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Creative Zen X-Fi 2 review

Creative's first touchscreen MP3 player - but does it measure up?

Our Verdict

For

  • Excellent sound quality
  • X-Fi expand works!
  • The price is right
  • microSD expansion
  • Good earphones bundled

Against

  • Touchscreen is horrible
  • No one-hand operation
  • Sluggish menu system
  • Plasticky design

It's no secret that Creative is in a spot of bother.

Dwindling fortunes have caused the Singaporean company to scale back its operations in order to concentrate on its core businesses - making PC soundcards and MP3 players.

The problem for us is that Creative used to make the best MP3 players of them all. Back in 2005, the Creative Zen Vision:M was totally kick-ass and put the iPod equivalent at the time to shame.

However, since then we have seen two things happen. Firstly, the Apple iPod improved massively, with millions of dollars of R&D resulting in the release of the world-beating, brilliantly-constructed iPod touch.

And secondly, Creative's fortunes dwindled, and while the original Zen X-Fi had brilliant sound quality, it was not in the same league as the iPod nano or touch in terms of either design or interface.

zen x fi 2

Creative's next big thing is the Zii Egg, a Google Android-powered touchscreen X-Fi device that has more in common with the latest mobile phones than previous Creative MP3 players. It looks seriously impressive.

But while we're waiting for that one, here we have the latest in the long-running Zen series, the Creative Zen X-Fi 2.

Tech Specs

Product TypeFlash Portable Media Player
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
TouchscreenYes
Battery Built-inYes
Product FunctionsAudio Player, Video Player, Photo Viewer, FM Tuner, Voice Recorder
Maximum Audio Battery Time1 Day
Product FamilyZen X-Fi2
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card
Brand NameCreative
Image FormatsJPEG, BMP
Audio FormatsMP3, WMA, WAV, Audible, AAC, FLAC
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsWMV, MPEG-4, DivX, XviD
Display Resolution96000 Pixel
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
USBYes
Height57 mm
Width102 mm
Depth11.6 mm
ManufacturerCreative Technology, Ltd
Product Model70PF2492091F5
Product NameZen X-Fi2 16GB Flash Portable Media Player
Product LineZen X-Fi2
Manufacturer Part Number70PF2492091F5
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.europe.creative.com
Marketing Information

Introducing the best audio player from Creative yet and our first ever touchscreen player the Zen X-Fi2. No fussy buttons involved, simply let your fingers work their magic across the 3" TFT LCD screen and gain access to all player features instantly.

Package Contents
  • Zen X-Fi2 16GB Flash Portable Media Player
  • 1 x Quick Start Leaflet
  • 1 x Creative Earphones (In-ear)
  • 1 x USB Cable
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)75 g