It's been well under a week since DAPreview discovered a 16GB version of the Creative Zen V Plus listed on the company's Singapore Web site, and yet the player has already made its way onto the U.S.-based online store--and in this country, it's actually in stock. You can pick up the capacious flash-based MP3 player for $249.99, which is the same price as the 30GB Zen Vision:M. Still, I think it's a small price to pay to get your hands on that roomy flash chip. For those that are counting, that's … Read more
It seems that there is a benefit to running Creative fan site EpiZENter, and that's that you notice sneaky Creative moves before the "other guys" (in this case, me). The astute fellows over at DAPreview have caught sight of a 16GB version of the Zen V Plus over at Creative's Singapore store. We already knew that 16GB flash devices were imminent, but this is the first player that's been officially listed in that capacity. However, the product is currently not in stock, so it may not end up being the first one out the gate. … Read more
The Zen Stone Plus may not have the best battery life, but its supersmall size, built-in FM tuner, and variety of totable accessories make it a perfect companion for the gym. There's even an optional wristband that lets you wear the player like a watch, and--indeed--there's a digital watch screensaver that you can set on the LCD. The Stone Plus even has a stopwatch for timing those intervals on the treadmill. And for frequent fliers, there's the TravelSound Zen Stone, an ultracompact speaker for you to take on the road. To see the Zen Stone Plus and … Read more
We initially feared that this item might be a joke, but then we thought it was just crazy enough to be true: a perfumed printer.
Sagem's appropriately named "Zen Cube" can provide a sea of cubicles with full-time aromatherapy. According to Fareastgizmos: "The perfume is diffused upon each printing (or receiving of a fax), with the activation of the ventilation system. The warm air expelled by the machine slowly … Read more
I'm a big fan of Creative MP3 players--no surprise there. The Zen line offers cute and colorful designs, customizable user interfaces that are also a snap to navigate, and--my no. 1 requirement--stellar audio quality. For all of these reasons, I have chosen to use Creative's devices for my personal listening the majority of the time. As such, I've spent a lot of hours listening to music on a variety of Zens and there is one thing that remains pretty constant: the shuffle feature on these players sucks (for lack of a better word). And this … Read more
If it were possible for a company to spoil its products rotten, Creative would be one of the guilty parties. We recently saw how it coddled its "Zen Wav" with a cushy dock, and now it's pampering the "Zen Stone Plus" with a portable speaker system.
Just look at the new "TravelSound"--it practically cocoons the MP3 player as it nestles safely in its perfectly sized dock, resting horizontally as if ready to take a nap. The speaker system will go on sale next month for $69, according to Fareastgizmos, though we're … Read more
Bless Creative's soul for offering me some relief from my parched existence in the iPhone desert. Tomorrow, the company will officially announce yet another MP3 player for its already impressive Zen line. The latest family member is an enhancement to the ultrabasic Zen Stone and carries Creative's signature Plus at the end of its name. The Zen Stone Plus looks almost identical to its slightly older sibling, but with one important difference: a small, round OLED screen which sits to the left of the control pad. Sure, it's tiny and only displays in one color (blue, on … Read more
That, at least, is what the dock for Creative's "Zen Wav" looks like to us. But the youngest in the family is often spoiled, so we're not really surprised. The Wav is the latest of an ever-growing list of siblings from Creative, this one featuring a 1.5-inch color LCD and 2GB of memory in an aluminum case for about $114 on the Singapore market.
It's small. It's simple. It...looks like a pebble. But that name was already taken. Yes, I'm talking about the Creative Zen Stone, and I bet you have been imagining it photographed in a variety of compromising positions. Come on, now--don't be shy. We all like viewing the latest gadgets from every angle. After all, what good is Crave without some healthy imagery. Click the photo for a full slide show of the Creative Zen Stone.
I guess maybe the marketing folks behind Creative's Zen Stone music player, the company's answer to the iPod Shuffle, are consciously avoiding corny references to the word "stoned." But in this new TV ad for the little guys (via TechFresh), I definitely think the corporate-training-video soundtrack ought to have been replaced with some Pink Floyd. I mean, come on, they're music players, not elevator music players: