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New Creative player unveiled: Zen V (Plus), already reviewed by Cnetcomment: 127 | Tuesday, June 20 (2006) 04:57PM | Posted by Robert Sinke
Hey, what's this then? Why, it's Creative latest addition to their DAP line-up, and it's called the "Zen V" (sic). There's a version with FM radio and that one's called the "Zen V Plus". The Zen V Plus is a flash-based DAP that comes with 1, 2 or 4GB worth of storage capacity. It'll be available in black & white editions, with green, blue and orange accents denoting the various memory ranges. There's a 1.5-inch OLED display on there; the whole thing is pretty compact (2.6 by 1.5 by 0.5 inches = 67.5 x 43.5 x 15.9mm) and lightweight (43.5 grams).
MSRPs are $129.99 (1GB), $169.99 (2GB), and $229.99 (4GB) for the "Plus" version. The "FM-less" Zen V can be bought at $119.99 (1GB), $149.99 (2GB), and $199.99 (4GB, not yet listed on the official site somehow) respectively. Voice recorder and line-in encoding seem to be included into the package deal as well, as is a 15-hour battery life per charge, album art support and several PIM functions.
As for formats supported: "MP3, WAV, WMA (including subscription), and Audible audio; MPEG-4, WMV, and DivX, among other video formats; and JPEG photos", according to Cnet. The "regular" Zen V won't support video playback, judging from the official specs. Drawback-of-the-day: it's MTP, so you'll have to use Windows in order to upload tracks to the ZV(P). Mass Storage Device compliance is listed, but "for data files only". Should come available by July-August.
Official Zen V product page | Official Zen V Plus product page
Like many other recent players. Cnet already got ahold of one of these thingies, and were quick to publish a review of it on the day of its announcement
The good: The Creative Zen V Plus offers a cute, pocket-friendly design without sacrificing screen real estate, and the vivid OLED display is viewable from any angle. The player is packed to the gills with features, including an FM radio, voice and line-in recording, photo and video playback, and compatibility with subscription WMA tracks. Oh, and the sound quality and battery life are great too.
The bad: The Creative Zen V Plus's joystick is really small and has a cheap feel to it, and we wish Creative had included all the buttons found on the Vision:M. The screen is difficult to see in bright sunlight, and there's no UMS support.
The bottom line: The Creative Zen V Plus is a superb choice for anyone looking for a compact and feature-filled flash MP3 player with great sound quality. If you're looking for a more sophisticated design (or have large thumbs), check out the iRiver Clix instead.
Score: 8.3/10.0 (Editors Choice Award)
Thanks, Jasmine & Aoshi98
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