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Creative now shipping the Zii EGG, Initial Impressions are in!comment: 13 | Friday, August 28 (2009) 08:13AM | Posted by Michael
Creative has just started shipping out the first batch of Zii EGG orders. Staff member, DaHarder was lucky enough to be among them, and has posted a few pictures of the touchscreen device. The EGG is a Developer's model so it's still a bit of a work in progress. Still, from what I've seen of the interface, a consumer model may not be too far off. Here are DaHarder's first impressions of the player:
"The screen on the Zii EGG compares very favorably with the Sony's OLED (shown above), though the blacks certainly aren't as intense. It's shockingly bright, and colors are very vibrant and 'alive'. The built-in speakers are about on par with those on my Zen X-Fi, though not quite as good as the one's on my Sony NWZ-S545 (also pictured) - IMO."
"Remember that the Zii EGG/DE is not a retail/consumer product and is very 'rough around the edges', but one thing that I'm really happy about is that the player sounds better than ANY Creative DAP/PMP since the Zen MicroPhoto. I'll even go so far as to say that it's the best sounding Creative player I've ever heard, and that's without any EQ/Z-Fi etc."
So there you have it. This might be Creative's best sounding player to date, and this comes from someone who probably has every Creative player to date so I'll take his word on it. Stay tuned for more hands-on impressions. I'd also like to take this time to give DaHarder a warm welcome back after being gone for a few months with an illness.
More pictures can be seen HERE
A few hands-on videos also showed up on youtube, which you can check out after the jump....
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