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Creative Zen Stone MP3 player

£27 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Creative

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Creative and Apple have long been arch enemies in the MP3 player market. Now it looks as though Creative fancies another go, snapping at Apple's foreshortened Shuffle.

Creative and Apple have long been arch enemies in the MP3 player market. After this culminated in court hearings, things went quiet for a while. Now it looks as though Creative fancies another go, this time snapping at Apple's foreshortened Shuffle with its Zen Stone.

Creative derided Apple for plugging a tiny MP3 player on which you couldn't select the songs you heard and that had no screen displaying details of what was currently playing. However, Creative's Zen Stone is a featherlight, pebble-shaped player that mimics precisely those non-attributes of Apple's Shuffle that Creative mocked. So the Zen Stone is a bit of a volte-face.

However, it's also far cheaper than a Shuffle of a comparable size. With dozens of dinky no-brand MP3 players undercutting each other online and on the high street, the pedigree of Creative's £27 Zen Stone ought to turn heads. The shiny black plastic Stone we were sent for review inspired non-committal umms here at PC Advisor Towers, but it's also available in juicy lime green as well as pink, red, white and bright blue.

Creative Zen Stone Expert Verdict »
Creative Zen Stone 1GB Scores 8.1 out of 10 based on 66 reviews
1GB MP3, WMA and Audible spoken book player
lithium-ion battery
mini USB jack
3.5mm headphone jack
53x32x13mm
19g
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

In a year dominated by shiny surfaces and touchscreens, the Zen Stone is lacking a certain wow. But if you want a no-nonsense player to accompany you as you run, skate, or endure the morning commute, it won't weigh you down and it won't break the bank.

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