Product Type: Sandisk MP3 players
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Does this tiny little MP3 player still pack a big punch?
Sandisk Sansa Clip 2 GB
Member Name: KennyG5000
Sandisk Sansa Clip 2 GB
Advantages: Compact and easy to use, this player won't wear you down
Disadvantages: 2 Gb memory will put some people off, you can get this sort of memory in your phone now
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.
Summary: The Sansa Clip will cover all your basic MP3 player needs and does what it does very well
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