First public hands-on with new Zoom Essentials range reveals speed boost

Zoom H4E
(Image credit: Future)

Seen in public for the first time in Europe, the new Zoom Essential range of recorders could be compared to their predecessors and each boasted obvious improvements, with clearer brighter screens and much quicker startup times.

The term 'Essential', incidentally, it was pointed out to me as I checked out the range, isn't applied because these are cut-down models (as some Waitrose shoppers in the UK might think). Here Zoom are applying the E to those products which are essential to creators.

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Adam Juniper
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