Creative Zen V Plus (4GB, black)
Manufacturer: Creative Part number: 70PF2072001Y1
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- The Creative Zen V Plus is a superb choice for anyone looking for a compact and feature-filled flash MP3 player with great sound quality. If you're looking for a more sophisticated design (or have large thumbs), look elsewhere.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $299.99
- Reviewed by: Jasmine France
- Edited by: James Kim
- Reviewed on: 06/20/2006
The good: The Creative Zen V Plus offers a cute, pocket-friendly design without sacrificing screen real estate, and the vivid OLED display is viewable from any angle. The player is packed to the gills with features, including an FM radio, voice and line-in recording, photo and video playback, and compatibility with subscription WMA tracks. It's the first flash player to be offered with up to 16GB of memory. Oh, and the sound quality and battery life are great too.
The bad: The Creative Zen V Plus'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.
The bottom line: The Creative Zen V Plus is a superb choice for anyone looking for a compact and feature-filled flash MP3 player with great sound quality. If you're looking for a more sophisticated design (or have large thumbs), look elsewhere.
BETTER THAN IPOD NANO 2ND GENERATION!!!!!!
by vladbarrios on September 15, 2006
Pros: It's like a PDA you can use microsoft outlook, contacts and videos are great. Sound Quality is same as nano. Very small gadget, and you can change the screen angle COOL!!!!!!
Cons: well none so far, its great MP3 player. Grab and drop no hassle like Itunes
Summary: I bought ipod nano 2nd gen. I thought its cool, yes its slim but its kinda long but zen v plus is more smaller and easy to carry. I have ...
Summary: I bought ipod nano 2nd gen. I thought its cool, yes its slim but its kinda long but zen v plus is more smaller and easy to carry. I have been having problems with Itunes 7 the Ipod nano's software, it needs a good computer and lots of bugs. I'm happy that I retuned my nano because zen is more cheaper, cute, a lot more better hardware. And there's a lot of option than nano's. Ipod nano doesn't have voice recorder, a line in to record directly to your cd player, no video,no microsoft outlook, fm radio, can't angle the screen, use your personal picture as your wallpaper wow!!!!! and many more. That's why zen v plus is better or I can say far more better.
30 out of 36 users found this user opinion helpful.
Died on me after a month
by wdfadude on February 28, 2007
Pros: Feature-packed; small and sleak; great price
Cons: After a month of working perfectly, it simply shut down and stopped working; no video compression
Summary: After using a few larger, hard drive-based mp3 players (iPods, Creative Jukebox Zen Xtra, Toshiba Gigabeat), I figured it was time to get a small, flash-based model that could fit ...
Summary: After using a few larger, hard drive-based mp3 players (iPods, Creative Jukebox Zen Xtra, Toshiba Gigabeat), I figured it was time to get a small, flash-based model that could fit and go anywhere. I did my research on what would be the best all-around flash player that would give me the most bang for the buck, and decided to buy the Creative Zen V Plus. I fell in love with it instantly. Great features, terrific design...a solid 9.5 on a 10 scale. The only gripes would be that there is no avi video compression on it (even a few-minute vid clip is over 100 MB) and no Windows 2000 support.
Earlier today, in the middle of a battery charge, the Zen V died on me. I got nothing but a black screen, and no response from the buttons. I scoured the internet - including the Creative site - to see if anyone else has had similar problems. It seems like dozens out of hundreds of Zen V Plus owners have had numerous freeze-ups or even a dead player even after only having it a short time. I tried every trick in the book to revive it - pushed the reset button numerous times; tried holding the on/off slider for extended periods of time; tried pressing various combinations of buttons; tried restarting my Zen sofwtare on my PC; rebooted my PC; reinstalled my Zen sofwtare; all to no avail. All I have is a dead piece of plastic.
I'm very disappointed. I'm torn between returning it to the store and either getting a new Zen V Plus or trying my luck with another mp3 player. Given the number of times this has happened to others (just look at the Creative forums), I say with a heavy heart that I'm leaning towards the later choice. Creative had a winner on it's hands; but due to freeze-ups/dying players, it looks like a lemon. It's only because (when it was working) it may have been the best overall player on the market that I give it a rating of 4. Otherwise, it deserves a 1 simply for reliability. Purchase this at your own risk.
22 out of 23 users found this user opinion helpful.
Very Very Cool
by Apache7777 on September 12, 2006
Pros: 4GB, Small, Gorgeous
Cons: Joystick Could Be Bigger
Summary: Just bought the Zen Plus a few days ago at Best Buy. Simply a wonderful masterpiece. I installed the CD Software on my PC and synched to the Zen in ...
Summary: Just bought the Zen Plus a few days ago at Best Buy. Simply a wonderful masterpiece. I installed the CD Software on my PC and synched to the Zen in a matter of 10 min with no problems. I immediately started downloading songs from Napster. Napster recognized Creative Softare. Was a breeze!!The Zen Plus has a glossy black finish with accents of Blue. Very bold, yet subtle. The Zen Plus is about the size of a Tic Tac Box with the Zen being slightly thicker. Screen is very very nice. Video is also very nice. Perfect for people who work out or those who are on the move. You will not be dissapointed.
18 out of 18 users found this user opinion helpful.
An amazing TINY device!!!
by Ace777ecA on September 18, 2006
Pros: Just about everything.
Cons: Just about nothing.
Summary: Just bought this on September 18th, 2006. Yes I live in the United States...in Ohio to be exact. I've waited for what seemed like forever for this to ...
Summary: Just bought this on September 18th, 2006. Yes I live in the United States...in Ohio to be exact. I've waited for what seemed like forever for this to come out...and somehow Best Buy has them in stock. Trust me...it is the Zen V Plus 4GB brand new and sealed. Funny thing was that I even called Creative when I read a post about how someone had bought this already. They don't even sell it on their site, and they were surprised to know Best Buy was selling it already. Creative said that Best Buy probably got some of special "1st shipment special" or something to that extent. But I thoroughly checked out the box just to make sure =0).
As for the device itself...it was well worth waiting for. Again, trust me on this. I hate reading these biased articles from different people just "hyping" up products or slamming them just because they are made by so and so company. this little thing does all of the good that you've read about and more...plus it has great sound.
Since everyone already knows the specs, let me point out 1 good and 1 bad. Good: even smaller than I imagined. Bad: the headphone cord is a bit too long...that's the worst I can say about it...truthfully.
I am trully happy that I waited for this and even happier that I ran out and bought it before they are all on backorder.
An extremely nice product!Updated
Just got the Creative Zen Aurvana headphones for my Zen V Plus. As you know, the stock headphones sound great...but I wanted a little more...plus they didn't really fit my ears too well. These Aurvanas make the stock headphones sound like string tied to tin cans...honestly. The difference in the sound is like night and day...plus they seal off...and I mean seal off...the outside world. By the way...they match the Zen V Plus perfectly...that was what did it for me, lol.
13 out of 15 users found this user opinion helpful.
Creative Zen V Plus let down, fails to much to be classed as a good player.
by honestopinion04 on June 1, 2007
Pros: Freezing player, formating only option and means starting again every time it freezes
Cons: Sound Quality is fantastic, it looks great, has video and FM radio which work really well
Summary: I bought the Creative Zen V Plus after reading millions of reviews and looking at loads of different MP3 players. I was looking for good battery life, good sized memory ...
Summary: I bought the Creative Zen V Plus after reading millions of reviews and looking at loads of different MP3 players. I was looking for good battery life, good sized memory and FM radio would be a bonus.
The Zen came top in most reviews and was at a great price on Amazon. With 4GB memory it is the perfect size for loads of music and with radio + Video as a bonus. It looked great when it turned up, small shinny and stylish. I charged it, installed the software and started to copy music to the player, I was copying an album at a time, all was going fine, then around reaching the 2GB full mark it would stop the USB connection, freezed on my laptop and the player would stick on the USB docked screen. You have to reset at this stage and it tries to rebuild the library, but never completes. Tried cleaning files option, no change, only option is to format and start again. I tried to get it working for 3 days, with the same problem happening. I tested every way to copy music to it, I tried different albums. I had it working once, by copying less that 2GB to it. Great sound etc, but I wanted it for the 4GB size, tried to put more music on it when only 1.5 GB used, froze again when over 2GB mark was reached, had to format again. I am gutted, as I had spent so much time looking for the ideal player. Ebuyer has hundreds of great and fantastic reviews about it. I am sending this one back for a replacement, hoping that there are only a few dodgy one's out there, but I may get lucky the next time. I am giving it one more chance, but if the same thing happens, I will be getting my money back and looking well away from buying creative labs products.
It is not until you buy it and then go on to www.creative.com to register, that you then see that amount of freezing etc issues that everyone has had with a number of creatives players. I don't understand how they get rated so highly. There forum is full of hundreds if not thousands of complaints and fault discriptions.
If I get one that works properly with no issues i will be happy, but for a first time experience, I have to rate this player as a 2. I would give it a 9/10 for style, options, sound quality (when using different earphones)and accessories, but it's the music you need it for first and fore most. I wouldn't recommend this product, maybe the second one will change my mind, but I think I am clutching at straws.
9 out of 10 users found this user opinion helpful.
The best MP3 player EVER
by Jimbro727 on November 7, 2006
Pros: small, amazing display, battery life, stylish, light, sound
Cons: the joystick could be better
Summary: I just picked up one of these things a few days ago, and it is absolutely the best MP3 player I have ever used. I've been through iPods and ...
Summary: I just picked up one of these things a few days ago, and it is absolutely the best MP3 player I have ever used. I've been through iPods and most recently a 20GB rio karma, and this is easily the best. 4GB seemed small to me at first, since my library is close to 20GB, but realistically I don't listen to my entire library every day, or even every week, so I figured I'd be able to change around the contents every so often. I found that I don't even have to do that, I was able to easily fit all of my favorite songs. In the future I might get a bigger player for long trips, or just load my library on my laptop, which is usually close by.
You can read a hundred reviews that say this player is tiny, but seeing it in person will blow your mind. This looks like a small toy, but in a good stylish way, and it is extremely light. It fits easily into any pocket, including the change pocket in my jeans! If you take this thing out, it turns heads everywhere. People will be asking what it is, and immediately after they'll comment on how tiny it is and want to play with it.
The screen is simply gorgeous. It is by no means too tiny, the size of the player makes the screen look comparably large. Viewing angle is amazing, it's like looking at very vibrant paper. Resolution is great! I've loaded an episode of family guy on it, and it looks awesome. A cartoon like that can easily be watched and enjoyed on a screen of this size.
Sound is of course out of this world. If you crank it up to max, you'll wonder just how something so tiny pumps out such LOUD music! The quality is perfect, which is what I would expect of creative.
Battery life is amazing. I don't know how something this tiny can have such a great life, but it does. The first day I got it I listened to it every chance I got, played some videos, was showing it to friends, and when I got home it still had a full battery!
I love the clicky buttons, they feel great when you press them. The joystick is OK. At first I thought it was going to be a dealbreaker, but I quickly got used to it. All of my previous players had some sort of scroll wheel, so it was a bit of a change. It would be nice to see a scroll wheel, but only if it doesn't mean an increase in size. The joystick is fine, and after you get used to it, it works really really well. The software helps alot, and responds nicely to rapid joystick movement.
Also, creative threw in some nice search features that makes finding certain tracks, artists, etc. a breeze.
If the player stopped at MP3/video playback, it'd still be perfect, but it doesn't! It plays FM radio, and does a great job at it! Reception is amazing for such a tiny device, features such as presets and autoscanning make using it a breeze. Voice recording is an awesome feature that I love having! I was expecting low-quality, tinny recording, but to my surprise, the recordings are of amazing quality, and the mic is as sensitive as it should be, without being over sensitive. Voice quality is not at all tinny, it's very accurate, perhaps a little bassy (but that could be because of my EQ settings)
I think I covered every feature, I haven't tried line-in recording, but I'm sure it's excellent, I can't wait to find a use for it!
One thing that might annoy some people is that out of the box you have to charge it with the supplied USB cable, if you want to use a wall outlet, you have to purchase an adapter. This isn't a problem for me, although I'll have to get one to go on a week or longer vacation (weekend getaways probably won't even require a charge!)
This player has got all the right hardware buttons, and in all the right places. It looks amazing, will turn heads, and feels great in your hand. The software is intuitive and responsive. The display is unbelievable! It's bright, and the viewing angle is truly 180 degrees.
Pair this with a set of Sennheiser CX 300s, and you'll have your music sounding great wherever you go, and when you're done, you'll put the player and buds in your pocket and not even know they're there!
8 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
Looks great... but looks don't play MP3's!!!!!
by zeketheridgeback on April 12, 2007
Pros: nice small package.
Summary: I love this player in theory. Unfortunatly, it does not work. I have had two, and both have broken. The first one, the screen just slowly died over a 48 ...
Summary: I love this player in theory. Unfortunatly, it does not work. I have had two, and both have broken. The first one, the screen just slowly died over a 48 hour period, losing colors one at a time until it just showed as orange. I took it back and exchanged it, loved it...until the second one died after less than two months. Dealing with Creative is no joy either.
6 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
Requires software, driver problems
by tsilence25 on October 29, 2007
Pros: Small, nice feel
Cons: Requires software, big pain loading music
Summary: I have purchased other Creative MP3 players, and loved them, so I was quite suprised with my disappointment with the Zen V. It looks great and the player itself is ...
Summary: I have purchased other Creative MP3 players, and loved them, so I was quite suprised with my disappointment with the Zen V. It looks great and the player itself is easy to use, but due to driver problems, it took me two days just to get music on the friggin' thing.
It requires software to load music or even transfer data files. This makes it difficult if you want to transfer data to another computer that does not have the software without installing drivers.
I prefer an MP3 player that acts like a jump drive and you can connect to any computer without jumping through hoops. The software for tansfering isn't that great.
If you are new to MP3 players or not comfortable with a computer, you may appreciate the wizard like software. If you prefer freedom from software, look somewhere else.
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Returned 2 of these already!
by loopba on December 31, 2006
Pros: Great size, look and sound quality. Compatible w/ Audible files
Cons: Does not work!
Summary: Big disappointment....I researched all the players and decided on this unit for a Christmas gift. The first unit froze up within 5 minutes of use. I upgraded the firmware ...
Summary: Big disappointment....I researched all the players and decided on this unit for a Christmas gift. The first unit froze up within 5 minutes of use. I upgraded the firmware and the unit froze again. The unit was replaced and the exact same thing occurred. The firmware was upgraded and the unit still does not work. This is disappointing because Creative products have great sound quality and are unique. This level of production quality is unacceptable for a $160 piece of electronics.
5 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Standard, downhill Creative product
by Benzene77 on March 14, 2007
Pros: Cute, small, not an Ipod.
Cons: Controls have no positive feel, navigation is problematic, FM reception is a joke, and software/firmware is unstable.
Summary: This is my 3rd Creative MP3 player, and I expect that it will be my last. The size, form, and sound quality of the player are fine, but the controls ...
Summary: This is my 3rd Creative MP3 player, and I expect that it will be my last. The size, form, and sound quality of the player are fine, but the controls are unacceptable to me. Personally, I find devices that rely on the elasticity of pieces of plastic often wind up not working well down the road. The mini-joystick is fine, and feels good, but the play/pause and option buttons frequently do not work as intended. As a result of the player design, those buttons feels squishy and most of the time don't provide any positive feedback to let you know that the button has been pressed. Furthermore, I've several times pressed the option button only to have the play/pause function activate.
The FM reception is a joke. My local public radio station, which comes in among the strongest in my area on all other sources, barely registers in the Zen. FM radio navigation also leaves a lot to be desired. Clearly a feature added as an afterthought by marketing people.
What bothers me most, however, it that my computer constantly fails to recognize the Zen. I do not have this problem with other devices. I frequently have to reinstall Creative's software in order to use my player. For as much as I payed for this toy, I feel as though I should not have to constantly perform maintainance.
4 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Creative
- Part number: 70PF2072001Y1
- Description: A seamless integration of design and functionality. Your music and your life now fit perfectly in the ZEN V Plus. Enjoy a full suite of entertainment in a petite design - loads of music, full color photos, FM radio and view short video clips.
- Product type Digital player / radio
- PC interface(s) supported Hi-Speed USB
- Signal-to-noise ratio 92 dB
- Total harmonic distortion 0.05 %
- Flash memory installed 4 GB Integrated
- Weight 1.6 oz
- Dimensions (W x D x H) 1.7 in x 0.6 in x 2.7 in
- Color Glossy black ,
- Available body colors Black,
- Voice recording capable Yes
- Included accessories USB cable,
- Software type Creative ZENcast Organizer,
Creative Media Explorer
- Case type Pouch
Digital Player / Recorder
- Supported digital audio standards Protected WMA (DRM 9) ,
- Playback modes Random play / shuffle,
All tracks repeat,
One track repeat,
- Edit functions Erase
- Response bandwidth 20 - 20000 Hz
- Supported bit rate 320 Kbps
- Audio system built-in display OLED
- Diagonal size 1.5 in
- Resolution 128 x 128
- Backlight display Yes
- Features Adjustable contrast
- Sound output mode Stereo
- Timer Sleep,
- Built-in clock Alarm,
- Addtional features Voice recording,
Microsoft Outlook synchronization
Video Playback Features
- Still image format JPEG
- Playback modes [Jan 21, 2011 from CDS: CD System] Program play
- Digital audio standards supported MP3,
- Equalizer type Built-in
- Equalizer factory preset qty 8
- Equalizer factory presets NewAge,
- Tuner type Digital Radio tuner
- Station preset qty 32
- Tuner bands FM
- Microphone type Built-in
- Microphone operation mode Mono
- Headphones type Binaural
- Sound output mode Stereo
- Connectivity technology Wired
- Cable(s) included 1 x External,
1 x USB cable -,
Audio cable -
- Connector type 1 x Headphones Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm,
1 x Audio line-in Sub-mini phone stereo 2.5 mm,
1 x USB Mini-USB Type B
Battery / Power
- Battery Lithium ion Rechargeable Player batteryIntegrated
- Mfr estimated battery life 15 hour(s)
- Peripheral / Interface devices [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: System Requirements] USB port
- Operating system Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition,
Microsoft Windows XP SP1 or later
- Min hard drive space 170 MB
- Min processor type [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: System Requirements] Intel Pentium III,
- Min RAM size 256 MB
- CNET Labs: Battery drain test / audio playback 1230.855 min
Specs: 2 GB,
Player battery - Rechargeable - Lithium ion,
Protected WMA (DRM 9),
Digital player / radio
Specs: 4 GB,
Player battery - Rechargeable - Lithium ion,
Protected WMA (DRM 9),
Digital player / radio