Creative 'Zen Vision W' for Widescreen
Creative has just announced a new portable media player they're calling Zen Vision W, as a replacement for the older Creative Zen. What's special about this new one is the rather large 4.3 inch screen with a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. It's perfect for widescreen movie viewing. The color widescreen TFT display will have nice clarity, at 480x272 pixel resolution.
The Zen Vision W will play back more digital media formats than you can shake a flash memory card at, although they're still all the same as their predecessor, Creative's regular old Zen Vision. It's pitched as a portable photo, video and music player. The new W will play back audio in the form of MP3s and WMA with PlaysForSure compatibility, allowing you to use popular online music services like Napster or Yahoo Music.
You can carry massive photo galleries on either the 30GB or 60GB flavors of the media player. It'll even port your photos through the AV outputs at a resolution of 720x576 or 720x480 on either PAL or NTSC respectively. You can input new media through its CompactFlash port that support both CF types I and II. You can even use an optional adaptor to make the slot compatible with other popular solid state storage formats like SmartMedia, MultiMedia and Secure Digital.
One of the W's coolest features is the video it supports. Sure it can do Mpeg4 and Mpeg1 and 2 in its sleep. But it also plays back MJPEG, DivX and XviD. While playing back audio and video, the removable battery is rated to last a good 4.5 hours, which is plenty of time to get in your favorite installment from the director's cut of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Creative is promising that the W will be out by the end of September '06, for a price of US $412 for the 30 GB version and US $475 for the 60GB. The word on the street is that the coming of the new Zen W has knocked the price of the older 60GB Zen M down to $380.