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Creative Zen Vision W portable media player

£222 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Creative

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Creative's Zen Vision W succeeds its Vision portable media player, gaining a W denoting its widescreen aspect. The epic 4.3in screen is fantastic, displaying both photos and video beautifully and in vivid detail.

Creative's Zen Vision W succeeds its Vision portable media player, gaining a W denoting its widescreen aspect. The epic 4.3in screen is fantastic, displaying both photos and video beautifully and in vivid detail.

The Creative Zen Vision W is attractive and sturdily constructed, packing the sort of weight that's reassuring but not burdensome. It's easily portable, taking up less room than the competing Archos 704 WiFi but, at 3.5 hours of video playback, the batteries don’t last as long as some other PMPs’. Unfortunately, the huge screen is bound to run them down far faster than the Apple iPod Video's, which is half the size.

Even so, the Creative Zen Vision W is a pleasure to use with just enough directional arrows and menu selectors. The generous proportions of the display mean there's only room for a handful of controls, but the ones that are provided seem plenty - testament to the sensible, intuitive setup. Top marks to Creative for including dedicated volume buttons, too.

Creative Zen Vision W Expert Verdict »

Creative Zen Vision W 30GB Scores 9.0 out of 10 based on 1 review
4.3in 480x272 screen
supports AVI, WMV9, Mpeg1, Mpeg2, Mpeg4-SP, MJpeg, DivX 4.x/ 5.x, XviD-SP, MP3, WMA, WAV, Jpeg
removable rechargable Li-Ion battery
claimed audio playback 13hrs (actual 12.5hrs)
claimed video playback 4.5hrs (actual 3.5hrs)
signal-to-noise ratio up to 96dB
harmonic distortion output <0.1%
frequency response 20Hz - 20kHz
USB 2.0
Compact Flash
syncs with Microsoft Outlook Contacts, Calendar & Tasks
134x22x75mm
276g (with battery)
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

Creative has made a great player of the Zen Vision W. While we love the widescreen LCD, it's quick to drain the battery. But providing you don't venture too far from the mains socket, the Creative Zen Vision W is an excellent choice.

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