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ZEN V / ZEN V Plus
Rachel's Zen V.jpg
Manufacturer Creative Technology
Type Digital audio player
Retail availability 2006–present
Media Available in 1, 2, 4, 8, 16GB sizes
Operating system ZEN UI
Display 1.5" OLED Display
Input Multi-directional joystick, Play and back buttons, Power/Hold switch, dedicated volume control buttons
Connectivity USB 2.0

The ZEN V and the ZEN V Plus are portable media players manufactured by Creative Technology. The user interface on this player, the same as the one on Creative's ZEN Vision:M was patented by Creative on January 9, 2005 [1] Creative has sued Apple over the use of this user interface, which Apple later settled for $100 million [2] The ZEN V Plus has accumulated many awards, including CNET Editor's Choice for June 2006.[3] The players are nearly identical, save for video playback and FM radio which the ZEN V Plus supports, the regular ZEN V does not.

In August 2007, Creative introduced a 16 GB version of the ZEN V Plus, making it the first flash-based player with that capacity.[4]


Both players[edit]

  • Dimensions: 2.7" x 1.7" x 0.6" (67.5 mm x 43.5 mm x 15.9 mm)
  • Weight: 1.55 oz (43.5 g)
  • Display: 1.5" (38.1 mm) OLED display
  • Resolution: 128x128 pixels
  • Battery Type: Built-in Lithium Ion
  • Music Formats Supported: MP3, WMA, WAV, Audible, and Podcasts (via ZENCast Organizer)
  • PlaysForSure (Windows Media Audio 9 DRM) Compatible: Subscription and Download
  • Photo Formats Supported: JPEG
  • Custom Wallpapers: JPEG
  • USB: High-Speed 2.0, 1.1
  • Organizer: Calendar, Contact, Task list
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: Up to 92dB
  • Harmonic Distortion Output: <0.05%
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Voice Recording: Yes
  • Line In recording: Yes
  • Power Charging: Charges via power adapter or PC through USB
  • Album art: Supported
  • System Requirements: Windows Vista and Windows XP out of box. Works with Windows 2000 through Windows 98SE after a Legacy OS Driver update available here. Linux compatibility is possible, but unsupported.
    • Compatible with Windows Media Player
    • Bundled Software: MediaSource, Media Explorer
    • Unsupported Third-Party Software:

ZEN V[edit]

  • 1, 2, 4 and 8GB


  • 1GB: Black/Orange, White/Orange, White/Red (Target Exclusive)
  • 2GB: White/Green, Black/Green
  • 4GB: Black/Blue
  • 8GB: Black/Blue, Black/Orange,

ZEN V Plus[edit]

  • 1, 2, 4, 8 and 16GB
  • Video formats supported: Uncompressed AVI: Native; Most other major formats through conversion.
  • FM Tuner: Yes


  • 1GB: Black/Orange, White/Orange, White/Red (Target Exclusive)
  • 2GB: Black/Green, White/Green, Pink/White
  • 4GB: Black/Blue
  • 8GB: Black/Blue, Black/Red Black/orange
  • 16GB Black/White

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