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If you only have forty quid and want to listen to music on the go, then this is the product for you. Sandisk provide a quality in this product that cannot be beaten for the price.
The onscreen navigation is as good as an early generation iPod and with additional features such as microphone and FM tuner, this MP3 player is not without its share of novelty.
The Sansa Clip also supports SlotRadio - but who the hell cares about SlotRadio? It sounds like a terrible service and definitely not worth its space in the product description.
The eponymous clip on the back of the MP3 player is an extremely useful addition and can withstand most vigorous motion, within reason. I've used it clipped onto the top of shorts with it almost never falling off. Certainly not to any extent where it can be seen as anything but a positive.
The battery life is very impressive and should last you a good few days. And the capacity of 4GB allows you to place at least twenty albums on it at any time. Furthermore it is incredibly simple to put MP3s on the player, simply having to copy them across to the MP3 drive through windows explorer. It supports both MP3 and WMA along with some slightly more obscure audio formats, which is very handy.
Certainly will not lead to buyer remorse!
I have gone through many MP3 players in my time, in a variety of price ranges - I've spent hundreds on an amazing Sony one that was perfect until my friend doused it in beer, and one of my latest buys was a £7.99 micro MP3 player from Hong Kong which the connection broke on after 2 weeks.
I didn't have the money to spend hundreds on the reliable and featured packed MP3 player I wanted, but equally I didn't want to buy something that's so cheap it's unlikely to last. I also wanted something that would perform well when I was exercising or running, and be easy to use whilst being reliable.
Looking online I found the Sandisk Sansa Clip 4GB MP3 player on eBay, with a brand new one costing just £30 including delivery from the US. I have seen these selling for up to £60, so I thought this was not only a great deal, but a reasonable amount to pay for an MP3 player with that amount of capacity. I was also familiar with the Sandisk name from flash drives and external memory storage on PCs, so that too went in the Sansa Clip's favour.
The MP3 player is about the size of a matchbox, which is excellent considering the ample 4GB of space on there. I bought an additional silicon rubber case for it to keep it safe, dust free and dry too. My version of the player is black, and it looks quite stylish for something so small, with circular 'iPod' like control and a small display screen at the top.
There is a clip on the back of the player which helps it to fasten to your belt or clothes, making this an ideal MP3 player for use when exercising I've found. It always stays put, even when I'm running. There's a lock button too which means that when you're exercising, you can't accidentally deafen yourself by turning the volume right up, or you're not accidentally skipping songs as you move, which I have found to be a problem with some players without locks.
I have had players before that need songs adding to the player using specific software, as in you can't just drag and drop songs you want to listen to onto the player, which is annoying. This is not the case with this player, as adding songs is very easy, just connect the player to your computer and drag songs across to it.
The player is easy to use, and songs can be played by a range of preferences - you can listen by artist, album, in alphabetical order, by playlists that you have created etc., so it makes listening more flexible than on very cheap players where often you are restricted to just playing songs in alphabetical order. There is an instruction booklet that comes with the player, but even without that, the controls are intuitive and it didn't take me long to figure out how to use this, as the menus are easy to navigate.
The screen is just the right size to display song details etc, and it's easy to read and lights up brightly, so even if it's sunny you can read the details.
The Sansa Clip comes with a USB cable which I use to charge it with, although I believe you can use the mains electric as well. I am on the computer a lot so I usually use the USB as that way I can swap and change songs on the player at the same time as it charges.
In terms of the sound that the player produces, it's excellent, really good quality and not distorted or muddy at all. There are options for upping the bass etc like a graphic equaliser. Even the headphones which come with the player are comfortable and even though I have some very good more expensive headphones, I don't mind using the ones the player came with either, as they are well designed and transmit good high quality sound.
Overall, this is an excellent player. I've had it for a few months now and it's great - it has many of the features of a higher priced MP3 player but without the high price. It's small but perfectly formed, and does it's job very well.
I've had a fair share of mp3 players over the years and have disappointed with every one of them. From terrible battery life to even complete failure (one of them lasted all but 30 minutes after buying it!) so I was a tad skeptical about the sandisk as it wasn't a name I was all that familiar with. How wrong was i!
This mp3 players holds a hell of a lot of date. Thousands of songs can be 'dragged and dropped' on to this little gizmo. The 'drag and drop' feature makes this a hassle free experience in adding your songs unlike some other players out on the market...! Once your songs are, the functions this little player gives makes it easy to navigate your way through. Songs can be listed to your preference as either by artist, album, alphabetical, playlists and a lot more. I'm the sort of guy who hasn't quite grasped the concept of an 'instruction manual' but after 5 minutes of exploring I found that I could navigate my way through with no hassle at all. The screen is very bright and clear and has a few neat little touches as well.
The sound quality is excellent, very crisp and clean with plenty of options to tinker with. The headphones that come with the player are very well designed and fits snug in the ear. Don't be alarmed if the volume isn't as loud as you thought it would be. Within one of the settings there is an option to increase the volume range. This is basically a security feature to stop kids bursting their ear drums!
To charge you have the usual 2 ways, via mains or usb port/cable. I always charge mine through the usb port as I can transfer music and files at the same time. The player has a handy little clip on the back which is very useful as not all the time you have a pocket to store it in. This clip attaches anywhere to your clothing and gives a tight clamp. There is also a 'lock' button which is very convenient as this disables the buttons preventing you from accidentally pausing or skipping your song whilst running etc. The volume can be raised or lowered even though the lock is on which is handy.
All in all I can't recommend this product enough. It has definitely restored my faith in mp3 players and I simply can't leave the house without it!
After joining the gym, I soon discovered music was a necessity if I were to keep going, so I bought the Sandisk Clip 4GB player for me in black. This is my first Mp3 player and although I am computer literate, I was still so surprised how easy it was to transfer music to, with just a simple click and drag system. Also the great benefit of not having any software needed for the product means you can transfer music/file from any computer. The campact size of the player is also very beneficial making it easy to carry around, and although the clip feature is so simple, I don't know what I would do without it in the gym. The battery life is very impressive, as of yet I have not needed to worry about the device giving up due to lack of power. Furthermore, it has the added feature of a built in radio, provideing a change from your music, although that might not happen often due to the large number of songs the device can hold. Overall, one of the best value for money items I own.
I brought the SanDisk Sansa Clip MP3 Player (4 GB) back in October for £29.97 from the Currys Shop Online. I am really glad I brought this player as it so cute and you can easily clip it on to your jumper and saves you having to reach for your bag or pocket to access the mp3 player.
******* The Features *******
* It plays music in MP3, WMA, secure WMA, audiobooks, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC.
* There is a MicroSDTM / MicroSDHCTM memory card slot for capacity expansion or preloaded cards**
* It has FM Radio.
* It has a rechargeable battery lasts up to 15 hours.
* It has voice recording with built-in microphone
To charge your sansa player connect it to your pc. I use the sansa player in conjunction with windows media player. You can then add you mp3 files on to the Sansa clip list by synchronising the files on to the mp3 player. You can navigate and play music. The sansa clip player has a good display section and lists the music by album, artists, play all etc.
******* Safety ********
Keep the sansa player away from all forms of moisture. Clean the sansa player with soft lint free cloth.
I am stiil using Windows XP with service pack 2 so If your computer gives the error message USB device not recognised, just force start the sansa player by pressing the centre square button and the device should be recognised by your computer.
I am very pleased with this purchase. It has excellent sound quality, vey easy to use, excellent range of features and excellent value for money. It is definately an all rounder!
I have this MP3 player but the 2gb version. I bought it from an Amazon seller for a bargain price of £18.40 including delivery. I was expecting it to be of similar size to an Ipod, but in fact it's much smaller, just fitting in the palm of your hand.
The navigation menus are easy to use, with music being divided up into artist, album, genre etc similar to an Ipod, which means you can easily customise which songs play under which heading.
At first, the highest volume setting sounded very quiet but I then found an option in the Settings section which restricts the volume, meaning it can be turned up higher. Presumably this is to save people's ear drums!
Unlike my previous ones, you charge it up via a usb cable rather than having to fiddle around with batteries. On my old player I used to carry spare batteries around which was a hassle, let a lone remembering to recharge them.
The mp3 player has always been reliable and in my opinion is fantastic. It's got more or less all of what an Ipod has, but at a fraction of the price.
This is the best MP3 Player i have come accross, it is a excellent price of around 40 pound depending where you shop and what deals are about. I am so pleased to come accross a MP3 Player that is so simple to use i would recommend this to any one who is not very good at using MP3 Players etc.
It is very small, light and sleek. It looks really nice with all the buttons of a normal size MP3 Player. It has play and pause, skip buttons, volume, on/off button, hold button, a back button and a 'home' button. You can clip it to your clothing and it doesn't get in the way! It is brilliant to use when you are exercising, all your favourite songs, descret and isn't annoying! The screen lights up and shows the name of your song and who sings it etc.
This MP3 Player can hold up to 1000 songs, it comes with a disk telling you how to use it and has a USB cable to use, it will come up with the MP3 player on your computer where you can drag songs onto the folder and adds to MP3 player very easy to use! The sound quality is amazing, it has a very clear sound and has a lot of sound for how small it is! The ear phones are very comfortable and do not fall out of my ears or give me ear ache.
The MP3 has FM radio and voice recorder. It takes a hour to charge up and lasts for 15 hours! I am very impressed with this MP3 player.
I bought this MP3 player as I needed something easy to use and small for going out running.
This is tiny, but surprisingly easy to use control wise.
Connects to your PC to charge and to transfer files with a mini USB connection Supplied) and is as easy as dragging and dropping your music files, no syncing required.
Sound quality is excellent, goes loud enough to block out all ambient noise if required. FM radio is good quality (with the supplied headphones acting as the antenna).
I was really surprised at the quality of the voice recorder. Top notch, better than a Dictaphone of around the same price.
The menu system is very easy to navigate and splits songs in to Albums, Genres, Artists and another couple of categories.
The only negative is the inability to create a play list on your PC and transfer it over. You have to create the play list on the MP3 player, which is just a minor drawback.
Batter life is good for such a small device.
It also comes with a nice clip on the back which is removable.
i bought this in PC world about 2 months ago, it was the last one, the display modle so i got 10 per cent off it cost me about £36. I think its great, it has quite a big storage space 4GB. theres no programmes needed like itunes you can just copy the folders of music you want onto the player. Charge it up for an hour and it lasts around15 which is good. Its also tiny in size about the size of a skinny match box.
It all so has a built in radio and a voice recorder which has good quality. I recorded myself singing and playing the guitar on it and it came out quite good, you would'nt think i recorded it just on an MP3 player. The brand sansa i'v never heard of but i don't buy it for the name. I think this does everything i need in a MP3 player so i would give it top marks becasue its way cheaper than an ipod.
I bought this dinky little player partly because of cost and partly because I was seduced by the idea of being able to wear my MP3 player.
I have found it to be excellent in just about every department. And I'm amazed at the quality for the money.
The screen is clear and easy to read. It's easy to decipher what the screen is telling you without having to constantly refer to the manual. The menus are fairly intuitive too.
The sound quality is very good. Better than I was expecting. I think it would be even better if I was willing to invest in a set of big over ear earphones. The base is good and the high notes are very clear.
On the subject of earphones I did not like the ones that came with the player but then I never do. I'd much rather buy a set separately that actually fit my ears.
The interface is easy to work out for yourself and the bundled software is excellent but you might not need it as the player will work just fine with Windows Media Player.
The best thing about the player is the clip. This means you can attach it to whatever you're wearing wherever is convenient for you and the player is so light that even if you knock it off it will hang quite happily from the earphone cord till you put it back.
I've just come from Currys, where I have been returning my second faulty Sansa 4gb clip. This is not a good track record admittedly, but I'm still choosing to swap it for another one rather than purchase a different brand or model, simply because I cannot find (in Currys at least) a similar product for a similar price. I'm hoping that this review - of both the good features and the unfortunate demise of both my players - will help you make up your mind.
Okay, first the technical bits. This version of the Sansa Clip is 4Gb flash memory (approximately 1000 songs) and comes in silver. The buttons, sides and back are made from silver plastic, with a shiny black plastic screen. The screen attracts fingerprints, but is easily cleaned. There is also an FM radio - which is a brilliant extra feature - which you can apparently record from, although I've never been able to work out how! I wont repeat all the technical details as you can find them on a separate tab in this review, but suffice to say it holds a good number of songs and has all the features you'd expect from a decent mid range MP3 player. I bought mine for £39.99 at Currys, £10 more than the 2Gb version.
Good sound quality and comfortable, don't split down the middle so hard to share with someone or wear round the back of your head. In ear, but not bud, so fall out when jogging.
Very good, comes with the usual settings (rock, jazz, pop, classic etc etc) to change how the sound is mixed. Very clear, and true to sound.
Very light and very small, it fits into the palm of your hand but also has a decent sized clip to attach to clothing or bags, which is handy, especially when jogging or using it on the go. Uses USB connection for charging and uploading music, a good short cable that seems very durable.
Very good - shows song and artist info, also can flip to sound menu etc. Two line display plus battery indicator. Lights up in blue on black background, easy to read.
I didn't download the software provided, I just use windows Media Player, which is so easy to sync music from. You can sync whole play lists and it keeps it in the order you have it in, which is also good. I've found it very easy to use indeed, and had no problems at all uploading music.
Was fantastic at first, well the 15 hours advertised. It doesn't give you much warning before it cuts out (ie, if you leave the house and then get a battery low message, the battery will go in the next few minutes), mind you. However, my second player has been returned because of a problem with battery life - see below...
Right, now the bad bits - the problems I've had. My first player worked fine, but within the first couple of days the screen faded out - the blue lit display started to go, showing in bars, then suddenly went completely so all I got was a black screen! My second player was fine for a few months, although I did notice occasional skipping - like how CD walkman used to skip if you moved them too much. Then, the earphones broke (no sound came out at all) and the battery life dwindled to nothing - I could charge it for hours and then the battery would run out in minutes. Now I'm on number three - I love this player so much I really really hope this is the end to the problems, but I shall keep you posted!