I must have bought this MP3 player at least five years ago and it is still going strong. It is very light, weighing about 40g with a battery in. It measures approximately 7.5cm x 3cm so it is also very small.
The screen is clear, bright and easy to read. The brightness of the screen can easily be adjusted. There are are also several different backlight colours including pink, red, green and blue.
Transferring songs is very easy to do and depending on the size of the song, should not take longer than a few seconds.
There is a lock feature so when the device is in your pocket, you won't start changing songs etc. There is also a voice recording feature.
Now for the technical parts - it supports MP3, WMA (Windows Media Audio) and WVA (Waveform Audio File Format) files. The display screen is an LCD 32 x 128. Several equalizers are available including jazz, rock, pop and classical. The memory type is flash and and the interface is USB 2.0. Most computers have USB 2.0 so there should be no problems connecting this to your computer. 1gb can hold up to 240 songs.
It requires 1 x AAA battery so playtime varies but with a good battery it can last for 10 hours which is quite impressive.
It comes with a pair of Philips headphones which have very good sound quality and are durable, but sadly like most pairs of headphones they break. Mine broke after about two years but that was with me listening to it usually 4 times a week during those two years so they are quite long lasting.
The major flaw is that there is no song selection feature so say if you have 150 songs on there and you want to listen to the 70th song you have to go through all the songs. You can select the artist, but again if the artist's name begins with say an M you then have to go through all the artists to M.
Also, there is no radio which many MP3 players now seem to have.
I would recommend this MP3 player to anyone who is looking for a lightweight, relatively cheap, durable player but either does not want to buy an iPod or a player which breaks easily. It is obviously not the best out there at the moment with so many different iPods available and for the memory size it is quite expensive, but I think that for the sound quality and the fact that it is a Philips it is certainly worth the money.
You can buy this MP3 player from most electrical stores and online from Amazon and ebay.
Enjoy your MP3 and WMA music on the go with the Philips SA40XX. Transfer music and data quickly and easily via USB2.0. PlayForSure ensures it works with Windows XP PC. Listen to music all day long on an AAA battery.