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Specification for Creative Zen Vision M 30GB

Main Features
Memory 26 -50
Main characteristics
Number of Songs: 7500
Family Line: Zen
Storage Capacity: 30 GB
Main Storage Type: Hard Drive
Audio Capabilities
Audio Format: MP3WAVWMA
Frequency Respone: 20 Hz - 20,000 Hz
Signal to Noise Ratio: 97 dB
Video Capabilities
Video Format: MPEG-4MPEG-1MPEG-2DivXXviD
Max Video Resolution: 320 x 240
Screen
On Screen Display: Battery LevelPlaylist / Table of Contents
Screen Size: 2.5 inch
Connectors
Interface: USB 2.0
Outputs: Composite x 1Headphone Jack
Other Features
Additional Features: FM Stereo TunerVoice RecorderPersonal Address BookRadio RecorderSleep Timer
Power Supply
Power Source: Rechargeable via USB cableInternal BatteryAC/DC Adapter
Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium Battery
Battery Life: 14 hrs.
Other
Height: 10.4 cm
Width: 6.2 cm
Depth: 1.9 cm
Weight: 163 g
Warranty: 1 Year
Release Date: December, 2005

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“I wish I had read some of the forums devoted to...”

Written on: 29/06/2010

I wish I had read some of the forums devoted to problems with this player before I bought it!!

After only eighteen months, it will not recharge and Creative's suggested 'fix' of a firmware update will not work because my PC now refuses to recognise the player when connected via a USB cable (despite it appearing in Windows Explorer).

Altogether, a big disappointment & I'm replacing it with an Archos 5… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“I love this Creative Zen Vision M 30GB. I am visualy...”

Written on: 16/07/2009 by David Best (1 review written)

I love this Creative Zen Vision M 30GB. I am visualy impaired and I am still able to use display and navigate using the touch pad and symple buttons. Sounds great and I love the fact that I have thousands of my favourate songs avalable at any tiem. However, I have had some problems with the software and my device has now crashed and I am not able to reload it. I am looking to get it fixed or replaced… Read Full Review

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475004_Steveosbox31's Response to David Best's Review

Written on: 26/07/2009

This was a very useful review. I am partially sighted too and this sort of thig is just the ticket for folk like me.
<br/>I curently have a Samsung touch screen MP3 player which is ok but if like me you suffer from sausage finger syndrome it can be cumbersome. The software is also poor and not very intuitive.
<br/>
<br/>Why cannot manufacturers of MP players simply stick to something simple like the windows media system, a load easier for all concerned.

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“Easy to navigate through the menu, Brilliant screen...”

Written on: 22/12/2008 by macconraoi (2 reviews written)

Easy to navigate through the menu, Brilliant screen for watching movies, Very reliable, leaves my sons ipod standing.. This is a brilliant piece of kit, I would rate it much higher than an ipod in every respect. Well recommend Creative Zen Vision M 30GB… Read Full Review

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“Make sure you read this before you buy any Creative...”

Written on: 09/12/2008 by robinbennett2 (1 review written)

Make sure you read this before you buy any Creative player' .
I have always been a fan of Creative and a bit anti-i Pod. I have 6 daughters and all have been bought a Creative player over several years. The older players seemed to last for ages but the most recent (last 3 years) have all failed after just over a year. They ' re particularly weak on the headphone/earplug socket which is bound to get some wear. We've tried all sorts of models, hard disk versions and solid state. The kids love… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“I'd never trust Apple again, but the Creative is...”

Written on: 31/05/2008 by Spirepower (1 review written)

I'd never trust Apple again, but the Creative is fantastic. Quite simply it's the thinking-man's (or woman's!) MP3 / video player… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“The Creative ZEN Vision M 30GB is a must have object...”

Written on: 28/05/2008 by HiTechTraveller (2 reviews written)

The Creative ZEN Vision M 30GB is a must have object for the music lovers.
You can easily upload your music into the vision m (I hate the itunes way of uploading...creative system il more and more easily to use).
It reads mp3, avi, jpg and many other kind of files and it can record audio files. Finally it can play radio very well, without the need of any accessory… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Would recommend the Creative ZEN Vision M to anyone -...”

Written on: 21/05/2008

Would recommend the Creative ZEN Vision M to anyone - its a class bit of kit have looked at similar players and none are as good as this - had mine nearly 2 years with no problems… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“The Creative ZEN Vision M is awesome! Wide screen...”

Written on: 14/04/2008 by kezza118 (1 review written)

The Creative ZEN Vision M is awesome! Wide screen easy to watch music videos and dvds. Sound is awesome and the mic to help record yourself singing dramatically is a great help. Way better than the ipod!… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“I love my Zen Vision M and use it every day. ...”

Written on: 21/01/2008 by Bonnie75 (4 reviews written)

I love my Zen Vision M and use it every day. Reliable, good battery life and great video viewing screen. The only down side is the computer software, not hugely intuitive. It's definitely 'fool proof' but doesn't allow much flexibility in moving or renaming files. Overall though, definitely one of my favorite gadgets… Read Full Review

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“I have had my Creative for just over a year and I...”

Written on: 24/12/2007 by Deneshae (4 reviews written)

I have had my Creative for just over a year and I would be lost without it! I chose Creative over an Ipod as it is easy to 'plug and play' enabling me to get copies of some friends' music using Windows Media Player and not have to have I tunes as Ipod users do.
Unlike some users, I found the touch pad easy to use with an easy interface… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“The Creative ZEN Vision M is good value for all its...”

Written on: 06/11/2007 by Xtremepowergirl (1 review written)

The Creative ZEN Vision M is good value for all its storage.. store data, pictures, videos and music, best part of it is that you can customise it.. take it wherever you go, plug and play from PC to charge up or wherever you just want to store a lot of information on it then the Zen creative player is just the one,.. no need to carry a 512 USB stick, or even a CD-RE/RW or floppy disk , when you can have it all under one thumb.. Perfect sound quality and imagery videos at your finger tips… Read Full Review

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“I have had my Creative Zen Vision M for about 3 months...”

Written on: 06/08/2007 by imnotstrange (1 review written)

I have had my Creative Zen Vision M for about 3 months now and I think it's the first real mp3/mp4 player to keep up and outperform Apple's iPod. Having owned both the video iPod and the Zen, I found that the Zen was the stronger of the two, the iPod got scratched every time I used it, even in the case but the Zen is still scratch free, the screen and controls are easy and simple to use and the built in microphone is perfect for recording all my college lectures.
I think that this is the best… Read Full Review

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“My Dad bought me a Creative ZEN Vision M 30gb as a...”

Written on: 11/06/2007 by angelfish2222 (11 reviews written)

My Dad bought me a Creative ZEN Vision M 30gb as a birthday present. It took a little getting used to, especially the touch sensitive pad. I found it bulky and it's not the sort of MP3 player to stick in your pocket if you're going for a run. However, the memory is great, and for long train journeys, this has stopped me becoming bored. It's also great for transferring documents, music and videos.

I like the fact that it syncs to Windows Media Player because it meant that my already organised… Read Full Review

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“I originally bought a 30Gb iPod Video, which I took...”

Written on: 06/04/2007 by Rajstuff109 (3 reviews written)

I originally bought a 30Gb iPod Video, which I took good care of, and unfortunately it broke after 15 months.

I phoned Apple support, and they said their is a standard fee for fixing faulty iPod, which is £165
So basically they won't fix them. They just replace and charge you more than you can buy one new for.

So I really hate Apple now, and I will never buy one of their products.

Anyway, I bought myself a replacement. And after doing some research, I bought a Creative ZEN Vision M 30Gb MP3… Read Full Review

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Sharpshooter0220's Response to Rajstuff109's Review

Written on: 08/04/2007

I totally agree with you.
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<br/>Apple really are out of the field! I mean, they make good computers, but why can't they leave it at that?
<br/>
<br/>My mates dad works for them, and even he thinks they are not as good as they could be.
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<br/>Thank you. This review helped me.

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Binio's Response to Rajstuff109's Review

Written on: 09/06/2009

If your iPod has been bought in EU then by default all electronic goods have 2 years guarantee and within that time when faulty should be replaced at no charge. People don't remember about it though.

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Rajstuff109's Response to Rajstuff109's Review

Written on: 09/04/2007

You really won't be disappointed with the Creative ZEN Vision M 30GB MP3 player.
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<br/>I forgot to mention in my review that the included headphones have an impedance of 32 ohms. So if you upgrade the phones and go for standard 16 ohms headphones, then this will increase the battery life as well as improving the sound.
<br/>Basically a lower impedance will produce the same volume of sound at a lower volume level.
<br/>So if you turn up the volume to maximum on a 16 ohm, it will be twice as loud as the included 32 ohm headphones.
<br/>This means that it requires less power to produce the same volume.
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<br/>Don't go for anything larger than 32 ohms, or it might not be loud enough, with the volume at maximum, to hear them on a bus.

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★★★★★

“A superb piece of kit that outpods the iPod. If you...”

Written on: 16/03/2007 by John Traynor (1 review written)

A superb piece of kit that outpods the iPod. If you want an Mp3 player for sound quality then this is the one! I have had an iPod mini which "froze" thanks to Apple constantly updating iTunes software. Yesterday I went out and bought an Apple Nano, which would not interface with my computer after one download of existing iTunes library. Changed it at the store and paid a bit more for a Creative Zen. I have to say the sound quality is significantly better than the Nano and the operating software… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“In general, the Creative Zen Vision is a great...”

Written on: 02/02/2007 by felixtang (10 reviews written)

In general, the Creative Zen Vision is a great product, in many aspects wins over iPod's video. Although it ask for a rather expensive price, but at this cost it is defintely worth it. Technically, I would recomend readers to get this PMP… Read Full Review

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“I really wish that Creative would advertise more...”

Written on: 28/12/2006 by sophice23 (1 review written)

I really wish that Creative would advertise more because if they did then they would totally be owning the market over iPod. I'm not anti-iPod, but I just wish that people would stop buying into the false idea that iPod is the best and there are no equivelents. I hate it when people ask me if my Zen Vision M is an iPod though, it just isn't right… Read Full Review

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“Please Creative, build a patch to make the volume...”

Written on: 15/12/2006 by fmdoll (2 reviews written)

Please Creative, build a patch to make the volume higher - the micro had really great volume highs but this is poor in comparison! Also it wouldn't hurt them to include a wall charger in the box contents - I mean it's not exactly cheap is it! Oh and the battery isn't replaceable - well it is but you have to take the unit apart. The Micro was cool for battery changes ... what's the deal here?… Read Full Review

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Henko's Response to fmdoll's Review

Written on: 22/12/2006

Hi. I recognize your "problem" if it comes to the max. volume level.
<br/>I solved this by downloading the US firmware-update instead of my standard EU firmware.
<br/>(some time ago now).
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<br/>Now, this has to be US-version 1.41.01, because right now in the US, the health board people have pushed Creative to make their US MP3 player quieter too. So if you upgrade your firmware in the US today you get a "silent" version of the firmware.

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Sophice23's Response to fmdoll's Review

Written on: 28/12/2006

I&#039;ve had my Zen Vision M for a couple months now, and I rarely put the volume above the 18 mark. I don&#039;t find the volume quiet at all.

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★★★★★

“High cost, but overall the Creative ZEN Vision M is an...”

Written on: 09/11/2006 by postleta (1 review written)

High cost, but overall the Creative ZEN Vision M is an amazing portable media player; I believe it is superior to the iPod video in every way; I would recommend this player to anyone who wants a player for travel and work (where applicable). This player will be a great purchase for at least another year. As an example, I traveled to Spain and the total 20 hours of flight time confirmed to me how valuable this player is and what it is capable of doing… Read Full Review

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“Simply the best on the market, you get what you pay...”

Written on: 20/09/2006 by pwdhawker (1 review written)

Simply the best on the market, you get what you pay for. If you are tired of compromising with the rest buy this!!… Read Full Review

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Themaninthevan2001's Response to pwdhawker's Review

Written on: 21/11/2006

The Creative ZEN Vision M is a really cheap and cool MP3 player. It is also easy to set up, and it's easy to download MP3's.

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