Our Verdict A neat ultra-portable player that packs plenty of punch For Nicely put together easy enough to use good specs sounds weighty Against The touch controls aren’t perfect sound could be crisper Reviewed on 19th December 2011 Before Apple’s iPod upset the apple-cart, Creative bossed the MP3 player market. And the company is still ticking over very nicely, building portables, speakers and more. The Zen Style M100 packs in 4GB of memory – you can double that for an extra £15 – and there’s a microSD for adding up to 32GB more. Twenty hours of battery life on a full charge, support for the usual selection of formats and a voice recorder are the other vital statistics. A 1.45in TFT screen looks the part, but is tricky to read from certain angles. Touch controls are fairly effective but it does collect smudgy fingerprints as if its life depends on it. The earphones steer admirably away from brightness – to the extent that, in fact, they can sound a touch woolly. More after the break The M100 itself could sound cleaner across the tonal spectrum but there’s admirable thud and weight, and decent insight. It’s worthy of a spot on your shortlist. See all our MP3 player reviews Follow whathifi.com on Twitter Join whathifi.com on Facebook Related News Mixxtape Kickstarter reminds us people still inexplicably want cassettes Tue, 23 May 2017, 12:08pm Miro is an all-in-one media centre that can fit in your bag Tue, 14 Feb 2017, 11:18am Astell and Kern makes limited edition stainless steel AK380 hi-res player Mon, 13 Feb 2017, 04:36pm CES 2017 Day 2 highlights - Sony OLED, new Walkman, Technics turntable and more Thu, 05 Jan 2017, 11:25am Sony launches new NW-A35 Walkman Thu, 05 Jan 2017, 03:47am Creative Music players Portable Zen Style M100 4GB Stay on top of your sound with What Hi-Fi? in your inbox every week Thank you for registering for our Newsletter We will send you relevant emails and updates.