IFA 2006: Creative Launches Zen Vision W

A necessary upgrade in an otherwise quiet IFA for Creative.

With all the buzz around Microsoft’s impending Zune, SanDisk’s fantastic e series and speculation about what Apple has in store for us before the end of the year Creative has been rather lost in the static. It had a nice surprise in store for us at IFA though.


The Zen Vision W is a nifty upgrade to the already tasty Zen Vision we first saw back in June last year. As the name suggests, this is a widescreen variation on the original and I can tell you that up close and personal it is an absolute stonker.

The vibrancy, clarity and high 480 x 272 resolution make it the best PMP video quality I’ve seen to date. This was backed up by the fact Creative was outputting content directly from the Vision W to a 40in widescreen TV and it appeared no worse than standard analogue TV. Couple this with a choice of 30 or 60GB HDDs, support for Mpeg1, 2, 4, WMV9, AVI, DivX and XviD formats and up to 4.5 hours of playback on a single charge or 13 hours of music and Creative could be onto a winner.


There’s also an integrated FM tuner with 32 selectable station setting, personal organiser that can sync with Outlook and though it isn’t the most portable of devices (134 x 75 x 26.4mm and 276g) it was still drawing in the crowds. We don’t have a UK release date yet but it will debut in the Far East this month with RRPs of S$649 (£216) and S$749 (£249) respectively and surely has a darn good shot of a European launch.


Elsewhere there was little we haven’t seen before though this speaker dock – which accepts any size of Creative player – was a new one on me and also reminded me just how teeny the dinky Zen V Plus is. No further details as yet.

Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links. Tell us what you think – email the Editor