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Creative ZEN 2.5" Black 4GB MP3 / MP4 Player

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  • USB 2.0
  • 4GB
  • 2.5" TFT

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Creative raises the bar with the black Creative ZEN 4GB MP4 Player! This credit card-sized ultra-compact media player is an impressive means for toting all your digital entertainment files. Its 4 GB storage capacity stores hundreds of photos, up to 1,000 songs and up to 16 hours of video. The SD card slot provides limitless storage possibilities, and the razor-sharp 2.5" TFT display with full 16.7 million color support makes no visual compromises.

Small on size, the new ZEN 4GB MP4 Player is loaded with extras. The FM radio's 32 presets keeps you updated with the latest news, sports, music and more, and 8 equalizer (EQ) settings ensure your radio, movies and music are finely tuned. The built-in microphone is a handy solution for recording your meetings or personal reminders. The new Zen easily syncs with Microsoft Outlook allowing you to transfer your calendar, contacts and task lists, keeping you updated anywhere and everywhere. Use it for everything, anytime – the battery provides 25 hours of skip-free music playback. Experience today how a little Zen can lighten your load and brighten your life.

  • newegg Ultra-compact, Credit Card-sized Profile Featuring amazing dimensions of 3.26"x2.16"x0.44", the credit card-sized Creative ZEN 4GB player is a sleek, shiny companion. The ultra-sleek media player slips easily into your pocket for burden-free jogging and travel.
  • newegg 4GB Storage Capacity with SD Card Expansion The Creative ZEN 4GB player's large storage capacity stores up to 1,000 songs, 16 hours of videos or hundreds of photos and pictures for limitless multimedia enjoyment. The player also supports a SD card for up to 2GB of extra storage capacity.
  • newegg Multimedia Playback The versatile Creative ZEN 4GB player supports MP3, WMA, unprotected ACC, WAV and Audible music formats, and plays back videos in MJPEG, WMV9, MPEG1&2, MPEG4-SP, DivX4&5 and XviD formats. JPEG, GIF, TIFF, PNG and BMP image files are also supported.
  • newegg 2.5-inch TFT Color Screen The Creative ZEN 4GB player features a large and clear 2.5-inch TFT 16.7M color QVGA (320x240) LCD screen for comfortable movie watching, picture reviewing and easy menu operation.
  • newegg Built-in FM Radio With the built-in FM radio, preset up to 32 radio stations to catch up on the latest sports results, listen to your favorite talk show or navigate your way out of traffic jams.
  • newegg Up to 25 Hours of Music or 5 Hours of Video Playback With a powerful built-in rechargeable battery, enjoy up to 25 hours of music or 5 hours of video playback on a full charge! Long battery life ensures worry-free entertainment anywhere, anytime.


Part Number


MP3 / MP4 Player


Memory Type
Flash Memory
Memory Capacity
Expansion Slot


Display Size
Display Type
Display Resolution
240 x 320
Display Colors
16.7 M

Support Formats

Audio Formats
MP3, WMA, non-protected AAC, WAV and Audible 2,3 and 4
Video Formats
Images Formats


Control Type
Button Locking


Audio Recording

Data Transfer

Connection Type
USB 2.0
Compatible Operating Systems
Microsoft Windows XP (Service Pack 2), Microsoft Windows Vista


Headphones Jack
3.5 mm Stereo Jack


Battery Type
Built-in Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
Battery Life(Audio Playback)
Up to 30 hours
Battery Life(Video Playback)
Up to 5 hours

Audio Properties

Audio Extras
8 EQ settings (Acoustic, classical, disco, jazz, new age, pop, rock and vocal)


Tuner Bands
Radio Preset Station Qty

Minimum System Requirements

USB Port
System Requirements Details
130MB free hard drive space (more for audio content storage)


Headphones Included
Alarm Clock
Additional Features
Album Art

Volume restriction

Customizable main menu

Functions as an external hard drive

Organizer: Syncs with and views Microsoft Outlook Contacts, Calendar & Tasks

Dimensions & Weight

2.1 oz.

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  • Marc G.
  • 5/3/2009 6:00:54 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsSD card problems... Read before you buy.

Pros: Nice player. Small size.

Cons: This is from Creative's site.

Note - As the SD card is accessed as a removable drive, advanced features of the player such as; playlists, searching by artist, album, etc., will not be available. If you would like to use the advanced features of your player, you will need to use your PC to transfer the SD content to your player's internal memory.

I bought the 4 gig model knowing I could add a 16 gig SDHC Class 6 card. PS. The card works great. But, the files on the card do not integrate in to the software within the player. Very bad. You have to browse to the folders manually and play your songs. So, that also means no play lists. My wife is not happy. :(

Card slot is a good place for videos though, since videos are just one file per movie and you don't need playlists.

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  • Byron R.
  • 4/30/2009 7:02:36 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsEXCELLENT player for the price!

Pros: Where to start. I've had this player for almost 2 years now (bought for about 40 bucks more than it is now), and everything still works great. I'm somewhat of an audiophile, and though the sounds quality on this is nothing special, it outperforms most other mp3 players by a mile. The customizable EQ actually works, and doesn't distort your music too much. The included earbuds are mediocre, but if you get some decent headphones, this player will amaze for the price!! The durability is incredible too. I've taken this to work on a construction site many times, I've dropped it into two creeks and more than a few cans of various cleaning chemicals, still works like a charm. The screen will scratch (come on, it's only plastic), but a little buffing will get it out. The FM radio is pretty good, the mic is great for such a small player, and the SD slot is INVALUABLE!

Cons: Creative software....don't even bother. I updated my firmware with an open-source upgrade that made the player much more useable, and I pretty much only use Windows Explorer to transfer and organize my music. Invest in a good video converter if you plan to watch many videos on this thing (I play all mine from an SD card), as the format restrictions are absurd. It plays pretty much anything that's DRM-free, but sometimes it will balk trying to load m4a (AAC) songs. Get handy at using the little reset button on the bottom, mine manages to freeze on a regular basis.

Other Thoughts: Overall, one heck of a good deal for an mp3 player. It's a little old now, but if all you need is a solid mp3/mp4 player with good sound quality and a relatively easy interface, look no further. The price just can't be beat for the quality, and the durability is amazing, this thing will last forever. As always, kudos to newegg on customer service, I almost had to send mine back as a lemon (why I upgraded the firmware), and newegg was awesome.

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  • Gregg W.
  • 4/27/2009 6:42:27 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Nice compact sounds ok holds alot of music , good video but every now and then when it powers up its like the brightness changes and looks terrible .

Cons: FM radio reception lacks alot not sure why this would be a feature .

Other Thoughts: can someone say iPOD

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  • Alisa M.
  • 4/8/2009 2:15:24 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsRecertified MP3 on the Cheap

Pros: Small size, SDHC memory card reader

Cons: have to navigate separately to get to files on the memory card. Knew this before though.

Other Thoughts: reads Kingston 2gb SD and 16gb SDHC Class 4 cards flawlessly.

my unit is recertified, I bought it on sale here. Works just as good as new.

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  • Zebulon W.
  • 1/12/2009 12:36:22 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPass

Pros: It played music, included headphones were sufficiently good.

Cons: Somewhat poor battery life, easily scratched, stopped working after 6 months, its now living the rest of its existence as a paper weight.

Other Thoughts: Look elsewhere.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/8/2009 8:05:59 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product

Pros: Great size. Large screen. 4GB of memory is more songs than I own. Menu navigation is easy and intuitive. Easy to add files.

Cons: Newegg shipping slower than standard. Ordered on 1/1/09 (yes, I know its a holiday) and it arrived on 1/7/09.

Other Thoughts: I had received an off brand Mp3 player from another Electronics store, however the interface was horrible and it would freeze on the splash screen so I returned it and bought one of these. So far its fantastic.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/6/2009 12:50:14 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot bad

Pros: Great interface, easy to navigate and the video/picture feature is nice, screen is quite large for the size of the total player, and it has a bright clear picture.

Cons: Started "white screening" on me after about 8-9 months-(turn the player on and theres nothing but a white screen) you can lock it and like the screen turn off then unlock it and it SOMETIMES brings the screen back. The trick has stopped working completely now, and its almost impossible to navigate and find your music.

Also the memory expansion slot is more like a place to store your memory sticks-there is no SD card/main memory integration which means you have to navigate to the SD card(which is impossible with a white screen) and find the folder with your music in it and play it.

Other Thoughts: Was good for a awhile 4gb was more than enough memory imo, wasnt too upset about the memory card problems(although it is VERY easy to put in the firmware, Creative refuses to do it for some reason even though there is over 700 post about it in their forums about ppl not buying the product because of it.)

I should have spent the extra 20-30 bucks and got an ipod or something a bit more reliable, im done with creative. They have nice products....but they dont last more than a year usually.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/2/2009 7:58:09 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFairly good player, good price

Pros: Very sleek and thin, shiny, vibrant screen, very good battery life. Relatively cheap compared to other players.

Cons: Mediocre play controls: no on-the-fly custom playlist creation; something you miss if you're used to it. It's fairly locked-down: you can't view text files unless you convert them to thousands of jpegs, you can't edit song metadata or rename files from the player, and you have to use MTP to copy songs and data.

Other Thoughts: You have to use Windows Media Player to copy music or your music's ID3 tags will be truncated or stripped. MTP support in Linux is _extremely_ poor: take a look at libmtp & mtpfs for FUSE, or Gnomad.

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  • Ramon J.
  • 1/2/2009 7:44:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The device has a very nice screen display
I like the expandable memory
the software that came with is very easy to use.
easily able to convert video format to view on the ZEN player

Cons: hard to find accessories menu is a bit confusing

Other Thoughts: very nice product

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  • Terry R.
  • 12/12/2008 11:19:41 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice player

Pros: I needed something to hold small videos and music on. This fits the bill perfectly. The FM tuner is a nice touch as well. I purchased this when it was on sale here for $68.00. Even at the current price I feel it is well worth the asking price.

Cons: The headphone cable is used as the FM antenna. Radio fades in and out frequently when the cable is moved around.

Other Thoughts: A very nice player that you'll be happy you purchased.

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