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Creative Zen Mozaic review

Reviewed: The new bargain-tastic MP3 player from Creative

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The Creative Zen Mozaic is great as a low-end, cheap MP3 player

Our Verdict

A great choice for anyone on a budget

For

  • Nice size
  • Controls are easy to use
  • Features are plentiful

Against

  • Only worthwhile in small capacities

As a low-end MP3 player, the Creative Zen Mozaic is well worth a look. Despite the American spelling, there really isn't much to dislike about this one, and there's plenty to love.

At launch, the 2GB version costs £50, which is remarkably cheap when you stop to consider what you're getting for your money.

The second-generation Apple iPod Shuffle costs about £32 for nothing but 1GB of memory and a clip to attach to your clothing.

But for £20 more, the Zen Mozaic offers you a whole world of fun.

Feature rich

The 1.8-inch colour screen is very low res, but it's perfectly adequate and makes navigating through your music very easy.

And just like with the Mozaic's big brother, the Creative Zen X-Fi, as well as listening to music, you can also look at photos, watch videos, make voice recordings and listen to FM radio.

That's a hell of a lot for just 50 quid.

The Zen Mozaic also has a built-in speaker so you can play your music out-loud. This feature is not as good as on the Zen X-Fi. But it still services a purpose - you can play friends a sample of a song, or listen if you've forgotten your earphones.

Why the name?

The Mozaic name comes from the nature of the interface design. The controls are very easy to use - easier than the Zen X-Fi in fact, due to the nice big buttons. It's perfect for kids, grannies and anyone with short fingernails.

The Zen Mozaic becomes less of a bargain as you add more memory though - the 16GB version will set you back around £120 on launch - that's more than twice the price of the cheapest version. And it's only £20 less than the 16GB Zen X-Fi, which is better in almost every way.

So if you're looking for a very good value, cheap MP3 player. This one will do you proud. It's got it all. But don't be tempted to buy one with a larger capacity - because you might as well buy the Zen X-Fi if you need to store more songs.

James Rivington


James has been working with TechRadar for over 12 years and is now the Global Editor-in-Chief of eCommerce at TR and its sister sites including PC Gamer and T3.com. That means he looks after buying guides and deals pages as well as all of the nifty price comparison tools we use to help readers find the best deals on the coolest products.