A very short while ago we published a review of the Zen Touch (see our article called Creative ZEN Touch Player: Love Me Tender), a small-size digital audio player from Creative with most original controls, and I thought then that the Zen family had reached the height of perfection and we would have to wait for a long time to see a new model of this glorious series.
But I was wrong: the company’s engineers decided to please us with yet another novelty. The new model is called Zen Micro and, like all devices of the Zen series, it uses a miniature hard disk drive as a storage medium.
Without unnecessarily puffing up this introduction, I invite you to get going right away and check out the specification of the new device.
51mm x 84mm x 19mm
108g (with the battery)
Battery: one rechargeable Li-Ion battery, USB bus power supply when connected to the AC/DC source or the active USB port of the PC
MP3 128kbit/sec: up to 12 h continuous playback with fully charged battery;
MP3: up to 320Kbit/s
Voice (via built-in mic): IMA ADPCM (16kHz, Mono)
Up to 32 preset stations;
SNR: up to 98dB
Headphones jack: 3.5mm stereo mini-jack, 5~7mW per channel
Harmonic distortions coefficient
160x104 pixels, white backlighting
Frequency characteristic: 20Hz ~ 20kHz
The player in its retail package
I want to stress the fact that the new Zen player comes equipped with an FM-tuner. Earlier models of this series could also support this feature, but only if you purchased optional headphones.
You find the following in the package of the Zen Micro player:
- Creative Zen Micro player;
- Li-Ion battery;
- Power adapter;
- USB 2.0 cable;
- Belt clip and stand;
- Software CD.
You can also buy an optional wired remote control, but I don’t think it’s much useful considering the very small size of the player.
The optional wired remote control