Retro and stylish are probably the first impression that you get when looking at the Sandisk Sansa C250, with its zen theme and classy aesthetic appearance. The player is shaped like a packet of chewing gum, with a slightly glossy black finish and slim body. Its controls are placed ergonomically on the right hand side of the player, which are also illuminated with a blue led, making it easy to use the player in dark conditions or at night.
In addition to the built in memory capacity of the player, there is also a build in memory card reader, which allows you to increase the storage capacity by adding a Micro SD card. The build in FM radio also allows you to have up to 20 present stations which is quite good. There is also a build in microphone which is a handy feature to have on the player.
When using the supplied headphones, the sound quality is quite good with a fair mixture of treble and bass. The length of the cable is also quite long, which makes it convenient to use the player in a carry pouch that is placed in a bag or other places. Due to the fact that it is an ear headphone there is not problem with background noise distorting the quality of audio playback.
Upon using an additional pair of headphones, there was a better signal to noise ratio which is negligible, especially because there was only a minute improvement. The player supports audio file sin the WMA, Napster and MP3 file format. its file transfer is quite fast, on average taking about 2.3 seconds to transfer 10 megabytes of audio files.
The considerably small display screen, supports photo thumbnails and album art. It is also possible to view photos by converting them beforehand with the supplied headphones. However, the quality of the display photo is terrible, which is made worse due to the fact that you can't just transfer any photo without converting them first.
Its battery stamina is quite reasonable, on average providing up to 17 and a half hours of continuous audio playback from a full charge, which takes about 120 minutes. Over the player is user friendly, but it lacks a dedicated hold button and a feature to shuffle the tracks or play them in random order. It also uses a custom sized USB cable which can be a hassle and a problem if you lose it since you can't use a standard cable.
This mp3 player is called the SanDisk Sansa C250, it is a budget mp3 player that offers upto 4Gb of space and has a good set of features, It is competing with many offerings from other companies but it's good set of features may just persuade you to buy this player as it offers great value for money when compared with other mp3 players in the same category.
The sound quality on this player is not the best but you could kind of gather that from the price that this little player costs. The sound is on budget quality and is not the best, the music can sound a little lacking in bass, as well as a little tinny on occasions which is quite annoying and the sound level is not great, you cannot turn this player up that loud, it does not have a good enough sound range for that. I'd say that the player offers average to poor sound quality, poor with the supplied earbuds and only slightly better with Sennheiser earbuds. All in all the sound quality is not a great selling point for this player.
LOOK & DESIGN
It looks alright, the player has a nice design which looks good. It is sort of medium in size and fairly flat, not to big and not to small if you like. It fits comfortably in any pocket which is good and it doesn't give you a huge bulging pocket. The player is rectangular in shape and has nice soft rounded corners and is a suitable for both men and women. Unfortunately there is no choice of which colour the player comes in but the black finish looks fairly good. The little player also seems well made and feels like it could survive being dropped on the floor or being sat on or whatever else may happen to it.
RANGE OF FEATURES
The player is good in this department and offers a good selection of features which is rather impressive for a budget player. Of course some of these little extras are not of the highest quality but they are still good nonetheless. The first good extra feature is the screen, often 2GB mp3 players don't have screens but this one does and although it is of poor quality it is still usable and makes it easier to navigate through lists of songs on the player. The player can record voice, useful in meetings and when you want to remember stuff. The recordings are not the best but they will do. The player also has an fm radio onboard which in my opinion is a must have on mp3 players, the fm radio is decent enough and serves its purpose well. The best feature though is the expansion slot. This is where a micro SD can be inserted into the player to extend its storage capacity upto 4GB. As this player can be bought for around £40 it is great value as micro SD cards can be picked up for around £15. That gives you a total cost of £55 for a 4GB mp3 player, great value considering the iPod Shuffle costs £55 as well and only offers 1GB and doesn't have many features at all. The player also has support to show pictures on it's small screen although they don't look great on it. The player doesn't have any video support on it but you probably wouldn't want it to considering the poor screen quality.
Good value is what the player is built for, it offers good value for what it is, you don't get anything special with this player, it is basically a simple and basic player with average quality written all over it. Although there is a great set of extra features that other similar players don't have the players sound quality is disappointing. The menus are simple to use yet boring and they lack that cutting edge feel. For the price there is nothing to complain about but if you want a player of better quality you will have to be looking to spend a bit more but if your after a budget player with a good set of fetaures this is a great option.
Thanks for Reading, I have listed the specs of this player below for anyone who is interested.
Product Type Digital player / voice recorder
Digital Player Type Flash based
PC Interface Supported Hi-Speed USB
Capacity 2 GB
Digital Storage Media Flash memory - integrated
Sound Output Mode Stereo
Features Voice recording
Built-in Display Colour
Colour Depth 65,536 colour
Digital Player (Recorder)
Supported Digital Audio Standards WAV, WMA, MP3, protected WMA (DRM)
Features PC Connection via USB
Connector Type 1 x USB ( 4 PIN USB Type A ) ¦ 1 x headphones ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm )
Slot Provided 1 x microSD
Battery - rechargeable
Included Qty 1
OS Required Microsoft Windows XP
Software Requirements Windows Media Player 10.0 or later
Peripheral / Interface Devices CD-ROM, USB port