While the word MP3 player was hijacked with the popularisation of iPods, in the same way that band-aids hijacked the term plaster in the US, it is a misconception that either of these markets is solely occupied by one brand. One constant throughout the entire MP3 and Media player game has been Creative, makers of speakers, sound cards and more.
Today we take a look at a member of their latest generation of portable media players, the Creative Zen X-Fi Style 8gb. Quite a mouthful, but the device itself is compact and clean looking. Let’s see how it holds up under the XSR microscope.
Pure music with X-Fi Pure music with X-Fi
Experience the wonders of X-Fi technology in your music, movies and FM Radio1. The X-Fi Crystallizer allows you to enjoy the very essence of music perfection as it intelligently restores detail that is lost during file compression. Also, immerse in the most acoustically natural sound staging in headphone audio available from a media player with X-Fi Expand technology.
Lossless audio support Lossless audio support
Enjoy your music in absolute purity, as the ZEN X-Fi Style supports lossless audio formats such as FLAC. The player also supports iTunes Plus (unprotected AAC format) besides other conventional formats such as MP3, WMA and Audible4. Use the included Creative Centrale software to rip, transfer and manage your media content with ease.
Watch it on the big screen Watch it on the big screen
Share images with your family and friends on a TV when you connect the ZEN X-Fi Style to the big screen (A/V cable available separately). The versatile player also supports popular video formats such as WMV9, SMEG-SP2, DivX2, 4/5 and XviD2 (up to 640 x 480 video size).
Impressive screen and easy navigation Impressive screen and easy navigation
Immerse yourself in the brilliant 2.4" TFT LCD screen with support for 262,000-colors, where you can watch movies and view pictures in rich realism. Navigating contents is a breeze with the patented ZEN user interface.
Powerful built-in speaker Powerful built-in speaker
Be the party live wire and bring the house down as you share your music out loud with the powerful built-in speaker.
Follow your favorite deejay on the airwaves Follow your favorite deejay on the airwaves
Catch the latest hits in the music scene or tune in to the latest news with the integrated FM radio. 32-station presets let you switch across different stations as and when you wish.
Capture important information Capture important information
Record important notes in meetings or personal voice memos conveniently with the integrated voice recorder.
Personalized organizer Personalized organizer
Start the day on a right note with your very own customizable alarm tone. You can also keep your various appointments in check with the handy calendar.
RSS feeds supported RSS feeds supported
RSS feeds are downloaded in their entirety with both text and images. Just sync the player via the USB connection, download the latest RSS feeds from your computer and read them on your ZEN X-Fi Style on-the-go.