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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.


Technical Characteristics

Manufacturer

Creative

Model name

Zen Micro

Dimensions

51mm x 84mm x 19mm

Weight

108g (with the battery)

Storage capacity

5GB

Power supply

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

Battery life

MP3 128kbit/sec: up to 12 h continuous playback with fully charged battery;
WMA 64kbit/sec: up to 12 h continuous playback with fully charged battery;
FM Radio: up to 16 h continuous playback with fully charged battery.

Supported
playback formats

MP3: up to 320Kbit/s
WMA: up to 320Kbit/s
WMA with Digital Rights Management (DRM) 9

Supported
recording formats

Voice (via built-in mic): IMA ADPCM (16kHz, Mono)
FM Radio: IMA ADPCM (22kHz, Stereo)

FM-radio

Up to 32 preset stations;
supported frequency range: 87.5MHz ~ 108MHz, with 100kHz increment

MP3 Playback

SNR: up to 98dB
Channel separation: up to -70dB
Frequency characteristic: 20Hz ~ 20kHz
Harmonic distortion: <0.1%

Connectors

Headphones jack: 3.5mm stereo mini-jack, 5~7mW per channel
mini-B USB port (USB 2.0 Hi-Speed / Full-Speed)

Harmonic distortions coefficient

<0.05%

LCD display

160x104 pixels, white backlighting

Headphones specs

Frequency characteristic: 20Hz ~ 20kHz
Response level: 111dB +/-5dB (I/P level: 1mW)
Resistance: 32Ohm +/-15%
Plug: Stereo mini-jack 3.5mm

Approximate price

$300


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;
  • Earphones;
  • Li-Ion battery;
  • Power adapter;
  • USB 2.0 cable;
  • Belt clip and stand;
  • Pouch;
  • 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

 
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