- Brand Name: Creative
- Model Number: ZVM30EFPK
- Digital Storage Capacity: 30 GB
- Supported Standards: MP3
- Hardware Platform: PC
Creative Zen Vision:M 30 GB MP3 and Video Player (Pink)
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- 30 GB multimedia device holds tens of thousands of photos, up to 120 hours of videos, or 15,000 songs
- 2.5-inch, high definition LCD screen features a 320x240 resolution and hundreds of thousands of colors
- Supports many video formats, such as AVI, DivX 4 and 53, XviD4, MPEG-1, -2, -SP, WMV9, and Motion-JPEG
- Integrated FM radio and recorder, voice recorder
- Measures 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.7 inches and weighs 5.7 ounces
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The Zen Vision:M can hold thousands of songs, photos, and movies in its 30 GB memory. View larger.
You can also connect the Zen Vision:M to a projector or TV with the included AV cable, and put on a big show from this little device. Synchronize music files with photo or video montages for a taste of spectacular, personalized big screen magic. Viewing images on this device is a pleasant experience. The 2.5-inch, high definition LCD screen features a 320x240 resolution and hundreds of thousands of colors. What this means is you see crisp, clear detail in every movie and photo, even under bright light.
Creative didn't scrimp on design, either. The Zen Vision:M features an ergonomic design with an innovative touch pad control that enables quick, comfortable access to menus and settings. And you'll get loads more playback time with the built-in rechargeable, battery. Enjoy up to 13 hours of music or 4.5 hours of movies on a single charge. The optional extended-life battery pack lets you double playback time, so you can enjoy days of uninterrupted entertainment. Other features include a personal organizer that you sync with Microsoft Outlook, and an integrated voice recorder that can store hundreds of hours worth of recordings. Take a closer look at all the Zen Vision:M features.
The Zen Vision:M MP3 and Video Player uses PlaysForSure technology. Look for the PlaysForSure logo if you're shopping for a portable music or video device and you want to make sure the digital music and video you purchase will play back on it every time. Match the PlaysForSure logo on a large selection of leading devices and online music stores. If you see the logo, you'll know your digital music will play for sure. Choose from a large number of digital music and video stores, including MTV's Urge, Rhapsody, Yahoo!, MSN Music, MusicMatch, MusicNow, Napster, Wal-Mart Music Downloads, and many more.
What's in the Box
Creative Zen Vision:M, earphones, sync adapter, USB 2.0 adapter, pouch, user's guide, and installation CD.
Top Customer Reviews
I received the first unit as promised. I immediately started loading this on it. It's a little thicker than the iPod, but I actually like how it feels in my hand better (IMHO). The screen is beautiful, the file formats that are supported are great, the integration with WMP10 and the on-line stores is certainly better than the iPod. I just love it. I loved it so much, that when the second unit arrived, I decided to keep it for myself :)
I have used iPod many times before and I do like them. But they can coexist and the competition will make all the players better. If you love the iPod's great. Again, I like them too, but right now I would pick this player. I have synched up CD music, on-line songs, even a bunch of my TiVo shows (via Tivo To Go TTG). I have taken those shows and played them directly on my TV too (with an A/V cable).
The currently availability of accessories is a bit frustrating, but livable - I am sure it will not match or surpass the iPod in that respect.
Like the iPod and other devices like this the screen scratches pretty easily. I immediately bought some Palm protectors and cut them to fit. I have customer shields ordered (from theinvisibleshield.com) but this will do for now.
This FM radio works fine. I personally like one integrated. It doesn't take any more space and it's nice on rare occasion. I have read other reviews that say having the FM radio is a "negative" of this player. Huh? Why? If you don't want it, just don't use it.Read more ›
Creative Vision:M, why is it better?
-Plays DivX and XviD video, as well as WMV-9 and MPEG1/2/4.
-Higher color screen (262,144 colors vs 65,000 colors)
-Natively plays MP3, WMA and WAV, without conversion.
-Better signal-to-noise ratio under same frequency response.
-Longer battery life (approx 4 hours video playback vs iPod's 2 hours)
-Includes AC charger.
-FM Radio/ Recorder.
-Compatible with popular music services, like Napster.
-Customizable menu, with background image.
-Organizer features Outlook sync support; Contacts, Calendar & Tasks.
-Colors blue, green, and pink are also available.
-The back side isn't made out of scratch magnets like the iPod.
-Natively acts as external hard drive in Windows.
Apple iPod 5th Generation, why is it better?
-Slimmer. iPod - 0.43in / Vision:M - 0.7in.
-Lighter. iPod - 4.8oz / Vision:M - 5.7oz.
-Clickwheel is still the preferred navigation input for many.
-Lots of first and third party accessories available.
-60GB version also available.
-30 USD cheaper.
If you're in the market for a 30GB player and you're considering the 5th generation iPod, give the Creative Vision:M a serious look. If your friends ask you why you bought a "generic iPod," you can tell them with pride all the reasons why the iPod simply wasn't good enough for you.
I've been looking for a feature rich portable media player (PMP or PVP) and was about to jump on an Ipod Video when I saw the press release for the Vision M in December. I already own a regular 4G ipod and loved it. The clickwheel made using it so easy. I borrowed a Video Ipod from a co-worker and was impressed with the video capabilities; however I really wanted something with FM radio and better video codec compability.
The early reviews of the Vision were fairly positive, but had a few bugs like video buffer issues and no on the go playlists, but both are now fixed via new firmware. The clincher was CNET's awarding it the Best In Show at the 2006 CES. For a reputable site to recommends this as best in show over the hundreds of other new devices says a lot.
Ok, on to the real review.....
I purchased the Black Vision M and the two things that stand out is the clean front layout and thickness. It is about .7 inches thick so it's signficantly thicker than the Ipod. Although I would prefer the slim shape of the Ipod, the thicker Vision M was fine as it still fits in my pocket comfortably and is quite snug in my hand. The instructions require you to do two things first:
1) Update Quicktime if it's version 7.0 through 7.0.2 before installing Creative's software
2) Charge it up first using the AC adapter which only takes about 2 hours (great advantage over Ipod)
User Interface and Slide Touchpad:
The software is pretty straight forward and so is using the menu system on the Vision M.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Back when the 1st generation 30gb iPods were released, I had a 24 bit Creative Soundblaster which came with Creative Media Go software. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr Knowitall
I still love this player after 10 years of use! Haven't had one problem with it in all this time. I bought this in 2006, and although I don't use it as often as I did in the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by TripletDad3
I love this little player, 9 years old and still going strong!Published 2 months ago by Patrick W. Cutler
This did not work and I was unable to get it to after contacting Creative. It won't do the Table of Contents thing. I finally just threw it out. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Katibird
Awesome product, very happy with it. Will recommend to any one to buy it.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This review is biased in that I have always loved Creative's intuitive OS and durable design. This one is a great Media Device, I would recommend it to anyone wanting to listen to... Read morePublished 13 months ago by William F. Ter Burgh
It was a good product as it was advertised. I had one earlier, and was very pleased with the product.Published 14 months ago by Jonathan Parker