Creative http://www.stuff.tv/creative/videos en-GB Creative Zen Stone Plus video review http://www.stuff.tv/video/reviews/creative-zen-stone-plus <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hot on the heels of the Creative Stone comes the Plus, with a new screen and double the storage. And all for the price of a Shuffle </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="379" height="268" title="Creative Zen Stone Plus" alt="Creative Zen Stone Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Creative-Zen-Stone.png?1371552331" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-659677421001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="659677421001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/video/reviews/creative-zen-stone-plus#comments Creative iPod and MP3 Zen Stone Plus Thu, 26 Jul 2007 23:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 1424163 at http://www.stuff.tv Creative Vado video review http://www.stuff.tv/video/reviews/creative-vado-video-review <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="357" height="268" title="Creative Vado " alt="Creative Vado " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Creative-Vado.png?1371547434" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-659757579001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="659757579001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/video/reviews/creative-vado-video-review#comments Creative iPod and MP3 Mon, 26 May 2008 23:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 1424137 at http://www.stuff.tv Creative Sound BlasterAxx SBX gets its stream on http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-sound-blasteraxx-sbx-gets-its-stream/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With a name that&#039;s more than a bit of a mouthful, we&#039;re hoping Creative&#039;s BlasterAxx will be an earful as well </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Creative-Sound-BlasterAxx_0.jpg?1364400189" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_4948.jpg?1364400189" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This is the Creative Sound BlasterAxx SBX. Yes, it's a mouthful of a name, but Creative (once a champ of the MP3 scene) hopes its hexagonal tower will give us an earful as well.</p> <p>Creative says the Sound BlasterAxx SBX 20, the biggest of a three-part range, uses a stacked stereo design to fill the room with powerful, clear sound and can be synced via Bluetooth with mobiles, tablets PCs and Macs. It also claims the dual-microphone array means you can pair it with your phone or tablet to chat with "CrystalVoice" clarity from anywhere in the room.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/tv-and-hi-fi/news-nugget/creative-sound-blasteraxx-sbx-gets-its-stream-on </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-sound-blasteraxx-sbx-gets-its-stream/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-sound-blasteraxx-sbx-gets-its-stream/news#comments Creative Sound BlasterAxx SBX Wed, 30 May 2012 15:03:51 +0000 Luke Edwards 421368 at http://www.stuff.tv Creative Ziio 7 http://www.stuff.tv/creative-ziio-7/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Creative&#039;s 7in media-playing Android tablet turns up just as the big boys are preparing to enter the fray. Can it hold its own? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1920" height="1080" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Creative-Ziio-7-angle.jpg?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1900" height="1900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Creative-Ziio-7-front.jpg?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Creative-Ziio-7-hands3.jpg?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Creative-Ziio-7-hands1.jpg?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="667" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Creative-Ziio-7-hands2.jpg?1364298809" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Media players used to just play music, and in general they worked just fine. Then they added video and things continued without much ado. But now the temptation to base a media player on the Android operating system is proving irresistible. The trouble is, unless it's done properly, that can cause more problems than it solves.</p> <p><strong>Path of most resistance</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £200.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fine for playing back ripped music and video, but design flaws and technical limitations hold it back elsewhere</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/creative-ziio-7 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/creative-ziio-7/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/creative-ziio-7/review#comments Creative Tablets Ziio 7 Thu, 24 Feb 2011 13:10:54 +0000 Tony Horgan 415737 at http://www.stuff.tv Creative X-Fi2 16GB http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-x-fi2-16gb/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The X-Fi2 may have a welterweight price, but with a touchscreen and FLAC support Creative’s PMP isn&#039;t pulling any punches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="563" height="554" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Creative_Technology_ZEN_X_Fi2_32_0.jpg?1364299407" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Creative is well-known in the PMP world for offering a value-for-money alternative to big hitters like Archos and Apple, and at just £130 the X-Fi2 follows in that tradition. </p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £130.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A multimedia powerhouse it isn’t, but this little Creative supplies satisfyingly big sound and for a tiny price </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/creative-x-fi2-16gb </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-x-fi2-16gb/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-x-fi2-16gb/review#comments Creative iPod and MP3 X-Fi2 16GB Mon, 05 Oct 2009 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 13412 at http://www.stuff.tv Creative Aurvana Air http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-aurvana-air/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Creative’s earhook headphones want to wrap themselves round your lugs and inject open, airy sounds within. Should you let them? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="616" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Creativeauranaair.jpg?1364299516" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="518" height="389" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hires_aurvana-air1.jpg?1364299516" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Creative’s past headphone efforts have left us cold. They’ve always seemed like me-too products with solid but uninspiring performance at mid-range prices. </p> <p>So it was with some trepidation that we approached the Aurvana Airs. From the word go, it’s clear they’re different. First, while Creatives of old looked like replica Sennheisers, these glossy designs are unique. And while they’re not the first ear-hook designs, they are the priciest we’ve seen. </p> <p><strong>Weak accessories</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £170.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Airs sound as open and natural as over-ear cans despite being tiny and light</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/creative-aurvana-air </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-aurvana-air/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-aurvana-air/review#comments Aurvana Air Creative Headphones Fri, 07 Aug 2009 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 13053 at http://www.stuff.tv Creative Vado HD http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-vado-hd/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Creative’s pocket camcorder gets an HD overhaul plus an expanded 8GB memory. Is it the perfect YouTube camcorder? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="545" height="760" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/creative-vado-hd.jpg?1364299717" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The three-way tussle between Kodak, Flip and Creative for the pocket camcorder crown has reached boiling point. After Kodak’s Zi6 had the temerity to offer 720p recording, its competitors have been forced to introduce hi-def models –&nbsp;hence the imminent arrival of the Mino HD and now the Vado HD.</p> <p>Creative’s effort has three big selling points. Firstly, it’s coated in water-resistant rubber, making it the most rugged of the three. It also has 8GB flash memory, and has a new HDMI output alongside the USB jack.</p> <p><strong>Camcorder in disguise</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £200.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The best pocket camcorder for shooting action scenes – but otherwise the video disappoints </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/creative-vado-hd </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-vado-hd/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-vado-hd/review#comments Camcorders Creative Vado HD Mon, 09 Mar 2009 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 11980 at http://www.stuff.tv Creative Gigaworks T3 http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-gigaworks-t3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> On the hunt for a PC speaker system? These new Creatives could be your desktop’s ideal partner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="1076" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/CREATIVEgigaworkst3_0.jpg?1364299769" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>How often do you use your PC to listen to music? Whether it’s grooving at a workplace desk or pumping out playlists at home, we tend to use our PCs as our secondary music player. Which makes it a crying shame that so many computer speakers are so dire.</p> <p>Now, only the most patient of audiophile wants to hook up their PC to their main hi-fi, so the obvious solution is a PC speaker package. Creative has a long pedigree of creating big sounds from tiny, desktop-squatting speakers, and the T3s are some of the best it’s produced.</p> <p><strong>Creative thinking</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £160.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you want excellent, fuss-free sound from your PC, you can’t do better than these small wonders</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/creative-gigaworks-t3 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-gigaworks-t3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-gigaworks-t3/review#comments Creative Docks and Speakers Gigaworks T3 Fri, 21 Nov 2008 06:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 11378 at http://www.stuff.tv Creative Zen Mozaic http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-zen-mozaic/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Zen Mozaic fuses a mad form with some rad functions, but can it do anything to halt the imperial conquest of the iPod? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="935" height="1531" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/B001D23QKA-2.jpg?1364299802" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tough times call for tough measures. With the Apple empire making Julius Caesar's cohort look like a momentary insignificance, Creative had to radically revamp the look of its MP3 spinners to keep the revolution going strong.</p> <p>Rather than enlisting the help of an artist, an architect or a designer though, it seems Creative grabbed a copy of the yellow pages and called its local tiler. The bathroom floor-mimicking Zen Mozaic is a definitive departure from the hoards of iClones, with an original, anarchistic shell sculpture.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An eccentric and affordable Nano alternative, but the screen lets it down </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/creative-zen-mozaic </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-zen-mozaic/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-zen-mozaic/review#comments Creative iPod and MP3 Zen Mozaic Mon, 27 Oct 2008 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 11113 at http://www.stuff.tv Creative Zen X-Fi 16GB http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-zen-x-fi-16gb/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can X-Fi sound enhancement tech and a smattering of Wi-Fi elevate Creative’s latest portable media player beyond its contemporaries? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="464" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/CREATIVEzenxfi6gb.jpg?1364299830" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Creative's been at this MP3 game for some time now. Longer than its vaguely successful competitor, Apple, even. It's had hits and misses, but mostly hits, and its latest <a title="Review – Apple iPod Nano" href="http://stuff.tv/Review/Apple-iPod-Nano-3rd-gen/" target="_blank">iPod Nano</a> rival, the Zen X-Fi, looks like it could be the best yet.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £150.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-659758151001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="659758151001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stunning value, nifty extras and excellent performance make the 16GB Zen X-Fi a must-have</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/creative-zen-x-fi-16gb </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-zen-x-fi-16gb/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-zen-x-fi-16gb/review#comments Creative iPod and MP3 Zen X-Fi 16GB Wed, 20 Aug 2008 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 10678 at http://www.stuff.tv Creative Zen http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-zen/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Creative&#039;s back with a serious-looking mini media player. How&#039;s it going to fare against Apple’s ubiquitous iPod Nano? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="680" height="510" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/creative-zen_0.jpg?1364300150" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's been a long time since we saw a new portable offering from the forefathers of MP3. Since the Zen Vision:M and Zen V Plus, everything has been rather quiet, except for the Shuffle-aping Stone range. Now it's back and it's serious: so serious that it’s gone back to basics, calling its new media player simply 'Zen'. </p> <p>The big screen</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slick and talented, the Zen is the movie-playing flash player to beat </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/creative-zen </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-zen/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-zen/review#comments Creative iPod and MP3 Zen Fri, 26 Oct 2007 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 7917 at http://www.stuff.tv Creative Zen Stone Plus http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-zen-stone-plus/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hot on the heels of the Creative Stone comes the Plus, with a new screen and double the storage. And all for the price of a Shuffle </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="448" height="336" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/zen-stone-plus-black_0_0.jpg?1364300442" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As the saying goes: if it ain’t broke, er, don’t add a screen to it. But Creative is a maverick and while we’ve barely had time to listen to all the songs on our ordinary Zen Stone, it’s lobbed this in our direction – the 2GB Zen Stone Plus, for those of us who just can’t handle a screenless MP3 life.</p> <p>With the same budget look of the standard Stone, we were expecting a pimped up version of Creative’s cheapest MP3 spinner, which, in a way, we got. It’s just a shame that such minor additions in functionality have overcomplicated what was a great little Shuffle rival.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £50.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Zen Stone with a screen and double the storage sounds like a recipe for success, but too many ingredients have spoiled a potentially Shuffle-beating dish </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/creative-zen-stone-plus </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-zen-stone-plus/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-zen-stone-plus/review#comments Creative iPod and MP3 Zen Stone Plus Fri, 27 Jul 2007 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 6691 at http://www.stuff.tv Creative Zen Stone http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-zen-stone/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can Creative&#039;s new Zen MP3 player take on Apple&#039;s teeny Shuffle? Or will it sink like a, er, Stone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="2384" height="1788" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Zen_Stone_Black_enl_0.jpg?1364300486" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that's true then Creative is clearly in undying love with Apple – and it's not hard to see which of its players the new Zen Stone is here to challenge.</p> <p>There's a serious case of 'anything you can do, I can copy shamelessly' from Creative, which is evident when you take a peek at the similarities between the Stone and Apple's tiny Shuffle. The rival players both have 1GB flash capacities, come in a rainbow of colours and ditch screens in favour of something a little more random.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £30.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We've bought rounds of drinks that have cost more than the Zen Stone but, unlike them, we won't be forgetting this minute little marvel in a hurry </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/creative-zen-stone </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-zen-stone/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-zen-stone/review#comments Creative iPod and MP3 Zen Stone Tue, 19 Jun 2007 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 6312 at http://www.stuff.tv Creative Zen V Plus http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-zen-v-plus/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With 4GB of storage snugly housed in a compact chassis, the Zen V Plus makes a neat case for teeny but tasty servings of video on the go </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="448" height="336" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Zen_V_Plus_8GB_c2_0_0.jpg?1364300664" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Creative’s MP3 player finds itself bang in the middle of Nano territory – the “even better than the original thing” Apple is the sales leader in this portable category and, on first impressions, the Zen V Plus could struggle to compete. Up against the iPod this plasticky effort feels a bit like baby’s first MP3 player. </p> <p>Plastic fantastic</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £110.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Top package, including bundled software and earphones, makes Creative’s energetic sounding portable a welcome addition to the fluff-laden space known as your pocket. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/creative-zen-v-plus </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-zen-v-plus/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-zen-v-plus/review#comments Creative iPod and MP3 Zen V Plus Wed, 17 Jan 2007 06:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 4630 at http://www.stuff.tv Creative Sound Blaster Wireless Music http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-sound-blaster-wireless-music/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Uses the remote as the display with all the information you could want at your fingertips, even from adjoining rooms </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="578" height="434" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/creative-wireless_0.jpg?1364300808" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Creative’s taken the wireless music streaming device and turned it on its head in fine style. Rather than displaying track information on the main box, the Wireless Music uses the remote as the display. The upshot is, of course, that the remote is absolutely huge but when you have all the information you need at your fingertips, it doesn’t matter. </p> <p>Get on the right track</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £150.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">4 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tidy, well-integrated package but one that looks like it’s been designed by your gran and, sadly, temperamental software equals small joy for the Creative </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/creative-sound-blaster-wireless-music </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-sound-blaster-wireless-music/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/creative/creative-sound-blaster-wireless-music/review#comments Creative Sound Blaster Wireless Music Streaming Wed, 27 Sep 2006 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 2073 at http://www.stuff.tv