Creative Zen Vision W test and review

The widescreen Vision W player from Creative is a revisited version of the Zen Vision. At a rate of 13.4 x 7.5 x 2.2 cm to 276 g, it is decidedly larger than its predecessor (7.4 x 12.4 x 2 cm to 232 g). So it becomes difficult to view videos by holding with one hand. However, with its display of 11 cm, W Vision exceeds the Vision a good head. It offers better viewing angle than its predecessor and undeniably richer colors.

The control buttons differ little from those of the Vision. The navigation keypad and five-way return keys, context menu and reading are to the right of the screen. The only difference is the placement of buttons on / off and volume control, which have swapped places. Their reactivity remains excellent.

A spring protective cap covers the CompactFlash card slot on the left side of the device, while a rubber flap hides the input and output A / V ports on the right side. At the rear is a large battery that also serves as a back cover to Zen. However, for a device of this size, no crutch is planned to ask the Vision W on a desk at an angle of view suitable.

The graphical interface is typical of the Zen range. The menu options are well organized and can be customized. They offer the opportunity to be masked and, depending on your preferences, some sub-menu items can be placed directly in the main menu to better suit the needs of the user.

Characteristics

The Vision W can play at once the most popular video formats (WMV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 SP, MJPEG and some DivX / XviD files) without the need for conversion. But, wait, however, some technical quirks from time to time, eg a DivX file coded perfectly unsupported. Overall, this compatibility is good news for the average Joe who know how to convert videos.

It also has radio function, voice recording, with eight equalization presets, including a customizable equalizer five bands and a CompactFlash card slot. While it is naturally convenient to stream video to a TV via the A / V cable provided, it is regrettable that the new Zen Vision W still does not allow to record television.

The DJ feature uses predefined playlist, offering the album the day, random playback of all titles, the most popular songs (depending on your logs), unrated songs and least listened to tracks. It is even possible to maintain consistent volume levels from one track to another.

The Vision W uses the same virtual keyboard that Zen Vision: M and the result is even more significant on a wide screen. However, in the absence of touch wheel, seizure of words turns necessarily laborious. As the Vision: M, search by keyword is possible, but it is limited to a single parameter, that is to say by song, artist or album.

If you use Outlook data such as contacts, appointments and tasks can be synchronized with the Zen, but only in that sense. The content on Outlook Vision W is read only and can not be modified on the fly.

performances

By reading 240MB of MP3 files in a loop, the Vision W has easily exceeded the 13 hours of autonomy promised, with 18 hours and 28 minutes of use. We also tested the video playback with a XviD file (640 x 352 pixels). At 5 hours and 6 minutes, the Vision W was again better than the promised battery life (4:30). The audio fidelity was pretty good when we tested it with the Creative Zen Aurvana earphones. The grave was precise and rather powerful on Angel as Massive Attack. You Are On Getting to be a Habit with Me Diana Krall, we found the midrange and treble relatively accurate.

Pity that Creative has not seen fit to extend these to the speaker mono audio prowess of Vision W. It has indeed proved unable to manage severe at high volumes without cracking.

In terms of video, the Vision W were very impressed by its wide screen. The colors were well saturated compared to the Zen Vision screen, where they appeared washed out. We also enjoyed the largest viewing angle, although we noted that the Zen Vision W is still better than the Vision in terms of sharpness, the difference being however apparent at the subtitles. We also detected a slight banding in particularly hectic action scenes.