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Conclusion

Without any doubt, the Zen Touch audio-player from Creative is going to make a good buy for many users, but people with a small budget are unlikely to be interested. Of course, the high price of the device is due to the use of new hardware stuffing, but they could have reduced the cost by abandoning the exclusive software and switching to the OS’s generic driver. I hope, though, that the price of this excellent in many respects player is going to drop after the market is duly saturated.

Highs:

  • Excellent and original design;
  • Colossal battery run-down time;
  • Logical menu structure;
  • Informative display;
  • Functionality can be optionally enhanced;
  • Firmware can be updated via the Internet.

Lows:

  • No FireWire port;
  • Oversensitive touchpad (the three sensitivity levels are not enough);
  • The player cannot work with the generic driver;
  • NOMAD Explorer is necessary to share files via the player;
  • Rather high price.
 
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