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Creative Zen MX 8 GB Video MP3 Player (Black)

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  • 2.5-inch color TFT display
  • 8 GB of storage with SD card expansion
  • Up to 30 hours of continuous audio playback
  • Features FM radio, voice recorder, and clock with alarm
  • Supports multiple music formats, including MP3, WMA, and AUDIBLE 4
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Product Description

Capacity: 8 GB

From the Manufacturer

Enjoy your digital entertainment on the go with the Creative Labs ZEN MX 8 GB MP3 Player. Offering up to 30 hours of continuous audio playback and five hours of continuous video playback, the compact ZEN MX supports multiple music formats--including MP3, WMA, and AUDIBLE 4--and features an FM radio, voice recorder, and clock with alarm.

The 2.5-inch full-color LCD lets you view pictures and watch videos.
Plug and play makes the ZEN MX easy to connect.
Use the ZEN MX as a personal memo recorder to digitally record lectures or meetings.
A built-in SD card slot lets you expand memory for storing more media.
Set the alarm clock on the ZEN MX to wake you up in the morning.
An integrated tuner lets you listen to FM radio with 32 presets.

Enjoy hours of continuous music and video on the go with the ZEN MX. View larger.

An intuitive interface lets you quickly access your media content. View larger.
Built-in SD Card for Music, Photos, and Videos
Building on the award-winning design of its predecessor, the Creative ZEN, the ZEN MX gives you several new features to enhance your listening and viewing pleasure. To start, its 8 gigabytes of storage and built-in SD card slot give you the freedom to access your music, photos, and videos. Create a new, on-the-go playlist, and free up file space by importing your media from your SD/SDHC card directly to your ZEN MX in one easy click. (If you need more than 8 GB of memory, the ZEN MX also comes in a 16 GB version).

Compact, Stylish Design with Plug-and-Play Capability
Measuring just 6.2 x 6.2 x 1.5 inches (W x H x D) and weighing only 7 ounces, the ZEN MX is compact, lightweight, and smaller than most credit cards, making it easy to carry in your hand, purse, or pocket. It's also plug-and-play, which means no drivers are needed to manage your media files. To add or remove files, simply drag and drop them from your PC to your ZEN MX.

Patented Interface for Fast, Easy Customization
Like all ZEN media players, the ZEN MX features a patented interface, which allows for a customizable, engaging experience. It also lets you quickly access your favorite media content and zero in on selected features.

2.5-Inch LCD Shows Vivid Photos and Videos
When you want to view JPEG digital photos, the ZEN MX offers a razor-sharp TFT display with 16.7-million color support. Pictures and videos look crisp and sharp on the 2.5-inch LCD, making for an engaging experience. The ZEN MX also gives you the freedom to create picture and video slideshows with soundtracks; simply choose your favorite songs, and they'll play as you watch your photo selection scroll across the screen.

Personal Alarm and Recording Functions Keep You Organized
Packed with helpful features, the ZEN MX is more than just a source of entertainment. It can also help you stay on time and up-to-date. With the ZEN MX, you'll never need to worry about being late or forgetting important details again. The personalized alarm lets you customize your tone to start the day fresh and on the right note. And the recording function acts as a memo recorder, so you can play your personal reminders.

EQ, Radio, and Audio Effects for Entertainment That Suits Your Mood
The ZEN MX provides a variety of media to suit your moods and interests. Brighten up your day by selecting from eight EQ presets, or customize your very own EQ. Enhance your preferred audio effects with the bass-boost and smart-volume effects. Or switch to the integrated FM radio when you need to catch up on the latest music and when you want to find new selections to download. Simply take your pick from 32 preset stations.

Warranty Information
The ZEN MX comes with a one-year parts warranty and a 90-day labor-limited hardware warranty. It requires Microsoft Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or higher)/XP 64-bit, Windows Vista, USB port, and 170 MB hard-drive space (more for audio content storage).

What's in the Box
Creative ZEN MX, earphones, USB cable, quick start leaflet, and warranty card.

Product Information

Capacity: 8 GB
Technical Details
Brand NameCreative Labs
Item Weight2.4 ounces
Product Dimensions3.3 x 0.5 x 2.2 inches
Item model number70PF248000111
Number of Items1
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #76,937 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4 ounces
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableMarch 30, 2009
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Customer Reviews

I previously owned the older version of the creative zen and loved it.
boo charlotte
I've had to transfer the files manually onto the device and THEN use the Creative Central software to create the play list by navigating through the software.
This problem persists with the latest firmware release for this model (version 1.02.04) as of this review.
Patrick Claflin

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Michael X. Watman on August 11, 2009
Size Name: 8 GB Verified Purchase
After hanging on to a Zen Micro for a few years (due to a stingy character), I picked up this "update" and have been so pleased. It has easy to operate button/rocker switches rather than the erratic touch controls of its ancestor. Transferring my old library and playlists was a snap. Having the chance to store a few photos also ups the pleasure of the device.

Although others may wish for a combo camera-phone-music-whatever piece of hardware, if you're interested in any easy to handle mp3 player at a reasonable price, this is definitely something you should seriously consider.
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127 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Decolliber on July 30, 2009
Size Name: 16 GB
I have both the older 8gb Zen (2007) and a new 16gb Zen MX. They are basically the same except that the MX has integrated access to the removable SD card directly from the Creative Centrale software that comes with the it. With the old Zen you had to go into a removable card menu on the Zen and then access the card via the computer operating system to add or delete files. Zen MX also does not have the code for some video formats and the software has to convert them before transfer to the Zen MX; on the old Zen you could just transfer the video files directly to the Zen. Finally, the Creative Centrale software that comes with the new Zen MX does not seem as intuitive and user friendly as the older software that came with the Zen. If I had to do it again I would have bought the older Zen rather than the new Zen MX, but the older ones are becoming hard to find and are a lot more expensive. Strangely enough the 16gb version of the old Zen is more expensive than the 32gb version!

To answer those who said the Zen MX will not play DRM protected files. Not true. It will play DRM9 protected files, but they have to be put on the Zen via the transfer function in the software, not through drag & drop, because the former also carries over the license info and the latter technique does not. Creative notes this on their web site.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By right_of_offset on July 18, 2009
Size Name: 16 GB
I bought the Creative Zen MX 16gb player from Costco for $[...]. It works great for the price. I use it primarily for songs but am using it for audiobooks too. I did not own the original Zen so the software and the features are all new to me.

With regards to the 2 previous reviews about it not playing media that was purchased, this player does not play DRM-protected WMAs. I downloaded DRM-protected files from my local library and it does not work...just silence so it has nothing to do with the player itself or its software.

The 16gb is plenty of space and I like the fact that this player is compatible with SDHC or SD cards so that you can expand the memory further. Also, the player is about the size of a credit card and is not bulky at all. You can put it in your breast or poants pocket with no unsightly budges. Since I've been using it for audiobooks, one of the features I like is that you can store up to 10 bookmarks (it's easy to set and retrieve a bookmark).

If you have a Blackberry, the USB cable and power adapter are 100% compatible with the player so you can either use the USB cable the player comes with or use your Blackberry's USB cable or power adapter. It's quick to charge (~3 hours to fully charge).
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By NinerBiker on January 23, 2010
Size Name: 16 GB
As you will see from reading some of these reviews, Creative forgot to address some of the glaring defects in the older Zen line with this update (such as battery life and audible support) and actually made it compatible with less music (no DRM9, no Napster compatibility, etc). The one thing they did right is integrate the SD card into the menus for the on board memory and add the ability to manage files on the SD card (copy, move, delete). The screen (unscratched) is bright and detailed, with good clarity for both photos and videos. This is a beautiful piece of equipment with many features, which makes it that much more upsetting that it is designed to be disposable, with a limited life.

Through my own purchase and experience I have learned that Creative products (including this one) have very short battery lives. I only used my Zen for about 30-40 hours over the course of a year when the battery would no longer accept a charge and the device would not turn on. The Zen MX uses the same battery. I took excellent care of it so it looks new, but after much contact with Creative's tech support I have learned that:
1. After their warranty period they are unable/unwilling to help a customer out, and do not even offer repair as an option at any price.
2. They used to offer an extended warranty but they will no longer offer it on any Creative MP3 player (new or otherwise)
3. They do not sell or offer replacement batteries. Note that their website has a link on each player about battery recycling that cautions you against attempting to replace a battery in any Creative product with an 'embedded battery' and suggests that you send the product in for recycling instead. (NO Repair/Replacement)!
4. Their products are built with 'Planned Obsolescence' in mind.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jorge M. Gonzalez on May 21, 2010
Size Name: 8 GB Verified Purchase
Misleadingly advertised by Creative Labs as "an upgrade to the ZEN", "with the signature of its predecessor", "improved..." this product is nothing but a downgrade, actually an aberration.

Creative tried (and missed) to pull out the trick of the SD card integration (absent in the old ZEN) like the Cowon D2 from JetAudio, or the Sansa Fuze did successfully, but all they accomplished is the most annoying constant rebuilding of the library in the card. Furthermore, after rebuilding, the "now playing" feature is only a joke, it doesn't exist. Therefore, no bookmarks whatsoever.

The software (Creative Centrale) is the worst from Creative, it's simply awful.

The ability of loading different, compressed video files is gone with the wind, you can only load the huge, humongous, monstrous, (Got the message?) uncompressed proprietary creative video files, and only by converting it via Centrale. (Good luck waiting). The compression performance of the format is terrible, about 10MB per minute at 320x240 at 25fps!!! an avi file can take hours to convert, and you'll be amazed by the size of the resulting file.

According to Creative you can rip DVDs to play in your ZEN MX. (you guessed it, via Centrale) Try it if you enjoy suffering.

Play lists have to be created via (again) Centrale, otherwise forget it. Sorry, no importing of play lists.

The player would quit playing at any time, it simply turns off, then pushing the reset button will be necessary in order to turn it on again.

But the ultimate pain will come from customer service, as far as this product is concerned, Creative is deaf. (and also blind) Visit their support forums for the MX and enjoy the ride. Welcome to madness!
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