the ZEN X-Fi, experience the sound of perfection wherever you go
  • Stay in touch on the go: Stay connected with friends on Yahoo Messenger or Windows Live Messenger on the go.

customer Reviews

 Average rating (5 reviews)

 Top notch

| | See all rkidscd012's reviews (61)

Top 100 Gadgets Reviewer

When it comes down to mp3 players, the most important thing is the sounds quality, and this little player delivers big time. Every style of music I have sounds brilliant through this - if that has anything to do with the X-Fi feature is debatable, but either way its the best quality I've heard. Its made even better by the headphones that come with it. Creative have finally given us something better than a pair that go straight to the bin. I use them all the time, amazing sound and they cut out pretty much everything. As a music player, nothing comes close.
The second best thing about the X-Fi is the size. I got one to replace my old Zen Vision: M which was a bit of a brick. Finally I have a small player that I can put all my music on, what more could you ask?

As for all the other features, they're more extras than reasons to buy it. I don't watch videos/look at photos for the simple reason that I listening to music on mp3 players. The screen is very bright and sharp though so I'm sure that if thats what floats your boat, it will perform well.

The online features are a bit nifty. I was enjoying the zencasts before coming to a place without wifi. You can access several different types of programme over your wireless internet connection without having to download anything, I was using it to brush up on my spanish a bit but theres something there for everyone.

To start off with I thought the little speaker was a bit of a gimmick, but I'm using it a lot now. Very handy for taking into the bathroom or to listen to without disturbing the rest of the house. Its not the best quality in the world, but it has its uses.

The one thing I don't like about this player is all the buttons. Most of them serve as little more than decoration, but I guess they have to try to be artistic and clever. The menus all follow the same easy pattern as most Creative mp3 players so it doesn't take too much effort to figure out what you're doing. Theres also a programmable shortcut button the front that you can set to take you straight to a number of different options. I've got mine set to turn the speaker on/off which is a lot easier than having to go through all the menus.

All in all a very good player. Glad I waited for this one to come along after my Vision: M died. Its small, looks stylish but most importantly will make your music sound at its best. Best thing I've bought in a while

 Poor features, stupidly overpriced, no alternative to Apple

| | See all z3ppelin's reviews (1)

The specs provided on the Creative website claim that this player has support for AAC (M4A) files, but in actual fact it will ONLY play the ones ripped using iTunes or bought on iTunes Plus. If you, like me, wanted to use your own software like foobar 2000 or Winamp to rip music, forget it, you'll have to convert all your M4A to inferior filetypes, or rip your CD collection again.

I bought this in an attempt to stay away from Apple's closed-system way of dealing with music, but it shoots itself in the foot by requiring use of Apple products to get the best enjoyment out of key features.

While the sound quality is good and the X-Fi effects are as you would expect from the well-established brand, the interface feels clunky and unintuitive compared to the iPod's click wheel, with noticable lag when changing between menus. It has very weirdly arranged buttons with the four corner buttons seemingly doing nothing most of the time. It is also prone to crashing, it has done so several times for me and I've only had it a couple of weeks.

The PC software is also very poorly thought out, and the specific WMA support of the player means that the provided software must be used to sync playable files in this format. I would much rather use iTunes than Creative Centrale and coming from an Apple skeptic, that is a big statement.

This product is NOT worth £200 for its storage capacity of 32GB, the supposed advantages over Apple's iPod aren't really there. If this is your price range, consider an iPod Classic or an Archos 605 WiFi. The Archos particularly has all the functionality of this player, it actually DOES play all M4A files and gives you more storage for the same cost.

Don't disregard this review - don't pay £200 for something you'll be dissatisfied with when there are better products out there for the same money.

 out of date

| | See all Rimmer72's reviews (53)

A lot of good functions marred by a dated interface. Not worth £230, more £120. I know its 32gb but it still feels cheap and awkward to use compared to my Nano and I had the old Zen


| | See all FernandoJoffes's reviews (10)

I've had this player a couple of weeks and think its brilliant.

My Zen vision M, begun to have some problems after 18 months of use, so I decided to upgrade to this player. The X-Fi cyrstal sound and 3D experience is a really good feature and brings out the full music experience you deserve after paying nearly 200 for this player.

The headphone which come with this player are not your standard Creative one's, instead you get one's which can handle the bass etc much better so there is no need to buy extra headphones.

This player can get very loud, a lot louder than my previous mp3 player. With the X-fi on, I don't think i've heard better clarity in music. I haven't even tried it with the bass on yet as its so good.

The 9 buttons are not as good as the scroller on the Vision M in my opinion, although they do the same job. Some people may prefer this method as the scroller was very sensitive.

The only downfall I can see for this player is that you will need to convert AVI (movie) files for them to play. I don't t know this is, its seems as though Creative have gone backwards not forwards on the video front!

Overall a decent player with the X-Fi expansion a really good feature.


| | See all shanners's reviews (9)

Got mine in the post yesterday and I love it.

It's a smart little thing of similar size to a credit card and very light.
The video and picture viewing quality is excellent, even the in-built speaker isn't bad.
The tiny buttons can be a little hard to get used to and I think the instant messaging feature is a little pointless but the X-Fi is packed with other useful features so this fault is well made up for!

File transfer is easy. You can just drag and drop as though using a memory stick. This is good for me as I hate having to use software to "manage" my music. Importing tracks, converting to a different format, transfer to player... you know the one I mean. However if you do already have iTunes then it's ok! The X-Fi supports tracks in the iTunes format.

All round a good little mp3 player that even comes with decent headphones [which makes a change].

I am happy :)

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