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Creative Zen Micro Portable Audio Player

Portable Audio Player
7th March 2005
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Since the introduction of the iPod by Apple, companies have been falling over each other to create a rival audio player that can outdo it.

Each company adds their own special features or design, giving it a distinct look or feel, and now Creative has released the Zen series, their own flavor of portable audio player.

Right now Creative has an impressive arsenal of portable audio players. If you look at their website youll find images and details on all the devices they offer.

Weve already had a look at one of their MuVo players and now its Zen Micros turn.

This player is not a static RAM flash drive, but rather it's based on a small hard disk with a 5GB capacity.

Lets check this bad boy out and see how it performs.


      Size (WxHxD): 2" x 3.3" x 0.7" / 51 mm x 84 mm x 19 mm

      Weight: 108g / 3.8oz with battery

      1-year limited hardware warranty

      Capacity: 5 GB

      Power Source: Battery: 1 x Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, USB bus powered when connected to a power outlet or powered USB port on a computer

      Battery Life:

       MP3 128 kbps: Up to 12 hours of continuous playback with a full battery charge

       WMA 64 kbps: Up to 12 hours of continuous playback with a full battery charge

       FM radio: Up to 16 hours of continuous playtime with a full battery charge

      Playback Formats:

       MP3: Up to 320 kbps

       WMA: Up to 320 kbps

       WMA with Digital Rights Management (DRM) 9

      Recording Formats:

       Voice (via built-in microphone): IMA ADPCM (16 kHz, Mono)

       FM Radio: IMA ADPCM (22 kHz, Stereo)

      FM Radio: Stereo and Mono

       Up to 32 preset stations

       FM region support, International: 87.5 MHz ~ 108.0 MHz, 100 kHz Intervals

      MP3 Playback Performance:

       Signal-to-Noise Ratio: Up to 98 dB

       Channel Separation: Up to -70 dB

       Frequency Response: 20 Hz ~ 20 kHz

       Harmonic Distortion Output: <0.1%


       Headphone jack: 3.5 mm stereo minijack, 25mW per channel

       USB 2.0 port: Standard USB mini-B receptacle

       USB 2.0 (High speed)

       USB 1.1 (Full speed)

      LCD: 160 x 104 pixel display with white LED backlight

      Earphone Specifications:

       Frequency Range: 20 Hz ~ 20 KHz

       Sensitivity: 111 dB 5 dB (I/P Level:1 mW)

       Impedance: 32 Ω 15%

       Plug: 3.5 mm stereo minijack

System requirements:::

These are the system requirements needed to use the Zen Micro.

Most of these requirements are for the Zen Micro explorer and Media Source software.

      Microsoft Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP

      Intel Pentium II 350MHz or AMD K6 450MHz (Pentium III 450MHz or higher recommended for MP3 encoding)

      64MB RAM (128MB recommended)

      USB 1.1 port (USB 2.0 recommended for faster transfers)

      30MB free hard drive space (more for audio content storage)

      CD-ROM drive with digital audio extraction support

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