[AI] Pocket-sized device plays your music

Vikas Kapoor dl.vikas at gmail.com
Tue Jul 3 00:59:56 EDT 2007

Pocket-sized device plays your music

  Portable video is to the current decade what portable audio was to the '90s-if it isn't something you already have, it's quite possibly up there in your
wish list. Today, if you don't need a camcorder to record video then you shouldn't need a laptop to view it. Already digital cameras, cell phones and PDAs
offer video recording and allow video playback.  

  But these devices are grossly limited in functionality: for example the LCD display is small and not optimised for video playback. Then most of these
will only play their own proprietary formats, leaving you stuck if you want to transfer videos from your PC and play them on the device. Here's where the
portable video player steps in. 

  Multimedia on a wide screen: The Zen Vision W from Creative has a 4.3-inch high-resolution wide-screen player that allows for DVD (MPEG2) and DivX/ Xvid
playback in addition to the assortment of usual standards like MPEG and AVI (as opposed to  iPod video, which  let's you play Quicktime and MPEG4 video).
   A lot bulkier than the iPod, the Zen Vision W just about fits into your shirt pocket. But since you're probably not going to feel comfortable with its
276g weight, you're better off keeping it in the velvet pouch that came along with it, and then storing it in your bag. 

  How it plays out: Sporting a black and silver finish, the Vision is meant to be held with both hands when viewed, with the right-handed thumb doing most
of the work. Your fingers will wrap around over the top and control the power slider, device lock, and volume buttons on either side. The buttons though
are a tad too small for comfort and many a time you'll end up pressing another one by mistake.  

  There's a mini-USB slot located at the base and a Compact Flash memory expansion slot on the left. The TV-out functionality via standard composite video,
allows you to watch photos and play your media directly on the TV screen-thus, you no longer need a DVD/divx player! 

  Loading media onto the Zen is a piece of cake. First, connect it to your computer or laptop using the USB cable provided and wait for a minute for the
drivers to be automatically installed (if you're using Windows XP or Vista).  

  Then, you can directly copy and paste audio, video and photos into appropriate folders by navigating to the Zen Vision hard drive located under 'My Computer'
in PCs and on the desktop in Macs.  

  The player is available in two sizes: 30 GB (Rs 25,000) and 60 GB (Rs 30,000)-the latter will be able to hold between 5,000-10,000 MP3 songs, 60-90 DivX


Vikas Kapoor,
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Mobile: (+91) 9891098137.

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