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Creative Zen Micro 6GB Mp3 Player Review

The Creative Zen Micro is a small hard drive based mp3 player, in many ways similar to the Apple iPod. I have had the Creative Zen Micro for a few months now, and here is my review of the unit, based on my own experiences.

Zen Micro Overview

The Creative Zen Micro weighs in at about 100 grams, and is easy to carry around in your pocket. A word of caution though; since it uses a small micro hard drive, you should avoid dropping it - it could break. The start up time could be quicker, but it's still pretty good. I notice that if you shut it off and turn it on again within a few minutes, the start up time is much shorter.

Sound Quality

The sound quality on this mp3 player is excellent. In fact, it is incredible, compared to my 2 year old Acer mp3 player. If you haven't had a good sounding mp3 player before, you'll rediscover your music collection! I noticed immediately how much better music sounds on this unit compared to my old mp3 player. I started hearing "new" details on many of the songs I listen to - I'm not kidding! I think it would be hard to find an Mp3 player that sounds better than the Creative Zen Micro.

Navigating the Zen Micro

It takes a while to get used to the touch sensitive scrolling mechanism. I actually find it hard to go between 2 adjacent artist in a list of artist. The problem is you often end up activating the artist, which means you enter a new "level", which has this artist's songs. Then you have to back up again, if you didn't intend to select this artist. It is sometimes annoying when you are in a hurry.

Backlight

The backlight is awesome! It has this cool-looking blue backlit display, and it's actually really bright. It can work as a flash light in the dark! You can of course determine how long you want the backlight to be on, by editing the preferences. The blue light looks incredible cool, I have to say.

Zen Micro Media Explorer

It comes with a Zen Micro Media Explorer, a great program for manipulating the songs on your mp3 player. With it, you can edit song details easily, and you do so for many songs at a time. For example, I need to select 40 songs that had "unknown" has the artist, so I just selected them all and typed in the artist name in a text field the Media Explorer provides, and Bam! - the songs now have the correct artist attached to them. The Zen Micro Media Explorer also lets your rip music from CD's easily, and you can also use it to store data files on your Zen Micro, in case you want to transfer some big files to a different computer, for example.

Overall, I give it 4.5 stars. It's a great alternative to the iPod's, and it costs less. I highly recommend this mp3 player.

By Robert Renman

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New Course - Comping with Triads -

Learn 6 common chord progressions.
"You are simply the best teacher on the internet. Always cool, explain things well, and relevant stuff for beginners to advanced players. Even my kids are into your lessons now!"

I was chosen as the 2013 Next Top Guitar Instructor at Truefire!