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June 2005 


Zen Portable Media Center

Video, Music, Photos - When and Where You Want!

Linda A. Epstein
June 2005

For the Month of June we bring you the Creative Zen Portable Media Center .  The Portable Media Center will make an excellent road companion for  families on the go this summer.


  • Creative Zen Portable Media Center
  • 2 free Movies From CinemaNow
  • Power Adapter
  • Li-Ion Polymer Battery
  • Protective Carrying Case
  • Ear Buds
  • USB 2.0 Travel Cable
  • Video & Line Out Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • User Guide
  • Installation CD



From the Creative Web site:

Creative Zen Portable Media Center puts all your favorite videos, music, and photos at your fingertips wherever you are. Take digital entertainment from your PC with you on the go, including recorded TV shows, videos, home movies, music, and photos. With Windows Mobile software featuring an easy-to-use, familiar Windows Media Center Edition interface, Portable Media Centers let you enjoy immediate access to all of your favorite entertainment - anytime, anywhere.

Creative Zen Portable Media Center enables portability of up to 85 hours of movies1, 9000 songs1, or up to tens of thousands of photos1 on a sleek, handheld device.


Windows Media Player 10
Windows Media Player 10 is an all-in-one media player for the best end-to-end consumer experience for discovering, playing and taking digital media anywhere. Built upon and enhancing features from the Windows Media Player 9 series, WMP 10 has a new sleek design, a wide selection of online stores in the Digital Media Mall, enhanced device support and an all-in-one Smart Jukebox.


    • Watch up to 85 hours of movies, recorded TV programs or home videos1
    • Store and listen up to 9000 songs1
    • Carry and enjoy up to tens of thousands of photos1
    • Large, high resolution 3.8" TFT LCD backlit for crisp and clear images
    • Removable and rechargeable Li-Ion polymer battery - carry a spare so your entertainment will never be cut short
    • Powerful Windows® Mobile operating system lets you easily sync, find and manage your digital entertainment
    • Quickly transfer content from your PC to your Zen Portable Media Center with its USB 2.0 interface.
    • Built-in speakers means you can enjoy your movie or music with others
    • 4 presets buttons that shortcut to your favorite TV show, movie or song
    • Works with popular formats like WMV, WMA, MP3, JPG

                                                                  Technical Specs:

Feature Description
Size WxHxD: 5.67" x 3.18" x 1.06" (144mm x 80.7mm x 27mm)
Weight: 12oz (340 grams) with battery
Display: 3.8", 320 x 240 pixel resolution, backlit LCD Display
Capacity: 20GB Hard drive(1)
Battery Life: Up to 22hrs continuous audio playtime(2)
Or up to 7hrs of continuous video playtime(2)
Interface: USB 2.0 (backward compatible with USB 1.1)
Supported Digital Media Types


  • Windows Media Video and Photo Story files (.wmv, .asf) at a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and at a bit rate less than 800kbps
  • Windows Media Audio files (.wma)
  • MP3 audio files (.mp3)
  • JPEG image files (.jpg, .jpg, .jpe, .jfif)

Compatible(3) with:

  • Windows Media and Photo Story files (.wmv, .asf) at a resolution higher than 320 x 240 pixels and/or at a bit rate higher than 800kbps
  • Microsoft Recorded TV Show file (.dvr-ms)
  • MPEG movie file (.mpeg, .mpg, mpe, .m1v, .mp2v, .mpeg2)(4)
  • Windows Video file (.avi)(4)
  • Windows Audio file (.wav)


  • lightweight and portable
  • easy to sync
  • user friendly


  • Expensive
  • Small Screen

In Conclusion: 

A small, light weight package with excellent features for those on the go who want to enjoy media from anywhere they go.


Click here to Purchase a Creative Media Center

Please visit the links below for past products of the month, or take a look at the reviews accessories and software pages.

Previous Products of the month can be found at the links below 2004 Accessory of the Year- Oakley Thump
Ziplinq, Fujitsu Bump case, Franklin Covey Leather Case , Motion HardTop Keyboard Diskeeper Pro, SecuriKey Pro,  GoBinder 2005 Targus Rolling Backpack, Motion Field Case & Motion Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard, Casio EX Z50, OtterBox 4600, Xhifi Speakers, Targus Jackie Leather Tote

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