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Creative Zen X-Fi Style 8GB MP3 and Video Player - Technical Overview

Creative Labs are anything but newcomers to the world of audio, but they are to TweakTown. So today, let's take a look at their latest portable device; the Zen X-Fi Style.

By: | MP3 Players in Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jul 1, 2010 2:19 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Creative

Technical Overview




Speaking technically, let's start by looking at some specifications.


Capacity: 8GB / 16GB / 32GB


Size: 83.6mm x 48.7mm x 11.7mm


Weight: 56g


LCD: 2.4" 262k Color TFT LCD, 320 x 240 pixels


Songs: 8GB


Up to 4,000 WMAs/ 266hrs (Approx. 4mins per song at 64kbps WMA)


Up to 2,000 MP3/ 133hrs (Approx. 4mins per song at 128kbps MP3)


X-Fi™ Audio Enhancement: Crystallizer / Expand effects


Video / Audio Out: PAL / NTSC (via A/V cable sold separately)


RSS: Displays RSS content feeds offline (Sync via PC/Laptop connected to the internet)


Power Charging: Yes (via PC-USB or ZEN USB Power Adapter (sold separately))


Video Playback Formats3: WMV9, MPEG4-SP3, DivX3 4/5 and XviD3


Up to 640 x 480 video size


Audio Playback Formats: MP3, WMA (DRM9), WAV (IMA-ADPCM) Audible4, AAC4, FLAC4.


Photo Formats Supported: JPEG, BMP (TIFF, GIF, PNG to be converted with bundled software)


Battery: Built-in Li-ion battery


FM Radio: Built-in FM Radio with 32 preset stations


EQ Settings: 8 presets and 5-band custom EQ


Organizer: Clock, Alarm, Calendar, Task, and Contacts


Album Art: Yes


Voice Recording: Yes


Built-in speaker: Yes


Connectivity: USB 2.0


Quite an impressive spec list, but I would expect nothing less from Creative who is famed for giving the user a heap of cool extras to play with.




Like other portables out there at the moment, the Zen Style comes in 8, 16 and 32GB models. For testing I received the 8GB model, which is certainly more than ample to firstly understand the beast I'm dealing with and also to store a behemoth of your favorite music.


I would be inclined to think that the larger models are aimed at people wanting to also carry their video and picture stores with them on the go.




The screen is quite small if I'm being honest, coming in at 2.4" with 262k colors and also being a TFT LCD. The resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.




The weight is another great feature coming in at feather light 56g, which is a thing of beauty once you have the Zen in your pocket and realize how heavy other portables can be.




Battery life is given as 25hrs continuous audio playback and 5hrs video playback.


Next we have the X-Fi crystallizer and expanding effects which have been carried over from previous success with the X-Fi PCI based chipset.




Most audio and video formats are supported as you can see, which is an important feature itself and I think Creative took this into consideration when designing the Zen Style.


There is, however, still more. The last two really important features are the FM radio and the EQ with eight built in presets and a five-band custom EQ.




Connectivity is universal thanks to USB 2.0. Of which, I could think of no better alternative.


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