Creative’s new mini Zen with video in December


Please tell me that the new Creative Zen Vision:M syncs just as easily (or better!) with the Media Center PC as their Zen Personal Media Center. This little addition from Creative, due out this month, is on my short list: a 30GB video player, photo viewer and music player with a high-quality 2.5-inch, hi-res 262K color LCD screen. Slightly thicker and heavier than the new iPod, this model has a reported battery life of four hours of video or 14 hours of music. For the kids, the larger screen Zen PMC is my preference (especially at the prices now).

 

Specs for video playback… WMV, DivX and XviD…


WMV at 320×240 @ 700kbps and 320×240 @ 436kbps

MPEG4 and DivX 4/5, XviD at 720×480 @ 3Mbps and 640×480 @ 2Mbps
MPEG2 @ 640×480/2.5Mbps, 640×480 @2Mbps
MPEG1 @ 640×480/1.15Mbps and 352×288 @ 1.15Mbps
Even Motion-JPEG at 640×480 @ 2.5Mbps

Oh, and the Zen Vision:M has an on-board FM radio & voice recorder, plus it syncs with Outlook to display your calendar and contacts. Sweet.

 

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