Walking around with music filling your ears all of the time - I just don't get it. I have a tough job getting school kids to take off their MP3s in class - and - my own brain is too full of things to do etc to appreciate an mp3 whilst I bustle about. So, I was quite surprised when I was given an mp3 for a gift from my daughter. She had given it to me as a sleep aid as I was struggling with insomnia. She had put some whale music and other soothing sounds onto it. It was such a lovely and considerate gesture - so I began to use my mp3....
The mp3 is a very little bit of kit. It is black with a small display window, a circular control button with an inner and outer control and an on/off/menu button. It has a neck strap for ease of carrying. A pair of black headphones is supplied with the mp3 and also a lead to transfer data from a pc to the mp3.
The Sansa c140 has compatibility with audio files in the WMA, WAV, Audible book files and MP3 formats. The file transfer speed is surprisingly speedy, taking 3 seconds to transfer 10 megabytes of music files. The player is powered by a single AAA batery which is very convenient. I know someone who has a different Sansa model and this has to be recharged by the pc which is not so useful if you have your player on holiday.
Using the Sansa c140
There is a knack to using this player but if I don't use it regularly I forget for a few seconds how to operate it. The menu button is held down until the display lights up and shows the logo. The circular control button must then be utilised to find the music that is desired.
The player allows you to specify choosing by artist or album or allows a random play list choice.
Once the music is selected the headphones can be slotted into the ears - and you're rocking - or in my case - snoozing to the sounds of whales. The sound quality is great. I was quite surprised at the clarity
I don't like the feel of the headphones in my ear. Does anyone out there know of any personal, discreet headphones that don't feel like condiments are rammed into my ear holes? I'd be pleased to know. I am not really sure if it is just this mp3 or if this is a general issue.
Downloading the music from the pc onto the player is a bit faffy too. I have to choose the right file format for the tunes to play - or else it is just a title on the screen and silence.
I like my Sansa c140 and now use it for more than just a sleep aid - by the way the evocative whale noises worked well, turning my mind off other anxieties. I still do not walk around shopping etc wearing it but I now can use it on the beach - or when camping - as it is dinky enough to pack easily.
The Sansa C140 does look rather promising with its eye catching aesthetic features and its modern colour scheme. The compact player only weighting 45 grams is quite slim, making it easy to carry in your pocket. Its size and weight makes it an ideal payer to be used during sporting activities, especially running weight space and weight is a luxury.
When using the supplied headphones, the sound is only reasonable, providing a good balance between treble and bass. Upon using an additional pair of headphones, it provided a better signal to noise ratio, with less distortion in some high tunes. The max volume is limited, therefore the maximum volume is at a level which is safe to be used for long periods of time.
There is not built in rechargeable battery, instead it uses one single AAA battery, that can provide up to 15 hours of continuous audio playback. T would vary between brands, models, and the type of battery. In a way, using these standard batteries which can be purchased at almost any store is quite convenient, due to the fact that it is possible to simply buy new batteries instead of having to charge them regularly.
A neck strap for the player is also supplied which can be used to conveniently store the player whilst on the move. The player is also constructed well and sturdily, which means it i capable of withstanding the occasional knock or drop.
The player supports only supports photos, however the size of the screen does make the end result quite disappointing to a certain degree. It also has extra features such as a voice recorder and even a sleep timer which can be useful.
The player is compatible with audio files in the WMA, WAV, Audible book files and MP3 file formats. Its file transfer speed is quite fast, on average taking 3 seconds to transfer 10 megabytes of audio files.