Creative Zen V review: Creative Zen V

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The Good The Creative Zen V offers a cute, pocket-friendly design without sacrificing screen real estate, and the vivid OLED display is viewable from any angle. The player packs in some nice features, such as voice and line-in recording, photo playback, and compatibility with subscription WMA tracks. Oh, and the sound quality is great, too.

The Bad The Creative Zen V's joystick is really small and has a cheap feel to it, and we wish Creative had included all the buttons found on the Vision:M. The screen is difficult to see in bright sunlight, and there's no UMS support. Also, you don't get the FM radio and video playback found on the Plus version.

The Bottom Line The Creative Zen V is a good choice for anyone looking for a compact flash MP3 player with recording features and great sound quality. However, the more feature-filled Zen V Plus is a better value.

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The Creative Zen V is the same as the Zen V Plus, except without an FM radio or video playback capability. For more information about this MP3 player, please read our full review of the Plus version.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Built-in Display OLED
  • Tuner Bands FM
  • Run Time (Up To) 15 hour(s)
  • Capacity 2 GB
  • Color Glossy black
    Green
  • Weight 1.6 oz
  • Supported Digital Audio Standards Protected WMA (DRM 9)
    WAV
    MP3
    ADPCM
    WMA
    Audible
  • Installed Size 2 GB
  • Diagonal Size 1.5 in
  • Type 1 year warranty
  • Sound Output Mode Stereo
  • Type Digital player
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Since 2003, Jasmine France has worked at CNET covering everything from scanners to keyboards to GPS devices to MP3 players. She currently cohosts the Crave podcast and spends the majority of her time testing headphones, music software, and mobile apps.