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This more than handy little device is a no frills, straight up MP3 player, with a couple more tricks up its sleeve for good measure. I've now had my Sansa Clip for getting on four years, and in that time I've never really felt compelled to rush out and upgrade to the latest and greatest model. That being said, I don't use the player that much; mostly it goes away on holiday with me and the odd trip on a bus or Metro to work if I'm without the car. With that in mind, the comparably small memory of the Sansa Clip (2 Gigabytes) may bother someone who likes to use the player a lot, as you are roughly talking about storing up to 250 songs (and that's if they are encoded at 128 kbs in MP3 format). This number will obviously drop if you are concerned that 128 Kb may not be of a high enough audio quality for you (and there is a good argument that it is not), therefore the figure will drastically drop if you want a better bit rate (I personally find 192 Kb do be a good compromise between space and quality). However, it's worth bearing in mind with any MP3 player that just as important as all of the compressed bits of audio is the quality of your headphones, and although you do get a stock pair with the player (that don't stay in your ear anyway), you are much better shelling out another fifteen pounds or so on a decent branded pair (like the Sony MDR-W08L's I prefer to use with this).
So you may find yourself regularly syncing this player up to Windows Media Player (which is a doddle to do by the way) if you are a heavy user to regularly update the library, as when it's on shuffle the same songs do seem to have a habit of regularly reoccurring. However it is a budget player and the prices do get steeper for good MP3 players with a much greater capacity.
So what do I like about the Sansa Clip? Well it looks quite stylish and funky in black with a blue backlight behind the rubber circular controls (which make menu navigation on it a breeze). This player is also really light and small; it conveniently fits in your pocket amongst phones and wallet without taking up much space (which is useful on the go). The fact that it has a screen to view your album lists and songs is also a must for me. I know that Apple have the compact Ipad Shuffle, but I could not cope with being unable to locate the music I actually want to hear quickly and easily. Of course the display is a bread and butter affair; no fancy graphics (well just a basic if rather pointless graphical spectrum of what you are listening to) but menu layout is clear and uncluttered (divided simply into 'Music', 'Radio', 'Voice' and 'Settings'). Of the settings there are a few simple playback presets (the usual suspects ie 'rock', 'pop', 'dance' etc) which you can choose to adjust playback to taste as well as the obligatory 'shuffle all' option, but there's not a lot else (just fm radio and a basic voice recorder). The Sansa connects and charges through USB (a cable is provided for hooking it up to your computer) and you can either browse the files as a standard external hard-drive, or use 'sync' through Windows Media Player to instantly access your computer's music library for easy transfer. I think the Sansa does ship with it's own software to do this, but I've never bothered with it as I don't want it cluttering up my system needlessly when you can do the same job with Windows built in tools.
On the downside here (apart from limited space) is that if your MP3 data is badly encoded it is easy to lose songs in your music library (though this is more of a general problem with MP3s). I've got a fair few 'unknown album' and 'unknown artists' thrown in there and it does mess the file system up a bit. You can't also see album art on the screen like some of the more upmarket players, but this really doesn't effect the overall functionality of the player. So all in all I think the Sansa Clip is a solid little performer, it looks good, functions well and will last you a good while as they are more than durable, just look for a bigger capacity model than the 2 Gigabyte if the song amount is going to bother you.
I have had this small and very well made MP3 player for a couple of years now, it predates my ipod and while my ipod is the device I use the most this is the one that I take when I go travelling especially if it is somewhere that I feel has a higher risk of me being a victiom of crime as this was a relatively inexpensive purchase and even though the 2 GB memory holds plenty of music it would not take a lot of time to upload it again if I had to replace this if it were lost or damaged. When I bought it I paid £49.99 for it and it was discounted by about £20 off the normal rrp.
Uploading music is easy as it is just a drag and drop operation or cut and paste and you do not have to upload any software so it is quick to use and easy to master, I have only used it to store music I already have on CD, music that I listen to while working out or whilst travelling. If it does have one fault it is that the control buttons are a little fiddly however it is still a fairly easy and intuitive to navigate around and scroll through your music.
On the plus side it is a strong but light gadget, it has survived a number of camping trips and hiking trips as well as plenty of foreign travel. Also I was quite surprised how good the sound is, for the price i expected it to be a bit tinny and lack real volume as you often find this with cheaper MP3 players however that has not been the case here as the volume can overcome the noise of an airplane and the sound quality is good. The headphones that it comes with are quite basic but they do the job fine.
If you are looking for a cheap device that holds enough music for the gym or to do some travelling then this product is pretty good. The charging is not the fastest however it does hold it's charge really well and certainly battery life is pretty good, probably because it is such a simple device that does the basics well.
Over the past two years this has proven to be a good purchase for me.
I've had a few mp3 players over the past 10 years. A couple of Ipods, a Sony Walkman, a Creative Zen, but none have been as good as this little player.
I bought it initially as a cheap replacement when my Sony HD player packed in (as HD players often do - tiny moving parts don't much like to be dropped/thrown about). The best thing about this player is that it is surprisingly robust. It gets whacked about in the depths of my handbag day in day out, but has yet to break 2 years on. And even if it did break, it would hardly bother me, after all I paid perhaps £40 for it, and could likely replace it for the same amount (have a rummage on Amazon/Ebay). So much cheaper than the Ipod/Sony!
Yes, the interface isn't that pretty, and no, you can't gaze at the album art as you listen to it - but if that's really something that you would care about then you are not a music lover. This player is substance over style, undoubtedly. The interface is exceptionally easy to use. The buttons are indeed small, but my 67 year old father is able to navigate it without problem, and he's as blind as a bat. If you just want to be able to locate the track you want to listen to, when you want to listen to it, then this is a blinder.
You don't need to install 'Itunes' or anything similarly annoying. You can just copy and paste songs onto it, as though you were copying them onto a USB drive. Really simple.
2GB isn't very much space, I have about 70 songs I think on this player at the moment. If you require more space the best thing to do is to buy the latest model - the Sansa Clip Plus (+), which ingeniously has an expandable memory so you can buy a cheap 2GB one and pop a cheap memory card into it (look on Ebay/Amazon).
Other great things about this player are its size (it's tiny!) and yes, it is made out of plastic unlike an Ipod, BUT this makes it extremely light - which is great if you're carrying it about in an already overloaded handbag. You don't have to think twice about its being in the bottom of your bag. This also makes it great for running (no falling down jogging bottoms!)
Because it's not running any ridiculously unnecessary extras, it also means that the battery life is impressive, and I don't often need to plug it in.
Finally and most importantly - the sound. The sound is absolutely superb on this machine, and you'll find few who say otherwise. If you find yours is too quiet - that's because you have it set to Europe (the EU regulates the sound levels on products registered here). Go into settings, return it to factory settings, then choose the north american option when prompted, go into 'sound' and change to 'high' and it should be fixed.
And always remember, if you drop, sit on, lose, have it stolen etc...no big deal - pick up another one for the price of a night down the pub!
I bought this Mp3 player for my 9 year old son as I thought it would be a good start into the techno world for him! I had read reviews and they all seemed good, however I wasnt so impressed. The headphones dont seem to fit anyones ears, so I had to buy a seperate pair, the battery life isnt as good as they claim, I feel that I am recharging it most days! Both my son and I find using the keys quite difficult as they are so small and close together. The good points are it looks great, and is simpler to use than other mp3 players. The sound quality is pretty good. The clip on the back is great as it means you cant lose it easily. It is very easy to install the software on your pc and download songs onto the device. I wouldnt recommend this to most people unless you wanted an Mp3 player for activities such as running, where you could just let it play continuously.
This is a fantastic little MP3 player (and I mean little)! It's only 3.5 x 5.5cm but it makes a great sound. I love the clip that lets you clip it onto the waistband of your trousers so you don't have to worry about pockets. It's ideal for wearing in the gym or taking out for a jog without having something silly strapped to your arm. The length of the lead from the sansa to the end of the earphones is more than enough for anyone. And the speakers are foam covered and very comfortable. The buttons on the front are easy to control and the menus easy to navigate. The volume button is on the side of the sansa, also easy to control. It comes with a cute little lead to plug into a USB port for downloading and you can create playlists really easy too. I would not swap this for my husbands ipod in a million years.
I bought this recently on eBay for about £20 new, upon receipt I was impressed from the start, everything about the sansa clip is compact and functional (the instruction booklet is funky and to the point) the generic head phones are a bearable foam covered affair but I would definitely invest in your own as the sound quality this little sansa can produce is amazing and in my opinion better than apple ipods! Volume is acceptable but I would prefer louder for non inner ear head phone use. Unit is simple to use with some neat functions. Simple file transfer system (drag and drop) beats the fuss of itunes anyday! Great battery life (a good ten hours for me and I have it at level 11 on the volume! Only probs I found was forgetting to turn it off as removing the headphones does not auto off like some similar players, if you forget it keeps playing music and runs the battery down! Plus the old issue of not being truly 2 GB but that's the same with any memory unit! Radio tuner is a nice touch, also firmware updates available and now plays flac files.
I bought this item as a present for my boyfriend. He has never had an MP3 player before and I wanted something that he could listen to audio book and music on while going to work and walking the dog. I decided to go for the 2GB Sansa Clip because I'd read a lot of good reviews on the product, I thought it was a really good size and it seemed like good value.
My boyfriend doesn't have PC so I decided to put some music and audio books on this before I gave it to him. The first thing that I was impressed by was how easy it is to use. I am not very good with technology, but this was so easy to use. You literally just drop music on it via the PC.
Before I bought this product I was a little apprehensive because I knew I'd want to upload at least two audio books on there and I wasn't convinced that 2GB would provide enough space, however my worries were unfounded and I was able to upload two audio books and about 50 songs and there is still space left.
I have listened to music on this and the sound quality is great, it's easy to navigate through the options and I love the size. I also like the fact that you can make recordings on this and listen to FM radio.
I'm actually rather disappointed that I bought myself an I-Pod because I think that this item is much better, more affordable (you could buy three of these for the price of a nano) and easier it is easier to use. Overall it's a fantastic product!
I bought the Sandisk Sansa for the sole duty of having a convenient mp 3 player for the gym/running.
Its by far and away the best mp3 player I have purchased. Its light weight and ease of use make it a ideal companion for those isolated slogs on the treadmill.
Having previously used a ipod nano I found the sansa far more durable in terms of withstanding a afternoon tucked away in my gym bag.
Its design is simple but effcient and at under £30 makes it by far and away the best valued mp3 player on the market.
Sure other premium mp3 players have better sound quality and more versatility but in terms of function nothing compares.
The design is slick and betrays its modest price tag. The only real downside is the lack of mains power point.
The Battery Life is awesome and seems to go on forever! when it does finally require a recharge its fully charged with 2 hours. The only problems is there is no mains adaptor.
The player comes with a 8 page instruction manual which even the biggest techophobe could manage without comlications
Overall this would make a great gift for those venturing into the world of mp3 players both young and old.
SanDisk enjoys a position of great reputation for churning out cost competitive memory chips and portable audios. But Sansas has really any reputation to boast of in terms audio quality but surprisingly and encouraging they have been producing progressively getting better probably reaching its pick with the release of Sansa Clip 2 GB. It's SanDisk's latest addition to the supercomact low capacity MP3 player to take the consumer market by storm. What sets apart Sansa Clip 2 GB from the rest of its releases is its amazing sound quality.
It is true that it has to face high level competition from Shuffle and some Creative Lab products but it has the class and muscle power to give them a run for their money, probably notches behind Apple. It's price tag is remarkable compared to its peers. The Sansa Clip has a very respectable signal to noise ration of 92 dB.
The Sansa Clip's exterior is made entirely of plastic with basic housing being glossy and scratch resistant with a hint of metal finish. The back removable clip is made of opaque colored plastic. The Sansa Clip at 2.2in1.4inx0.5in (belt clip not considered) just a little bit on the up considering a match box. May be a notches larger than the Creative Zen Stone Plus and even shuffle. But it does not have the navigation problem as much as of Stone, which is a big plus. Probably because of its 1 inch rectangular screen to Stone's circular display but it does not provide a valid technical explanation though.
Sansa's track organization is far better than the Stone's. As for variety of colors it is similar to Stone. The best part of the Clip is the clip can be clipped and match color with the players color. Although it looks like a toy its tolerance to shock is reasonable.
To be very candid and I honest I have never been blown away the audio quality of Sansa Clip. I would go to the extent of saying that it competes very well eve with Sony NWZ-A810 may not even terms but definitely Stone Plus admirers are in for a big surprise. You can customize the EQ to get quality bass, mid-range and high frequencies. The bass is not booming but very subtle.
The big negative is the headphone jack which is a bit on the colder side, even not in the proper place also. The voice recording is bit subdued and FM sound quality only about average, there are problems with FM preset also.
Officially it states that The Clip is only compatible with windows XP SV-2 and above I have successfully used it MTP/MSC OS meaning thereby MTP protocol is absent when used with Linux or Mac systems. It is true that has got far better compatibility with MTP device like Windows user files can be dragged and dropped files. It has multiple media player support like Windows Media Player 11 Win Amp (these I can assure you).
It's time that we had quick browse of the technical specifications
PC interface(s) supported Hi-Speed USB
Flash memory installed 2 GB Integrated
Software type Drivers & Utilities
Digital Player / Recorder
Supported digital audio standards Audible, FLAC, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WMA, WMA DRM
Audio system built-in display OLED
Sound output mode Stereo
Additional features FM radio recording capability
Tuner type Digital Radio tuner
Station preset qty 40
Tuner bands FM
Tuning display OLED display
Microphone type Built-in
Sound output mode Stereo
Battery / Power
Battery Rechargeable Player battery Internal
Peripheral / Interface devices CD-ROM , USB port
Operating system Microsoft Windows Vista , Microsoft Windows XP SP2
The SanDisk press release it self boasts ".....one of the best sounding mp3 players on the market" and being a music lover I must admits they are pretty close to the truth. If you notice I reviewed headphones number of times to drive home the simple fact that get the best out of a player a good pair of headphones is a priority, and please for God's sake don't use those cheap earbuds or useless upgraded headphones spend money and get a quality stuff and check out what music quality Sansa Clip is capable of. No I'm not recommending the expensive "Bose" stuff just a decent one.
The 5-band custom equalizer is very effective and responsive unless you use too demanding a headphone ("Bose" headphones might not be a good choice for the Clip) with some great presets. I have got excellent performance through the audio spectrum hardly any detail is lost.
Those who has used or using Sansa Clip will definitely agree that it has a browsing problem, it lacks the ability of fluid browsing through files and folders. The recent firmware update might just be useful.
Just the sort of MP3 player you have been waiting for and the price is great, decent £26.5 but take my advice spend a little more and get at least a pair of mediocre headphones. The headphone that the Sansa Clip 2GB is supplied with simply does not do justice to it's quality.
I wish they could just have a upgrade of 4 GB. Or why not just chip in with microSD slot which almost every Sansa has.
(This review is also available at ciao.co.uk under the same user name)
I initially bought this for my 6 year old daughter without checking quite how small it is! It is literally the size of half a mars bar! This is brilliant for the gym and for travelling but for kids who are prone to losing things under piles of teddy bears- not so good! I bought the red one which is a nice colour, it comes with a very short lead to connect it to a pc or laptop. It is so short that it just hangs in the air off my desktop while it charges. I prefer having an electrical charger as sometimes it is not feasible to travel with a laptop but you may still want to recharge it. I chose the Sandisk as it is compatible with Audible which is really the best way to buy Audiobooks. I have loaded it with 10 unabridged long books (140 hours of book!) and it is not yet full which is great. Like most micro products it is a bit tricky at first to press the right buttons but the screen is clear and the layout intelligent. The sound quality is fine although you need to turn it up quite high to drown out any outside noise such as traffic. One downside compared to bigger MP3 players is that if you pause a track and go to something else, on your return it goes back to the beginning. You would need to remember where exactly you had paused before though this is only an issue really with audiobooks.
All in all good value for money and a great choice for audio on the move.
Great little MP3 player.
I have the pink version which i love ♥.
I bought it after buying my fiance a black one for his birthday, he said it was so good i bought one for myself.
Particularly great if you go running or walking like I do, the clip allows you to clip it on securely onto clothing so that it doesnt move around when running. I used to use my phone for mp3s but found it very difficult to hold the phone when running! and it was quite heavy compared to this - it is so light and the sound quality is really very good.
I love the fact that you can make a selection to listen to by either artist or album. Sometimes i select britney spears as the artist which will then play all of her songs from all 3 albums and theres also an option to shuffle so i listen to them at random.
it also has fm radio and the signal is great, never had a problem with radio 1 or my local station.
the earphones supplied are fine, although my fiance - he lost the little sponge bits as soon as he got them, but mine are still there - i find this helps keep the earphones in place a bit better.
overall i would recommend to anyone.
+ light weight
+ fm radio
+ colour screen - 4 lines
+ optional shuffle
+ different artist/album set ups (ie listen to one album or listen to all three of britney spears albums)
+ love the pink (lathough blue silver and black are all pretty cool too)
+ handy clip for easy use
+ fantastic price!
+ good download speed
+ easy controls
the only downside is that it doesnt appear to be compatible with other USB devices, such as I have a JVC micro stereo system with a USB port but it doesnt recognise my sansa clip so i cannot listen to the mp3s.
cant be less than 5 stars, i love it!
This is such a useful little thing, mine has also got an FM radio, but I can only pick up R2,3 and 4 in my location. However, signal is clear and although I use different ear-phones to ones supplied, I am very pleased with sound quality. The controls are easy to use, (arthritis sufferers may struggle with tiny size though. The menu-driven system has its usual ratcheting along to select your chosen songs etc. The rechargeable internal battery lasts for at least 8 hours, although you can only recharge with a USB to PC connection, I find this easy enough. Presumably once the battery no longer charges, the player becomes useless - but I may go for bigger capacity. The accompanying manual is on disk and software is fairly easy to use, if a little over-complicated. However, despite my great age I picked it up fairly quickly. Useful little machine.
I have been using Sansa MP3's for the last 5 or so years, and i have been using this particular model for the last 2. The main advantage of this particular model is its small, compact size. Friends are often surprised at how small it is, while still having a good quality and readable screen, unlike the similar sized Ipod Nano. Its dark colour and inconspicuous size means it is safer to use when out and about, compared to the larger and more valueable Ipod (and, therefore, the owner is less likely to be mugged).
The 2 GB memory is roughly equal to over 500 songs (I currently have 522 on mine). It also features an FM radio and voice recorder, although i have rarely, if ever, used these. One of the more useful features is the GoList, which allows you to add songs to a playlist, so that you can choose and listen to all your favourite songs quickly, rather then searching through your albums. It should be noted that, if you are using Windows Media Player (like i do), then you will be required to download it requires the latest version of the Player in order to upload songs onto your MP3.
Overall, an affordable, robust and useful MP3, and suitable for anyone who, like me, is adverse to the Ipod's stranglehold on the market.
Well my Dad has been wanting an Mp3 player for ages, however being fairly oldfashioned and having a very bad experience with the only MP3 player he ever bought a year ago,(thats a very long story for another time), he had given up on using one. However I figured with it being fathers day and all I should get him one of these, as I used to own one a while back, so I went onto Amazon and purchased it for around £30. Forgive me for not knowing the exact price, however from the right hand side of this page I can see that at Argos it costs £29.39.
This is a pretty decent price for a well known brand and Sandisk are one of the most popular brands of portable players so to find a budget price like this seemed ideal. The navigation is pretty similar to an Ipod is what attracted me the most to be honest, and it definitely is pretty straightforward to use, so no complains in this department. The main button is in the middle which is cool and especially with people less technologically capable this does make it a lot more straightforward to use the player.
The audio quality cant really be judged from this player, but more from the headphones you use from it. Of course the headphones that come with it are the bog standard free cheap earphones that always come with Mp3 Players, so if you are into your mursic I suggest the Creative EP30 for around £7, you can check my review on that specific earphones out if you are interested.
It is called the Sansa Clip for a reason and a fairly obvious one at that. This is that it can clip on to whatever you want it to. Most notably your trousers or Jeans, of course still keep them covered up, as you dont want to be a target for any potential muggers, but this feature does make it harder for your to lose this player.
It comes with a USB cable as standard, and this is used to charge up the player using a computer, however it is possible to get a plug adapater. The battery life is decent, and you can get many hours out of this before a recharging is needed. It is much better than the even cheaper Mp3 players, that need batteries that have to be recharged. Here you simply plug into computer and off you go.
Overall this is a great budget MP3 player, and if you have never used one before then it is great to get you start. It comes at an affordable price and does everything that you expect of an MP3 player.