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Creative ZEN 2.5" Black 8GB MP3 / MP4 Player

  • USB 2.0
  • 8GB
  • 2.5" TFT

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Creative raises the bar with the black Creative ZEN 8GB MP4 Player! This credit card-sized ultra-compact media player is an impressive means for toting all your digital entertainment files. Its 8 GB storage capacity stores hundreds of photos, up to 2,000 songs and up to 32 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 8GB 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 8GB 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 8GB player's large storage capacity stores up to 2,000 songs, 32 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 8GB 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 8GB 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
2.1 oz.


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

Extra Features

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

Minimum System Requirements

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

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  • Frederick D.
  • 8/1/2009 10:08:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Player

Pros: Great mp3 player; does the job well. A really nice feature is the DJ option; allows selection of a random album of the day. Another nice thing is the radio option. Flash disk is nice, so dropping is not a major concern. (Although obviously don't drop electronics. duh)

Cons: None

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  • Jeremy M.
  • 7/26/2009 6:04:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice MP3 player

Pros: Very nice design. Good sound quality. Small and lightweight. Long battery life (8+ hours of audio), have not used player for video yet so can't speak to battery life when watching mpeg/wmv files.

Cons: I've owned it for over 2 weeks now and it froze once the 2nd day I had it. As all functions are useless when it freezes (including turning if off), I had to use a VERY small paperclip to 'reset' the player. After updating the firmware and resetting the player, it's been working flawlessly.

The earbuds are very uncomfortable and obviously of not high quality. Strongly recommend using your own headphones or purchasing an alternative pair.

Other Thoughts: For the money, this player is a good buy. I use it every day on the subway and while at work for 8+ hours without worrying about recharging.

Also, might be a good idea to carry around a safety pin or very thin paperclip in the event your player freezes. Again, it only happened once so far and my firmware upgrade seemed to fix the problem.

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  • Martin A.
  • 7/25/2009 2:46:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDead in Two Days

Pros: Sounded and looked great while it worked.

Cons: Dead in two days. It was my son's birthday present and he was very sad when it died.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/21/2009 4:04:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOnce it breaks it gone

Pros: It works Great! and is the size of a credit card, very nice item.
i would buy it again over the new version.

Cons: Creative "help / Tech support" is the worst waste of time, i don't even see why they have a support line and its mostly done by emails, i did find a phone number, but by what was said in the email i found no point to try calling. you need a "CCPP" Plan to get a replacement battery or a new screen or what ever your problem might be, so just trash it once it breaks.

Other Thoughts: had mine for a little over a year and the battery gave out, yet the other two are holding up nicely. Great product bad support.

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  • Joshua W.
  • 7/8/2009 12:36:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat MP3 Player

Pros: Great Price, Tons of Options, Looks Fantastic, and Nice Size

Cons: Sometimes can be a bit confusing as I can play an artist and have it show 15 songs, then open the artists albums and count all the songs in there and there will only be 10 or 11. And the only way to get those extras to play is to play all on that artist. (those were example numbers)

Other Thoughts: Good alternative to an iPod, I like mine a lot.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/1/2009 9:44:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggscheaper than iPod

Pros: It's cheaper than an iPod, it's small, it works well, and it supports audio, video, and AM/FM tuner.

Cons: It freezes up a lot, the included headphones aren't that great, and transferring music to it can be annoying, especially if you have xp64.

Other Thoughts: If you're looking for an inexpensive flash-based mp3 player, this is the way to go. It's small enough to easily fit in just about any pocket, without being too small to see the screen. Don't know if I just got a dud, but I've trained myself to carry around a paper clip to reset it when it randomly freezes, which is about once every week or two. Similar to issues I've had with the Nanos... I thought flash memory was supposed to be more reliable?

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  • Glenda R.
  • 6/26/2009 9:54:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCreative Zen Player

Pros: Great downloads, kids love this

Cons: Broke within 2 weeks, even in the case. The off-on button doesn't work anymore. Returning for repalcment.
Will resubmit after a new one is sent. Too bad it took hours to download all music, and will need to repeat process thats on the memoryy card.

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  • Chris H.
  • 6/9/2009 11:08:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGet it!

Pros: Very small, easy to use, very lightweight, and it works flawlessly.

Cons: It is so lightweight it almost feels cheap and junky. Looks great though.

Other Thoughts: I got this for the girlfriend to replace her broken Sandisk.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/6/2009 1:26:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat little unit. Couldn't be happier with it!

Pros: Sturdy. I've dropped probably 10 times in the last year, a few times on hard flooring. Didn't phase it at all. I do a lot of gardening, so I get mud on it, but it doesn't effect it. The "Zen Media Explorer" software is intuitive and a snap to learn. I would never let windows media player sync with it. You can do it all from the Zen program. It holds a charge for a very long time. I use it 12 hours straight, and the power bar rarely goes to 50%. Great video and audio quality.

Cons: The only thing which would make it better is if it came with a set of noise canceling earbuds. The kind which go all the way into you ear, not just partially. I couldn't use the ones supplied during loud activities like lawn mowing, so I had to buy better ones to replace the ones supplied.

Other Thoughts: If you can get it on a sale price with free shipping, go for it. You won't regret it. I rarely write reviews, but I was so happy with this player that I wanted to share the positive experience i have, and continuing to have, with the Zen.

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  • Anj
  • 6/5/2009 11:29:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGood Overall!

Pros: The audio/video quality is very good
Good screen&colours
SDHCcard support
Custom EQ[5]
Preset EQs
Bass Boost
It has taken many falls
Customizable Menu[Add or remove links]
Set your own wallpaper[can change brightness and change colour tones[cool,warm,grey,sepia]
Set photo slideshow
Coolblue light near the power/hold switch
mic:10hr/1file[files can be split]

Cons: Attracts dust,fingerprint
Bad shuffling: repetition of same sequence of songs
mic quality:low
fm reception quality:very low
cant record fm
Unsure of 30hr audio playback
backlight dims after 10secs but wont turn off unless put on hold
Cant rename the recordings
hanged once[reset button resets all the settings]
small usb cable

Other Thoughts: The cons are only small issues. Audio/Video quality is what matters and ZEN does a good job at it. But not recomended for those who listen a lot of fm.

'Get Creative'

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