ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Creative Zen X-Fi

Updated on June 10, 2009

The Creative Zen X-Fi is a mini powerhouse packed with the intricacies of audio and video playback. It comes loaded with a host of features that include MP3, AAC, WAV, WMA (subscription included) and Audible audio; MPEG4, AVI and WMV video and JPEG photos. It also features a built-in microphone for voice recording and a preset 32-channel FM Radio apart from which Creative has added standard PIM functions by which you can sync contacts, tasks and the calendar from Outlook.

Creative Zen X-Fi

The shuffle and repeat playback modes, useful correlated menus, scanning through for the artists or songs or even rating them and setting up to ten bookmarks are the common functions as of the previous Zen. A nine preset EQs, a five-band, user-definable mode and a bass-boost function are an added bonus. You will also find a built-in speaker for music sharing.

The package of surprises doe snot end here because the Creative Zen X-Fi has more features to its credit. It incorporates an SD card slot for adding more memory to your media player. Sadly, the content on the SD card is not included into the main library, instead it has to be opened through a different menu. The compact multi-media player has a speaker at the bottom, a regular USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the right. A pair of EP 830 earphones that are a definite modification as opposed to the regular earphones, are also added to the kit.

Loading content onto your X-Fi is the easiest of tasks and if you already have the Windows Media Player or Rhapsody, you do not even need to load any software. You can straightaway sync content onto the player or use the drag-and-drop option. In case you are interested in storing a lot of video on the player, the Creative Centrale software would be a good bet because the player can be fussy about format, size and frame rate.

It includes several themes for customised Interface, thereby allowing you to select an image of your choice as a backdrop. The menus are extremely user-friendly making it easy to choose your desired option.

What is distinctive about this Creative media player is the addition of the X-Fi technology, especially the Crystallizer which reinstates sound elements lost during file compression and the Expand feature that widens sound quality. Besides it integrates 802.11b/g wireless functions which enable streaming of music from a WiFi. It also permits chats between users and includes an application to add an avatar on the tool.

The screen is crystal clear and photos and videos look imposing with brilliant lively colours and perfect detailing. Music playback is also clearly exceptional. The battery life is 36 hours for audio playback, while video playback lasts for 5 hours.

An extremely thrilling fact about the X-Fi is that it is compatible with the download of the BBC iPlayer’s online TV and Radio service. Since it supports the playback of DRM-protected Windows Media content, you can easily download your favourite TV programmes from the BBC iPlayer’s site and drop it into your X-Fi to view in leisure.

The multimedia player is available in 16GB and 32GB capacities with the 16GB model made available at a reasonable £130 and considering its various functions it is surely a good buy.

This hub brought to you...

by Julie-Ann Amos, professional writer, and owner of international writing agency www.ExquisiteWriting.com

Why not create your own HubPages? It's fun and you can make revenue from Adsense and other revenue streams on your pages. JOIN HUBPAGES NOW - SIMPLY CLICK HERE...

This work is licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ or send a letter to CreativeCommons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California94105, USA.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)