Creative Zen X-Fi 16GB video review

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Looking at its spec sheet, the X-Fi is a highly impressive player. It's absolutely crammed with features - some useful, some not - has good storage capacity and its memory expandability allows it to challenge even some hard disk-based players. Sound quality is also good, as are the included headphones. However, the whole package just feels lacking. The styling is sub-par, the storage expansion is poorly implemented, and what extras there are, many people will never use. Essentially, if you value video and sound quality, then go for the X-Fi but if you just want a stylish easy to use mp3 player then you'd be better off with the Apple nano.

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Spode

August 24, 2008, 11:19 am

Looks like a poor man's Archos really...

DaHarder

August 24, 2008, 11:31 am

Well Mr Bray...





This might well be a first, as I 'pretty much' agree with your review, only differing with your opinion regarding the control layout, which I (personally) find unnecessarily convoluted and counter-intuitive, and the (still) abysmal SDHC card implementation.





It's a decent effort by team Creative, but they still need to work on the annoyingly low output volume and over-all 'feel' of the player to be seriously competitive.

Mikko Lahti

August 24, 2008, 4:14 pm

"DaHarder said: ...annoyingly low output volume"





Headphone amp anyone?

ilovethemonkeyhead

August 24, 2008, 9:29 pm

yeah, dude. i use a chumoy amp, same case a the "fire in the head" column from TR. brilliant bits of kit, never leave home without it, literally.





anyway, how does the sound quality of this compare to the original zen?

MSram

August 25, 2008, 12:24 pm

What's the firmware on the zen xfi? I just realised that they have a latest firmware ver1.03.01 said to improve the sound with x-fi. How does it sound? From what I understand the x-fi expand seems to be more for movies just the x-fi cmss3d on their x-fi sound cards.

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