Entry level MP3 players are facing a slow death and may very soon cease to exist. This is due to the fact that almost all mobiles phones nowadays support music playback and even have expandable memory so it doesn't really make sense to invest in another gadget as it’s just one extra thing to carry around. Now unless these budget MP3 players have something unique to offer, it may be worth considering. Creative is no newbie when it comes to multimedia products. Their new ZEN Style M300 Bluetooth enabled MP3 player recently launched made it into our labs. Let’s see if it has what it takes to warrant a purchase.
About the size of a match-box
The power and lock switch is on the top while the micro-SD card slot (up to 32GB) is placed on the left. The right side is host to the volume toggle switch, while the 3.5mm earphone jack, mini-USB port and reset button are placed at the bottom. Overall the build quality is quite sturdy and I didn’t find any signs of low grade plastics used. The screen has a resolution of just 128x128 pixels and although Creative specifies support for video playback, don’t expect too much. We received the 4GB version, but you also get 8GB and 16GB options.
Choose from a variety of colors
To differentiate this from the horde of budget players in the market, Creative has thrown in Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and AVRCP support to stream audio to your Bluetooth headset. The bundle includes a USB cable for transferring data and charging, some reading material and a pair of earphones.
Menu is easy to navigate
The M300 also has a built-in FM radio, which automatically saves the available radio stations. Finally, we have a photo viewer and video player. You need to remember that Creative has just added these extra features so it fills up the spec sheet. In reality, the screen resolution is a little too low to view the menu itself, let alone watch a video. The viewing angles are quite bad and the sunlight legibility is questionable.
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