Creative Intros Widescreen Portable Media Player

Aug 31st, 2006 | By | Category: iPods & Portable Media Players

Creative Technology today introduced the Creative ZEN Vision W portable video, photo and MP3 player that features a high resolution, 4.3-inch, 16:9 format, color widescreen TFT display.

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“We designed the Creative ZEN Vision W with a stunning 16:9-format widescreen and 30GB or 60GB capacity to be the most compelling portable video player and photo viewer on the market,” said Sim Wong Hoo, chairman and CEO of Creative. “With support for a large selection of video formats, subscription and download music services and a built-in Compact Flash slot for direct transfer of photos from many popular digital cameras, the Creative ZEN Vision W is the ultimate travel companion.”

Features: Digital Video – The Creative ZEN Vision W supports a wide selection of video formats, including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4-SP, MJPEG and XviD, for playback of video clips and movies downloaded from the Internet. The Creative ZEN Vision W also supports digitised home movies transferred from the PC. The removable rechargeable battery provides up to 4.5 hours of video playback.

Digital Photos – The Creative ZEN Vision W can carry tens of thousands of photos, making it the perfect destination for offloading photos to free up space on your digital camera’s storage card during a vacation. The convenient Plug&View‚Ñ¢ slot on the side of the player supports both Compact Flash Type I and Type II media. An optional Compact Flash Adapter plugs directly into the Compact Flash slot to accept other popular memory card types including SmartMedia, MultiMedia Card and Secure Digital.

For sharing photos with family and friends, a convenient composite AV-out connection enables full colour, 720 x 480 image output on any size NTSC TV screen, or 720 x 576 image output on any size PAL TV screen. Users can watch slide shows set to music, which can be played through headphones, the built-in speaker on the face of the player, or by connecting speakers such as a Creative I-Trigue 2.1 system.

Music and Audio – The Creative ZEN Vision W supports music subscription services such as Yahoo! Music Unlimited, Napster To Go, Urge and MSN Music. It also supports downloads from Internet music stores such as AOL Music Now, Napster, Yahoo! Music, and Soundbuzz, as well as spoken audio from The Creative ZEN Vision W includes a built-in FM radio that features 32 selectable station settings.

Additional Features

The 4.3-inch colour widescreen on the Creative ZEN Vision W displays the patented ZEN user interface to access music, photos and video. It also includes:

  • Built-in microphone – Volume levels displayed on screen for optimum recording quality
  • Organizer – Provides calendar, tasks and contact lists, and synchronises with Microsoft Outlook
  • Extras – Enables setting of Date & Time, plus allocation of Removable Disk space for dedicated storage
  • Clock – A clock with wake-to-any-music alarm, colour themes and different languages for further customisation

The Creative ZEN Vision W connects to the PC via USB 2.0 for fast, easy transfer of content. Other optional accessories, including a Compact Flash Adapter, screen protector, standing case, travel charger, wired remote and IR remote, will all be available for purchase separately.

The Zen W will be available at the end of September in the Asia Pacific region. No US or European release date or pricing has been announced yet.

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