, posted: 11-Dec-2007 16:36
Mmm... I have never thought I'll get a digital audio player with small capacity like 2GB... but Creative Zen Stone Plus is small and petite and very very nice to hold and operate. It's slightly larger than Apple Ipod Suffle Gen-2, but it has more functions than that - FM radio, OLED 64x64 display, Date/Time, Equaliser, Microphone/Recorder.
I got mine from DSE for $129.95, which I reckon is a good buy.
2GB is amble for most audio satisfaction. I have loaded 233 songs, which occupy roughly around 1GB (of WMA 160kbps).
The packaging is very small and basic, it comes with a short USB A-mini USB, a basic Creative stereo headbud, tidily-tightly-folded instruction guide and documentation/warranty cards.
The audio file/device management software - Creative Media Lite - can be downloaded from Creative's support site for ripping CD and copy/delete/manage files between PC and Zen Stone Plus. It also display the battery charge, the firmware, and have the ability to sync the date/time between PC and Zen Stone Plus. From the software, you can also set the maximum volume level of audio playback. From the software, you can also managing data files.
If you don't want to use the Creative Media Lite, you can just simply plug the Zen Stone Plus to your PC and drag-and-drop files as with a Flash drive - as it is USB Flash drive anyway.
The device itself is stone-like (excuse the pun), light and well constructed. I have spotted a few accessories that I would like to get for it, one being wristband which you can wear it on your wrist as if it is like a watch. Which is good for me as I don't wear watch since the battery died and with this, I get DAP and watch! Woohoo. However I can only find it from C1 computer (Auckland) for $45!! A bit ripped off I reckon.
I will talk about its device function a bit later on the next update, you can easily find the photos of Zen Stone Plus laying around on the Internet by searching for it. However, if you have specific curiosity about it, just fire the questions to me and I will attempt to answer it from first-hand view.
Oh few cons to this wonderful small device though...
1) You can't operate the device when it's connected to USB (to PC).
2) You can copy/cut/move files in/between folders from Creative Media Lite software. However, if you use Windows Explorer to perform the usual copy/paste/move operation, it will work just well.
When I was on Creative Singapore website... it seems like a 4GB
is readying pretty soon. So if you want a bigger capacity-wee device, hold out a bit longer...
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