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Creatives introduces new Media player - the Zen V

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Creative (Nasdaq: CREAF) the worldwide leader in digital entertainment products, today introduces a new small & beautiful way to FIND YOUR ZEN - the ZEN V Plus MP3, photo and video player with built-in FM radio.

Amazingly small and lightweight, the ZEN V Plus is ergonomically designed to put music, pictures and video right at the user's fingertips. So compact it can even fit the coin pocket of a pair of jeans, the ZEN V Plus has such great curves and contours and is so lightweight that people will almost forget it's there - except for its phenomenal sound quality! Its beautiful 1.5-inch colour OLED screen displays stunning digital photos, video and colour menus.


“We designed the ZEN V Plus to provide an incredible user experience - it's a player that you don't want to put down once you hold it in your hand,” says Sim Wong Hoo, chairman and CEO of Creative. “We developed the ZEN V Plus with a look and a user experience that create the true feeling of ZEN. Photos and videos and our patented ZEN user interface look so vivid on the stunning colour screen and the sound quality is awesome, it's surprising for such a tiny player.”

The ZEN V Plus supports music subscription services such as Napster To Go and Audible audio books. It also includes a line-in port for direct recording from a CD player or other audio device, and a voice recorder for capturing notes on the go.

Features

The ZEN V Plus includes all of the following features:
  • Its smooth contours and tiny size enable it to fit naturally in the fingertips. It can be tucked away easily in a small pocket or purse. Available in scratch-resistant glossy black with colour accents, it looks as great as it feels.
  • Special coating on the entire player to help prevent scratching.
  • Vibrant 1.5-inch OLED screen for stunning video, photos and album art.
  • Support for music subscription services and Audible audio books.
  • Built-in FM radio with 32 station presets.
  • A voice recorder for capturing notes or lectures.
  • Syncs with Microsoft Outlook - includes a built-in organiser with calendar, contacts and tasks.
  • Direct CD recording with line-in connection and a Sync Track button to separate different songs recorded from an entire CD.
  • ZEN patented user interface for intuitively accessing music, photos, video and colour menus and displaying album art.
Accessories

In addition to a soon-to-be announced custom docking speaker system, a variety of optional accessories will be available in August, including:
  • Black or white armband, ideal for exercising.
  • Multi-coloured silicone skins to personalize the cool design.
  • Closed cases to protect the players.
  • Wired remote and power adapters for expanded versatility.
The ZEN V Plus will be available in August with the 4GB model in glossy black with blue accents, the 2GB model in glossy black with green accents, and the 1GB model in glossy black with orange accents.

ZEN V model

Creative has also introduced the ZEN V, with all of the features of the ZEN V Plus except video and FM playback. Also available in August the Zen V 4GB model will be glossy black with blue accents, the 2GB model in glossy black with green accents and the 1GB model in glossy black with orange accents.

Source: Creative
 
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Awesome.

If they make a 8gb model, I will have a replacement for my monochrome zen micro :)
 
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Zen:laugh: ...*brushes shoulda off*, I got my iPizzle Video-izzle.
 
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Azn Tr14dZ said:
Zen:laugh: ...*brushes shoulda off*, I got my iPizzle Video-izzle.
How's it feel to be a lemming? When the battery dies and the drive stops reading, I'll brush off my shoulder and say "Zen for the win, newb".
 
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Lol, nothing wrong with a little competition. I get a new iPod everytime it comes out, so no worries.
 

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How's it feel to be a lemming? When the battery dies and the drive stops reading, I'll brush off my shoulder and say "Zen for the win, newb".
happend to my last one 3 days after the warrenty was over and appled are complete dicks... but i got a new one:banghead: video... with a 3-year best buy warrenty:roll:
 
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Anyone else get the feeling Creative are copying the design of the iPod? And you can't fit much Video onto 4GB...
 

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compression Jimmy, compression !

4Gb should be plenty enough considering its screensize.
 
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Anyone else get the feeling Creative are copying the design of the iPod? And you can't fit much Video onto 4GB...
It looks nothing like an iPood, the screen is huge and sexy and the interface is much different.
So you think video playback is bad... opposed to having none? At the screen's native resolution, a movie would probably be around 300 mb.
 
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It looks nothing like an iPood, the screen is huge and sexy and the interface is much different.
So you think video playback is bad... opposed to having none? At the screen's native resolution, a movie would probably be around 300 mb.
The coloured circles in the controls look like they're just small modified versions of Apple's scroll wheel.
 
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OLED display too! Sweet. Wish the capacity was more.
 
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I'm sure you can solder on bigger flash chips, just like the nano.
So can you make a Nano bigger than 4GB? If you can, why don't Apple? (I'm guessing the answer will be something like "because they suck"!)
 
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There was a news topic on that a month or so ago.
 
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So exactly does anyone know how much are they shooting to sell these for?
 
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So exactly does anyone know how much are they shooting to sell these for?
Probably around $30 less than an iPod Nano with the same capacity I'd guess, Creative normally offer much better value.
 
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I know! and Ive actually bought one and am waiting on it atm lol
Let me know if it's good, I'm considering getting one.
 

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Apparently that issue is fixed in the latest firmware. So provided you use 2000mAh batteries or higher you should easily get several hours use from the device.

Anyway the Zen looks pretty cool too! .. but 1.5" screen hmm :|

*looks at gp2x 3.5" screen*

:p :D

though it is an OLED screen and they are superior to LCD screens!