Product Type: Sandisk MP3 players
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Best mp3 player I've ever owned
Sandisk Sansa Clip 2 GB
Member Name: vintage_beanpole
Sandisk Sansa Clip 2 GB
Advantages: Cheap, light, easy to use, neat looking, great sound.
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!
Summary: If you're not buying an mp3 to impress your mates, then buy this one!
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