Creative ZEN X-fi Style

Laldinfela Pachuau 2010-09-29
75 Good
Price: Rs 6,999

Introduction And Features

Creative has launched two new MP3 players from its ZEN Style series – the ZEN X-Fi Style and ZEN Style. The new players offered brand new design but pretty much the same features as the old ZEN. And here we have the ZEN X-Fi Style, a compact MP3 player to rival players like the iPod Nano or Cowon iAudio9 but at a more affordable price.

The overall sound quality is clearly above average and its FLAC support makes it a worthy upgrade.

In terms of features, the X-fi Style does not bring anything groundbreaking, but offers a very complete package if you are looking for an affordable, compact MP3 player. It has a 2.4-inch TFT LCD display with QVGA resolution, X-fi sound enhancements, a built-in speaker and TV-out function. One notable feature is its file format support; apart from playing MP3, WMA, AAC and WAV, the X-fi Style features FLAC playback which, on our book is a must-have for a portable audio/media player to get noticed.

For video, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD and DivX (up to 640 x 480 pixels) are supported which is impressive for a compact player. Its screen size though, is more suited for audio than using it as a portable video player.  The player has Stereo FM tuner with slots to store 32 preset stations and there is no recording option, but voice recording via its built-in mic is possible.  Audio enhancements include 8 presets and 5-band custom Equalizer.  One substantial feature that it lacks is memory card support and the X-fi Style is available in three storage options (8/16/32GB). The rated battery life of 25 hours for audio and 5 hours for video is impressive. The package includes earplug, short miniUSB cable and manual.

The Creative X-fi Style offers extra features like offline RSS reader, Photo viewer ( JPEG and BMP), Clock, Alarm, Calendar, Task and Contacts. To manage the media conversion and transfer, Creative included Creative Centrale in the player as the setup.exe and can be installed in the PC.

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