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Creative Zen X-Fi 2 review

Creative's first touchscreen MP3 player - but does it measure up?

creative zen x fi 2 review

As Creative's brand-leading MP3 player, the X-Fi 2 was always going to be a decent player. Excellent sound quality is the trump card and in general the player is easy to use.

We liked

X-Fi enhancement makes MP3s sound brilliant, while the bundled earphones are fantastic. Apple should really be doing something similar with the iPod touch. The screen is also big and bright, with a menu that's easy to find your way around in.

We've also got a pretty agreeable price here - £129 for a 16GB touchscreen player with category-leading sound quality is pretty good in our books - and it's cheaper than the original X-Fi was on launch.

We disliked

The touchscreen doesn't quite work and we reckon it's a totally unnecessary addition. It's no easier to use than the previous X-Fi, and the clunky menu system needs to be smoothed out to make it worthwhile. It's so unresponsive that it actually detracts from the experience. It's an absolute deal-breaker.

The interface can also be pretty fiddly - it takes longer to navigate to your music on the X-Fi 2 than on the iPod nano, touch and even the original Zen X-Fi. This is not acceptible in an age of intuitive design.

Conclusion

All in all the Creative Zen X-Fi 2 is a decent MP3 player. However, with the Zii Egg on the horizon, it's hard to recommend buying this player.

We prefer the original Zen X-Fi, mainly because it too offers X-Fi audio, and yet the interface is more zippy - the touchscreen doesn't really offer anything more than gimmickry.

That said, if you're in the market for a new player and you're looking to spend around £100, you could do a lot worse than the X-Fi 2.

Tech Specs

Product TypeFlash Portable Media Player
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
TouchscreenYes
Battery Built-inYes
Product FunctionsAudio Player, Video Player, Photo Viewer, FM Tuner, Voice Recorder
Maximum Audio Battery Time1 Day
Product FamilyZen X-Fi2
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card
Brand NameCreative
Image FormatsJPEG, BMP
Audio FormatsMP3, WMA, WAV, Audible, AAC, FLAC
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsWMV, MPEG-4, DivX, XviD
Display Resolution96000 Pixel
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
USBYes
Height57 mm
Width102 mm
Depth11.6 mm
ManufacturerCreative Technology, Ltd
Product Model70PF2492091F5
Product NameZen X-Fi2 16GB Flash Portable Media Player
Product LineZen X-Fi2
Manufacturer Part Number70PF2492091F5
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.europe.creative.com
Marketing Information

Introducing the best audio player from Creative yet and our first ever touchscreen player the Zen X-Fi2. No fussy buttons involved, simply let your fingers work their magic across the 3" TFT LCD screen and gain access to all player features instantly.

Package Contents
  • Zen X-Fi2 16GB Flash Portable Media Player
  • 1 x Quick Start Leaflet
  • 1 x Creative Earphones (In-ear)
  • 1 x USB Cable
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)75 g