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  • 30 GB multimedia center holds tens of thousands of photos, up to 120 hours of videos, and 15,000 songs
  • Stunning visuals with the 3.7-inch SharpPix high resolution 262,144 color screen with transflective technology
  • Plug&View CompactFlash card slot lets you quickly transfer and view photos from your digital cameras in crisp thumbnail galleries
  • Built-in FM radio and Recorder
  • Supports MPEG-1/2/4-SP, Windows Media Video (WMV) 9, Motion-JPEG, DivX 4 and 53, Xvid-SP3 video formats, and MP3, WMA and WMA with DRM autio formats
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Technical Details
Brand NameCreative Labs
Item Weight8 ounces
Product Dimensions7.4 x 6.3 x 2.3 inches
Item model numberZENV30GBBK
Number of Items1
  
Additional Information
ASINB000A3N6O4
Shipping Weight3 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableAugust 2, 2005
  
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Creative Labs
  • Model: ZENV30GBBK
  • Digital Storage Capacity: 30 GB
  • Supported Standards: MP3
  • Hardware Platform: PC
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Zen Vision's 30 GB multimedia center is bound to impress anyone who wants to carry all their digital entertainment files -- tens of thousands of photos, up to 120 hours of videos, and 15,000 songs -- everywhere. This premier MP3 player with 3.7" SharpPix™ high resolution 262,144 color screen with transflective technology makes photos look almost as good as -- or even better than -- the real thing, even in bright sunlight! Zen Vision is not only lightweight and slim, beneath its classy magnesium casing are features that will fulfill all your digital entertainment needs.

Capture life's memories
A must for all amateur and professional digital photographers, Zen Vision features a Plug&View™ CompactFlash card slot¹ that lets you quickly transfer and view photos from your digital cameras in crisp thumbnail galleries. Free up precious memory space in your CompactFlash during long photo shoots by archiving tens of thousands of photos in the Zen Vision's spacious 30 GB hard disk drive.

Enjoy the complete portable photo viewing experience when you are entertaining a few friends. Share your collections of baby photos by adding a backdrop of your favorite music to the slideshow directly from your Zen Vision. Instantly turn your slideshows into attention-grabbing multimedia extravaganzas!

Enjoy stunning videos
Zen Vision's large LCD guarantees that you'll always be entertained. Plus, you have the option of connecting your Zen Vision to a television set via the TV-out jack to thrill larger audiences. When you're on-the-go, enjoy up to an incredible 120 hours of your favorite movies, homemade videos, or movie clips of your baby's first step taken with your digital camera.

Listen to your music
With 15,000 songs, you can store your whole music collection on this player. Listen to over 1000 hours of music, that's 41 days of never hearing the same song twice! Even share your favorite songs with your friends through the built-in speaker.

Add zest to your songs
Zen Vision features a host of cool features that will bring the best out of any music. Adjust the customizable 5-band EQ to suit your tastes. Activate Bass Boost for truly earthshaking bass. Or turn Smart Volume on to eliminate sudden changes in volume.

Built-in FM radio and Recorder
Keep yourself up to date with the latest and greatest on the music charts or with recent developments in world news by tuning in to your favorite radio stations using the built-in FM tuner. You can even record your favorite radio shows for later playback.

Notes:
1) Compatible only with 128 MB and above CompactFlash cards. Optional 5-in 1 Memory Adapter is available separately, supported memory types include SD, MMC, XD, Memory Stick and Transflash (With SD Adapter)

When your device and music are compatible with each other, all you have to do is choose the music and video that's right for you. To learn more visit the PlaysForSure website.

Product Description

Zen Vision takes portable digital-media another step into the future with this very compact multimedia player. Featuring a transflective screen that provides excellent image and video quality even in bright sunlit conditions, the 30GB Zen Vision carries up to 15,000 songs, tens of thousands of photos, or up to 120 hours of video. With a convenient size 4.9 by 2.9 by .8 inches at only 8.4 ounces, this compact digital-media player offers MP3 audio storage and play, digital photo storage and display, plus MP4 digital video storage and play. Plug&View slot on the side of the player supports both Compact Flash Type I and Type II media. An optional Compact Flash Adapter plugs directly into the Compact Flash slot to accept the most popular memory card types including SmartMedia, MultiMedia Card and Secure Digital, 17 variations in all Supports a wide selection of video formats for enjoyment of movies downloaded from the Internet, including MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Simple Profile formats such as DivX and Xvid, WMV, and MJPEG. The Zen Vision also supports TiVoToGo, for viewing of TV content recorded on a TiVo personal video recorder, and digitized home movies transferred from the PC USB 2.0 connectivity Built-in microphone - shows volume levels on screen for optimum voice recording quality Organizer - Provides calendar, tasks and contact lists, and syncs with Microsoft Outlook Enables setting of Date & Time, plus allocation of Removable Disk space for dedicated storage Clock with wake-to-any-music alarm Color - BLACK

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Customer Reviews

On both accounts it failed miserably.
Thomas J. Bjornsen
The screen is amazingly sharp and clear, and easily visible even in bright sunlight.
William A. Nolan
The screen is extremely clear and looks great for videos.
Britches

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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Martin on July 2, 2006
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
OK, I did too much research on these devices ... so I am here to share :

I will break down Pros / Cons / General Advice / Why Creative over an IPOD.

OK ... giving this 5 stars, not because it is perfect ... only because *all things being equal*** it is best in its class.

Pros

- SMART drag / drop (which is HUGE if you were an 'old time original napster dude, where you downloaded everyone song you ever wanted, and still have the collection). SMART means this ... if you drag / drop music, pictures and video in one folder, it will ask you if you want Creative to put the files into the appropriate folders. And it does this well. Nice feature, if you have digital pics, and digital movie footage (from the same camera, in the same folder) ... you don't have to do the sorting yourself ... as it handles it for you.

- long battery life

- nice little speaker for 'preview' without having to block out the rest of the world with your headphones (useful if you

are sharing family pics w/ your kids and don't want to depend on the headset)

- nice HD screen BIG screen

- nice wow factor

- beautiful design

- HUGE format replay support (like AVI, which none of the other players support, even the Vision M). AVI for me is huge, because I take a lot of digital camera movie clips, which are in AVI format. I wanted to be able to play these back, without having to convert, and this unit handles it.

- removable battery

- option for EXTENDED 28 hour battery life

- fm, voice recorder

- tv outputs

- Can manage with what ever software you so desire ... (see cons on IPOD below).
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143 of 151 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Carruth on November 5, 2005
Color Name: Black
Creative nearly hit bullseye with this device. It's perfectly sized, easy to use, and has plenty of capacity. Images are crisp and colors rich, but the unit falls just short with a narrow viewing angle and sluggish navigation.

First, the bad. The screen is uncomfortable to watch head on. The left tilt helps but it's still not satisfactory. In addition, my unit has several tiny starlike specs that distract me from my movie. Compared to my HP iPaq, the unit takes time to boot and navigation is much slower. Finally, I don't understand their claim to support a variety of formats. For some of my movie clips, like from my digital camera, I can play them right away on my PC on Windows Media Player 10 but have to go through a conversion process to play them on the Creative. And the conversion lowers the quality of the file.

Now for the good. 30GB holds a lot of portable movies. Navigation is a breeze. The sound is wonderful and the screen displays color beautifully, with sharp clean images. The file management software is straightforward. The unit is well constructed and feels good in the hand.

Now for a word about getting content onto your portable video player.
There's always CinemaNow. But if you want to watch the DVDs you own, you've got to rip. Creative includes Video Vault demo software to help get your movies portable, and it's pretty good. I prefer it to the software called "DVD to Pocket PC" because it's more stable. The downside is it creates much larger files (an average movie is 600MB rather than 300MB).
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By William A. Nolan VINE VOICE on December 26, 2005
Color Name: Black
I started looking at items like this one because I wanted a device I could use to store my photos while traveling without lugging a notebook computer around. When I picked this one, I think I made a great choice.

Mainly, in this review, I want to address some misconceptions found in other reviews. First, the screen: The viewing angle is not an issue at all. I was amazed to see what is said in some of the reviews. It is a one-person device, but I can move my head several inches in any direction without problems. The screen is amazingly sharp and clear, and easily visible even in bright sunlight.

Second, you CAN use this as a removable drive. You simple set that up under the extras menu, make sure you have navigated to the removable drive screen on the Vision, and then plug it into a computer. It will come up as a removable drive under My Computer. It works fine. All I had to do to find out about this was read the manual.

It also works fine to store my photos. It's easy, fast, and SMALL, being about the size of a deck of cards. The 30 gigs is enough space for even a pretty long trip, and I take a LOT of photos with a 7 MP camera.

I had no trouble transferring my movies to this, either. I have a very large collection of DVDs, and I wanted to be able to watch them while traveling. I am using a program called Magic DVD Ripper to convert them, and it is easy. It does take about an hour for my computer to do the conversion.

The battery is removable, so you can, if you like, carry a second one. Try that with an Ipod.

All in all, I haven't found much of anything to complain about.
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